Will You Join Us for the 2014 Soul Sanctuary Retreat?

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“When we pay attention, whatever we are doing – whether it be cooking or cleaning or making love – is transformed and becomes part of our spiritual path. We begin to notice details and textures that we never noticed before; everyday life becomes clearer, sharper and at the same time more spacious.” ~ R. Fields

 

I’m holding a residential retreat from November 29 to December 5, in beautiful Byron Bay. It’s a perfect way to see out the energies of 2014, and prepare for 2015. Perhaps you’d like to join us?

The Soul Sanctuary Retreat is for women only.  A safe space for us to come together, to step into our powerful feminine energy and sisterhood. It’s a week of pamper, nurture and time for yourself. A perfect opportunity for you to rest and rejuvenate, indulge in some self-care and make the focus all about YOU!

2015 is almost here. It will be a year for building solid foundations, new patterns of behaviour and engaging, and truly living from our heart’s truth. This retreat is designed to help you get ready for that energy, so that you can truly make the most of the year ahead.

Highlights of this week-long retreat:

  • We will learn some simple meditation techniques to calm us, centre us and clear us.
  • We will give ourselves space to relax and renew.
  • We will identify our hidden (or not so hidden) addictions, so that we can address them and create a plan for moving back towards balance.
  • We will explore where we sabotage ourselves and what positive behaviours we can practice instead of the old ways that no longer serve us.
  • We will discover how to connect with, and utilise our internal energetic compass.
  • We will learn how to use the Universal Ordering System to bring ourselves back into flow and abundance.
  • We will examine shame and how it steals our power and keeps us small and limited.
  • We will work with the Power of Forgiveness, which is a hugely transformative force for good in our lives.
  • We will discover or remember our Soul Passions; using some channeled wisdoms from Nicole and her Guides, some art therapy, some spiritual work and some journaling
  • We will work with our Guides and Ancestors, learning to connect into and listen to their wisdoms and insights.
  • We will learn about creating a Spiritual Foundation of practices that can guide us, soothe us and enlighten us.
  • We will create a group Earth Healing Mandala, an individual Heart Healing Mandala, and a very special Sacred Talisman Mandala to act as our personal Spirit Map for 2015.

 

There will also be plenty of restful time for naps, swims, contemplation, friendship and personal projects. There will be time for meditation, and lots of channeled goodness with Nicole’s beautiful team. There will be time for healing, journaling, relaxing, spiritual goodness and lots of yummy organic food, lovingly created by our own personal chef, the amazing Deb Preston.

On this retreat we will be working with the energies of the waning moon, which is perfect for developing a deeper understanding of ourselves, for inner work, for soul connection and spiritual guidance.

This gentle but powerful week will help you to truly bring the focus back to yourself, and to become clear about what is important in your life. Perhaps for the first time you will be able to see clearly what matters to you, and what has been holding you back. You’ll find ways to hear the whisperings of your own heart. What you find will enable you to create a path forward that has meaning and magic to it.

2014 has been such a big year, and the energies of 2015 are vastly different. Our retreat will enable you to move into the new year refreshed, clear and ready for what comes next.

I’m so excited about this course, and we still have a few places left.

If you’d like more information please contact Dana, my wonderful PA, at info@nicolecody.com or nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com

Or drop us a note below or on our facebook page and we’ll send the details through to you.

Lots of love :) Nicole xoxo

Simple Tomato Salad

tomato salad recipe

“Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.”
~ Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

 

One of my favourite salads involves ripe tomatoes, a little oil and a handful of herbs picked fresh from the garden.

Right now my Spring vegetable garden is still in its infancy, and my tomatoes are not yet ripe. But I found some delicious Green Spanish tomatoes at the Mullumbimby Farmers Markets yesterday.

green spanish

 

Heather, from the wonderful Coopers Shoot Tomatoes told me these ones are a variety that are meant to be eaten firm and green – with a little oil and salt.

Here’s my take on them, using a few extra ingredients from my garden. I whipped this up as a side for slow roasted lamb and baked sweet potatoes. Yum!

