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EcoWanderlust Travel for a healthy planet


with homeopathy


Healthy Spring Skin Try bacteria!

Sea to Sky

Slow down cognitive aging


Smoothie Bowls


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Luxury for locavores

My Little Soho Kitchen Fresh spring appetizers


Taking the Waters

Gear Guide

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Season must-haves


A local guide to summer 7

Beyond The Blue Lagoon


A healthy dose of inspiration!

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Vol. 2 No. 1 Spring 2016

Rumi once said that “Travel brings power and love back to your life,” and at no time does this feel more true to me than after a long winter. From the sunny peaks of Whistler, British Columbia, to the vast natural beauty of Iceland, to the Roman baths of Leukerbad, Switzerland, in this issue we celebrate the trying of new things, of going to places we’ve never been before. (If Nicaragua wasn’t on your list before, it certainly will be soon!) Wellness, after all, is about mind, body and soul, and sometimes a good dose of newness is enough to awake parts of ourselves we hadn’t known. And before you pack up, be sure to check out our picks of this season’s best travel products - and enter to win an incredible selection for yourself. Wherever the season takes you, I hope you have the chance to unwind, breathe it all in, and create new memories bleached with sunshine.

Safe Travels! Kristina Smith 10







Suzanne Morphet

Kimberlie Dracup

Roberto Gibbons Gomez

In every issue we ask wellness travel experts, contributors and partners how they stay healthy and calm when they travel.

“What’s the very first thing you do upon entering your hotel room?”

We’ll connect to the Wi-Fi, drop our bags (sometime up to eight checked and four carryons), and likely take a shower if we’ve just gotten of a flight/bus ride or drive. It’s a refreshing action that washes away the fatigue of a long travel day and invigorates us to head out and explore!

Roberto Gibbons Gomez, 1/2 of The Expeditioners

The very first thing I do is get a feel for where everything is, especially the coffeemaker. Then I organize my important documents and lock them in a safe­—this gives me peace of mind. I will usually start to unpack a few things, depending how long I am staying, just to feel at home. It really is important to start your trip/ vacation on a good note.

Kimberlie Dracup, Founder, Time Well Spent Vacations 12

I get to stay in some pretty nice places, so I usually take photos before I mess up the place. If it’s a hotel that gets a lot of turnover, I’ll also lift the corners of the mattress and check for bedbugs.

Suzanne Morphet, Freelance Travel Writer and P hotographer


Dan Carr

Chantal Houde

Victoria Farrand Being a photographer, I tend to travel with a lot of equipment that needs charging, so the first thing I do is set up my “charging station” which consists of a Monster OutletsTo-Go travel power bar, and a five-port USB charger from Anker. I set this up centrally so that I always know where everything is, and don’t have to go foraging under beds and behind curtains looking for extra outlets. Their centralized position also prevents me from leaving anything behind when I check out—something that’s all too easy to do if you spread chargers out all over the room!

Find a juice bar or big green salad. The salt and sugar found in most long-haul airline food will really magnify how tired you are, and caffeine will perk you in the short-term but will leave you playing catch up the next day. I like to get a jump start on my health after traveling. So as soon as I drop my bags I look for a big, leafy green smoothie, juice, or good old salad. P.S. always carry a reusable water bottle!

Victoria Farrand, Growth Hacker for the Adventure and Eco-Travel Industry

Travel can leave me feeling ungrounded, so as soon as I arrive in my room I take a few big stretches and dynamic movements—whatever my body feels like it needs—and then sit down, close my eyes and focus on my breath for a few moments. This allows me to really ‘land’ in my space and feel more connected to my new surroundings. The next thing I do is find the nearest organic grocer, local produce vendor or healthy restaurant so I know where I can get some nutritious food for my next meal!

Chantal Houde, Yoga Teacher, Reiki Practitioner and Wellness Travel Blogger

Dan Carr, Owner Dan Carr P hotography and Shutter Muse 13

by Steven W. Stavrou

If anything was to characterize the progression of global sustainability in this first third of 2016, it was the celebration of this year’s Earth Day, marked by the signing of the Paris Agreement. Over 150 world leaders gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York to sign the historic agreement on climate change—a pledge by all countries involved to limit the rise in global temperatures to under 2 degrees Celsius, while striving to keep the rise below 1.5 degrees. Sustainable travel is sure to play a role in the adoption and ultimate success of this pledge, and the tourism industry can contribute in many ways, particularly with regards to reducing the carbon footprint associated with travel, transport and accommodation within the global tourism sector. One of the arguments for why sustainable travel is believed by some to be an oxymoron is that some of the ways in which we travel (by air, for example) are not very sustainable. However, while air travel technology improves in order to decrease its environmental impact, there are many other initiatives airports and hotels can take to reduce their emissions, and that

sustainable travelers themselves can take to offset their carbon footprint. At the start of the year, more than a dozen New York City hotels­—including some of the most iconic hotels in the city, such as the Waldorf-Astoria—pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions from their buildings by more than 30 percent over the next 10 years, adding a new sector to the NYC Carbon Challenge. In February, a United Nations panel called for greenhouse gas emissions standards for airliners. Full implementation of these standards is expected to reduce carbon emissions by over 650 million tons from 2020 to 2040, and includes improving fuel efficiency. Airports will also be doing their part. At COP21 in Paris (the Sustainable Innovation Forum), the European airport industry pledged to increase the number of carbon neutral airports in Europe to 50 airports by the year 2030. 14





So, as we travelers plan for our Summer 2016 travel adventures, what can we do to contribute to these global goals on sustainability? Choose eco-friendly accommodations

Look for LEED-certified properties and check a hotel’s website for an overview on their sustainable practices. Keep an eye out for green tourism-certified hotels, such as those with Green Globe certification. Minimize your impact by conserving water (short showers, for example), turning off lights and other electronics when leaving the room, and reusing sheets and towels. Travel efficiently Use direct routes when

traveling by air, limiting miles traveled and, as a result, carbon emissions. Use public transportation or, once at your destination, travel on foot or by bicycle when possible.

