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Mindful Eating

At our retreats we get many people coming with a big list of questions about nutrition. People would ask is coconut water good for you? Is falafel good for you? Are vegan ready meals good for you? is eating meat good for you?   Are smoothies good for you? And our host would listen to all of the questions and thank them for taking the time to formulate them. Then she would sit quietly and say I have 3 answers…

When you choose to eat something think of these 3 things

  1. Is it close to the source?
  2. Everything in moderation
  3. How does it make you feel?

It was the best piece of nutritional advice I have ever heard. It’s simple – Stay close to the source (real food), don’t over eat or consume anything in particular and if it makes you feel good after eating it, it probably is good for you!

When you connect yourself to the process of what eating essentially is which is feeding our very precious bodies nutrition to help us function and survive, it’s pretty clear that food that has been manipulated is going to be unhealthier. FULL STOP.

It is a scientific fact that as soon as you cut a vegetable it looses its nutrients and the longer it has been left the fewer nutrients it has…. So if your food has been made in some warehouse and sat for hours and then manipulated, then covered with sauce with preservatives, then packaged in plastic or foil, then delivered to a huge supermarket then sat in a fridge and finally picked by you and eventually ended up on your plate after been blasted in the microwave (Don’t even get me started on that microwaves) Well yeah…chances are you may as well be eating cardboard.

 

Example; paying £3-4 for a smoothie, coconut water (which mostly are full of sugars in any case) or Coffee (generally made with cheap cows milk pumped full of hormones) I mean coffee contains caffeine that unbalances your mood, it brings you up to bring you crashing down… why bother? OK, OK, I hear you! But lets take a minute to think about our food habits.

Years and years of pumping our bodies full of this stuff, will have an effect on our health our chemistry, our brains our bodies?

Your body is a temple, feed is with love and nutrients, the less manipulated food is the better, chop a carrot, become part of the experience of your food, its like turning up to your life, In all areas, make an effort to actually acknowledge what you are eating, has it graced the land? Has it been kissed by the sun? And if it hasn’t maybe you shouldn’t be eating it.

As the wonderful Thich Nhat Hanh once said – When we choose to eat mindfully, we are in touch with the essence of life, the now, the present, we are real and this piece of bread is real and this moment is true life. It helps us become truly present. It is a miracle, I am here, I am alive, and it’s a miracle that this piece of bread has come to me, to nourish me, turn eating into a small a ritual of gratitude a moment to focus on nothing else but the food and the appreciation of our life and abundance.

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The Genesis of Synergy Experiences

Synergy Experiences

Day and weekend retreats


Clover Norton

Love, Belief, Courage, Gratitude & Happiness  – 5 Affirmations

I would place these five words throughout five different points of my  home and by the time I was ready to leave the house, I would feel  better.

Love, by my bedside table to remind me of the Love I already had, my son.

Belief, on the bathroom mirror, Belief in a better future.

Courage, on the fridge – be brave, come on you can do this!

Gratitude, in the living room – at least I have a roof over my head and shoes on my feet.

Happiness, on the inside of the front door – smile big, fake it until you make it – as I walked out of the door…!

Visualising these five words helped me take little steps to grow in confidence and get stronger every day. I hoped that by designing my jewellery and sharing this story I can help other women.

Everyone can use these tools. These five humble words are inscribed for you in sterling silver on my jewellery. Wear  them  and may they be a visual reminder to help  you feel good and positive, every day.

The Launch of Synergy Experiences

Now I want to take this vision even further. After two years of working  closely with my customers, many of whom I have been fortunate to meet, I  realise how everyone relates to my 5 humble words, that somehow, within  my own desperation I tapped into 5 major layers of life. They are 5  affirmations that can empower you in every single way, it is a simple  formula that anyone can master. The purpose of our retreats is to create a space for women, a safe sanctuary to reconnect, to cleanse, nurture  and work softly on these affirmations and on our mind, body & soul.

Our Team

Nina   I  have been lucky enough to put together the team of my dreams for  Synergy Experiences.  Nina is amazing, she is actually responsible for enlightening and helping me on my own journey of self discovery.  Nina gave me tools that have helped me with my ups and downs throughout the last 10 years. Nina is a fantastic yoga teacher and has been running retreats for over 14 years, she has a wealth of experience and knowledge. Together we have meticulously  curated day or weekend retreats to truly inspire you.

Mandy our chef, has lived an extraordinary life  bringing up her children in Ibiza, Holland and Morocco.  I am  particularly impressed with her Spanish / Arab influences within her cooking and her stories delight us all.

