Tuesday, December 08, 2015

A Waldorf Doll Making Workshop

With just a few days left before we leave for our holiday vacation, I decided to take a mini-break from the frantic planning and chaotic busy-ness of last minute work deliverables (I still have one last event this Sunday for Flow In The City Christmas Edition!).

A Waldorf Doll Making Workshop with Tita Malou Medrano (one of my son's nurturers or kindergarten teacher years ago) was just what I needed to slow down and ground. It is also my own preparation for my handmade and homemade Christmas present to both my kids (they will have to share a doll until I get to make another one!). Since I wasn't able to attend her 3-day workshop because of conflicted schedules, I opted to attend a shorter version with other Waldorf parents and teachers.

Here are some of the materials I started to work with

My classmates for today were parents and teachers from other Waldorf schools in the Philippines. I am so glad to be part of this community of like-minded folks!

Yes! With much guidance from Tita Malou, I made the head of a baby!

This doll was my inspiration for the one I am currently making. It is one of Tita Malou's masterpieces :)

Here's the group with our almost-finised works! I'm still working on adding hair and completing the finishing touches on mine but will make sure it will be ready for Christmas!

I honestly waited until I had a daughter before I decided to finally get one or better yet... make one. I don't know why I never made one for my son. Perhaps, I wasn't ready yet. Waldorf dolls are so very special because they are very simple, handmade and with the best intentions for your child. Unlike mass produced, plastic or factory made dolls that have no deep meaning nor positive energy, these loving creations are a gem to childhood! I wish I had one when I was young!

I saw this beautiful quote --
"......a handcrafted doll is one of a kind, an individual which carries the spirit of the maker in its stitches and absorbs the spirit of the child who loves it".

Another important thing about Waldorf dolls, Tita Malou says that it is important to keep it very simple, with no emotions especially for very young children (as you can see in the photos) so that your child may imagine it on the doll. Children will mirror their own emotions on the doll as they go through life's milestones. Whenever they are sad, they will also hug and care for a sad doll. When they are happy or excited, the doll will be the same. It is an extension of themselves, and so we treat dolls with respect, with reverence as with life. Read more about Waldorf dolls here.

Here are more of Tita Malou's brilliant works all sold out at the recent Advent Fair in Acacia Waldorf School. Thank you for the photo, Luisa!

To order a very special Waldorf doll for your child or your godchildren or join future Waldorf doll making workshops, please SMS Tita Malou Medrano at 0932-9603392 or email mjrmedrano@yahoo.com

Monday, December 07, 2015

Advent in Kolisko Waldorf School

advent spiral in kolisko

As we entered into the time of joyful anticipation of Christmas, my son's school celebrated the start of Advent through the walk of the illuminated circle. Each year, I look forward to this tradition because it prepares and syncs my whole body (body, mind & soul) for the darkest time of the year. It is said that light shines brightest in the darkest of days. And so we walk the path with our inner lights shining through :)

advent circle of lights

This is just one of the many things I love about a Waldorf Education! Come join the activities prepared for the school this Sunday at Flow In The City Christmas Edition. See poster below and visit www.flowretreats.blogspot.com for more details and registration :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Flow In The City at Aruga by Rockwell

#FlowInTheCity on November 14, Saturday 10am to 8pm at Aruga by Rockwell ♥

Aruga presents, Flow In The City, a health and wellness lifestyle event featuring workshops, activities, products and food for mindful and inspired living. This exciting event will take place on November 14, 2015, Saturday, 10am-8pm at the 3rd Floor, Edades Function Room, Aruga, Rockwell Center, Makati.

Join us for an informative and inspiring day with yoga instructors, artists, crafters, musicians, speakers and health advocates who will lead workshops and classes for everyone who would like to explore and learn more about mind-body balance and a conscious lifestyle.

Shop hand-picked brands that offer organic, all-natural local and sustainable products, from fashion, home and art, to food and drinks.

Sign up for 3 workshops for only P880. Entrance is free for the bazaar. There are also a few absolutely free activities for adults and kids like the Kolisko Music Ensemble mini concert, the Cookie Lady Demo and Make Believe Story Telling :)

Unplug for a day, connect with like-minded individuals, celebrate yoga, wellness and good health!

To register and for more details on workshop schedule, visit www.flowretreats.blogspot.com (web browser)

Flow In The City is sponsored by Salad Stop, Old Navy, Dove, K Fit, She Dreams In Ink, Hola Magazine, Lifestyle Network, When In Manila, Choose Philippines and Try Local.