Ingredients:

Nasturtium leaves (nasturtium leaves have a slightly sweet and peppery taste – if you don’t have access to any use some rocket or any other slightly peppery green), red salad onion, one marigold flower, two large green tomatoes or any other favourite variety, salt, a good oil. I used a local lemon myrtle infused macadamia oil, but a good fruity olive oil would be lovely too!

garden

 

nasturtium recipe

Method:

Wash and dry all leaves and fruit. Line a serving tray with the nasturtium leaves, or place a bed of rocket on your plate.

Thinly slice the tomatoes and a few slices of the red onion. Dice any remaining tomato ends. Layer the tomato slices with the onion rings, and then dump the diced tomato on top.

Sprinkle marigold petals over the tomatoes and then pour a liberal slug of oil over the dish, followed by a good sprinkle of salt.

Serves one as a main or two as a side dish.

Eat with gusto!

nasturtium recipe

A Little Bit of Normal

the girls

“Get yourself grounded and you can navigate even the stormiest roads in peace.”
~ Steve Goodier

 

I’ve spent the last twenty-four hours offline and disconnected from the outside world, so that I could reconnect with my husband, our dogs, and the beautiful place we call home. I needed that, after five days holding the space for my channelling group. I wanted to feel grounded and nurtured. I’ve even had a day off from early starts and meditating.

Today I’m still tired, but feeling good. I’ve even planned a day of cooking, after our morning trip to the Mullum Farmers Markets. (Which we shall be going to as soon as this blog is posted and I get out of my pyjamas!)

Normal blogging will resume tomorrow. In the meantime here’s my last twenty-four hours in pictures:

suffolk

 

 

breakfast

 

pink

queenie

 

bert

 

harry

 

home

 

bedtime

 

Endings and Beginnings

dawn sangsurya

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”
~ Meister Eckhart

 

It’s our final morning of retreat, before we come back into the world again. One thing is certain. So much will be different after today. So different that lives will feel unrecognisable. And yet, most of that change will be hidden. On the outside, so much will stay the same. This is the way of the shaman. It is a form of rebirth of the self.

There is a new beginning for every ending.

I am so very proud of my students; the talents and gifts they hold, the courage they are showing in stepping into a level of spiritual work which asks so much of them. If you could see them – their humility, their big open hearts, their dedication to service, and to uplifting and helping others – you’d be proud too.

It feels like Graduation Day at Hogwarts today.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the new Wizards…

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Storm Clouds and Other Magical Things

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“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
~ Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

 

As I finished my meditation this morning, sitting on the veranda overlooking the ocean, a lightning storm began. There was no thunder. The whole thing unfolded in the predawn silence. Great purple clouds hung over the ocean, lit from within with flashing ribbons of light.

I wondered who else might be awake to see the theatre of that moment, before I realised the storm was just for me.

A long time ago, when I lived in the Kimberley, my Aboriginal Aunties taught me that the landscape is a teacher – that it holds messages for you, if only you can be still and pay attention.

So I sat and watched the storm, and the slow creep of dawn. I took a short walk as everyone else slept, feeling the communion of trees, the companionship of the waning quarter moon, the fellowship of the many birds singing their morning song.

My heart was breaking and flowing over with love all at once.

We live firmly set within the midst of magic.

As dawn broke the clouds lit with pink and gold. The storm moved further out to sea, leaving behind the clean, soft beginning of today.

I have had little sleep, but I feel renewed.

There will be magic within the walls of my hall today. Magic for the participants of my retreat. I can feel it in the air.

I’m holding you in my heart, and sending you love and bright sparks of possibility.

What magic is around you right now? What messages?

Be open to good things. Know that you are in this life for a reason.

Much love, Nicole xx

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Sneaking Out For Love

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“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”
~ Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

 

I was such a good girl, growing up. I never snuck out of the house. I never lied to my parents about where I was going.

Now I’m married though, that’s all changed.

In the middle of my retreat – that’s right, the one I am running – I am sneaking out.

I’ve been calling my husband twice a day, even though our farm is barely ten minutes up the road, and we are only apart for five days. I just want to hear his voice. To find about his day. To say good morning or good night.