Clover Founder of Synergy and co-host, I bring my experience of mindfulness and I playfully involve the power of affirmations on our retreats.

We  are a vegetarian / pescetarian retreat  because we really want to enhance your cleansing experience, please don’t worry, you will not be hungry on our retreats, we promise!

Locations and  Venues

Gaucin, Malaga, Spain   I  moved to Gaucin when I was 8 years old and I didn’t speak a word of  Spanish, in fact, I had never even been to Spain. We left our lives in  Notting hill and moved to this tiny mountain village of barely 1000 residents. My days were spent climbing rock faces, running from goats  and trespassing land to build dens. Gaucin holds a very special place in  my heart, not just for its breath-taking views over the Straits of  Gibraltar, the Mediterranean and Africa, but for its hospitality. As a  little girl I remember playing in the courtyard of Casa Nuez, (our next retreat venue) and I actually sold my first Jewellery there at the age  of 12! This was at a Christmas fete which still continues every year to  this day. The truth is, despite the fact I have been fortunate enough to  travel all over the world there never has been a place quite so real,  dramatic and life affirming as Gaucin, and so for all of these reasons I  felt we should launch our retreats here. We look forward to  introducing you to this beautiful tiny corner of the world and it  becoming a special part of your journey too.

Shawford Parish Hall – Winchester

Lewes, Sussex, UK

Luxury venue for over night stay min of group of 6 people

Our retreat venue in Sussex seemed to find its way to us!  After an initial search for the perfect property (which did start to feel like a needle in a haystack) A friend of a friend came forth and advised us of this stunning property. The building has been made with much love and overlooks a beautiful private field with gentle views of the big trees beyond. Towards the end of the field there is a small private lake with a seating area, around the corner you can find a lagoon with a little shed to relax in and to the left we even have an outdoor fire pit to sit by. There are so many quirky inspiring spaces throughout the grounds we just knew it was the right place to inspire our guests. The house inside is modern with a really lovely homely feel to each room; there is much light pouring through every aspect of this house which translates well In all weather conditions, an important factor when choosing our venue in the UK!

Before you decide, ask yourself this question?

Trust me, I know!  Everything is a priority, our children, our work, our partners, our  friends, our parents, our pets… Everything! But, if for just one day or weekend you really did put yourself first and you joined one of our retreats you will truly get the chance to relax and reconnect, you will be looked after in a gentle and non-intrusive manner, our team will guide you to feel stronger, clearer, more empowered and what is more important you will own the tools we show you and you can bring the retreat experience into your life whenever you need it. Every single person around you will benefit from you having this experience, I promise.

Invest in yourself, you are so important.

Love Clover x

Testimonials

Tracey Amanda Worth reviewed Synergy Experiences5 stars

· Thank you so much for everything. The experience has turned my life around. It came at a time that I really needed inspiring and uplifting. And it has definitely done that!!
The yoga class was the best I ever done. The massage was the best I’ve ever had. The healthy food was the best I’ve ever tasted.
The house and grounds and views are beautiful. The dogs a delight.
Thank you Clover Nina and Mandy.
Just done my 15 min yoga and 5min meditation. I’m now off shopping for all my new healthy ingredients for cooking great food.
I am happy.
I believe and have the courage to improve.
I am grateful to have had this experience.
I love. X

Sarah Stevens reviewed Synergy Experiences5 stars

· I have with sadness come to the end of this retreat and it surpassed ALL my expectations, delicious healthy food inspiring yoga, Nina and Clover know what they are talking about in a non judgemental informative way!!!! Lovely women too!!
I am returning to the UK with encouragement and commitment to continue with what I have learnt. The accommodation is very comfortable, beautiful surroundings, dog friendly and traditional.

Inquire about a space on our retreats below or visit  www.synergyexperiences.com

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Find Your Chakra

Which Chakra do you need in your life?

Derived from the word ‘Wheel’, Chakras are considered to be the seven centres of spiritual awareness in our bodies. They represent the powerhouses of our energy, which can be recharged and each have unique uses. Commonly used in practices such as yoga and meditation, Chakras help teach us the importance of mindfulness, therefore enhancing our well being.

By integrating the use of Chakras into your day to day life, you connect your physical body to your mental body. Each of the seven Chakras help us interpret different values, and help to each ease things that can block our positive thinking, such as stress, worry and fear.

Which Chakra do you need in your life?

