Spring Equinox Self-Led Weekend Retreat

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spring equinox retreat clara roberts oss

▴ Join us for a Spring Equinox Weekend Retreat ▴ 

In honor of spring equinox, we’re hosting a self-led weekend retreat.
Equinox is the point in time when the day and night are briefly equal. This period marks the transition to spring and a shift in seasons. Light increases, the air warms, and the frost melts. Life returns to earth as we perceive the environment change with budding blossoms and wildlife. 
Springtime represents new beginnings; the ground is fertile and ripe with opportunity. Abundance and movement symbolize spring as plants grow, birds return, and bears stir from hibernation.

For centuries, various communities and tribes have come together to celebrate this shift in seasons. We may not be able to gather together this year, but we can connect virtually for a self-led experience that honors our inherent new beginnings and the seeds we wish to sow. 

Join me for a 24-hour Virtual Retreat

This retreat is self-led, meaning, you choose when to do the on-demand yoga classes and all of the other activities included in this experience. 

There are 3 options to gather with the community with LIVE classes to choose from:

 

Saturday, March 21st

▴ 7am LIVE opening meditation

▴ 9am LIVE vinyasa practice

Sunday, March 22nd

▴ 7am LIVE closing meditation

 

The 24-hour Self-Led Spring Equinox Retreat

This weekend experience invites you to examine how you may shift with the sunlight and foster new beginnings with a schedule of events to choose from. This experience is self-led and offers three LIVE events to connect virtually with the Practice with Clara community.

 

The list of activities include:

2 LIVE meditations 

1 LIVE vinyasa yoga class 

On-demand yoga classes 

Tea ceremony, recipe & ritual

 Lunch recipe 

Journaling prompts

Tips on how to Feng Shui your home

Spring cleansing for your body

& more!

 

This event is FREE for all Practice with Clara members.

New members can join our community for 7-days FREE during the retreat. 

▴ Your Spring Equinox Retreat Schedule ▴ 

Here is the list of suggested events for your 24-hour retreat. 

With 3 LIVE classes and a selection of self-led event options, you choose the activities and timeline over the course of the spring equinox weekend.

Saturday, March 20th

7AM | LIVE Meditation 

Join us for a LIVE meditation to open the weekend retreat. We’ll sit together for an opening meditation ceremony to ground and center. 

If you cannot make the LIVE meditation, try this on-demand meditation instead:

Expand Meditation

The LIVE meditation will be available on-demand 24-hours after the start time on PWC!

8AM | Tea Ceremony

Our friend Shani, the Momma Bear at hOMe Grown Living Foods shares a Spring Recipe to nourish your beautiful souls. 

SPRING MATCHA ELIXIR

Creamy, vibrant green, and energizing, this Matcha green tea elixir is full of healthy fats and superfoods to charge your day. With cacao & coconut butter, the mind is nourished and a healthy dose of collagen, medicinal mushrooms, and maca fortify the whole body!
▴ Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups hot water @ 185 degrees
  • 8 cacao butter wafers or 3 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp coconut butter
  • 1 Tbsp maca
  • 1 Tbsp moringa powder
  • 1 Tbsp collagen
  • 1 tsp matcha green tea
  • 1/2 tsp medicinal mushrooms Pinch of vanilla powder
  • 2-3 drops of stevia or sweetener of your choice ~ optional
 

Mindful Preparation:

  1. Combine everything in a high-powered blender and whip to a frothy consistency.
  2. Serve right away OR refrigerate and enjoy as a matcha pudding All the superfoods are optional. Use what you like and mix it up!

9AM | LIVE Yoga Class

Join us for a LIVE 60-minute vinyasa yoga class. 

Take one of these on-demand yoga classes if you cannot join us for the LIVE class:

  1. Space Through Strength
  2. Super-Duper Power

The LIVE session will be available 24-hours after the start time in the New Releases playlist. 

11AM | Walking Meditation

Spend some time outdoors with nature; this could be exploring your local hiking trails, ocean walks or sitting on your balcony or backyard as you enjoy your morning beverage. 

Breathe deep, take in the fresh air and beauty of nature all around you, and observe how you might welcome spring into your home. 

1PM | Lunch Recipe 

Our friend Shani, the Momma Bear at hOMe Grown Living Foods shares a Spring Recipe to nourish your beautiful souls. 