See updates at the event page https://www.facebook.com/events/875712215876558/

Monday, October 05, 2015

Sound Healing: Crystal Bowls and Balinese Bell

Last Saturday, I attended a Sound Healing workshop conducted by musician, healer and artist, Yeyette San Luis and Ishilta Chasi of Ginhawa at Breathe, a yoga studio in Nuvali. It was my first time to visit and this has been long overdue since I have intended tosupport since before it even opened! The day has finally arrived and I resonate with the place because it stems from a community of like-minded folks.

The space is nice, airy and bright. More than a yoga studio, Breathe focuses primarily on healing which incorporates many other modalities. There is a snack and juice bar and a healing room for more private sessions behind the main yoga studio space.

This was the beautiful set up of Yeyette and Ish. 

I've personally been drawn to Sound Healing since I attended a class in The Yoga Barn in Ubud, Bali last 2010. My soul sisters at Flow also got hooked when they attended a class and a workshop in our retreat a few months back. Since then, we have created a Sound Healing thread on Whatsapp to hopefully awaken a local collective in Manila. 

Yeyette explained that everything vibrates. Even each cell in our body creates a sound. If one goes array, then the rest is affected...just like when an instrument goes out of tune. This is a reminder that you must re-tune constantly. And that is precisely what we were all there for. For re-tuning. 

We were asked to just lie down (just like in Savasana) for the whole session. Yes, that is how they do it, even in Bali. Then both Ish and Yeyette started using their instruments: the crystal bowls, the balinese bell and then for the last few minutes, Yeyette did spirit singing as well.

While the sacred sound concert was going on, you are transported to a deeply peaceful state of being. Many of us reported seeing colors. I was watching a groovy psycedelic hologram show. I can only explain it as my chakras being activated as we were retuning to the perfect pitch. Oh, it's definitely something to experience!

A class photo of all these souls (we are more than body!)

Immediately after class, we felt the effects. Just look at our happy faces! 

And because I want more of this kind of stuff....there is another upcoming event which next weekend which I will also be attending because it is like a Energy Detox BUFFET. You may choose 3 out of the wide range of healing offerings for a flat fee of only 1,250php! I am telling you, it is certainly worth the drive out to Nuvali! Please come and join me?

Solenad 1, Bldg. 4
Lakeside Evozone, Nuvali
Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Cel no. +639175606274
Email breatheph@gmail.com
Website www.breathe.ph

Sunday, October 04, 2015

World Famous Astrologer, Yael Yardeni Is Coming to Manila

I am so very excited for November because Kabbalah Philippines is bringing in Yael Yardeni, a world reknowned French Astrologer to Manila for the very first time!

I have been a student of Kabbalah for over 2 years now. I admit to being a delinquent student but I will never forget the core principles from my mentors which I do practice and have tremendously helped me with life issues: from career advice, to marriage to parenting and self-improvement. There has been so much fruits from the lessons in our study groups. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for answers. 

One of my interests and what has drawn me to Kabbalah was their practice of Astrology and how it applies to our lives everyday. I believe in the law of karma and past-lives so I had an Astrology reading when I was pregnant with my daughter because I wanted a clean slate for her arrival. I was mindblown by the results. From what I remember, the Astrologer knew very private information about me which she couldn't have gotten from anyone else (she was in London and we were doing this session via Skype). And she also had very sound advice on how to move forward from my past live hurdles --which keeps re-enacting in this lifetime because I haven't made the necessary corrections.

If this is something that sparks interest in you, please do come hear Yael speak! It might just change or save your life!

{Sharing the Press Release from Kabbalah Philippines}

Do you know that what you’re experiencing now may have been a result of your past life?  Are you willing to make that “correction” in order to change the course of your destiny?

These questions may seem impossible to answer but to Kabbalistic astrologer, Yael Yardeni, the only question is: Are you ready to know the answer?

Yardeni’s “gift” to read the past and chart the future has made her one of the most sought-after astrologers in the world ---  the waiting period for a chart reading with Yael can be up to six months or more.

Yael is a Kabbalistic Astrologer and astrology teacher with an international reputation, practicing for the past 12 years. Her readings are grounded on the principles and teachings of Kabbalah, an ancient spiritual wisdom that speaks of free choice and the ability of each person to rise above their circumstances.  

Yael Yardeni was born and educated in France, studying mathematics, physics, and finally continuing into medical studies. In 1987, she met Rav and Karen Berg, the Kabbalah Centre's founders and soon after, changed her direction in life, choosing to leave the field of medicine to begin her study of Kabbalah.

Since then, together with her husband, Eliyahu, Yael has founded Kabbalah Centres in France, London, and Miami, and has taught in Los Angeles and Hong Kong.  Through her astrological chart readings, Yael connects thousands to their purpose in life, based on her astrological chart readings.  

