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A reminder to all – Life is Sacred Sacred Lifestyle is a new online community which helps awaken one’s spirit and helps enlighten and inspire us while we continue on our Journey. We profile Gurus, Spiritual Guides, and Bon Vivants from around the world, encouraging them to share their experiences. From healing our bodies, to enriching the food we consume, to personal utopias and sanctuaries — come be a part of our journey and share our passion, experience, and expertise. www.sacredlifestylemagazine.com
Content Food + Health
Ana Stanciu Anya Kassoff
Journey + Gurus
Kara Rosenlund Scarlett Rouge Carolyn Roumeguere Janet Hill Saira Hunjan
The Awesome Green by Ana Stanciu
Villa Olivi in Le Marche, Italy
La Granja The White Hotel
Farmacy Water.org Foundation Meatless District Cold Pressed Juicery Lux Aeterna Holy Cross Chapel concept by OPA
The White Hotel The Cold Pressed Juice
Stop the Water While Using Me! Dream Design Wood and Water Foods Torii Labs California Square One Organic Spirits Planta Toronto Stella McCartney Erdem No Bull G-Star Raw Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa Beachside Bohemian by: Robert + Cortney Novogratz
Villa Olivi, Italy
Square Wood One and Organic Water Vodka Foods
beachside bohemian easy living by the sea Rizzoli New York Robert and Cortney Novogratz with Michelle Billodeau Available for online purchase at www.rizzolibookstore.com
Uxua casa hotel & Spa Trancoso, Brazil www.uxua.com
Food + Heal
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Not only is food one of humanityâ€™s basic needs, it is an element that is essential to living a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. Here we learn about better living through healthy eating and transformed diet, with delicious recipes and trending food practices.
Food + Healthy Living
Photos courtesy of Ana Stanciu
The Awesome Green
Ana StanciuÂ | www.theawesomegreen.com
Ana is a soon-to-be certified nutritionist and food blogger living in Bucharest, Romania. Her vegetarian blog features many delicious recipes with an eye towards overall health and wellness. Ana uses ingredients for overall balanced cellular activity and production. Her no-fuss approach shows that vegan cooking doesnâ€™t need to be complicated just full of healthy, fresh ingredients. Ana reminds her readers that what you put into your body has a big impact on your overall health and outlook on life.
Food + Healthy Living
Spicy Black Bean Tostadas with Corn Salsa and Avocado INGREDIENTS For the Spicy Black Bean Tostadas: 4 small corn tortillas 1 ripe avocado, peeled and cut into slices 1 can of cooked black beans, rinsed ½ tsp cumin 2 garlic cloves, crushed ½ tsp red chili flakes 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp coconut oil Pinch of sea salt
For the Corn Salsa: 2 corn cobs 1 ripe tomato, finely diced 1 small onion, finely diced 2 limes, juice only ½ bunch fresh parsley, roughly chopped Pinch of sea salt 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil to garnish Hot green pepper slices Fresh parsley leaves
DIRECTIONS 1 Grill the corn cobs, then remove the kernels and place in a medium bowl. 2 Grill the tortillas until crisp, then set aside. 3 Add the tomato, onion and fresh parsley, and toss to combine. 4 Drizzle with olive oil, add the lime juice, season with salt and mix to combine. Set aside to allow the flavors to combine. 5 In a medium saucepan, heat the coconut oil over low heat. Add the garlic and fry for 30 seconds. 6 Add the black beans, red chili flakes, cumin and lemon juice, mix to combine and cook for five minutes over low heat. 7 To assemble the tostadas, divide evenly the corn salsa and black beans onto grilled tortillas, top with avocado slices, garnish with fresh parsley and green pepper slices and serve warm.