Pack light Less weight on transport means

less fuel used. Bring reusable water bottles and bags, and recycle whenever possible. Offset your emissions Use tools such

as Sustainable Traveler’s Carbon Calculator to calculate your emissions and purchase offsets of equal value. There’s so much more to look forward to when it comes to sustainable travel in 2016, especially as the world prepares for the UN-declared International Year of Sustainable Tourism in 2017.

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by Coleen Davis-Stanton

What makes Homeopathy special? In Homeopathy, “you are treated for you.” Your physical symptoms, the emotional effect your symptoms have on you and your mental outlook are all taken into consideration in my practice. Take, for example, a family infected with the flu. Even though each member has the same virus, they may all receive a different remedy from me. One might be restless, tossing and turning;

another could be lying still with no desire to move at all; while another could have a red face, chills going up and down their spine with heavy eyelids. Same virus, contrary reactions, different remedies. You are treated for you. So what are the remedies? Homeopathy’s medicines are made from one natural substance originating from minerals, plants or animals. Let’s go back to Arnica, a great first aid medicine used for soreness, lameness and bruising. Arnica is derived from a flower in the daisy family. Two other flowers from the same botanical family—Calendula and Bellis Perennis—are also medicines used for acute situations. Calendula helps with closing wounds with antiseptic properties and Bellis Perennis works for athletes who push their 16


ood old Arnica. Many people hear of it when they get injured. They rub the gel on their injury to bring out the bruise, help with the swelling, and begin the process of healing a twisted ankle or sore muscles or a black and blue spot. What people do not know is that they have just entered the world of Homeopathy.



muscles to an extreme, or for gardeners who are bent over all day tending their garden. With a Homeopathic remedy, I tell my patients that there is no worry of toxic side effects, dependency or addiction, and no withdrawals. Only one substance is given at a time which allows the practitioner to clearly manage the action About the Author. of the specific remedy. There is no confusion on which remedy is working, nor is there any need to rebalance Coleen Davis-Stanton’s attraction to medications. homeopathy began during her first career, Homeopathy does not require a diagnosis in order to be treated. You are treated for your existing symptoms not the disease, per se. Hormonal disturbances, allergies, sinusitis, and IBS are some ailments I believe homeopathy has success in treating. Common childhood diseases such as earaches, teething, nose bleeds, and colic respond well to homeopathic remedies as well. For whichever reason one comes to Homeopathy, the purpose is to bring about the well being and health of the individual in a safe, noninvasive and gentle way. 17

as a principal dancer with the Dutch National Ballet.

But it was after having children that her realization of the benefits of homeopathic treatment became clear and convincing. In 2006, she enrolled in the Vancouver Homeopathic Academy and graduated with a Diploma of Classical Homeopathy. You can reach Coleen at her practice, Pivotal Homeopathy, in Vancouver, BC.


Want Healthy SkinThis Spring? Try Bacteria! The benefits of probiotics go way beyond the gut


by Dr. Roshini Raj

If you’re a health-conscious eater, you’re likely getting regular doses of probiotics

from foods like yogurt, kefir or kimchi. For years, probiotics have been touted for their role in improving general gut health. Now, recent research shows that their powerful health-promoting, rejuvenating and calming benefits can also be applied to the skin, our body’s largest organ. First, what are probiotics? And what do they do? Probiotics, also known as “good” bacteria, are living microorganisms that are naturally found in our bodies. In fact, about 90 percent of your body is made up of bacteria. Probiotics help you maintain a healthy balance of intestinal microbes and aid in general digestion, which is one of the top areas of ailment for a majority of North Americans. Besides staving off stomach aches, new research is exploring the link between intestinal bacteria and general immunity, mental health and even cancer risk.

In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology has called them the “new beauty breakthrough” thanks to their ability to protect the skin and decrease skin redness and calm inflammation.

One of the most important benefits in probiotic skincare is that the “good” bacteria are able to act as a natural defense mechanism. The balancing effect that we’ve seen on the digestive system is now something we can show works in a topical solution. Probiotics form a protective layer on the skin’s surface and help strengthen your skin’s natural defense mechanisms to ultimately reduce What does this have to do with skincare? inflammation, clear up skin, aid in redness and In the past five years, we’ve seen studies show that reduce skin sensitivity. probiotics can have powerful skincare benefits. 18



What should consumers be looking for in a healthy skin care product? Our skin is exposed to environmental stressors like air pollution, allergens, toxins and UV ray exposure every day and our body-friendly probiotic complex stimulates the production of vital defense cells to make our skin healthier and more resistant to damage and aging. For our TULA skincare line, we spent years working on our patented Probiotic Technology, and included other nutritious ingredients like Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, blueberries, turmeric and white tea extracts to protect, strengthen and nourish the skin. We like to say that our products are like a “healthy smoothie� for your skin, feeding your skin the same way a healthy diet nourishes your body. Dr. Roshini Raj is a board certified gastroenterologist and internist with a medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and an undergraduate degree from Harvard. She is a TODAY Show contributor, a core expert on The Dr. Oz Show, and the Medical Editor of Health Magazine. In Fall 2014, Dr. Raj cofounded TULA, a skincare line that uses a patented complex of probiotics and other superfood ingredients to protect and nourish the skin. TULA.COM


How can we guard skin against environmental damage this spring/summer? During the summer, the heat can cause a variety of skin issues, including dehydration, sun spots and blemishes. I recommend supercharging skin protection with skincare products that guard against environmental damage while encouraging collagen production. Look for skin-protecting and collagen-boosting ingredients like amino acids, probiotics, blueberries or other fruit extracts with antioxidant activity. With enough collagen, your skin will stay plump and hydrated, sealing in its own moisture.


