PLASTIC FREE JULY

Hopefully by now, we are all WELL aware of the impending doom that plastic has on our planet.

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THE PROBLEM:

We live in a plastic world. Everything around us is covered in or made of plastic. From toothbrushes to food packaging, to dreaded straws and water bottles. You might not even realize it but many of the fabrics of the clothes you wear are also made of man-made fibers that are made of - you guessed it - plastic. Plastic rivers feed directly into the ocean, get consumed by marine life and birds, killing our wildlife, break down even further into micro plastics which we then consume, and we don’t even know the repercussions that has on our systems yet, but let me tell you, its bad news bears.

Every pieces of plastic ever made still exists. There is enough plastic in existence to wrap the entire Earth in, and if that isn’t asphyxiating, I don’t know what is.

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Look, I’m not saying that living plastic free is easy, or that I even do it myself 100%. But if we all made a tiny effort to reduce our consumption and reuse what we already have, I know we can make a difference.

THE CHALLENGE:

Did you know scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans? That just does not align with the vision of the ocean I keep in my mind. The Earth Carers Waste Education team seems to imagine the same fish filled ocean that I envision and decided to do something about it and in 2011 Plastic Free July was born. From the simple idea of refusing single-use plastic during July an award-winning campaign was born.

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The best way to reduce plastic pollution is to refuse, rethink and reduce what we consume. Taking part in Plastic Free July is an easy way to learn the skills to reduce and avoid the use of plastic. When you sign up for Plastic Free July, you can choose to:

  • Avoid single-use packaging

  • Quit the top-4 takeaways (plastic bottles, disposable coffee cups, plastic bags and straws)

  • Go completely plastic free

When you officially sign up for the challenge, you’ll receive support and weekly tips that others have said helped to keep them motivated and held accountable for all month long. There are over 120 million participants worldwide who are actively increasing their awareness of this harrowing subject and educating themselves on the many options of a plastic free lifestyle!

THE SOLUTION:

Make small, achievable changes in your life that you can actually stick to. We are surrounded by plastic, and it can feel daunting to make such a drastic change, when we have become so accustomed to the convenience it provides.

Here are a few of my favorite (and very accessible) ways to switch some of your regularly used plastic items to more sustainable options:


For your convenience, I have rounded up an entire collection of sustainable, plastic free products which you can easily access on my Amazon Shop HERE.



NEW YEAR, NEW YOU JOSHUA TREE RETREAT R E C A P

How many years in a row have you come up with the same, uninspiring, redundant list of new years resolutions? Well we were sick and tired of doing the same thing and expecting change, so we created a retreat format that allowed our students to dive into their hearts and create intentions that were aligned with their deepest desires!

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Friday afternoon our guests arrived to Cactus Moon Retreat, an incredible retreat center in Yucca Valley, or more commonly known as Joshua Tree! They were welcomed with adaptogenic turmeric lattes to sip on while they got to know one another and settle in. P.S. For all of you yoga teachers out there, I highly recommend this space for your own retreats!

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Soon after, we began our first yoga class of the weekend. The practice of yoga allows one to move past the business of the mind, address the distractions of the body, put them at ease, and become receptive to deeper insights! We used yoga as a tool to prepare the body and mind for visualization and meditation.

After yoga, meditating, and our opening circle, our private chef Georgie, of @fearlessbodies, made sure we were very well fed! We are so grateful for Milk & Eggs for providing such delicious, and locally sourced groceries for our girls.

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The next day we started class at 8am, after gathering in the living room for superfood coffee of course!

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Yoga and meditation, with a third eye activating visualization was the perfect preparation for our workshop on the subconscious mind. We taught our students the importance of becoming aware of your thoughts, and how your thoughts create your reality. We gave them tips and tools on how to transform limiting beliefs and how to create a year long plan, breaking it down month by month, week by week, and even day by day!

Between breakfast and lunch we would pull cards, practice manifesting, and of course prepare for the vision board workshop that evening!

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As a facilitator of an experience like this, my favorite part is watching how the women connect with one another. It’s so rare that we are given permission, or even encouraged, to just be ourselves. You, reading this, let me just take this moment to remind you that you are beautiful, perfect and wonderful just for being you!

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After spending the whole weekend getting clear on what we wanted to call in and create this year, mapping out a plan, transmuting limiting beliefs and setting intentions that were purposeful and aligned with our highest selves, we boiled every single intention down to one word. I hand stamped bracelets from My Intent to send the girls off with a reminder of what they cultivated this weekend.

I went in wanting some clarity on some things I was being indecisive about, and I can honestly say that this retreat gave me that clarity and so much more. Miki and Jamie are two of the loveliest teachers and all around happy souls. From the space to the company to the landscape - everything felt welcoming and I knew I was right where I was meant to be. The guided meditations were magical, moving and brought me to tears. Yes, I cried. A lot. But it was all so transformational and necessary. The yoga was so nice and gentle, and I learned some postures I had never done before. And the food from chef Georgie was just what the body and soul craved. My one word I took with me was TRUTH. To speak it, share it and live it. And I feel like I left with all the tools to empower me to do just that. If your soul is pulling you toward an experience like this, do it a favor and say YES.
— Jenna, one of our lovely students
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Dying to come to a retreat? Click H E R E for more info on our next Joshua Tree retreat, March 11-13th.

SPACE IS LIMITED & WILL FILL QUICKLY

 
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