Yesterday, like teenagers, we planned a secret tryst.

This morning, very early, my husband will call past the front door of the place where my retreat is being hosted. He’ll be in the farm ute, with Harry Dog chained in the back. I’ll meet him out on the road, and jump in beside him. We’ll hold hands driving into Byron Bay, enjoy a walk, and an early breakfast, and then he’ll whisk me back to the retreat before anyone even notices I have gone.

I feel like a schoolgirl, all sweetly excited and quietly thrilled.

Ain’t love grand!

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Becoming Who You Always Were

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Right now, here on retreat, my goal isn’t just to teach my participants new things. Instead, my goal is to help them uncover and live more fully as they already are.

It’s the same for everyone. Inside you, there is already someone magnificent. There is already a whole and comprehensive soul, with gifts to share, and wisdom to express.

You didn’t come to this life broken or incomplete. Sure, we’re all a work in progress, and we evolve and grow in response to the circumstances around us, but fundamentally and energetically we have this core essence that remains constant. Our best life becomes the expression of that essence.

That essence makes itself known to us through our preferences. From an early age we enjoy certain things more than others. We excel at, or stay focused on, particular things. It expresses itself through our personality, and it speaks to us via our intuition.

Intuition is lightning fast. The thought comes to us. The idea arrives fully formed in our minds. We instinctively want one thing, but not another. We feel good about that thing. Something about it calls to us. The knowing or the answer sits inside us. We feel it. It fills our cells with certainty.

But we live in a culture that values reason. That prizes the intellect.

From the earliest age we are taught to doubt that knowing.

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Image from Parent Hub

Mumma, I want this beading kit.

Why do you want that one, honey?

I don’t know. I just do. (There are no words. Just desire. Inside, the creative energy of the child is fired up. She can see herself making patterns and designs. The colours are so pretty. It’s calling her.)

That’s not a good reason. This toy’s a bit young for you. See, it says here on the box Ages 3 and up. You’re six now. A big girl. Which one do you really want? Don’t you like the doll in the yellow dress better?

After repeated episodes of others influencing our decisions, or questioning our choices, we begin to question them ourselves. Instead of trusting this guiding force within us, we begin to run everything past our conscious mind. We think about it. We reason it out. We find facts for and against.

We are no longer in the realm of feeling, and knowing. We are in our heads. We are thinking, and over-thinking. Our confidence in ourselves and our choices is shot. We begin to look to others for validation and approval…

Our essence is always here, inside us. Our intuition is always here to guide us. There is a great power to be had in allowing ourselves room to simply be. Space to sit with ourselves and what is. Time for letting that intuitive wisdom bubble back up to the surface after having been suppressed so long.

How we tune back in to ourselves? Here are a few simple things you can try:

  • Keep a journal. Write regularly, then read back over it and look for themes. Your true interests and passions will shine through.
  • Spend time on your own in nature. Nature soothes, and strips away all the head talk, leaving you alone with your true, wise self.
  • Seek out activities and hobbies that you enjoy. Spend time doing them, and feeling that sense of joy and being absorbed in something meaningful to you.
  • What made you happy as a child? If you’re not sure. ask someone or look at old photographs.
  • What music, interests or hobbies make the hours fly past?
  • What did you always enjoy doing in the past? (That might mean quite a long time ago!)
  • What things came easily to you? Skills, talents, behaviours.
  • What things do you REALLY not enjoy doing or experiencing? (This show you clearly who you aren’t!)
  • Around what areas do you have the most doubts? Where do you seek the most validation or approval, rather than trusting yourself and your abilities? Where do you hold yourself back? (This is a BIG sign that this thing is very important to you, and part of your natural talent.)

I encourage you to start tuning in, and getting a stronger sense of who you already are, and always were. The authentic essence of you is a beautiful and powerful force, waiting to be expressed in your life.

If you’d like to do more work with developing your intuition you might enjoy this free, short series of eight lessons:

Strengthening Your Intuition – A Program of Exercises

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