Nurture your nature – women’s circle

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We are living in a time of great collective transformation – most of us are being forced to shift. The Divine Feminine is ready to return, back to create balance with the Divine Masculine. We are being asked to remember who we are, to step up and stand for our truths, and to learn to become our Goddess Selves, once again.
We are sacred creators, nurturers, manifestors, protectors, mothers, and sisters of the Earth and Universe. We are women asking to be heard. It’s time to align with our souls and share the voices of our hearts.

় On this New Moon in Cancer, join us in creating a sacred space with other sisters – an open space to dream, share our thoughts, and connect with the Divine Feminine within.

় Nurture Your Nature with a sound activation and womb meditation that will bring us to deeply connect to our feminine bodies, to each other, and to Mother Earth’s beating heart ♡

় The world is ready to listen. It’s time to re-awaken and be heard.

Monday 20th July
8PM Philippines / 8AM Eastern Time on ZOOM
Energy Exchange ₱200 / $4
-PayPal: retreats@soulsierra.ph
-BDO: #004930164136
(Details for the ZOOM call will be sent after payment is made)

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⭒ What to prepare for the circle:
𝒮𝓊𝓇𝓇𝑜𝓊𝓃𝒹 𝓎𝑜𝓊𝓇𝓈𝑒𝓁𝒻 𝒾𝓃 𝓎𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝓈𝒶𝒸𝓇𝑒𝒹 𝓈𝓅𝒶𝒸𝑒 𝓌𝒾𝓉𝒽 𝒶 𝒸𝒶𝓃𝒹𝓁𝑒, 𝒾𝓃𝒸𝑒𝓃𝓈𝑒, 𝒸𝓇𝓎𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓁𝓈, 𝒻𝓁𝑜𝓌𝑒𝓇𝓈, 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒶 𝓁𝑒𝓉𝓉𝑒𝓇 𝓉𝑜 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒰𝓃𝒾𝓋𝑒𝓇𝓈𝑒 𝑜𝒻 𝓌𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝓌𝑜𝓊𝓁𝒹 𝓁𝒾𝓀𝑒 𝓉𝑜 𝓂𝒶𝓃𝒾𝒻𝑒𝓈𝓉 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝓎𝑜𝓊𝓇𝓈𝑒𝓁𝒻 𝒾𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓃𝑒𝓍𝓉 𝒻𝑒𝓌 𝓂𝑜𝓃𝓉𝒽𝓈

You may also prepare a warm cup of cacao or tea for our hour together 🙂

We can’t wait to share this beautiful evening with you!
Stay tuned for future Nurture Your Nature events – 𝒮𝒶𝒸𝓇𝑒𝒹 𝒲𝑜𝓂𝑒𝓃’𝓈 𝒞𝒾𝓇𝒸𝓁𝑒𝓈, brought to you by Soul Sierra & Saraphi House

Why I chose a vegan lifestyle and what happened next

I had an epiphany while visiting Daku Island back in February 2016 – a beautiful island just off Siargao, Philippines… an epiphany that gave me a purpose.

I have always loved nature; the sun, the sea, the stars, the trees, and all the living creatures that inhabit it, and on that sunny day, I walked from the beach into the coconut trees that filled Daku Island. There was a small, pink piglet tied to the trunk of a coconut tree. He was scratching his back against it and he looked like he was struggling. I went over and scratched his back for him. He was adorable. I could see the rope around his neck was tied on ever so tightly, it looked painful. I looked around and there were over 10 pigs, in all sizes, all tied up to different trees. You could see they were afraid and wanted to be free from being bound. This made me so upset. Yes, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen such cruelty to animals, but for some reason, something transformed in me that day…

 I traveled back to Cebu the next day and filled my Google tabs with TED Talks by Gary Yourofsky (a wonderful animal activist), documentaries about the meat industry, and vegan recipes. That day, I was convinced that turning vegan was the best thing I could ever do for the animals, for the environment, and the best thing I could ever do for my mind, body and spirit.

 I haven’t consumed meat in over 11 years. I LOVE animals and I could never imagine eating them, again. I was, however, pescetarian for 4 years after I moved back to the Philippines. It was tough going out to restaurants for meals and traveling with only being able to eat vegetables. Here in the Philippines, Filipino diets mostly consist of pork, other meat, fish, rice, and rice products. Surprisingly, I rarely met anyone who ate even one vegetarian meal a day! So, I slowly started changing my vegetarian ways and adding seafood to my diet… BUT since that day on Daku Island, I couldn’t put anything that was even produced by an animal, into my mouth; no dairy, no eggs, none of that.