Cozy Turmeric Lemonade for Digestive Relief INGREDIENTS 2 inch ginger piece, peeled and grated
A pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1 turmeric root, peeled and grated
Lime slices, fresh rosemary springs, to garnish
5-6 fresh rosemary needles, crushed
4 cups purified water
Ice, but I recommend having it at room temperature
4 organic limes, juice only 1 tbsp organic raw honey (use maple syrup for the vegan version)
DIRECTIONS 1 2 3 4
Add 1 cup water in a small saucepan, add grated turmeric, ginger, rosemary and black pepper, bring to boil over medium heat, then simmer for 10 minutes over low heat. Strain to obtain a clear liquid and set it aside to cool. Add the rest of the water in a pitcher, together with the turmeric concoction, honey and lime juice, and mix to combine. Pour evenly into the serving glasses, garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs and lime slices, and serve.
Food + Healthy Living
Golubka Kitchen Anya Kassoff | www.golubkakitchen.com
Golubka Kitchen’s recipe developer, Anya Kassoff is creating seasonally fresh vegan and vegetarian recipes. After facing some unexpected health issues, Anya’s lifestyle changed completely and she started a healthier and more raw-based diet. Her new lifestyle inspired her to develop new recipes with unexpected ingredients. Anya’s recipes are combined with her daughter, Masha’s stunning photography to give her blog a chic and contemporary look.
Food + Healthy Living
Photos by Masha Davydova
Food + Healthy Living
Sweet Potato Buckwheat Snack Bars with Cardamom INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups raw buckwheat groats â€“ soaked in water for a minimum of 1 hour, rinsed and dried completely, or use quinoa puffs 1 small or 1/2 large sweet potato 1 heaping cup assorted nuts/seeds (I used 1/2 cup hazelnuts, 1/4 cup each of almonds and pecans) 1/2 cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds, or a mixture of both 4 cardamom pods ground in a mortar and pestle 1/2 cup sesame tahini 1/2 cup almond butter 1/4 cup brown rice syrup 2 tablespoons honey pinch sea salt DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Prick sweet potato skin with a fork several times and bake for about 40 minutes or until soft throughout. Cool, peel and mash with a fork. 2. Lower the oven temperature to 350 F (180 C). Place nuts on a baking tray and toast for 10 minutes. Transfer onto a kitchen towel and remove the skins. Then toast your seeds for 5 minutes. 3. Add nuts to a food processor and pulse until broken into small to medium pieces. Combine the nuts, seeds and buckwheat groats in a large mixing bowl. 4. In a small saucepan, warm the brown rice syrup with honey, tahini and almond butter, mixing until well combined. Add in the sweet potato mash, salt and cardamom. Combine into a caramel-like homogenous sauce. Pour it over the granola mixture and mix well. 5. Cover a 9 x 9 baking dish with parchment paper, extending it to the sides of the dish. Scoop the mixture into the dish, pressing it inside in a compact and even layer. Place it into a freezer for about 30 minutes or until firm. 6. Remove from the baking dish and cut into bars. Keep refrigerated, or even in the freezer â€“ the bars will never be completely frozen, just perfectly chewy and crunchy at the same time.