Research published in Psychological Science proposes that some cognitive abilities can begin to decline at the tender age of just thirty years old, which is right about now for the Millennial population. But before you panic, there’s some interesting research that suggests that travel and continual learning could slow down the signs of cognitive aging if done regularly. by Victoria Farrand 20


Could Flying This Plane Slow Down Cognitive Aging?



f trying your hand at flying a plane isn’t quite your thing... how about learning to speak Spanish, or training to be a ski instructor, or yoga teacher? Would you try these on your vacation? For a new breed of traveller, the answer is yes. For these people, cultivating new skills on a vacation is just as commonplace as seeking out sun soaked palms or photographing historical landmarks, and they might just be onto something. While working holidays, voluntourism and learning vacations aren’t cutting-edge concepts, there is growing demand for access to “learningbased travel experiences;” and if the evidence is to be believed, combining travel and learning could be one of the best things you can do for your brain. Let’s take a look. 21

To get started, let’s look at what learning-based travel experiences actually are and who they’re aimed at. Popular with travelers who want to create meaning through active participation, learning-based travel experiences differ vastly from the traditional “stand back and gaze” approach of mass tourism. Popular with Millennials, they are part of a rapidly growing area known as Experiential Tourism where travelers find value in educational experiences and learning new skills. Given that Millennials are instigators of travel trends and thrive on influencing others, it could be their values that are the driving force behind the growing popularity of learning-based travel experiences in British Columbia.



Stats published in the Canada Millennial Domestic Travel Summary Report show that: • Millennials travel more frequently and further than other age groups, accounting for 20% of total global travel • Millennials are pioneer travelers who discover and promote destinations not yet visited by traditional tourists • The millennial travel segment highly values travel as a life experience and an essential component of their personal growth and learning process

the co-pilot, and fly the plane on the own coast mountain adventure. Interestingly, Millennials are also their fastest growing demographic.

Your Brain On Travel But, back to the original question. Let’s start by determining if there is any correlation between travel and cognitive function. In 2010, research by Adam Galinsky of Columbia Business School suggested that “living in and adapting to foreign cultures facilitates creativity” by “increasing both cognitive flexibility and depth and integrativeness of thought.” Galinsky’s findings are complemented by those of clinical To give you an example, here’s one such Canadian neuropsychologist, Dr. Paul D. Nussbaum from business that offers travelers learning experiences the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. and immersion in local knowledge. Sea To Sky “Travel is good medicine,” says Nussbaum, Air is an adventure flight tour operator based because it challenges the brain with new and out of Squamish, British Columbia. They offer different experiences and environments, it is an everything from educational natural history important behavior that promotes brain health tours, such as their Prehistoric Glacier Express and builds brain resilience across our lifespan.” that transports travelers back in time 250 million years to fly shoulder-to-shoulder with dormant So, it appears that challenging the brain to adapt and volcanoes and rumbling glaciers; to handslearn regularly (on a daily basis, as happens when on flying experiences where guests learn the you’re immersed in travel) does have the ability to fundamentals of aviation, take the controls as increase “mental flexibility,” as Galinsky described it. 22



Your Brain On Learning Next, let’s look at whether increasing the frequency of educational experiences has the potential to slow down cognitive degeneration.

In light of all this, if adapting to foreign cultures is one of the best form of brain-training for cognitive flexibility and constantly learning new skills is key to keeping your brain young According to Harvard Medical School’s article and retaining memory, it’s not too far of a leap 6 Simple Steps To Keep Your Mind Sharp At Any to suggest that making time for learning-based Age “experts believe that advanced education may travel experiences on weekends and during your help keep memory strong by getting a person into vacations could be an effective part of a regular the habit of being mentally active.” In support of brain-boosting regimen. As if we needed any this idea, number one on their list of preventative more excuses to travel. steps is “Keep Learning.” The article in Healthbeat explains that “challenging your brain with mental The most exciting part is that, if there is a exercise is believed to activate processes that help connection between learning vacations and maintain individual brain cells and stimulate cognitive health, the Canadian millennial communication among them, and keep population might just be leading the way. Based memory strong.” on the statistics and findings in this article, I’ll leave you with another thought to ponder, Victoria Farrand is an ethical marketing could Millennial wanderlust inadvertently help slow down the cognitive impairment of a whole consultant and growth hacker. generation? But that’s a whole other article. @vickyfarrand Happy travels! 23

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Reinventing Luxury for Locavores


A country perhaps best known to North Americans as the extraordinary backdrop to reality TV show Survivor, Nicaragua is not commonly thought of as a dream destination. But things have changed in this Central American travel spot.

by Michelle Tchea 26



Jicaro Island Ecolodge

outed as one of the world’s top 10 happiest places to live, Nicaragua has reinvented itself as a tourist destination — and five-star health retreats, eco-lodges nestled on private islands and boutique wellness hotels are just some of its calling cards. Beautiful beaches entice surfers to catch waves before breakfast; hikers are invited to trek around dramatic and still-active volcanos; and the 300plus islands that make up Nicaragua’s archipelago are overflowing with activities that will keep adventurers of all types occupied. Despite its sometimes rocky history, Nicaragua is now affordable, friendly and safe. In fact, not only has it become the second-safest country in Central America according to a recentlyconducted Global Peace Index study, but it’s a bargain for wellness-inspired travelers. Eco-Friendly A short boat ride will get you to Jicaro Island Ecolodge, where sustainable living is taken to a whole new level. Literally. During Hurricane Felix in 2007, over one million hectares of rainforest were destroyed. Builders and designers worked with indigenous communities to help make the best of all the destruction, producing 27

the Jicaro Island Ecolodge. All nine of the tiny houses (known as casitas) are suspended in trees, with natural volcano sediments forming the foundation of the resort. For sustainable spa, head to Aqua Wellness Resort on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast. Built into a hillside, a series of 18 sustainable wooden tree-house villas are connected by suspended bridges, each leading to your own private paradise on Redonda Bay. It’s not possible to leave Aqua without feeling renewed, thanks to the yoga, spa and meditation classes, as well as food consultations designed to help you tackle mindless eating habits. For foodies looking for more adventure, head straight out into the water. Not only is fishing a skilled sport in Nicaragua, but small-scale commercial fishing includes mussel and lobster safaris, as well as hand-spearing your lunch the old-fashioned way.



