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Winter Retreat Day 1: Coming Home with self-care

Today we enjoyed four hours at 7 Healing Stars together, getting massage, dancing, meditating, doing yoga, drinking tea and sharing a healing and sacred space. It was a truly beautiful experience to share with others, and I wanted to extend…

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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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Announcing Winter Retreat 2019: Coming Home

Come home to your true self this February with The Holistic Homestead! Every winter we draw our energy inward, taking advantage of the slow and quiet time of the year to sip our tea and watch the snow fall. Even…

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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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Winter Retreat Day 4: the dynamic spirit

Dear Friends, I wanted to share an excerpt from our retreat this year, as an offering of peace and love to the world. We started with diving deeply into the ocean of intention from which our loving kindness and compassion…

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Leaning-in to your Sacred Space

It’s already Thursday, February 15th, and our retreat begins on Sunday! Are you ready? Here are some ideas to inspire and prepare – and if you haven’t already – register now for our 5th annual Winter Retreat by clicking here!…

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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 6: Compassionate Eyes

The way we look at the world determines our reality – and our inner reality determines our outlook. What do your eyes reveal about your inner world? Have you looked at yourself with kindness today? Have you given a kind…

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Winter Retreat Day 4: Fierce Self-Love & Compassion

Today’s offering comes from my dear spiritual mentor and friend on the path of awakening, Aditi Devi Ma. She has been contributing her teachings to our retreat since it began four years ago, and also teaches in the Denver/Boulder area….

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Winter Retreat Day 3: Compassion for Beginners

Real compassion begins when we are able to deeply empathize with the suffering of others. Compassionate action arises when we forsake our own comfort and happiness in exchange for that of others. For most people, this takes practice, and a…

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