Colourful Veggie Falafel with Pickled Turnips INGREDIENTS 4 tablespoons flax meal/ground flax seeds – divided 3 tablespoons sesame seeds 1/2 cup pecans 1 1/4 cups cooked or canned chickpeas – drained well and dried with paper towels 3 tablespoons sesame tahini 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons coconut sugar 1 garlic clove – minced 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or more to taste large handful each of parsley and mint leaves (optional) 1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds 2 cardamom pods – crushed, green shells discarded (optional) 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds (optional) 2 cups loosely packed spinach leaves 1 small or 1/2 medium sweet potato – peeled and finely shredded 1 small or 1/2 medium beet – peeled and finely shredded
DIRECTIONS 1.Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C). Combine 3 tablespoons of flax meal with the sesame seeds and set aside for coating the falafel. 2.In a food processor, grind the pecans into a coarse meal. Add in the reserved 1 tablespoon of flax meal, chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, coconut sugar, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and herbs (if using). 3. Grind the cumin, cardamom and mustard seeds in a mortar and pestle or a designated coffee grinder, then add to the food processor. 4. Process everything until well combined, scraping the walls of the food processor if needed. Take care not to puree; the mixture should remain somewhat chunky. 5. Divide the mixture into three even portions, leaving one in the food processor. Add the spinach to the food processor and combine well. Remove from the processor into a designated bowl and wipe the machine clean. 6. Put the second portion of the chickpea mixture into the food processor, along with the shredded sweet potato, and process to combine. Remove the sweet potato/chickpea mixture into a designated bowl. No need clean the food processor this time. 7. Repeat the same with the shredded beet and the last portion of the chickpea mixture. 8. Form falafel balls of three different colours, rolling each ball in the flax and sesame coating as you go. Place them on a parchment paper covered baking tray. If the spinach and/or beet mixture turned out too moist for handling, simply add about 1/4 cup of ground rolled oats to absorb the extra moisture. 9. Bake for 15 minutes, turning the falafel every 5 minutes to achieve even colour. Let cool. 10. Serve wrapped in any favorite green leaves (lettuce, collard greens or cabbage) or in pita bread pockets. Garnish with pink pickled turnips, fresh radish and cucumber slices, Greek style yogurt with lime juice to taste mixed with herbs and/or hummus. (Makes about 40)
Food + Healthy Living
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Gurus + J
Photo by Kara Rosenlund
Gurus inspire others through their personal experiences and career expertise. These individuals have worked hard to get where they are today and through their practicing endeavours, they truly make the world a better place. Journey is a significant section of Sacred Lifestyle, showing readers various leaders in the world who lead inspirational journeys and strongly impact and influence others. These individuals have changed their paths and shifted their energy in a new direction that has not only bettered themselves, but also everything around them.
Photographer + Stylist + Author www.kararosenlund.com
Kara Rosenlund is an Australian lifestyle photographer & stylist, adventurer, author and online shopkeeper. She has worked in various creative fields including freelance editorial and advertising. Kara is also known for her caravan pop-up shop ‘Travelling Wares’, housed in a 1965 caravan, which she uses to tour the country selling vintage home décor pieces.
Photos by Kara Rosenlund
How does it feel to have made a difference as such an influential person? I don’t really identify as a particularly influential person. I feel really grateful that I’ve been able to pursue a life and career that align with my beliefs about what I want the world to look like. What is the most important thing for you to communicate and educate the world with? Grounded passion. I think we hear a lot about “passion” that is fleeting and emotional. True passion is something you’re willing to work for and towards, even when it doesn’t feel fulfilling or “fun”. That is when it gets really good. Very few GREAT things come without commitment, consistency, and hard work. What motivated you to embark on this journey? Relationships. I wanted to see my sisters in East Africa have the same opportunity to pursue education and opportunity that I was afforded. If you had one wish what would it be? I mean, if it could truly be any wish, I’d wish that everyone on Earth would be treated with dignity and experience unconditional love. Name the most spiritual place you’ve ever visited. I was travelling alone in Northern Ethiopia a few years ago and woke up at about 4am to walk to an underground church and attend an Orthodox service. I didn’t know a soul and couldn’t understand a word but in the cold and dark, huddled under my (which is like a giant gauze blanket), even though in so many ways I was an “outsider”, I felt so connected to God and the people around me. It was a very sacred experience. You’re so dedicated and work so hard, what is a way you recharge your soul? Community! Nothing refreshes me like being around those I love.
Scarlett Rouge is an artist in every sense of the word. Her eclectic and elegant style showcases her vivid personality and captures the mind.Scarlett is a multi-media artist and creates stunning performance pieces, paintings, and sculptural art without discretion. Like her art, Scarlett strives to unite people and her work reflects a deeply analytical mind that is heavily influenced by her creative upbringing as well as her organic vision of the world.