Despite its sometimes rocky history, Nicaragua is now affordable, friendly and safe. In fact, not only has it become the second-safest country in Central America according to a recently-conducted Global Peace Index study, but it’s a bargain for wellness-inspired travelers.



Mukul Beach, Golf and Spa Resort

Splashing Out The country may be better known for its strong link to coffee, but you can’t leave Nicaragua without tasting the national beverage—rum. The Pellas family, owners of one of the biggest rum distilleries in the region, have a vision to put Nicaragua on the map, opening the country’s first luxury resort, Mukul Beach, Golf and Spa Resort, which features spacious accommodations, each with its own ocean view, pool and private staff, not to mention an 18-hole golf course and private spa-house.


Despite all the luxury surrounding the villas and fancy tree-top casitas, the Pellas family built the resort with the idea of connecting the land, people and culture of Nicaragua for international growth and development. “We are creating a catalyst that will put our country on the world tourism map,” said owner Carlos Pellas. “We are doing everything at Mukul to the highest standards so that we can attract the most sophisticated travelers in the world. I want them to feel like guests in my family’s home as they discover the Nicaragua that I love.”



Tribal Hotel

Tranquil Boutique Tribal Hotel, the vision of NYC restaurateurs and Jean-Marc Houmard and Yvan Cussigh, has been touted as one of the best boutique-design destinations for honeymooners. Located in the colonial UNESCO-protected city of Granada, this curated beauty has captured both designers and luxury travelers with their unassuming façade and modern concepts in each of the five deluxe rooms. And the Nicaraguan artisanal touches make it home-away-from-home.

Eating Locally Though plentiful in wildlife and vegetation, Nicaraguan cuisine is actually quite humble. Influenced by Spanish and Creole cuisines, the flavors are wonderfully unique and traditional dishes differ by coast—the Pacific’s main staple is heavy on local fruits and corn, while the Caribbean side favors seafood and coconut. Jessica Schugel, owner of Buen Viaje Tours, strongly believes that despite the country’s economic struggles, it remains rich in a culture that is centered on family and food. “Nicaraguans find something worth celebrating nearly every day of the year,” says the longtime Nicaraguanresident. “Our well-crafted food tours explore the distinctive flavors and recipes infused with history and tradition. Nicaragua is bountiful when it comes to food and good times.” 30



Aqua Wellness Resort

…Without Leaving your Hotel Cheap and cheerful street eats are a great way to experience the true culture of Nicaragua and meet its vibrant people, but hotels also offer healthy and local farm-to-table dishes. Jicaro Food and Beverage Manager, Diamanda Jiménez, loves El pollo tapado, especially the one prepared by the head chef at his resort. “Our guests are interested in trying local flavors and our kitchen philosophy is to serve healthy dishes for our guests to enjoy,” says the foodie. “At Jicaro Island Ecolodge, we are inspired by our commitment to sustainability and the opportunity to connect guests with this approach through our culinary offerings. Our location provides us with daily inspiration—the lake is never the same from one day to the next!”

At Aqua, the famed food classes may be great for diet fans, but with a food philosophy that everything, including caffeine and sugar, is ‘good’ in moderation, Chef Ben Slow works with a commune of organic farmers. Meats are processed in-house, breads are baked on the hearth and tropical vegetables and fruits are found just outside your villa. Mukul Chef Cupertina Ortiz works his magic bringing what he calls ‘Cocina Nikul’— Nicaraguan meets Mukul with global flavors and local influences. Think cheese dumplings with soft polenta and fresh jumbo prawn salad with just-picked avocado to grace your table.

Michelle Tchea is the Managing Director of PopIntel Group, a branding intelligence and strategy firm measuring customer experience for luxury hotels and fine-dining restaurants, as well as the author of three best-selling books on food and travel. She loves discovering new hotel amenities and is watching the luxury market with intrigue. 31



Complete Breakfast Smoothie Bowl



Thick enough to eat with a spoon, smoothie bowls can be enjoyed as a refreshing, healthy meal-or even a delicious dessert. In her book, “200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes�, Alison Lewis offers up unique and beautifully photographed recipes, perfect for adding more fresh fruit and superfoods to your diet.

Complete Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

This breakfast smoothie has it all: protein, carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Makes 2 Servings 1 1/2 cups plain or vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt 1 tsp ground flax seeds (flaxseed meal) 1/2 frozen banana, cut into pieces 1/2 cup sliced peaches Ice cubes

Suggested Toppings Blueberries Raspberries Golden raisins Dried cranberries Unsweetened shredded coconut Chopped pecans Ground flax seeds (flaxseed meal)

In blender, combine yogurt, flax seeds, banana and peaches. Secure lid and blend (from low to high if using a variable-speed blender) until smooth. Add ice, one cube at a time, blending until the desired consistency is achieved. Pour into bowls and top with any of the suggested toppings, as desired.