Now, Filipinos need not wait that long as Yardeni will be coming to Manila for a talk “Learning the Language of the Signs: Kabbalistic Astrology with Yael Yardeni”   to be followed by-appointment-only private readings on November 4, 2015.

Upon the invitation of Kabbalah Centre Philippines (KCP) Yardeni’s visit will be coming to Asia just to visit the Philippines – and for a very compelling reason. “We are proud to say we are the biggest and perhaps busiest Kabbalah Centre study group in all of Asia,” says Sarah Weston, Filipina Kabbalah teacher  residing in London who heads KCP.

Yardeni’s Manila engagement is also seen as fortuitous given that the country is preparing for the Presidential elections next year.
Expectations are riding high on every candidate -- there is a desire for change. Yael can give us insight on the change in consciousness each of us needs to manifest to ensure that the Philippines stays on its trajectory towards growth – as we are all collectively responsible,” explains Weston.

Weston also points out that Yardeni’s talk and chart readings are open to everyone, even non-Kabbalah students. “While there are astrological influences that are specific to the individual, there are collective influences that we are all subject to as a country and community. It will be interesting for anyone who has a stake in the Philippines to hear what's in our country’s chart,” she adds.  “Karen Berg, our Spiritual Director,  says that astral influences  impel but do not compel us.  So by tapping into astral energies  available, we can be the best versions of ourselves.”   
To get a taste of Yael’s weekly astrological forecasts, https://livingwisdom.kabbalah.com/astrology-forecast-august-23-29-2015
Yael’s lecture on November 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm will be at the Rockwell Cinemas at the Powerplant Mall. Yael will  give an overview of Kabbalistic Astrology and delve into each each sign, provide a forecast for Philippines, its direction for 2016 and how each sign can make use of the astral energies available in the coming year to ensure that the country and individuals  can make better choices to have a better year ahead.  Limited private astrological chart readings may also be booked, Early bird rates are available until October 13 with tickets at P1000 each, tickets purchased after then will be sold for P1500.  To inquire about tickets and private astrological chart readings: email Philippines@kabbalah.com or call 0917.584.8262

Kabbalah is a universal wisdom that can be studied by anyone regardless of their faith or path. It pre-dates the Bible and religion. Presenting the wisdom from a lineage of kabbalists, the Kabbalah Centre provides a course of study that describes the physical and spiritual laws of the universe, including human existence and the journey of the soul. With the use of Kabbalistic tools, students can improve the quality of their lives and move towards lasting joy and fulfillment. On a literal level, the word Kabbalah means “receiving.” It is the system by which we achieve true fulfillment in life.

Yael Yardeni was born and educated in France, studying mathematics, physics, and finally continuing into medical studies. In 1987, her cousin introduced her to Rabbi Berg and his wife Karen Berg, the Kabbalah Centre's founders. Upon her discovering of the secrets of Kabbalah and her meeting the Rav and Karen, Yael changed her direction in life, and chose to leave the field of medicine to begin her study of Kabbalah. Her chart readings are in no way conventional. Yael has a wide and extensive knowledge on the subject, as well as degrees in hypnotic therapy, clinical hypnotic therapy, and past life regressions.

Please contact:  

Early bird rates by October 13 of P1000
After October 13 - P1500

Monday, September 28, 2015

Petit Parties by She Dreams In Ink

If you are planning an intimate party, do consider my recent discovery - Petit Parties by She Dreams In Ink!

The story behind my discovery is quite interesting. I stumbled upon the Instagram account of Indy / She Dreams In Ink and resonated towards her whimsical designs. A few months later, I bump into her at the launch of The Parenting Emporium which I blogged about here.

I was overjoyed when she agreed to design my travel blog launch party for My Little Globetrotters because I knew that she would execute my vintage travel design inspirations really well. And she proved me right!

See more photos at the launch party and birthday bash here. Please show me how awesome your events come out with Petit Parties!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

Green Smoothie Workshop by The Flow Tribe

Lately, The Flow Tribe have been doing more Green Smoothie workshops in the the city. We usually teach this during our retreats (www.flowretreats.com) but also offer it to corporate offices, schools and yoga studios. We reckon, many urbanites want to learn the art of transitioning to a healthier lifestyle and the easiest way to do so is learn how to drink your greens or liquid sunshine!

Yesterday, Holy Carabao sponsored our loot for the smoothies. We only use premium organic (and biodynamic, if available) produce because health-wise it makes a world of a difference!

Rawlicious same to distribute their famous green smoothie cocktails to the guests at LiFE Yoga Studio.

We also used superfoods to power up our beverages which was supplied by The Healthy Grocery.

For more information on how you can get us to conduct this workshop at your school or office, please email flowretreats@gmail.com

Monday, August 10, 2015

DIY Chocolate Almond Milk

Knowing that most commercialized milk products aren't safe for consumption (cows are pumped with antibiotics and hormones), I choose non-dairy alternatives for my kids at home. 