Scarlett Rouge Artist
Photos Courtesy of Scarlett Rouge
Journey What best describes your personal journey in life? When we think of destiny, we envision an inevitable fate, doomed or fortunate by grace of the heavens, while a destination is the inevitable result of our course of actions. In-between course of action, we discover and create our journey. If I had to pigeonhole my journey as an artist, it is a quest to create a contemporary language that speaks to the symbolic nature of our collective unconscious. In other words, I want to create artworks that express our spiritual or therapeutic needs, while being inclusive to humanityâ€™s evolution and scientific advancements. What has inspired you to travel the path you have chosen? On one side it was fixed that I would be an artist because of my upbringing, on the other, it is because of my sheer determination and humility that has held me to this path. Do you believe you have found true happiness through this journey? Happiness can be fleeting, as much as sadness is a transient state. I am absolutely grateful for my many life blessings. Some call it good karma, my father affirms I was born under benevolent stars, and I cannot deny the good fortune I have acquired in this go around, having the time to pursue my dreams and the means to make them real. Nevertheless, I do not take these gifts or its responsibility lightly, with everything given, equilibrium asks for its equivalent return. Who/what inspires you? My four parents, my grandmotherâ€™s ghostly whispers to stay true to myself and live beyond the bourgeois traditions she was unable to break from â€Ś and so many artists and philosophers that have paved the way and made it possible for me to continue the work of opening our secular minds to our collective heart (spirit). Louise Bourgeois, Peggy Guggenheim, Joseph Campbell, and Alan Watts, to name a very small few. What does following your dreams mean to you and do you believe you have done this? Ask me when I am dead, who can really say the effect our actions or dreams have had until their produce has been fully digested? I will take Van Gogh as an example, though his circumstances do not really mirror mine. But even in this day of instant gratification and information, things still take their sweet time to change, and with all the knowledge we have, history still repeats itself. What is the most important thing you learned through your personal journey? Like I said before: determination and humility.
Journey Journey Share with us your new adventures you wish to explore going forward? I’d really like to try DMT, but I am patiently waiting for the proper guide. World causes you believe strongly in? Anti-war, Anti-xenophobia, the abolishment of ignorant racism ... Pro-choice, pro-gender equality, and the right to choose one’s own gender identity!
Important world issues that you feel we need to be conscious about? It is time to reconsider the right of all man to eat meat on a daily basis, it is time to reconsider our means of procuring energy. And to America I say, it is time to stop bowing to the Greedy God of Money and remember without each other, without being grateful for the unity of humanity, we can no longer flourish, if then … well, all is lost, and please commit suicide, because you are a cancer to this bountiful Earth. What is a quote you live by? I don’t live by quotations, that would mean we are not flexible to the changes of life. The best I can find for you is: Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it. What is Sacred to you? Love is Sacred, yet to choose love does not mean to be happy, actually to choose love means to accept discomfort, because it is in discomfort that we can grow. Love is the way, and it gives us the courage to grow; we are all plants rooted in soil, and like plants we reach for the sun, in trust and nature, we are compelled to grow towards the light of our soul.
Jewelery Designer | www.carolynroumeguere.com Photos by Sheila Metzner
Carolyn Roumeguere is a designer that threads Maasai and Mexican influences and designs into her online store and handcrafted items. Living a nomadic life from the time she was young, Carolynâ€™s life has been filled with travel and exploration. Every item is carefully curated and crafts her unique vision. She is also an avid philanthropist with a percentage of her profits going towards humanitarian causes, giving back to those who inspire her.