Violet Chakra: I Understand

Typically connected to the crown of the head, the Violet Chakra is believed to help us understand the strange, yet beautiful, ways in which life works. Sometimes it can be hard for us to remember that everything happens for a reason and we get lost on our journey through life. Wear Synergy’s Violet Chakra necklace to feel calm and serene when facing life’s challenges, with an understanding and appreciation for the weird and wonderful life you lead.

Purple Chakra: I See

The Purple Chakra, representing the energy centre behind our eyes, amplifies our inner wisdom and intuition of the world around us. Perfect for times when you need to trust yourself and the way you perceive things, Synergy’s Purple Chakra necklace will motivate you, keep you focused, and inspire your inner creativity.

Turquoise Chakra: I Speak

Connected to our shoulders, the Turquoise Chakra is linked to communication, both with our mouths and our hands. Not only does this Chakra encourage us to be honest and to share our ideas with the world, it also promotes showing how we feel by being adventurous, loyal and kind to those around us. Find the confidence to speak up for what you believe in with Synergy’s Turquoise Chakra necklace.

Green Chakra: I Love

We fall in love with our hearts, which makes the Green Chakra such an important one. Centred around the place holding our deepest desires, feelings and bonds with others, this Chakra strengthens our spiritual strength through our compassion and kindness towards others. To love is to open ourselves up to others, exposing the deepest parts of our beings, and we couldn’t do this without having a big heart and a strong connection with our true essence. By wearing Synergy’s Green Chakra necklace, you heighten the spectacular feelings of love, warmth, joy and self-love.

Yellow Chakra: I Do

The colour yellow acts as a beacon, drawing others to your confidence and boldness. Empower yourself with Synergy’s Yellow Chakra necklace by telling the world that you’re responsible and reliable: you have the power to chose. This Chakra gives you the willpower to meet any challenges you face, whether it’s to do with your work life or personal life.

Orange Chakra: I Feel

This Chakra is all about your body and your physical wellbeing as well as your spiritual awareness. Orange energy balances us, helping us to grow and develop in both our minds and physically. Try out Synergy’s Orange Chakra necklace to connect your inner voice with the outside world and bring a positive nurturing of yourself.

Red Chakra: I Am

Bring passion, determination and fun into your life with Synergy’s Red Chakra necklace. The Red Chakra, known as the root of our spiritual being, helps us to set clear goals in life with the powerful colour strengthening your self-assurance and propelling you forwards. This Chakra is perfect for those who need some excitement in their lives, and are also persistent in grabbing what they want from life.

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A Glass Half Full

Glass half full

“Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If someone puts you down or criticises you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.”

Leah LaBelle

We’ve all been asked the question: when a glass is filled halfway with water, is it half full, or half empty? What people forget to mention, is how to make the glass seem half full all the time, even when we’re feeling painfully pessimistic.

There are times when life decides to throw problems in our faces, and it can be almost impossible to try and see the light at the end of the tunnel. Whether you’re having a bad day, bad week, bad month, or even a bad year, it’s important to learn how to train your mind to focus on the positives. Despite how dire a situation may seem, it’s inevitable that there is always something good nearby.

You never know when an opportunity may present itself, or when something amazing is lurking round the corner; that’s what you need to keep in mind when times are hard. After all, bigger and better things are born from the remnants of our troubles.

Here at Synergy Jewellery, this couldn’t be closer to the truth. Our founder, Clover Norton, was inspired to set up her own business after going through a tough time. Whilst it would’ve been easy to bask in self-pity and sit around waiting for things to get better, she turned misfortune into a message.

In order to keep that glass half full, Clover knew she had to make a change. So, she posted special words around her house, little words with wonderful meanings, so that whenever she passed them, she could stop to read them and remember the beautiful things that life has to offer. By doing this, she kept her spirits high and word by word, began to train herself into always seeing the bright side of a situation.

Of course, Clover knew she needed to help others through their own struggles. But how? With a knack for business and experience in the fashion industry, there was only one real option: Jewellery. This was when the words and meanings plastered around her house came into mind and she spotted an opportunity. She knew that by designing jewellery with special words engraved on them, she could one by one empower and inspire women across the country.

Synergy Jewellery offers a range of necklaces, bracelets and rings with individual meanings behind each piece. By wearing a piece of our jewellery, you carry around a word that you can look at throughout the day, whenever you need a boost of positivity or a new perspective. So no matter what life throws at you, your glass will always be half full.

Which piece of Synergy Jewellery will you be wearing?