Through the diet and lifestyle transformation, I began to feel more connected to Mother Earth – all Her elements, and beautiful creatures. I felt closer to the Universe, which led me to connect deeper within myself. It was a ripple effect – one transformation led me to another and then another, until I found myself diving deeper into Self-love, Self-development, healing, holistic wellness, and spirituality.

I not only love how veganism and holistic health has improved my skin, mental health and energy – I am entirely grateful for how connected I feel to life itself – to my truth, to unity, love, compassion, God.

I hope this site can act a guide, help lift your spirits when you’re down, bring contemplation into your thoughts, give helpful lifestyle tips, and bring compassion and mindfulness into your everyday life. Your questions and thoughts welcome here ☺

Love and harmony x

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Listening to your Body

For years, I treated my body as if it’s purpose was to be in service to my desires.
I shut my body’s voices off when she needed nurturing, rest, or was longing to be touched.
I was disconnected to her.
Through my practices such as meditation and free movement/dance, her voices started to grow louder and louder until I couldn’t ignore them anymore.
The voices both excited and frightened me.
I knew changes would come and that they were necessary, but I didn’t know if I was ready.
But, when are you really ready?
I silenced the voices of my mind and finally chose to listen to the expressions of my body…
I cried. I shed. Yet, never felt more complete.
– raw. awakened. wild. ruthless…. unapologetic in my evolution.

Re-connected ❤
My body is my sanctuary, my portal to this life. I will bless and honour her for as long as I possess this gift.
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Do you listen to your body?
Are you doing anything that causes harm to your body?
What does your body long for?

Namasté

P.S. I am using the coffee scrub I made in one of my last posts!

Poet, ballerina, spiritual seeker

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A bleak poem from my 8 year old self 💀

When I look back at who I was as a child, I laugh. I mean, I was so many things! I was a poet, a sorcerer, a dancer, an actor, a ballerina, an introvert, an extrovert, a bookworm, a singer, a tree hugger, a dreamer, a goofball, a bully, a spoilt brat, a goodie-two-shoes, a tattle-tale, a best friend, a bad friend, a mermaid, a gypsy, insecure, proud, bossy, I could go on!
But, throughout the Kymberly time-line, and though I still believe that I am still some of these things, there is one thing that has always been imprinted in my being… I was a spiritual seeker –
I questioned authorities, I questioned religion, I questioned human emotion, I questioned existence. The things I was being taught weren’t “true enough” because I didn’t know the true origins of the teachings. Who were the authors? Why should I trust them?
So, I went on my own path to seek what was true to me, regardless of all the things I was being taught and told. You know that feeling you get when someone tells you a story or theory that makes every atom in your energy field vibrate, like it’s recognizing or it’s reexperiencing that story/theory you just heard? That feeling. There is nothing more true than that feeling. The knowing = truth. That to me, is spirituality, and that to me has always been most important.

Now, we all have different truths; my truths may not be true to you, and your truths may not be true to me, but that’s just the beauty of life and diversity. And in this era, we must seek unity in the adversity 🙏🏼

I have taken different paths – many years in which I lived unaligned with my truth, and some years completely disconnected from my intuition. Living in alignment is an ongoing process and is never always easy, but I stand proud and grateful for all that I was and all that I am. The spiritual seeker within has brought me here, and I have never felt so connected and aligned ✨

Through this roller coaster of life, I thank this weird poem I found that brought me back to where it all began ♥️
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Are you a spiritual seeker?
Are you living your truth?

Namasté

Coffee Mask & Scrub

 

Waste coffee grinds, no more!
There are so many amazing uses for coffee grounds, but using it as a mask & scrub has to be one of my favourites. One, because it smells so damn good, and secondly, because your skin feels incredible after.

You can also add different ingredients to your coffee grinds such as:

  • coconut oil – moisturising
  • olive oil – moisturising
  • brown sugar – extra exfoliation
  • tea tree oil – antibacterial, great for acne
  • lavender oil – calming, great for acne and scars
  • honey – moisturising and anti-bacterial (non-vegan option)

Benefits of exfoliation:

  • removes dead skin cells
  • helps unclog pores that can cause pimples
  • evens skin tone
  • increases cell turnover
  • helps increase the absorption of skin care products

Enjoy! Namasté.

 

Creamy Cheezie Zucchini

Creamy Cheezie Zucchini

My sister came over the other day and taught me how to make vegan bechamel sauce. Since then I’ve been eating a little bit too much of it, but nevertheless! This recipe will help you put down the dairy and pick up the soy!

While boiling the pasta, heat another pan on low heat and pour a cup of soy milk and a spoon of dairy-free butter (I like to use Nuttelex Original. You can buy this in Landers & SNR)

Stir till the butter has melted and slowly pour in some flour while stirring. It’s important to keep stirring or whisking so that the flour doesn’t clump! Add about half a cup of flour. If you want a thicker sauce add even more flour, and if you want it to be soupy, add less. Play with it!

