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Wait, what?? No meat or alcohol?

The first time I went on a retreat where neither meat nor alcohol was allowed I was pretty freaked out. In anticipation of it, I went out to a nice steak dinner the night before sipping from a beautiful bottle of wine trying to cure my anxiety.

After I learned how to meditate on day one of my retreat, had my first scrumptious vegetarian meal and then slept more soundly than I had in years, my anxiety disappeared.


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Our Women’s Travel Wisdom Retreat this October at Mandala Springs will also be meat and wine free. If this worries you as it did me all those years ago, I get it.

But don’t let that stop you.

I am a big cocktail gal, I wrote a book on cocktails but even I know that letting go of my security blanket for just four nights makes my body happy. It’s restorative and it cures so many things – so fast – including sleep patterns.

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I do this type of retreat regularly, and afterward I sleep so much better and feel much stronger, calmer, and more energetic.

Recently I went a month without alcohol and you should have seen my skin after that month, I looked 10 years younger! Let’s get real – I have a house in Bordeaux, France so I’m not going to give up wine forever – don’t worry!

A clean, uncluttered mind allows me to relax deeply, commune with nature more fully, and connect with others more profoundly. I recall being at this kind of retreat in France, and after listening to a moving speaker and then singing en groupe, tears began to stream down my face in appreciation and gratitude. It was one of the most profound moments of my life. This is precisely why we feel strongly that our retreat needs to be health-focused as cleaning out for a few days brings so many benefits to both mind and soul.

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So here’s my advice if this wine or meat thing is stopping you from signing up for our Women’s Travel Wisdom Retreat.

1. If you don’t think you can go for four nights without wine, this is likely a MUST-do retreat for you. 4 nights is just four nights, not a lifetime.

2. The health gurus always tell us we need to eat more vegetables, right? Here’s a chance for you to enjoy some yummy plant-based meals cooked for you allowing you to sample what it feels like but with no effort. You may find out that you love it and you might decide that going without meat for one day a week or one day a month is something you want to try when you return home. Who knows?

3. Getting out of your comfort zone is challenging but also invigorating. It makes us feel young again and proud of ourselves when we accomplish something we didn’t think we could do.

You're worth it

What I also know is this.

If you are concerned about the price, please think about this. How much money do you spend on dinners out, on that cute pair of shoes you really didn’t need, on Doctor visits, including medications, supplements, and shrinks?

The price for our retreat is simply what it costs to put this event on – most of our speakers and workshop leaders are taking pay cuts because they believe in what we are doing.

So don’t forget that YOU are worth it.

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Investing in yourself.

I learned long ago when I spent what I thought was way too much money on a weekend with a life coach, that it was precisely because I spent a lot of money that I took my vision day with Debbie Phillips seriously.

P.S. She is one of our keynote speakers.

That was about 15 years ago, and the vision we created for my life way back then is what has led me to where I am now. During that weekend I wrote down everything I wanted to do, and I have done it all and a lot more.

Spending money on myself and time with her and then following through thanks to that $5000 investment is the reason why I now have an exciting business that I love, and I get to live and travel all over the world. Even my husband works for me now?!! I didn’t believe in myself back then, but I sure do now.

So that’s my secret.


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I want you to make your own dreams a reality, whatever in the world they might be.

Come join us this October and let’s get on with it – Let’s make a Bigger more Beautiful Life for ourselves…..together!

Need help booking your room at the Retreat? Talk to Cheri our retreat organizer – click on the link below to email her now.

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Doni Belau

Founder, Girl’s Guide to Paris and Beyond

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