Here is something I served both my kids: homemade all natural almond chocolate milk which they loved!

A cup of almonds (preferably raw)
Cacao powder from Bali Big Tree Farms
Sea salt from Ritual Shop, made in Pangasinan
Honey as sweetener
Chia seeds

Directions: soak your almonds overnight and throw the water you used to soak which contains all the enzyme inhibitors. Blend the rest of the ingredients together except sea salt and chia seeds which you sprinkle on top before serving.

So easy! Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

5 Healing Benefits of AcroYoga

I'm not an AcroYoga teacher but I do enjoy getting together with people to do jams in the city or at some of our retreats out of town. The previous Flow Yin and Yang Yoga retreat group in Palawan was lucky enough to have Paul Verchere join us for some serious stretching. He is a Vinyasa Yoga teacher and a recent graduate of an AcroYoga immersion in Thailand. It's good that he's quite a big guy because he became the base for ALL of us that weekend.

To me, much more than for show, AcroYoga is a beautiful practice with healing benefits. Here are my top 5:

1. Face Your Fears: Many first-timers are terrified of the idea of "flying" or letting go. Whether they are crippled with fear from past trauma or just not into adventure, people slowly learn how to build trust which is one of the main themes of an AcroYoga session.

2. The Healing Touch: We yearn for touch because it is a fundamental need for life, a source of energy and yet we operate on very little tanks of love and touch. AcroYoga is a fantastic way to harness this energy when we connect with others. 

3. Play is a wonderful tool for you to take life less seriously. I also love using AcroYoga as a way for me to bond with my kids! Healing past hurts and quarrels can only take place in a relaxed state of mind and body. So, chill and have some fun!

4. On a physical level, turning yourself upside down has its obvious healing benefits for increased circulation and spinal decompression. Acroyoga is so effective in lengthening the spine and giving me an instant postural adjustment.

5. And of course, we help heal the world through positive collective energies. When we come together in a community of like-minded folks practicing peaceful activities, only good can come out of it. This is the reason why we come together at FLOW to increase good vibrations.

Find AcroYoga classes, immersions and trainings near you at www.acroyoga.org or join a FLOW retreat through www.flowretreats.com. 

If you're jamming in Manila soon, let me know? I just might join you! xoxo

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Waldorf Education Orientation this Friday!

Many people have been asking me about my choice of education for my children. I've been very vocal about loving the Waldorf Education curriculum because values are aligned with my wholistic lifestyle. 

Santi doing wet on wet painting, one of the healing and teaching techniques in school.

If you are on the quest for a school that truly nurtures the soul of the child (as well as the mind!) please do come to this orientation which is also open for household staff because we want everyone on the same page when raising our kids, right?

Happening July 31, Friday 2-3:30pm 


Because a friend of mine asked "What does Kolisko mean anyway? Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

Eugen Kolisko (21 March 1893 – 29 November 1939) was an Austrian-German physician and educator who was born in Vienna. He studied medicine at the University of Vienna, and in 1917 became a lecturer of medical chemistry. He was the son of pathologist Alexander Kolisko (1857-1918).
Eugen Kolisko is remembered for his pioneer work in anthroposophy. He was introduced to anthroposophy through his classmate, Walter Johannes Stein(1891-1957). In 1914, he first attended lectures given by Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy. Consequently, he became a member of the Anthroposophical Society, and in 1920 was invited as an instructor to the newly established Waldorf School atStuttgart by Emil Molt (1876-1936).
And interesting to note...
Kolisko specialized in preventative medicine (sounds like my kind of guy!) and at Waldorf he worked with other teachers in creating a curriculum that focused on the spiritual and physical development of school children. He was instrumental in construction of several artistic therapies, such as anthroposophic music therapy and eurythmy.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Healthy Eats: Wabi Sabi

I would like to introduce to you one of my favorite vegetarian restaurants in Manila. Wabi Sabi is conveniently across the studio where I teach Yin Yoga 9am Thursday mornings and a short drive from my son's school, too!

When I am craving for Japanese flavor, I frequent this place for take out or have mini-dates with my son. They're known for their ramen. Vegetarian ramen? Yes!

Their menu is really affordable, too!

Seating capacity is only at about 12 so I suggest heading here right before it hits 12noon for lunch or non-peak hours. They are closed Mondays (I had to learn this that the hard way)!

They are known for their ramon but here's what I always order: The Okonomigyoza (75php) and their Chahan Fried Rice (75php) 

Wabi Sabi
POS Building, Scout MandriƱan Street Corner Tomas Morato, South Triangle, Quezon City


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