How does it feel to have made a difference as such an influential person? I strive to encourage each and every one of us to make a difference each day, no matter how small. If every one of us makes an effort, it becomes a wave and changes the world. I feel privileged to be in this position. What is the most important thing for you to communicate and educate the world with? Having grown up close to a traditional tribal culture, the Maasai, as my mother was a social anthropologist who married a maasai warrior, I feel that I can bring some of their value systems to the Western world. Those include respect for one self and one another, the importance of ritual and ceremony in oneâ€™s life and of community living. What do you believe is your purpose? I am in a form the Western world can relate to and yet I am African and grew up in a way no other Western or tribal person did as I grew up in both worlds, understood both worlds and they me, and therefore am the perfect vessel to carry teachings. How has your journey connected you more with the earth/nature? I feel that our society has lost touch with the Earth, the Western world is lost and is not connected through rituals and ceremonies to a culture or ancestors the way tribal societies are. It is time to get grounded once more, to focus on what really matters in life, to stop and listen to the voices inside us and to reconnect with oneâ€™s instinct. It is time to become authentic once more. One can achieve this by getting connected to oneâ€™s self, listening to the voice inside, to the instinct we all have. The problem is most people are not connected to themselves any longer, and that is where spending time in nature is important and following a spiritual path. It does not matter which one, it can be yoga, going to church, taking plant medicine, going to sacred places or gurus, just setting the intention is enough to set the wheels in motion and make a difference. What motivated you to embark on this journey? I did not choose my journey, I was born in it. I do believe we choose the parents and the lives that will give us the opportunity to grow, so I chose this life. Growing up with the Maasai taught me to live in the present and to be fearless. They are a very pragmatic people and not attached to anything material and their lives are very much led in the present moment as indeed, they always say: who are you to know that you will be here tomorrow?
Guru If you had one wish what would it be? If I had one wish it would be to replace violence with love in this world. What is a quote you live by? I always tell my children to treat everyone the way they would like to be treated and to not use the word HATE. Name the most spiritual place you’ve ever visited. I find nature anywhere in the world, in the most sacred and spiritual places, but if I should name one place well then, Machu Pichu has an energy I cannot quite describe, the 12th century churches carved out of one piece of rock in Lalibel a. Ethiopia as well is like travelling to a page of the Bible and of course, the unspoiled wilderness areas of Kenya take your breath away and restore your soul. You’re so dedicated and work so hard, what is a way you recharge your soul? I recharge my soul by walking in nature and listening to the wind through the leaves, observing the flight of an eagle or the slow trajectory of an ant through the forest, and taking in the beauty of the sun’s rays. Nature heals in the way that nothing else does and is there for everyone.
Janet Hill is an artist and author living in Stratford, Ontario. Her whimsical yet elegant style is seen throughout her paintings which tell imaginative tales of beauty, mystery, and magic. Janetâ€™s retro-inspired pieces evoke a bittersweet nostalgic feeling and a desire for days long past. Janet has collaborated with various fashion and design brands including, Tiffany & Co., Hallmark UK, and Harper Collins.
Janet Hill Artist | janethillstudio.com
Photos Courtesy of Janet Hill
Journey What best describes your personal journey in life? Expect the unexpected. What has inspired you to travel the path you have chosen? I wouldn’t say that I consciously chose this path, it was more a series of unexpected events that led the way. I was discouraged from being an artist by a painting professor at my university. I was told that the path was difficult and involved more education and likely a move to New York City, and even then, success was unlikely. I watched my peers go into teaching, and graphic design, but nothing felt right to me. I also graduated with student debt, and going to New York or taking on more training really wasn’t feasible. So, I ended up working for a modular furniture company. It was a bad experience. I had hoped it would allow me to be a little creative, as there was some drawing and designing involved, but it was really more of a sales job. It also made me realize that I really wanted to be self-employed. Not long after that realization, I quit my job and left the country for a year to figure things out. When I returned, I opened a retail store that specialized in luxury bath products. I had the store for six years but when the economy took a downturn, so did my store. During the economic slump, I began to realize that there was no future for me in the store. My heart wasn’t in it and I began to paint in my spare time. Eventually, I decided to shut the store and for once, my timing was right. Etsy had just begun to take off and I recognized an opportunity to sell my paintings online. There was something about having a website and an online presence that really appealed to me. Do you believe you have found true happiness through this journey? I am very happy—much to my own surprise! Not every day is perfect of course, but I love what I do so much that it doesn’t actually feel like work. Who/what inspires you? This is a question that I always find difficult to answer. I’m attracted to beautiful things, but also to absurd things. I’m drawn to eccentric people and humour. I try to capture moments of silliness and strangeness with a pleasing aesthetic. What does following your dreams mean to you and do you believe you have done this? I never dreamt about being an artist so I can’t really say that I followed my dreams. It just happened. I wanted to be a photographer in high school, then a doctor, then a shop owner. Being an artist has been something of a surprise not only for me but most of my family. I don’t feel like I chose my current situation, rather it chose me.