Alison Lewis is a renowned recipe developer, food and travel journalist and photographer. She is also the author of 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and 400 Best Sandwich Recipes. Alison resides in Birmingham, Alabama. Recipes courtesy of 200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes by Alison Lewis (2016) Reprinted with publisher permission. 33



Pomegranate Tea Bowl




Pomegranate Tea Bowl

Green Coconut Bowl

Pomegranate juice, tea and strawberries all contain antioxidants, so this smoothie bowl is healthy as well as delicious! If you can’t find pomegranate-flavored tea, you can substitute any berry-flavored tea. Makes 1 to 2 Servings 1/4 cup brewed pomegranate-flavored tea, chilled 1/4 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice 1 Tbsp liquid honey 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries Ice cubes (optional) Suggested Toppings Sliced strawberries Pomegranate seeds Goji berries Muesli Chia seeds

Kale is high in vitamins K, A and C, iron, calcium and fiber. “I made this recipe for some of my kids’ friends,” says Lewis, “and they loved it. Their moms couldn’t believe they were eating a green smoothie bowl with kale.” Makes 1 Serving 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage 1/2 frozen banana, cut into pieces 1/3 cup frozen chopped mango 1 cup trimmed kale leaves 2 Tbsp unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut Ice cubes (optional) Suggested Toppings Sliced banana Blueberries Raspberries Unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut Chia seeds

In blender, combine coconut milk, banana, In blender, combine tea, pomegranate juice, mango, kale and coconut. Secure lid and blend honey and strawberries. Secure lid and blend (from low to high if using a variable-speed (from low to high if using a variable-speed blender) until smooth. If a thicker consistency blender) until smooth. If a thicker consistency is desired, add ice, one cube at a time, and blend is desired, add ice, one cube at a time, and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with any until smooth. Pour into a bowl (or bowls) and top of the suggested toppings, as desired. with any of the suggested toppings, as desired. 35




The hummus gets a smoky makeover with crispy cauliflower, which is baked to impart a roasted flavor to this creamy treat. Enjoy with warm pita bread. Delicious! Serves 4


Canned chickpeas, 14 oz, drained Peanut butter, 2 Tbsp Cumin, a pinch Garlic 2 cloves, peeled and crushed Lemon juice from 1 to 2 lemons Olive oil, 3 Tbsp Water as needed Salt to taste Ground black pepper to taste ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

Cauliflower 10 oz, cut into florets Olive oil, a drizzle

Garlic 3 cloves, peeled and minced Mix of cumin, sumac and garlic powder, 1 tsp Lemon zest from 1 lemon Lemon juice from 1/2 lemon Parsley a few leaves Preheat oven to 220 OC (425 OF). Prepare roasted cauliflower. Mix all ingredients, except parsley, on a baking tray. Bake for about 25 minutes, until lightly toasted. You may need to turn the cauliflower florets once halfway through to make sure they are evenly browned. Stir in parsley. In the meantime, prepare hummus. Place chickpeas, peanut butter, cumin, garlic and lemon juice in a food processor. As it blends, stream olive oil, followed by just enough water to get a smooth consistency. Season with salt and pepper and scoop onto serving plates. Garnish with roasted cauliflower and serve with warm pita bread. 36




This dish reminds me of my favorite weekend ritual whilst living in Switzerland. Almost every Sunday, I would jump on my bike and ride across the Swiss border into France. The marchĂŠ, an easy 10 km bike ride away, always left my pockets empty and my backpack full of groceries. My favorite seafood stall had everything I loved: fresh oysters, mountains of smoked salmon and of course, plump juicy mussels.

Fresh parsley a generous handful, shredded Heat oil in a heavy saucepan. Stir-fry garlic and onion until they are just collapsing. Add mussels and stir briefly. Add mustard, followed by beer, then put the lid on. Give the pot a jiggle. Allow to boil over medium heat for about 7 minutes, until the shells of the mussels open. Discard those with unopened shells. Stir in cream at this point if using. Toss parsley into the pot and stir. Serve with a crusty baguette to mop up all the aromatic juices.

Serves 2 Olive oil for frying Garlic 2 cloves, peeled and minced Onion 1, peeled and diced Mussels, 1 lb, cleaned Dijon mustard 1 heaped tsp Beer, 4 fl oz / 1/2 cup Light cream (optional), 2 Tbsp

Note: Mussels should always be cleaned under cold running water, and the whiskers removed before cooking. Give the shells a good brush. I usually soak my mussels in cold water for at least 20 minutes to remove any excess dirt and salt.

Michelle Tchea loves discovering new frontiers in luxury travel. As the author of three best-selling books on food and travel, My Little SoHo Kitchen, celebrates her love for NYC. As the founder of PopIntel Group, she is looking forward to the new wave of wellness and luxury travel for foodies. @michy25elle


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For thousands of years, people have sought steam baths, hot spring soaks, mineral and sitz baths to maintain and revitalize their health. Want to give it a go? Here are two hydrotherapy experiences worth packing your bags for! 40





by Kristina Smith

Scandanavian countries are known for their wellness-infused lifestyles,

emphasizing wholesomeness, healthy eating and closeness to nature. Their use of baths and sauna as a mode of detoxification and relaxation is a practice that dates back thousands of years. Wanting to understand this traditional experience, I ventured to Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario on a cold and blustery winter day. The Spa is nestled amongst 25 acres of birch, Canadian maple and pine trees, with expansive views of the surrounding escarpment—including skiers cruising down the nearby slopes. 41



“Shhhh” signs posted at the entrance remind guests to use their spa voices and turn off digital devices. The air smells of eucalyptus, and I glimpsed bathers in clouds of steam on my way in.

natural with their stonework and waterfalls. Curved nooks and crannies offer places to spread out, so it didn’t feel like being in a hot tub with strangers.

