Share the Gift of an Inspiring and Restoring Weekend Retreat at Samudra!

Samudra, the Wellness jewel of the South West region, is offering a holiday special on all of its weekend retreats for 2013: Receive 20% off if you book you and a friend or loved one by 31 December 2012!

These transformative weekend retreats are the perfect opportunity for a quick get away to refresh and restore your body, mind and heart – and who doesn’t need that at this time of year?! All whilst gaining insights into making healthy changes in your life. You will participate in daily yoga classes, where Samudra’s highly qualified yoga teachers will help you develop a practice to take home.

You will also learn meditation and yogic breathing techniques to help calm the mind, discover how to use nature’s seasonal elements to enhance your diet and lifestyle regime, and take part in live-food demonstrations and other retreat specific talks. All this whilst being nourished with fresh and flavourful organic plant-based meals served from Samudra’s award winning café. You can choose from an array of holistic and inspiring retreat themes, including Yoga & Vitality, Women’s Wellness, Seasonal Detoxing, Yoga & Surfing, Yoga & Ayurveda and Yoga & Sustainable Living.

Located in the heart of Dunsborough, Samudra is only a two and a half hour drive from Perth… but in just two days your life as you know it will be changed!

You will feel renewed and inspired, and will re-enter your day-to-day routine with more enthusiasm, joy and vitality. What a perfect gift to share with a friend or loved one this holiday season!! Visit or call 08 9779 9977 for more details and bookings.

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Be well,



Beauty & Wellbeing Routine: Hannah Sforcina – Blogger, Foodologist & Mum!

Keeping the spark in life by living every moment!

♥ First up, briefly tell us a little bit about yourself!

Hi! I’m Hannah. I have an awesome day job as a Project Manager, and I moonlight as a Foodologist running my own business and blog, A Foodly Affair. I am passionate about mindful eating and about helping others to find their foodly philosophy – mostly through food coaching and uncooking classes. In between times, I love to write, read, sing, dream and spend time with the people who are important to me.

Cake of Soap – Goats Milk Soap

♥ Tell us about your daily beauty routine.

What is this thing you call a “daily beauty routine”…? I wash with either my own (edible) unsoap, or with a plain goats milk soap from Cake of Soap. Although I don’t cleanse or tone, I usually moisturise – with a basic shea or nut butter.

♥ What’s the one beauty treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

My unmissable beauty treatment is one that works from within: green juice. Rawfood Karen got me hooked. My favourite blend comprises kale, celery, apple, ginger, parsley, lemon & honey. It’s super easy to make, gives you a serious and immediate energy boost from the time it hits your lips, is great for your skin, and is a real tonic for your system.

♥ Who do you trust with your hair in Perth, and why?

For the last few months, no one. It’s an experiment in progress. When I’m not feeling experimental, it’s Element Aveda in Subi. All the staff there are fabulous and I appreciate the Aveda philosophy.

♥ Favourite budget / at home beauty treatment?

Coconut oil. Raw, organic coconut oil on your face and body, in your smoothies, desserts and main meals. So incredibly excellent for you, inside and out.

♥ Your three, absolutely cannot live without, favourite products?

1. Pawpaw ointment
2. My scent – Flower, by Kenzo
3. Soy candles from PinkLoveTank

♥ Do you have any secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

No secrets. I think everyone could eat more raw food, for the enzymes and energy. Whatever you do, enjoy it and be present with it. Nurture yourself with the best wholefoods you can get your hands on (organic and bio-dynamic where possible), drink plenty of water, have regular exercise and sunshine, breathe deeply, and trust in others & the universe.

♥ What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t yet? (Due to time, money, scared etc!)

Acupuncture. Now, if only I can avert my aversion to needles…

Yummo! Chia porridge!

♥ Describe a typical day of eating for you.

On a weekday, I like to start the day with chia porridge – but I usually wake up too late and resort to making a chia smoothie for the road, which I drink from a jar at my first meeting. If you’re playing along at home, remember that blue (from blueberries) + green (from spirulina) = grey! It tastes great, but colleagues will wince and ban you from bringing homemade juices or smoothies into work ever again.

Snacks are a nut & superfood mix (eg. goji berries, macadamias, cacao nibs, coconut shavings, almonds, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, cashews). My current vice is coffee, and I have a 2 per day habit. I also try to drink lots of water between meals.

Lunch is often a green smoothie or a raw burger from Club Zing.

Dinner starts with coconut water, a raw salad or a green juice, then a soup, pasta or curry – sometimes raw, sometimes not. I enjoy a glass or two of wine with dinner on most nights.

♥ Describe your workout routine / how you keep fit?

Have you tried the 9 minute extreme cardio workout yet? I just about killed myself with it last week.
I am just getting back into whole body vibration (2-3 times/week) because I love what it does for my body shape and endocrine system. I run and practise yoga when I make the time. Oh, and I got hooked on surfing after just one lesson at David Wolfe’s Samudra Retreat earlier this year, so I am determined to make this my Winter sport.

♥ Do you take part in any alternative therapies or take supplements?

I use different therapies for different issues/energies. When I am low in energy, I’ll book in for a bioresonance session. I have also tried and enjoy reiki, theta healing, far infrared saunas, music, meditation and essential oils.

♥ How do you like to relax? What are your favourite ways to de-stress?

I love a good belly laugh with my little person – and I try to get out of mobile range as often as possible.