best six doctors and more…

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David Wolfe neatly summed the best six doctors for a happy and healthy human being.   We’ve got them all nailed (and some) at our forthcoming WoW Mallorca retreat, where we still have a few spaces.  A good friend thought  David had missed one out though – “Connecting with great people. Connectivity is so important for mental and physical wellbeing.”   We’d agree with that and clients each year testify that connecting with great people is a given at the wonderful surroundings at Son Ametler.

Are there other doctors you think contribute to your sense of wellbeing?  We’d love to hear your thoughts.

feed the soul, and your stomach!

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peppers cropA potential guest to our Week of Wellness recently asked for a “sample menu”.  The good folk at Son Ametler were happy to provide one and my mouth watered just reading it, remembering the delicious meals we shared under the sun and stars last Autumn.  I look forward to doing the same again in October (4-11th).

I truly believe an important part of any holiday or retreat is the ritual of sitting down and eating together, sharing stories, reflections, laughter and a glass of wine or two.  At Son Ametler, we relished the culinary delights produced by Paola and Leigh, using fresh and local produce wherever possible, some of it freshly picked from the gardens, or bought that day at nearby markets, such as these peppers.

Our Week of Wellness, combining tai chi, reflexology and walks in rural Mallorca, will feed the soul.  And I can guarantee that the lovely team at Son Ametler will certainly be feeding the stomach too!  Fortunately, we’ve plenty of tai chi and walks to keep it all in balance!

A few places remain.  All the details, prices and feedback are available here. Contact us with any questions.  Come and feed your soul, and your body!

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what do astronauts and tai chi have in common?

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I’m reading Cmdr Chris Hadfield’s autobiography – An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.  In case it passed you by, he’s the utterly wonderful Canadian astronaut who, in 2013, brought amazing images/footage from space into our living rooms via social media. He’s made space “cool” again, and his cover of Bowie’s “Space Oddity” (filmed in space) is currently at 20 million+ hits.  It makes me smile every time I watch it.

So what has this to do with tai chi?  A somewhat tenuous link?   Well I’m only about 30 pages in but what emerges again and again is that word “focus”.  A very young Chris Hadfield was very clear and focussed about what he wanted to do with his life, and his decisions were shaped by that goal and that focus.  In tai chi we employ body and mind, using our mind to focus on what our body is doing, whether it’s softening, yielding, grounding or aligning, for example.  If we’re focussed, grounded and balanced, we’re in a strong position to be able to make clear choices and good decisions, in the way we move, the way we feel, and the way we respond to situations.

Cmdr Hadfield’s goal was to be an astronaut.  I’m utterly delighted he’s achieved that.  Delighted for himself as he seems a thoroughly lovely man, and also delighted for the folks like me who have relished the astonishing images he’s shared with us all, making the science accessible and fun.  

Talking of goals, a rather shorter term one, requiring some focus, is to get yourself booked on our Week of Wellness in Mallorca, 4-11 October.  Tai chi, reflexology and walks, good food and wine and wonderful surroundings.  We can’t promise you a space odyssey, though previous participants have said the week is “out of this world”!   Earlybird discounts until end of March 2014.   

Meanwhile back to my book…!

I haven’t got time to stop!!

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goldsworthygrass2Make time in the foothills of Mallorca’s Traumontana mountain with a winning combination of a tai chi, reflexology and walks – a full week or a short break chillout, 5-12th October  2013.

Several years ago I went on one of those “Superworking” courses for managers – how to be more efficient, more effective, get more done in less time, and so forth. There were many interesting, and some wacky, concepts, exercises and ideas put before us. One story really stuck with me, I’m paraphasing but hopefully you get the gist. It goes something like this:

“A woodman has 20 trees he needs to cut down in the shortest time possible. He has one axe. After he’s cut down 10 trees his axe is blunt. He needs to keep cutting down trees but the tools he has no longer do the job. The woodman believes he hasn’t got time to stop and take a few minutes out to resharpen his axe.  He keeps chopping at the trees with the blunt axe, making very slow progress, getting blisters and aching muscles, but in his mind he is still heading towards his goal.  In a neighbouring wood a friend has the same task.  When his axe blade is blunt, he stops and takes but a few minutes to sharpen his blade, and so completes his task in a much shorter time, less tired, fewer blisters”.

Which approach do you take to life?  In our busy “goal orientated” world we often don’t make the time or take the time to resharpen our axe, to recharge our batteries, to eat, drink and play mindfully.  And actually when we do, we usually find we have far more energy and creativity to face our next woodcutter challenge.

So if you didn’t manage to get away over the summer, or even if you did and need a sunny boost before the winter kicks in, make time and space for yourself with us in Mallorca, you won’t regret it.  Find out more including prices, last few rooms available.  All inclusive, you only have to book your place and book your flight. Axe sharpened, sorted.

it’s all about balance…

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balanced rocks Can Piquafort taichivinesworks 2010One of my tai chi “lightbulb” moments was when my teacher was talking about being rooted/grounded/sunk down in one side of the body, holding the body in balance with “three free limbs”. In developing that balance, through my tai chi practice, I place myself in a better position to make choices, choices about how and where I stepped.

And so it is in life. If we are in balance, physically and emotionally, we are in a strong position to take time and make choices, instead of wobbling over or bouncing around like a pinball as life comes at us from all directions. This idea has held me in good stead over the years and is now proving to be a lightbulb movement for some of my students. Fabulous.

To explore and play with your own balance, come and join us in Mallorca for our week of Tai chi, Reflexology and Walks (Oct 5-12) at the wonderful Son Ametler.  I challenge you not to feel more balanced and grounded by the end of the week. To find out more click here.

“No time to stand…”

WoW - Wellness at its best

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“..No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass..”

Make time to stand, make time to see. October 5-12th 2013, Mallorca. Tai chi, reflexology and walking.

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