The Nordic bathing ritual goes like this: Relax in the sauna, eucalyptus steam room or hot baths, breathing deeply. Take a cold plunge or shower to close pores and flush toxins. Relax in a quiet indoor or outdoor area. Repeat the circuit as many times as you wish.

Though the air was chilly, I was very comfortable relaxing by the outdoor fireplaces on Muskoka chairs in between soaks, and felt incredibly at peace given the ambiance and quiet. The steam room in particular feels as though you’ve settled into a jar of vapor rub—you can literally feel your pores and sinuses open up.

I spent about four hours at the spa that day, enjoying the various baths, which are spread out across the landscaped grounds and feel very

Completely refreshed and blissful after my visit, I slept deeply and peacefully that night. 42



by Suzanne Morphet 43



“Nudity is obligatory,” said the man from designed specifically for your feet, and a leisure Leukerbad’s tourism office when I enquired about pool with underwater seats and possibly more one of the most intriguing hydrotherapy options jets than an airport. in this Swiss spa town. I try them all before heading to Walliser I had never bathed nude in public before—not Alpentherme, where I’ve worked up my courage unless you count some occasional skinny-dipping to try the Roman-Irish Bath. The name isn’t in my youth—but that was among friends. a stretch since Roman coins from the time of Leukerbad’s Roman-Irish Bath would be with Vespasian have been found in Leukerbad, so strangers, men and women. Romans were here before me, no doubt naked as well. (The name also references 19th century Irish For centuries, spa enthusiasts have been enjoying bathhouses.) this town’s biggest asset: thermal water. Every day, more than 100,000 gallons gush to the surface, The main bathing area is meant to resemble the the largest volume in all Europe. inner courtyard of a Roman senator’s villa with two interlocking pools. Saunas, steam baths and Four public facilities and five hotels offer access a massage room are tucked out of sight behind to these mineral-rich waters. At Leukerbad crimson red walls. Upon arrival, I enter the Therme alone, 10 pools of various shapes and women’s changing room, shed my clothes and sizes beckon, including a stone grotto with have a shower—the first step in the Roman-Irish blistering hot 111° F (44° C) water, another bathing ritual. 44



This process involves warming, cooling and cleansing the body in 11 stages, each for a prescribed time and temperature. Because visits are scheduled, you see only a few other people. Still, when I arrive at stage five’s soap-brush massage, two naked men are right behind me. I quickly flop face-down onto the table, hoping to cover as much of my private anatomy as possible. The attendant shakes her head. ‘Onto your back’ she motions. Reluctantly, I roll over. Within seconds I don’t care who sees what. Being brushed all over with hot soapy water feels divine. When she’s finished, I’m Miss Bliss, as slippery as a seal and compliant as a puppet. Soon it’s all over except for the ‘contemplation room’ where I’m wrapped in a blanket and left to doze like a babe in a nursery; clean, coddled and carefree. 45

Suzanne Morphet writes mostly about adventure, from swimming with whale sharks to having a baby in a foreign country. She contributes to a variety of publications including The Globe and Mail, Luxury Travel Magazine, Canadian Geographic Travel, Westworld and Ensemble Vacations Magazine. She’s based in Victoria, BC. @SecretsSuitcase


A Local Guide

to Summer



from Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel


ost to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and home to Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, Whistler is a bucket-list destination for many winter travelers. But did you know it’s now the town’s summer activities that attract approximately 56% of its 2.7 million visitors each year? Just 90 minutes from Vancouver and four hours from Seattle, Whistler is an outdoor enthusiast’s Mecca. In the valley you’ll find 185 miles of maintained hiking and biking trails, 15 public parks and five lakes, as well as 99 miles of alpine hiking trails and 6 miles of alpine running trails on Whistler Blackcomb alone. The ways to play, relax and be inspired include everything from summer favourites, such as hiking, biking, stand up paddleboarding, and horseback riding, to rock climbing, sailing, yoga and international festivals. There’s a local saying in Whistler that: “Winter is why you come, but summer is why you stay.” So here’s our guide to the best things to see, do and experience in Whistler this summer. 47


A Local Guide to Summer


Summit Lodge Loves... Each item on this list has been given two big thumbs-up by Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel staff. Not only for the life-long memories they create, but also for their commitment to sustainable and environmentally-conscious business practices in the Whistler valley.

Whistler Peak Via Ferrata

Historic Li-lik-hel Gold Mine Expedition

Skywalk Trail to Iceberg Lake

Price: $1199 With: Copper Cayuse Outfitters Spend three days and two nights exploring BC’s spectacular Coast Mountain Range and visiting the old Li-lik-hel gold mine.

Price: $129 With: Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures Hike, scramble and rock climb your way from the base of to the very peak of Whistler mountain via the “iron road” Via Ferrata. (self-guided day hike)

Where: Rainbow Mountain, Whistler Price: Free Wind through coastal temperate rainforest up Whistler’s newest high-alpine hiking trail to the crystal waters of Iceberg Lake. 48


A Local Guide to Summer


David McColm’s Alpine Photography Tour


Price: $189 With: Whistler Blackcomb Get exclusive access to the Whistler Blackcomb alpine for sunset, as well as tips and guidance from one of the best in the industry.


River of Golden Dreams Canoe Tour

Price: $99 With: Canadian Wilderness Adventures Paddle your canoe down the river from Alta Lake to Green Lake on a three-hour adventure. It doesn’t get much more Canadian than this.



A Local Guide to Summer

Hand-picked, must-dos.

Tried and tested, and thoroughly recommended by guests at the Summit Lodge.