When you find the right consistency for you, add chopped onions and garlic and continue to stir. Throw in the sliced zucchini and let simmer.

I like to add nutritional yeast to give it a cheezier flavor. Add about two tablespoons. If your sauce has become too thick for your liking, add a dash more soy milk and continue to stir.

You’re nearly done!

Drain your pasta, mix it in with the sauce and add salt and pepper to taste.

There it is! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🥒

Bon appétit!

My 2017 Travels – SAN REMEGIO WATERS

June.

Canoeing + wine + sunshine.

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The beautiful sky, sea and sand. Simple, yet so spectacular. Cebu definitely still has it’s treasures.

All you need is an awesome crew ♥️ … and a friend’s beach house!

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A boyfriend who’s a deep sleeper is always amusing…

The crew: Rafa, Rachael, Paolo, Julian, Jaime & Mike. Thank you For having us, Jaime!

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You can never have too much vitamin sea 🙏🏼 wearing my reversible SOLTI bodysuit.

My 2017 Travels – SIARGAO SUN

My 2017 Travels – SIARGAO SUN

April.

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If you haven’t been, take some time away from General Luna and head up to the Magpupungko rock pools. Its amazing there! Make sure to check the tides so you know when its the best time to go.

After an afternoon there, we found this little guy… so we took him home! Name: Pungko ♥️

My boyfriend’s family have a beautiful place in Pilar, a town located in the middle of Siargao Island. Quiet and right on the water, this is a destination fit for friends and family. Rooms will be available for rent very soon! This is the view from the deck.

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Shooting Steph in her SOLTI Activewear reversible bodysuit

Swimming and enjoying the company of friends and family 💙 and of course, watching Mike poi dance…

I don’t leave my room without using my favorite La Mer products, especially the UV Protecting Fluid with SPF 50. Need to keep those sunspots away!

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SOLTI Activewear Luli Bodysuit, La Mer essentials, and my favorite scented flip flops from Lookeeya.

Shakin it up at Shaka. My favorite place for juices, power bowls and banana bread.

At our “Secret Beach” that’s not so secret anymore. Still a great place to swim, chill and play silly.

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After basking in the sun and enjoying the quiet, we went to Lotus Shores in General Luna. If you’re ever in Siargao, you have to try out this restaurant. They are well known for their delicious vegan menu 🌱👌🏼  and everything was superb.

Lovely as always 🙏🏼 Salamat, Siargao

All photos taken by my Fujifilm X-T20

Rustan’s Super Goods!

Rustan’s Super Goods!

Thank you, Rustan’s Supermarket & Bigseed PR for my delicious and nutritious basket of local goods! I received dark chocolate, granola, wild ginger tea powder, coconut spread, and more ✿ Who knew it would be so easy to find VEGAN coffee on the go!? Bam Bam is also very happy, he loooves banana chips…

Stay healthy& support local! ✌  Have a RICE day!

#SuperGoodsbyRustans

Vegan Veggie Noodles

Vegan Veggie Noodles

Simple and light, perfect for dinner.

– Boil 1 teaspoon of sesame oil with 3 cups of vegetable broth (I used one from Healthy Options)

– Add 1 onion, 3 cloves of garlic, 1/3 a large carrot, and a handful of broccoli

– If you’d like, add soy meat/tofu to the mixture and let cook

– After 3 minutes, add the noodles of your choice (I used a mixture of rice & glass noodles) and cook for another 2 minutes

– Add a tablespoon of liquid aminos or vegan soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of chilli flakes

– Squeeze in some lemon and it’s ready for you to eat!

Enjoy! ❤

Vegan Banana Bread with Coconut Sugar Glaze

Vegan Banana Bread with Coconut Sugar Glaze

Preheat oven to 350 degrees celsius & mix all ingredients together in a food processor:

– 3 ripe medium sized bananas

– 1 1/2 cup of peanut butter

– 1/2 cup of almonds

– 1 cup of oats

– 2 tablespoons of coconut flour/flour of your choice

– 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

– 1 teaspoon on vanilla extract

– 1/4 cup of maple syrup

– 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

– 1/4 cup of almond milk

(Make sure the mixture is not runny. Add more oats till you get a thicker mixture.)

Put mixture into an oven-safe dish and bake at 350 degrees celsius for 15-20 minutes.

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Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes.

Coconut Sugar Glaze:

– 1/2 cup of coconut sugar

– 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil

– 2 tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk

Mix ingredients together with an electric hand mixer and then pour and spread glaze on top.

I sprinkled some cinnamon on top of my cake :]

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Enjoy!

