Author Archives: Amélie

About Amélie

Canadian in Berlin. Eco-Living & Travel Writer. Yoga Enthusiast. Out of Step. Vegan. Master of Short Sentences.

Women’s Retreat 2022: No Boys Allowed

22nd January 2022

Screw men. Haha lol, not really, but just a tiny bit, still. This 2022, all I want is to get away from everyday life, gather in small groups with soul sisters, and practice mindfulness away from men in a women retreat where I can let my hair down and my inner Wild Woman run free, sprinkled with healthy eating and, free time, physical activity, and a meditation practice. This is my best women’s retreats 2022 guide!

women's retreat

Vegan Munich: Where to Eat

19th January 2022

Wondering what vegan Munich has in store for ya?

There’s so much more to Munich than Oktoberfest. Sure, the Bavarian capital can be the scene of lederhosen-clad drunken Weisswürste fest. But open your eyes wide and you’ll discover an amazing health and vegan scene beyond all the animal products, fab vegan eateries, gorgeous boutique hotels, and — what the hell — river surfing right in the heart of Munich. There’s definitely more than meets the eye in Munich and I set up to explore what lies beneath the Schweinsbraten and just how many vegan restaurants Munich had for me. Wunderbar.

Yoga Asana Series: Virasana aka Hero Pose

16th January 2022

Sanskrit Term: VIRASANA = HERO POSE
Vira = hero
Asana = pose
(pronunciation: VEER-AHS-anna)

Why You Should Practice Virasana

Virasana

Do you know what we do a lot of in yoga? External hip rotation. Trikonasana, Warrior II, Tree pose, Gomukhasana, Baddha Konasana are just a drop in the ocean of all the yoga poses that depend on external hip rotation. And, do you know what we do very little of? Internal hip rotation… and do you know what pose is alllll about that internal rotation action? You got it, it’s Virasana!

Yoga Retreat Morocco: Where To Go

13th January 2022

I recently got back from a magical birthday trip to Morocco. It was fabulous — the accommodation, traditional Moroccan cuisine, hospitality, traditional culture, my local guide to the Sahara desert, the desert camp, just everything. Plus, there are many direct flights from Europe, making it an easy destination to get to. So for my next yoga retreat Morocco is definitely on the agenda. For years now, I have been scouring the best yoga retreats and teacher trainings in the world, but this selection of yoga retreats in Morocco is definitely up there with the best retreats and yoga holidays currently on offer.

Yoga Teacher Training Europe 2022 Guide

10th January 2022

My first yoga teacher training was in India in 2015, not only was it an amazing way to deepen my yoga practice and learn about anatomy and yoga philosophy, but it was an incredible journey of self-discovery, and I met some truly special people there… a time and people which led to me exploring the beaches of Goa, healing from some pretty devastating heartache, learning Thai massage in a hill tribe village outside of Chiang Mai, and ultimately cycling through Asia to Europe and ending up in my now home of Berlin! When I reflect back on that YTT, I realize that the transformation I experienced during those four weeks on a spice farm in Goa has had a pretty profound influence on my life beyond becoming a registered yoga teacher. So today I wanted to talk about Yoga Teacher Training Europe options!

15 Fun and Interesting Things to Do in Munich

8th January 2022

Munich is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany that’s sure to impress you with its scenery and landscapes. Nestled between the Alps and crystal-clear lakes and rivers, Munich is a city that is full of history, culture, and tradition. There’s plenty to do in the capital of Bavaria, whether you’re looking for a pilgrimage or simply want to have some fun. Here are 15 things you won’t want to miss while in the city.

15 Fun and Interesting Things to Do in Munich

Silent Retreat 2022: the Best Meditation Retreats in the World

7th January 2022

Sitting in stillness for just a few minutes each day can help cope with stress and anxiety, live a more balanced life, stay in the present moment, reset your brain function, and enhance relationships, both with a personal relationship with oneself and with others — to name just a few of the benefits of meditation. Meditation classes in a dedicated meditation center can be a good place to start if you’re finding the idea of meditating on your own and having a spiritual life for the first time a little daunting. I personally use Headspace and I love it. If you’ve already been initiated and are ready to try your first ever silent retreat, yaaaassssss! If you’re college students or young people and think meditation is for old folks, you are so wrong! Many campus ministry offices actually offer silent retreats these days. Getting away from your cell phones and modern world commodities for a few days has amazing benefits!

The Best Vegan Documentaries You Should Watch Now

6th January 2022

If you’re considering going on a vegan diet for a month: high five! Make sure you read my Veganuary tips guide for a successful transition into the plant whole foods world, and my favorite vegan quotes for a little inspiration. If you’re considering taking this further than the month and adopting a vegan lifestyle for good: you really should, and watching the best vegan documentaries there are out there is one of the best ways to get to your ends.

Ayahuasca Retreat 2022: My recommendations

5th January 2022

So you’ve decided you want to embrace ancient Shamanic plant medicines by heading to an Ayahuasca retreat in 2022 but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place.

Deciding to take the plunge into your first Ayahuasca retreat is a pretty big deal (it’s a very transformative experience), and deciding which retreat to go to is an even bigger one. Some will say let the medicine call you on your path to personal growth, you’ll know when the time is right — and I have to agree. You’ll have many questions, I’m sure. I certainly did when I had my first Ayahuasca experience.

Your Ultimate Holiday to Marrakech Guide

4th January 2022

A holiday to Marrakech is like no other — it’s easy to either love or hate. I personally absolutely loved my Marrakech holidays. The pink city’s beautiful and historic architecture, the friendly and funny yet sometimes challenging locals (especially the youths, who are keen to lead you on and make you believe you’ve lost your ways), and the exotic sensory overload make it an unforgettable holiday that’s just a stones’ throw away from Europe, with many direct flights to Morocco lasting less than four hours from many European capitals. It’s also one of the most affordable holiday destinations from Europe, making it perfect for those who want to experience something exotic but don’t have much money or time to spend on holiday getaways.