Journey What is the most important thing you learned through your personal journey? There was a lot of failure in my past. Almost every job that I had didn’t feel right and to be honest, I wasn’t very good at most of them. When I shut down my retail business, I declared bankruptcy and it was a very uncertain time. However, in loss there can also be freedom. Most notably, I was finally free of the fear of failure. I had failed and it wasn’t the end for me. With encouragement from my husband and family, I decided to paint full-time and things very quickly turned around for me. Share with us your new adventures you wish to explore going forward? I’ve discovered a passion for storytelling. My work has gone from simple vignettes to being more narrative-based. I had a children’s book released in January 2016 called Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess which was published by Tundra Books/Penguin Random House. I look forward to working on more illustrated fiction for all ages in the future. World causes you believe strongly in? I strongly believe in human rights and animal welfare. Important world issues that you feel we need to be conscious about? It’s a hot topic at the moment but I feel that sexual assault is something that is very much overdue for examination. I’ve been glad to see more awareness of it socially, but the legal system needs to do some catching up. There have been some high profile cases both in the US and Canada this year that have really exposed how inadequate the system is. I hope that as societal attitudes change, so will the legal systems. What is Sacred to you? My family, my work, my home.
Photos Courtesy of Saira Hunjan
Saira Hunjan Tattoo Artist www.thegirlwiththegoldenneedle.tumblr.com
Known as the Girl with the Golden Needle, Saira Hunjanâ€™s tattoos are beautifully illustrated, finely detailed images that characterize her unique style. Saira began her career as a tattooist while studying fine art at Camberwell College of Arts in London, England. Her choice of medium is ink and she often depicts images of nature, wildlife, and figures influenced by her Indian heritage. Aside from Sairaâ€™s tattoo art and drawings, she has also collaborated on fashion design, interior design, and artistic murals.
What best describes your personal journey in life? Â Since I can remember, my creativity has been my driving force. It's always been the one thing in my life that I have relied on and the best way to express myself. Whether it's through tattooing, drawing or painting, it's my life's purpose, to create art and share it with the world What has inspired you to travel the path you have chosen?
My dad was a big inspiration to me as a child. I was fascinated by his biro drawings and oil paintings. I remember looking through his sketch books and wanting to have his drawing abilities. So I practiced a lot. I spent most of my childhood drawing and then I discovered surrealism and Salvador Dali. I instantly fell in love with this magical world and wanted to be in it. Do you believe you have found true happiness through this journey? I do believe that the more I have listened to my heart and followed my path, the happier I have become. This has helped me to grow spiritually, which has become a big part of my life. My faith and connection to the divine are a constant source of strength and happiness. Sometimes I can be in the deepest of meditation whilst creating and these are the special moments when I feel at one with myself. Who/what inspires you? Â My love of travelling through India is a constant source of inspiration. It is so rich in craftsmanship which is very close to my heart. The tribal gypsy women from Gujarat and Rajasthan hold a lot of importance to me, as their beautiful tattoos were a big reason I decided to become a tattooist. Nature is also a big inspiration to me. The more I'm connected to it, the more I can create. Living in the valleys in South Wales for the past five years has really taught me this.