SPRING NETTLE TONIC

This nourishing soup is best made in early spring when the first nettles appear. Alternately, spinach or kale can be substituted during other seasons. Cashews add a decadent creaminess that appeals to vegans and dairy lovers alike.
▴ Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 cup leeks, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups stinging nettles
  • 5 cups vegetable stock or bone broth
  • 1 cup sprouted cashews or raw, soaked 1 hour, rinsed & drained
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbsp Shiro miso ~ light white miso juice & zest of 1 lemon
  • 1-2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups broccoli florets fresh cracked pepper to taste

Mindful Preparation:

  1. Sauté leeks in ghee or coconut oil until softened, approximately 5 minutes
  2. Add garlic and 1 tsp sea salt, sauté 2 more minutes
  3. Add nettles and stock, simmer for 10 minutes
  4. Blend cashews with nutritional yeast, miso, lemon zest & juice
  5. Turn off heat and add blended ingredients
  6. Puree soup and return to low heat for 5 minutes before serving – season with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper
  7. Add broccoli florets, turn off the heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes to soften the broccoli.
Nettles are a wild superfood, helping to boost the immune system with high levels of calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium, zinc, potassium, boron, vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, bioflavonoids, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and chlorophyll. A traditional tonic for the liver, kidneys, and digestive system.
Nettles can help restore vitality when we are depleted and may help alleviate hay fever.
▴ About hOMe Grown Living Foods ▴ 

Since 2002, she has offered seasonally inspired Catering for Retreats and in 2008 birthed hOMe Grown Living Foods. An organic, sprouted gluten & grain-free product line that is hand-made on her Farm deep in the woods on Vancouver Island.

3PM | Choose Your Own Adventure

We wanted to provide some flexibility in how you spend the afternoon; here are two activities meant to help you renew your perspective and lifestyle.

1. Feng Shui Your Home

Revamp your living space to shift the energy and your perspective.

Here are some articles we enjoyed to help reorganize your home according to the rules of Feng Shui:

See the complete list of Feng Shui articles from The Spruce.

2. Watch a Documentary on Health

In BBC Documentary, Eat, Fast, Live Longer, Michael Mosley explores the powerful (and popular) concept of intermittent fasting. 

Discover how and why intermittent fasting benefits the body, and whether or not this method is something you might implement into your routine. 

You may also want to check out the Thinking Nutrition Podcast where Tim Crowe debunks fitness and diet myths and showcases the latest nutrition research and what it means for your health. 

get ready for bed

7PM | Restorative Yoga

Unwind and end the day with an on-demand restorative yoga session.

You choose from the following classes:

  1. Get Ready for Bed
  2. Hip Yin

Or, choose from a selection of restorative/yin courses on the PWC app!

Sunday, March 21st

7AM | LIVE Meditation

Join us for a LIVE meditation to close the weekend retreat. We’ll sit together for a closing meditation ceremony to ground and center. 

If you cannot make the LIVE meditation, try this on-demand meditation instead:

You Who Has Been Seeking

The LIVE meditation will be available on-demand 24-hours after the start time on PWC!

Here’s how to join the weekend retreat:

1. Join our private Facebook Community, to discuss the activities. 

2. See the retreat playlist on Practice with Clara: Spring Equinox Self-Led Retreat Playlist

3. Pre-purchase the foodstuffs if you want to try the recipes. 

4. Plan accordingly with your family.

5. Share with a friend to participate with those you love!

New members receive 7-days FREE! 

Experience the weekend retreat AND take classes at your leisure. 

For more reasons to join Practice with Clara, check out this article:

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Energize | A 30-Day Virtual Yoga Challenge

☆ Energize Your Mind & Body ☆

A Free Online 30-Day Yoga Challenge

We’re hosting another free online yoga challenge that’s themed around energy. For this 30-Day Challenge, we’re taking you into the stars for a celestial experience that embodies movement, mindfulness, and astrology! In April, the yoga class of the day will be based on our theme and take you on a journey from the cosmos to your body—similar to the exploration of the Koshas in yoga philosophy. 
Energize 30-Day Yoga Challenge starts April 1st – April 30th, 2021. For four weeks, participants will see a yoga or meditation class for each day of the month to complete. Those who complete the full 30 days of yoga will be entered to win one of the prizes from our partners of the challenge at the end during the live raffle! 

For this event, we’re offering two LIVE yoga classes weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays!

Enjoy a 60-minute LIVE vinyasa class twice a week with me and hundreds of yogis worldwide.

If you cannot make the LIVE classes, they will be available on-demand 24-hours after the class date and time.

On-demand classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays in lieu of the LIVE class are also an option for members of the challenge to complete the class of the day. 

Timeline for the challenge:

  • APRIL 1st, 2021: Energize Yoga Challenge begins.
  • May 3rd: we’ll send out a short form to be filled out by those who completed the 30-days to be eligible to win prizes. 
  • We’ll check to see that you logged into the apps every day of the month, and from that list, we will hold a raffle to give out the prizes from our partners! Here is the clip of the raffle from one of our past challenges.