RedBull 400, July 30

The Spiritual Practice of Fitness, July 29

Whistler Farmers Market, Every Sunday from June to October

5 Peaks Trail Running Series, August 22

Chanting Into the Wild: Hike & Mantra, July 29

Pemberton Slow Food Cycle, August 21

Salomon Valley To Peak Race, September 3

The Neuroscience of Enlightenment: A Journey into the Mind, July 31

Outerbike, June 2 to 5 North Face Whistler Half Marathon, June 4

Breath Rebel: Meditations and Tools for the Anxious Mind, July 28


Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride, May 22




2016 Whistler Festivals

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Open Air Concert, July 1, 2

Whistler Longboard Festival: July 1 to 3

José González, July 30

GO Fest: May 20 to 23

Pemberton Valley Music Festival: July 14 to 17

Art Lab: Abstract Painting & Collage with Andrea Mueller, May 18

Wanderlust: July 28 to August 1 Crankworx: August 12 to 21

Whistler Outdoor Concert Series, July 1 to 30

Cornucopia: November 10 to 12

Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel “Every breath is a sacrament, an affirmation of our connection with all other living things, a renewal of our link with our ancestors and a contribution to generations yet to come. Our breath is a part of life’s breath, the ocean of air that envelopes the earth.” – David Suzuki Summit Lodge is a boutique hotel in Whistler with a big goal: to improve the health and wellbeing of the plant by getting people outdoors, one person at a time. They believe that to take care of others and the environment we must first take care of ourselves. Most people will wait until the New Year to change the daily habits that could be having negative effects on their health, but they think there’s no better time to start than right now! 51

@WhistlerSummit SummitLodge @summit.lodge.whistler artofliving.


Make your next getaway more pleasurable with our picks for this season’s suitcase essentials. Chew Better

Unlike conventional brands, Simply Gum uses all natural ingredients without any synthetic substances. It’s not only better for your body, it’s biodegradable and better for the planet. The mint and cinnamon flavours made our mouths sing! $14.99 (6-pack)

Probiotics...for Skin

TULA’s patented probiotic technology combines bifido cultures, milk proteins and yogurt extract together with Omegas 3 and 6 and vitamins A, C, and E to rebalance tired, stressed skin and fight free radicals. Travel-friendly sample kit. $52



Perfect Fit

The best luxury travel pillow we’ve found— it cradles your head on both sides to avoid that awkward neck-pushed-down position. It is soft, comfy and machine washable, and the case slips conveniently over the handle of rolling luggage. $39.99

Suitcase Essential


Made in Canada with eco-conscious fabric, the Flipside Legging is two pairs in one. The buttery soft fabric is naturally wrinkle-resistant, hugs your curves, and the fully-reversible double-layer legging can be styled over eight different ways. $98




Juice Beauty’s 12-in-1 Stem Cellular CC Cream (color correcting) delivers the ultimate in age-defying, skin perfecting results on the go. Ideal for all skin types and especially beneficial for those with fine lines and wrinkles. Available in five shades. $16

In-Flight Must-Have Stand for Something

Hand-crafted from salvaged materials, no two pairs are alike. Incredibly durable, Cooks flip flops are designed to last a lifetime, and ergonomic engineering means they stay planted to your feet without having to be held by your toes. $89


Designed for even the most sensitive skin, MV Skincare’s Rose Hydrating Mist soothes and hydrates with a delicate rose petal scent. Spritz just before moisturizing for a dewy finish, or anytime for to refresh, relax and hydrate skin. $38


Hanging Around

Enjoy the freedom to relax anywhere with this super easy-to-hang double hammock. Lightweight and compressible (really, it’s the size of a softball), with durable parachute nylon that won’t let you down, whether in the woods or the backyard. $69.99

Easy Does It

With a unique combination of Chilean soap bark, apple oil and vegetable glycerin, this cleaner from One Love Organics lathers into a soothing, non-drying foam that cleans, softens and protects face, body and hair. You read that right. $9 (travel size)



Carry On

Forget those wasteful airport-issue plastic baggies, the (re)Zip Travel Quart is a smart, reusable storage bag with an expandable base that is ideal for liquid travel items. PVC, lead and BPA-free, the bag is also machine washable. $6.99

The Best Defence

Both at home and abroad, our skin constantly battles stress and free radicals, sun damage and pollution. Defend against what you can’t see with Indeed Labs’ vitamin c24 cream, formulated for optimal skin absorption for maximum C benefit. $24.99 56


There’s No Catch

Salty Girl’s line of smoked salmon means sustainable, traceable seafood is now shipped fresh to your doorstep. Since it doesn’t need to be refrigerated, grab a fork and eat it right out of the package on your next adventure. $5.69

Keeping It Safe

Finally, a solution for your valuables when you’re out and about. The SAFEGO Portable Safe will attach to virtually anything with its heavyduty steel cable, with lots of space for your phone, jewelry, credit cards, room key and more. $39.95



Upscale Lounging

The Skinny

Developed in Norway, OnePiece’s signature jumpsuit has picked up an international celebrity following. Made out of soft, premium cotton, it has a generous and comfortable fit, with multiple pockets. Available in two thicknesses and several colours. $119

prAna is known for creating stylish clothing for whatever your journey brings, and the Brenna Pant is a perfect example. This piece makes skinny super comfortable thanks to stretch nylon and spandex, and it’s eco-safe production feels good, too. $89 58


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Looking for a healthy dose of inspiration?

My Little Soho Kitchen

Michelle Tchea Marshall Cavendish International, 2013, 168 pages

If you can relate to small space cooking, you’ll enjoy this exciting exploration of dishes inspired by the chic streets of NYC, not to mention the artisan bakers, local farmers and talented chefs Tchea meets on her travels. We recommend the Beer-Steamed Mussels and Creamy Hummus with Crispy Cauliflower for sharing.

The Alchemist


If following your dreams and divining symbolism lights your fire, this classic tale is for you. This inspiring and surprisingly simple story follows a young shepherd from Spain as he learns the meaning of life on a quest for his personal treasure. First published in 1988, this book has been translated from the original Portuguese into 80 languages and has inspired a devoted following.