Journey What does following your dreams mean to you and do you believe you have done this? Following your dreams means being true to yourself. I think this is really important in evolving as a human being. Taking chances and making big changes in my life in order to reach my dreams has been scary but so beneficial. The obstacles have been valuable teachers sothe dreams have become even bigger. I'll always do what I can to follow my dreams. What is the most important thing you learned through your personal journey? Learning from my mistakes and being a better person from them. Realizing that everyone is a teacher and we are all here to grow and learn from each other. I will always aim to do my best in anything that I do. I also feel the love and support I have from my nearest and dearest has truly helped me along the way. Share with us your new adventures you wish to explore going forward? I'm planning to set up a base in India so that I can work with local artisans. Three years ago, I went to Kolkata where I worked with sculptures and had some of my Goddesses created into statues. I'd like to have more produced and also see my work developed through embroidery, jewelry and other handcrafted techniques. I'm really excited about this next chapter in my life. World causes you believe strongly in? There are many causes I believe in. For a start, I’d like to mention animal welfare. To protect animals from cruel treatments and preserving species that are close to extinction. It makes me so sad to hear of them being mistreated due to selfish human needs. Another one would be tackling the problem of world hunger. Providing sustainable and long-term solutions to malnourishment and hunger. Important world issues that you feel we need to be conscious about? I'm a big believer in 'healing' oneself. I think that we all hold the power to turn our lives around through knowledge, clean eating, getting back to nature and listening to our bodies, instead of turning to pharmaceutical companies for a quick fix. This in the long run does us more harm than good. It's sad to revert to manmade substances rather than using what we can from the Earth. What is a quote you live by? Love, compassion and kindness are the anchors of life. What is Sacred to you? Life and my loved ones are Sacred to me.
Stella Mccartney Black Falabella Swan Mini tote Stella McCartneyâ€™s Swan mini Tote features a swan embroidery, black tassel fringe, is cruelty-free and created from recycled materials and plastic bottles. www.stellamccartney.com
Baxter Double-Breasted Metallic Jacquard Coat Erdemâ€™s 2016 Fall collection includes a unique Baxter double-breasted metallic jacquard coat www.net-a-porter.com
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Sacred Home is a special element of Sacred Lifestyle. This section is a porthole to the wondrous living spaces around the world that are beyond the norm. See how people from all walks of life create sanctuaries that allow them to live a more Sacred and well-balanced lifestyle.
Villa olivi Le Marche, Italy
This house in Italy is a modern refresh of a traditional villa. The interior is fresh, cool and dreamlike with a modern monochrome palette mixed with earthy rustic tones. The result is a sophisticated update on the traditional architecture. The villa features five spacious bedrooms, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, and beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside. The minimalist style and interior creates a contemporary feel while the rolling hills and lush greenery transform the outdoor terrace into a modern paradise. For booking, visit boutique-homes.com
Stop the water while using me! All-natural rosemary and grapefruit shampoo www.stop-the-water-while-using-me.com
Dream designs Organic cotton towels www.dreamdesigns.ca
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Sacred Travel is an outlet that motivates readers to explore and venture into new cultures and eclectic communities. This section will inspire and educate travellers to fall in love with hidden gems from around the world. Encounter utopian destinations that will only add to the development of your Sacred soul.