Outline of Classes

 

The challenge will follow the outline of the Practice with Clara Program; a formula based on sustainability.

 

Each day of the week is allotted a certain style (vinyasa, Hatha, yin/restorative) so that you feel balanced and have time to recover and restore. 

 
This practice is ongoing; let’s take care of our bodies and minds and watch our progress unfold. 

I provide PLENTY of options for you to choose from, so if you’re not feeling the class and want more time for rest, there are additional options. The only two days I haven’t prescribed a class are on Fridays and Sundays. These two days, I’d love it if you could honor relaxation by joining me for a yin/restorative class or meditation. If you crave more fire and select a more movement-based class, that’s also totally fine—you know your body best. 

 

Before you select a class, always ask how you feel and check-in with what you need. 

Here’s the outline for the program I’ve created for us to explore together:

 

∙ Monday: we start the week with vinyasa flows and hatha yoga

∙ Tuesday: we light it up with a vinyasa class OR something softer

∙ Wednesday: LIVE yoga class with me or a similar style class on-demand.

∙ Thursday: we add a little more fire OR a slower flow/Hatha class

∙ Friday: we rest our bodies  with mantra and meditation 

∙ Saturday: LIVE yoga class with me or a similar vinyasa class

∙ Sunday: we rejuvenate with yin/restorative yoga or meditation 

 

I hope this Program allows you to witness (and enjoy!) your transformation. 

Rules for the challenge:

  1. Practitioners must complete the 30 days of yoga, however, we invite you to move the classes around to serve how you feel—if you’re tired, don’t push yourself. Take savasana or rest on your mat when you need it. The point is making it to your mat every day, and that’s what counts towards the 30 days!
  2.  Practitioners are encouraged to interact with the day’s class by typing YES in the comments in the PWC App or in the private Facebook Group. This practice promotes motivation, positivity, and inclusion within the community. 
  3. The challenge is completely free for all new members for the month by using the coupon code. If you don’t cancel your subscription at the end of the challenge, you will be charged the monthly billing charge. 

The yoga challenges are free for all new members of Practice with Clara as we want to support and sustain the community-at-large, which means providing yoga to those who may not be able to afford it otherwise. 

Prizes from our sponsors:

We partner with some incredible brands who provide cool prizes for those who complete the challenge!

At the end of the challenge, we host a LIVE raffle where we select from those of you who completed the full 30 days to win a prize.

Prizes in the past include gifts from Lululemon, Woodlot, Supported Soul, Halfmoon, STIL Classics, private yoga sessions with Clara, Joiful Masks, subscriptions to PWC, & more! 

Get involved:

  • Join our community FB Group to interact with the class of the day and thousands of yogis, worldwide.
  • Sign up to receive my newsletter where we’ll announce the astrology readings and prizes!
  • Visit the PWC App and create an account if you’re not a member. 

Feedback from past challenges:

Here's How to Join Energize Yoga Challenge

If you’re already a member of the #PracticeWithClara community, you’re all set. You’ll see the Challenge Playlist in the Apps on March 27th.

If you’re not a community member, join us for free for the duration of the 30-day challenge – Here’s how:

  1. Click here and choose the monthly subscription option.

  2. Use coupon code ✶ ENERGIZE2021  at check-out to receive free access for the 30-day challenge + the 7-day new member trial.

New members will be able to access the challenge, and if you’ve enjoyed practicing with us, you can continue with your subscription.

Important for new members:

It’s important to note that if you do not cancel your membership once the coupon code has expired, your paid subscription will begin and charge the $15.99 monthly fee.

How We Honour Accountability

The best way to create a habit is through accountability – Check-in with the PWC community to hold yourself accountable for the challenge and your intentions as we shift into spring.

Here are three ways for you to get in touch and say YES to completing the daily classes. 

  1. In the PWC App:  type ∾ YES ∾ in the comments after you finish the class to share that you’ve done your yoga.
  2. In the PWC FB Group: We will post the class daily, you can type ∾ YES ∾ in the comments to share that you’ve done your yoga.
  3. Daily notifications via the App – We will be sending a daily notification through the PWC app – you can opt-in through the app settings and you can also opt-out if you’d prefer to not receive it.
You choose the method, we hold you accountable for your goal for the month. 

 

Assets to Track Your Progress

  • Download the Practice with Clara ENERGIZE Calendar. Check off the classes you’ve completed to visualize your efforts. 
  • Download the Journaling Booklet to take a seat in quiet self-reflection after class. 

 

Read the history of the 30-Day Challenges to see the past partnerships, benefits, & prizes!

Join Energize 30-Day Challenge, Today!

We’re excited to practice with you!

Make sure to join us on the FB group or Clara’s Instagram page for daily updates on the challenge and join the conversation.