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Meet Arwen Ek, your hostess for Winter Retreat 2019: Coming Home

As many of you know, I am the admin for this website, as well as the Founding Director of The Holistic Homestead. What you may not know, is that before I started the Homestead, I lived as a Buddhist Nun…

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Spring Cleanse Day 5: Gentle Yoga for Detoxification

Whether you’re going for one more day of juice fasting, or if you are ready to ease your way out of this transformative cleansing experience – I wanted to offer you another tool to help keep you on track with…

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The health benefits of meditation, spirituality & prayer

“Historically one is inclined to look upon science and religion as irreconcilable antagonists…I maintain that cosmic religious feeling is the strongest and noblest incitement to scientific research…The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion…

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Announcing Winter Retreat 2018: Lean In

Join us for our annual winter retreat! Starting on Sunday, February 18th and ending on Sunday, February 25th, we will spend 8 days sharing prayer, yoga, meditation and inspiration online and in-person. THIS IS OUR MOST POPULAR EVENT OF THE…

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101 Ways The Homestead Helps the Community

woman and small child with painted sign: How would you change health and wellness in Gilpin County?

Grant Writing is one of my favorite pastimes. Seriously. I turn the lights down, put on some sweet, mantra-laced techno/trance beats, and I’m in the “Homestead Zone”. “How does your nonprofit benefit the community?” “How many people does your nonprofit…

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True Health: It’s all about Sustainability

Politics aside, any nationwide healthcare system – as an organized attempt of a nation to truly care for its citizens, that is – must ultimately consider it’s sustainability, it’s ability to care for human beings who are born, get sick,…

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Day 9: Offerings and Dedication

Today is the last day of our retreat together! It has been such a pleasure to feel your presence with us as we work toward cultivating greater compassion. What caught your attention? What did you connect to? What practices will…

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Day 8: Pay if Forward

“I do not pretend to give such a deed; I only lend it to you. When you […] meet with another honest Man in similar Distress, you must pay me by lending this Sum to him; enjoining him to discharge…

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Winter Retreat Day 2: Compassion is Contagious

Have you ever walked into a room and suddenly felt inexplicably happy? And then walked into a different room and felt agitated, or angry, or even depressed? I used to think it was all me, and then I learned about…

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Creating a sacred space

One of the first challenges to a DIY at-home spiritual retreat is that it’s AT HOME. How can I meditate when the dogs are climbing over me, the baby is crying, the sink is full of dishes and the phone…

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