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te Hotel Ostuni, Italy
Travellers looking for a designer holiday home in Italy will love this white stone bed and breakfast, perched on a ridge overlooking the sea. Itâ€™s not only strikingly designed, but itâ€™s located in an organic olive grove near the famously picturesque town of Ostuni. It has six generously-sized rooms, and sleeps 14 comfortably. To book your stay, visit boutique-homes.com
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The 10-hectare farmstead that makes up La Granja is a members-only retreat by Design Hotels launched in collaboration with Friends of a Farmer, an international association devoted to the cultivation of art, crops, and inner gardens. The property includes a farmhouse with nine guestrooms, a private guesthouse, a pool, and kitchen showcasing the natural and rustic environment of Ibiza. La Granja is designed to immerse the body and mind to cultivate the inner and outer self of their guests. The farmhouse features a carefully curated list of programs and rituals. From communal farming projects to yoga workshops, La Granja creates an environment that highlights the importance of community and connection. Bookings available at: designhotels.com
Another experience from Design Hotels, Coco-Mat is a refurbished historical minerâ€™s quarters which have been redesigned for a unique hospitality experience. The two-story apartments include a living room, kitchen and private terrace with sunbeds for lounging. The design of the space uses earthy and natural tones and materials to fit with the Mediterranean climate and uses natural air conditioning through â€œbio-climatic architectureâ€? to cool the apartment. The furniture and bedding are made with natural materials such as chestnut, coconut leaves, and eucalyptus leaves which freshens up the open space. With stunning views of the shores of Serifos, Coco-Mat is a gypsetter dream come true. Book now at designhotels.com
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Wood and water foods Tree Nut Cheeze : Herb + Garlic, Sharp & Smoky and Original www.woodandwaterfoods.com
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This healthy restaurant in Londonâ€™s Notting Hill delivers â€œsustainable nutritionâ€? by using ingredients that are organic and harvested using sustainable practices. The plant-based menu introduces a diverse palette of fresh, seasonal, and nutritious meals that are good for people and causes minimal environmental impact. All their dishes are also dairy-free and made without refined sugars, additives, or chemicals. Their signature Farmacy Burger is a twist on the classic hamburger using black beans and mushrooms. They also offer cold pressed juices, healthy shots, and a range of artisanal alcohol. They even have a vegan dessert menu, making indulging in Farmacy a 100% guilt-free choice. farmacylondon.com
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Co-founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org helps impoverished communities get access to clean water and sanitation. Access to clean water can have a tremendous effect on both the individual and community level, and Water.org believes that clean water is essential to community development and the way to a better life. The foundation is an international nonprofit organization that has transformed over five million lives through their initiatives. Their approach is simple; they look towards the communities themselves for ideas and solutions to the water crisis and then provide them with resources to build their own future. Water.org is dedicated to creating long-term sustainable solutions for these communities to operate and maintain themselves. In this way, they are empowering people and communities around the world, making a big difference in the clean water crisis. www.water.org
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Meatless District in Amsterdam is an entirely meatless menu that is filled with locally sourced produce and completely free of animal products. The vegan restaurant is modelled after the industrial Meatpacking District in New York City which gives the venue a cool contemporary vibe. They have a wide-range of classic restaurant staples like Caesar salad (made with soy), stacked sandwiches, and the MD burger â€“ a meatless burger made with grilled eggplant. They also offer a selection of vegan beers and wines that perfectly compliment their plant-based culinary treats. www.meatlessdistrict.com
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Lux Aeterna Holy Cross Chapel Concept by Open Platform for Architecture
Open Platform for Architecture’s concept design for the chapel of The Holy Cross is a daring vision of true innovation. Proposed for the island of Serifos, the chapel is built into the side of a cliff, creating a startling vision of magnificent beauty and creation. The chapel is part of the Terra Mater trilogy of underground buildings that use the Earth as a scaffold for tremendous design. The chapel is a cross that is organized into three levels; minimalist design is geared towards contemplation and prayer while the space is enveloped by light from the “vitreaux” glass at the front of building, illuminating the entire inner space. www.opaworks.com
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The Cold Pressed Juicery Amsterdam
The Cold Pressed Juicery is one of Amsterdamâ€™s hidden treasures. The first cold pressed juicery and raw food on-the-go juice shop in the Netherlands offers a variety of choices including, superfood smoothies, nutritious and quick meals, and of course, cold pressed juices. All products are chemical and sugar free, and do not use any other additives. In fact, the juice bar prides themselves on using local organic produce and even reusing the pulp from their juices to make their nut-milks and crackers. The Cold Pressed Juicery believes strongly in building a healthy community and that starts with healthy food. www.thecoldpressedjuicery.com
Menâ€™s Grey White Trainers NOBULL is a footwear, apparel and accessory brand for people who train hard and don't believe in excuses. www.nobullproject.com
Vodan 3D Slim Jacket Vodan 3D Slim Jacket is a slim fit denim jacket by G-Star Raw. The rinsed black stretch denim coat is RAW sustainable and built for extra comfort. www.g-star.com