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September 20, 2018

S5 ep1: Mimi Young of Ceremonie

Mimi Young is a witch. Then again, according to her, most of us have cast a spell or two in our lives without even realizing it. Mimi is also a mother, a shaman and plant spirit medicine practitioner who’s here to help you embrace your inner jezebel. That divine feminine within that you’ve hidden away or forgotten. Because when you do, the real you will step forward.

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instagram: @shopceremonie
website: shopceremonie.com
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July 16, 2018

Join Us In Palm Springs for the Wellness Retreat of 2019!

After months of scouting for the most sacred location and stunning accommodations, I’m over the moon to announce the first ever Fit & Fly Girl x Healers retreat, which will be held April 7 – 11, 2019, at Avalon Hotel Palm Springs!

I’ll be hosting the 4-night retreat with Fit & Fly Girl Co-Founder Rebecca Garland, and three of the most talented healing practitioners in Southern California: Erin AndersonSabrina Rollo, and Vanessa Feils, who will offer wellness workshops during the retreat (think group breathwork, intuitive meditation and gemstone healing).

There’ll also be a a fitness instructor leading daily fitness classes, plenty of pool time, spa treatments, a soul-cleansing hike to Joshua Tree, and chakra balancing sound bath at Integratron. Seriously, DREAM TRIP! If you’re craving some spiritual TLC but appreciate all of the trappings of a luxury boutique hotel (raises hand), this retreat is made for you—and three of your closest friends. Or come solo and soak up the desert vibe. I can’t wait to hang out in our robes together!

Although it’s months away, spaces are limited to ensure an intimate and powerful experience for all. Don’t wait to reserve your bungalow!

Namaste,
Elizabeth

 

 

July 10, 2018

s4 ep5: Haeley Gjesvold of Braveheart Wellness

Six and a half years ago Haeley Gjesvold asked herself a simple question: What makes me happy? The only thing she heard back was “mowing the lawn.” What happened next was a transformation from what Haeley describes as a pretty basic existence fraught with debilitating anxiety and frustration to a life that, step by step, she rebuilt from the ground up. Now an intuitive life coach, reiki healer, movement instructor, and founder of Braveheart Wellness, she’s helping women uncover what they really need so that they can create the life they want.

 

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Braveheart Wellness
–Instagram: @braveheartwellness
Savage Soul Sessions

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July 3, 2018

s4 ep4: Hayley Wood, The Therapeutic Skin Coach

Hayley Wood is The Therapeutic Skin Coach, an LA-based esthetician and skin-whisperer who believes that our skin has the power to heal itself—if we only let it. Whether you struggle with acne, rosacea, eczema or the ability to simply look at yourself in the mirror with love, Hayley is here to help curb the skin shaming and bring you back to a place of self-compassion.

 

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–Website: therapeuticskincoach.com
Online Skincare Series
Fitzpatrick Scale
Hayley’s product picks
–Instagram: @therapeuticskincoach

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June 29, 2018

Africa Part 2: Livingstone and Victoria Falls

Not sure where this week went (how about that full moon in Capricorn?) but as promised, part two of my Africa extravaganza. (You can catch Part One here!). After four nights on dreamy Medjumbe Island, we flew back through Johannesburg to Livingstone, Zambia. Often referred to as “The Real Africa,” Zambia is home to 15 million people and 72 tribes and languages.

Livingstone is the country’s crown jewel. Discovered by Scottish explorer, David Livingstone, the town is nestled near the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Now imagine a hotel with access to all three and you have The Royal Livingstone Anantara Hotel where we stayed. We approached our hotel by boat, with views of the falls.


The entire experience was an embarrassment of natural riches and I shook my head in disbelief for a week straight. For starters: the animals. Zebras are basically really big squirrels here so they hung out in the yard, by the pool, while we at our meals. I wish we could pet them but alas, I’m told they’re ornery. The giraffes, however, seemed like gentle giants. Still, no one would let hug one!

I wish that a photo could do Victoria Falls justice, but alas, how do you capture the largest waterfall on the planet? One of the seven wonders of the world it’s three times taller than Niagara Falls! We had private access to the falls from the hotel so just walked on over.

To stand on a narrow bridge in the middle of the falls wearing a (practically useless) poncho puts life and our tiny speck of existence in perspective.

It was almost as exhilarating as flying over the falls in a microlight plane (don’t tell my mother!). From above the park, we could take in sleeping herds of hippos, giant bird’s nests, and more giraffes. Notice the bare feet—they made me leave my Birkenstocks behind so they wouldn’t fall into the river!

We also saw the falls by train, with a dinner ride on the Royal Livingstone Express. The restored steam locomotive is so, so charming and the views! I’ve never seen such glorious sunsets or rainbows in my life.

 

Zambia only became independent from Great Britain in 1964 so the colonial, Out of Africa vibe (which, aesthetically, I adore) is alive and well—especially at The Royal Livingstone Anantara Hotel. I mean . . .

The highlight of the hotel are the spa gazebos. Think glamping, with massages, facials and foot rubs, right on the Zambezi River. Rumor has it that these beauties cost $70,000 apiece to construct, which I secretly scoffed at until I spent some serious time in one.

They’re luxe without losing the raw lushness of their surroundings. There was even a mirror situated UNDER the treatment table so I could watch the river and steam from the falls while Ruth worked my weary calves. She’s a bit of a legend in these parts.

Ruth treated me to a Zambezi massage, which starts with traditional hot towel compresses to soothe sore muscles. I had no idea that this deceivingly simple indigenous technique could make me feel so cared for. African essential oils are also used in a number of treatments, including the aforementioned foot rub, which just add to the restorative and authentic experience. I’m admittedly skeptical of hotel spas after years of sub-par experiences but The Royal Livingstone’s is the real deal and special, just like everything else about this incredible African adventure.

GETTING THERE: Airlink airlines offers direct flights from JFK to Johannesburg. From there it’s a quick flight to Livingstone, followed by a shuttle or water taxi (so stunning) to the resort.

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