Vegan chef and wellness expert Jason Wrobel offers up delectable plant-based recipes and practical tips for creating vibrant and delicious dishes with very specific nutritional benefits. While at its core a cookbook, it’s so much more, explaining which foods contain active ingredients to support health and longevity, whether you aim to lose weight, feel stronger or get that libido running!

Paulo Coelho HarperOne, 2015 (25th anniversary edition), 213 pages


Jason Wrobel Hay House, 2016, 384 pages


These titles speak to the adventurer, the foodie and the seeker inside us all.

The Promise of a Pencil

200 Best Smoothie Bowls


This successful Wall Streeter’s world was changed by a young boy he met begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked him what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, “a pencil.” That request became the inspiration for the non-profit Pencils of Promise, and the book which chronicles the author’s journey turning $25 into a life of significance.

Move over breakfast smoothie —smoothie bowls are the perfect way to add fresh fruits, superfoods and proteins to everyday fare. Thick enough to eat with a spoon, smoothie bowls can be enjoyed as a refreshing, healthy meal or even a delicious dessert. This beautiful book, from a food and travel journalist and photographer, makes a perfect summer kitchen companion. Get inspired with recipes on page 34.

Following a transformational backpacking trip to Asia, Poon Tip started G Adventures with a desire to create sustainable travel experiences like nothing the world had ever seen. With a business model rooted in social innovation, G Adventures has grown into the largest adventure travel company in the world. This book is the firstperson account of that journey, and using change as a catalyst for innovation.

Adam Braun Scribner, 2014, 272 pages

Alison Lewis | Robert Rose, 2014, 240 pages


Bruce Poon Tip | Collins, 2014, 304 pages

This year, Wander is taking wellness to the next level. Introducing Cargo - a magazine for the active traveler. We’re taking the best gear to the most amazing places on earth and telling those stories. Embracing challenge. Welcoming adversity. We invite you to come along. subscribe today 62



Iceland may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of wellness travel, but its array of active adventures combined with opportunities for soulful connections with nature have us exchanging dollars for kr贸na. Enjoy a photographic romp through this Nordic island nation courtesy of Wander reader Megan Bellamy.

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Megan Bellamy in Iceland!

See yourself here! We are accepting reader submissions for future photo essays.


Please email editor@ with a handful of your photos and a short description of your wellness travel experience. 66



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Lynn Roberts President, Innergy Corporate Yoga


Lynn Roberts is a former broadcast journalist who left the corporate world in 2004 to become a certified yoga teacher and create Innergy Corporate Yoga. Innergy brings the many benefits of yoga to stressed out employees. In 2013, she created a unique Yoga Teacher Program and franchise model across Canada, inspiring teachers to be successful entrepreneurs.

What does the perfect Sunday look like to you? My perfect Sunday starts with quiet reading time and hot coffee before my kids get up. I really enjoy this solitude on Sunday mornings. I mostly read books about yoga, leadership and new age stuff like Eckhart Tolle. After that I have breakfast with my family— usually a protein shake with added goodies like cherries from our backyard tree, organic spinach and hemp seed. The rest of my perfect Sunday

would involve gardening, baking with my kids, relaxing, more reading and maybe a hike, a bike ride or a trip to a nearby park or even the lake. Any zany travel experiences you can share? Years ago when I had traveled to Thailand to take my first Yoga Teacher Training, our group decided to take one day off and book a boat tour around a few islands. We set out with our guide on this small boat and were cruising along pretty quickly when we hit a huge rock underneath the 68


“We get to help people feel better and live healthier lives each and every day. Knowing that we are a positive change in this world is inspiring and rewarding.” boat. Our vessel quickly starting taking on water. I looked at a lady in our boat who was in her 60’s. She stuffed her cash in her bra and said to me “I’ll swim to shore if necessary.” It was easy to think the worst. Water was coming into the boat rapidly. Luckily, the boat was selfbailing and a place to dock was just around the corner. We did partially sink and even got a bit wet, but everyone was ok. They sent another boat to pick everyone up and we later had Pad Thai and toasted to not drowning that day! We’re having a potluck dinner. What do you bring? I would bring one of my fabulous desserts— something simple like cocoa fudge brownies or maybe banana cream pie. I love potlucks—they bring everyone together. But I really love eating dessert with friends, it’s so nourishing and delectable.

Best wellness tip? Do small things every day. When wellness seems too overwhelming, do simple things each day. Choose an apple over a chocolate bar. Walk for 15 minutes. Drink more water. Choose tea over wine. Start with 10 minutes of yoga. The small things add up to be big things. What excites you about your company? That we are affecting real change. We get to help people feel better and live healthier lives each and every day. Knowing that we are a positive change in this world is inspiring and rewarding. What do you want your legacy to be? I would like to be remembered as someone who went the extra mile for others, as someone who never gave up on other people and as a kind and caring person.

Go-to comfort at the end of the day? Red pepper hummus and sweet potato crackers are my “treat” at the end of most days. I also relax with a bit of body rolling before bed to iron out any kinks and occasionally I have a hot cup of herbal tea—my favorite is hot water steeped with fresh ginger, lemon and honey.

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What’s in your carry on? Wallet, iPhone, Burt’s Bees lip balm, a good book or two, always a water bottle, fresh fruit and my favorite Isagenix products. I take their shakes and bars with me whenever I travel so I never have to sacrifice good nutrition.

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Wander Wellness Travel Magazine Spring 2016  

From in the charms of Nicaragua to wellness in Whistler, this issue celebrates renewal in the spirit of trying something new.

Wander Wellness Travel Magazine Spring 2016  

From in the charms of Nicaragua to wellness in Whistler, this issue celebrates renewal in the spirit of trying something new.