Live cruelty free! ❤

Vegan Apple Crumble & Cappuccino Cinnamon Ice-cream

Vegan Apple Crumble & Cappuccino Cinnamon Ice-cream

This is my first time making an apple crumble AND ice-cream! Pretty happy with how it turned out :] I hope you enjoy these delicious, cruelty-free, vegan desserts!

Peal and dice 3 red apples and 1 pear

Heat saucepan and put in the apples and pear

Add a tablespoon of brown or coconut sugar (I mixed half and half), and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder

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Mix and stir for 4 minutes then place the contents into an oven-safe dish

Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees F

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Mix 1 1/2 cup of oats into a bowl with 1/2 cup of agave or maple syrup, 1 table spoon of coconut sugar, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, a pinch of mineral salt, and a tablespoon of cinnamon powder.

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Sprinkle oats evenly on top of the apple and pear mixture and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until oats are golden brown and crunchy

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Cappuccino cinnamon ice-cream without ice-cream machine

Make sure you have time to make this! I made this without using an ice-cream machine and it took about 6-7 hours to complete.

 1 can of coconut milk – 400 ml

1/2 cup of cappuccino flavoured soy milk (S&R)

1/4 cup of agave or maple syrup (S&R)

Mix into a pan and bring to simmer while stirring, then empty pan into heatproof bowl and leave to cool for 30 minutes

 Add 1/8 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon into bowl and stir

Place bowl into the freezer and let it freeze for 2 hours

Mix the icy mixture aggressively with a fork until smooth and creamy

Place bowl back into the freezer and repeat after 2 hours

Do this a total of 3 times

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The final product! Vegan apple crumble & cappuccino cinnamon ice-cream ❤

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Willful Ignorance

Willful Ignorance

See no evil.

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Hear no evil.

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Speak no evil.

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They say that theres a reason why you take your kids to pick apples but don’t take them to a slaughter house, and Dana Ellyn’s paintings says it all-

What you don’t see or hear doesn’t exist, but the sorry truth is that it DOES. Every single day, thousands and thousands of animals are kept in confined spaces, are mistreated, and then slaughtered just to satisfy people’s taste buds for 10 minutes. And because no one actually sees this happening, how could it matter to them?

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It all started when we were kids. Most of us ate whatever was put on our plates without question and without even being told where it came from. Advertisements on television showed hotdogs filled with cheese, burgers and spaghetti meat balls. Parents told us we had to drink lots of milk so we could grow big and strong, but no one taught us the process from animal to mouth, and why would they? Why teach anyone, especially kids about the harm caused to these animals? If they were educated about it, they probably wouldn’t eat it and that couldn’t happen because what else would they eat? “Its takes too much trouble to be a vegan/vegetarian”– and this is only because we, too were not educated on this type of diet.

In my opinion, just because eating meat is human tradition, habit and some say, a key to survival, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t teach children how their food is made. We all knew chicken came from a chicken, pork came from a pig, and beef came from a cow, but we didn’t know what goes behind the process of animal farming, and some of us still don’t know. When we were kids, most of us loved animals and still do, so when was it okay for us to think that it was right to kill and eat them? When was is okay to eat a pig but not a dog? How did we learn to eat the way we do?

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I wish I questioned what was on my plate. I wish I was taught about the horrors of the meat industry, even at a young age. I think it is important to know and to share to our children about what is going into their bodies, and of course, what happens to these helpless animals when they’re kept in factories. These days, most to all inorganic meat produce contains antibiotics, unnatural flavour enhancers and other toxic chemicals. Educating yourself about the food you eat is by far the most important thing I think anyone should strive to do.

What you’re putting into your body is what makes you. You digest it, whether it’s healthy or harmful for you.

“IF YOU CAN’T WATCH THE PROCESS, YOU SHOULDN’T BE EATING IT.”

Paintings by vegan artist, Dana Ellyn.

Artichoke, Avocado & Caramelised Onion Salad

Artichoke, Avocado & Caramelised Onion Salad

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Cook 1 onion in coconut oil.

When soft, add a tablespoon of dark coconut sugar.

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Prepare lettuce and raw sliced carrot in bowl.

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Add more lettuce and artichoke slices into the bowl.

Scoop out 1 avocado and place the around bowl.

Add on caramelised onions.

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Chop up 4 garlic cloves and soak in virgin olive oil. (Measurements depend on how much vinaigrette you want to make)

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Chop up 3 spring onions and add into the olive oil.

Mix in a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, a tablespoon of honey, himalayan salt & pepper.

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Shake or stir the vinaigrette, then pour evenly into the salad bowl.

Top it off with a mint garnish.

Enjoy!