Iceland Retreat - April 2019

Sagrada Wellness just returned from Iceland. It was another amazing retreat with guests coming from all over the world. We came together from: Sweden, Germany, Canada, Chile, Russia and the US to immerse ourselves in the magic of Iceland and practice the Sagrada Wellness lifestyle on this sacred island. Through Qi Gong, yoga, Pilates, dance, lots of sharing, soaking together in hot springs, and epic mountain hiking, we fell in love with the moment. We fell in love with the healing togetherness. We fell in love with Iceland. Thank you to everyone who showed up. And Sagrada Iceland 2020 is on the calendar.

How to Use Yoga to Destress

Want to Relax? Try Yoga

By Ari Isaacman Bevacqua, LaShone Wilson and Lara Atella

Stress is ever present. Fortunately, we’ve got yoga, which is proven to help reduce stress and the health effects it causes. The best part? You don’t need any prior experience to benefit from the practice. Whether you are at home, work or somewhere in between, yoga is always here to help you relax. We’ll show you how to get started.

A 5-Minute Relaxing Yoga Practice

This short sequence works the body and rests the mind in just five minutes.

WHAT YOU NEED

You don’t need anything but yourself. If you have a yoga mat, that’s great but not necessary. A towel works, too, or you can just sit on the floor. Find a comfortable spot where you can be alone and uninterrupted for only five minutes. Depending on how your body feels, you may want to use a yoga block, blanket or meditation cushion to place underneath your body to support your body in a comfortable seated position.

You can also take this same yoga and mindfulness practice outside for a change of scenery and influx of nature. Experiencing the vibrant colors, sounds and feel of the outdoors during your yoga practice can provide a positive energy boost.

WHAT YOU NEED

You don’t need anything but yourself. If you have a yoga mat, that’s great but not necessary. A towel works, too, or you can just sit on the floor. Find a comfortable spot where you can be alone and uninterrupted for only five minutes. Depending on how your body feels, you may want to use a yoga block, blanket or meditation cushion to place underneath your body to support your body in a comfortable seated position.

You can also take this same yoga and mindfulness practice outside for a change of scenery and influx of nature. Experiencing the vibrant colors, sounds and feel of the outdoors during your yoga practice can provide a positive energy boost.

START WITH SOME MINDFULNESS

Let’s start with your breath. This is a great way to slow down, become present in the moment and connect with yourself: 

  1. While sitting, allow your shoulders to relax. 

  2. Extend your tailbone down and contract your stomach, which will help to straighten your back and lengthen your back from the top of your head. 

  3. Inhale for six seconds while pushing your stomach away from your body. 

  4. Exhale, allowing your stomach to come back to your body. 

Do this four times (or more if time permits).

As you go into each yoga posture think about your own self-care, self-respect and a curiosity toward yourself and your moment-to-moment experience. This will put you in the right mindspace for the exercises. 

1. Easy Pose (Sukhasana). Begin in a comfortable seated position, legs crossed. Relax your feet and allow your pelvis to be in a neutral position. Think about how you are breathing. Feel the sensations in your body. Sit for a minute and feel the sensations that come with being unrushed, still and internally aware.

2. Neck Roll: Allow your head to fall toward your chest and slowly move your head around in a full circle to the right three times and then to the left three times. Invite the feeling of letting go. Return to the easy pose and lift the crown of your head up.

3. Shoulder Roll: Roll your shoulders in forward circular motions four times and then backwards four times. When you are finished inhale, bringing your hands over head and exhale, placing your hands together at chest level. 

4. Tabletop Position (Bharmanasana):Slowly move onto your hands and knees, placing your wrists directly under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Your palms should be on the floor, fingers facing forward with your weight evenly distributed on your palms. Center your head in a neutral position and soften your gaze downward. 

5. Cow Pose (Bitilasana): Inhale as you drop your belly toward the mat. Lift your chin and chest and look up toward the ceiling. Pull your shoulders  away from your ears. 

6. Cat Pose (Marjaryasana): Exhale and pull your stomach toward your spine and round your back toward the ceiling. Gently release the top of your head toward the floor. 

7. Repeat Cat-Cow five to 10 times in an unrushed and peaceful rhythm.  

8. Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana): Tuck your toes under your feet, press your palms into the floor and lift your hips up, extending your tailbone toward the ceiling. Push your heels back and slightly down toward the mat. They do not have to touch the ground. Allow your head to drop so that your neck is long. Stay here for a few deep breaths.  

9. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana): Slowly move your hands to your feet, and release the muscles in the neck and shoulders. Also release the weight of your head and allow your legs to be straight. 

10. Cross your forearms. Place your right hand in front of your left upper arm and weave your left arm behind your right upper arm. Press your heels into the floor and extend your tailbone up to the ceiling. Shake your head back and forth to release your neck. Stay here for at least three breaths before releasing the arms from the crossed position.

11. Mountain Pose (Tadasana): Bend your knees, pull your stomach toward your back and roll your body up.

12. Upward Salute (Urdhva Hastasana): Extend your tailbone down. Inhale here and place your hands together at chest level. 

13. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana): Slowly move your hands to your feet, and release the muscles in the neck and shoulders. Also release the weight of your head and allow your legs to be straight.

14. An additional option is to bend the knees slightly to place one palm flat on the floor or onto a block or anywhere on your leg other than your knee and raise the opposite hand over the head. Try to align the shoulders, slightly twist and look up following the length of the extended arm. Do this on both sides. 

15. Child’s Pose (Balasana): Softly come to your knees in a kneeling position. Extend your hands forward in front of you. Allow your torso to relax down and back onto your thighs. Allow space between your knees  and the toes to touch. If possible, allow the buttocks to touch the  heels of your feet. 

Breathing Exercises

We do it mindlessly, over and over, but with a little thought, the process of breathing can be transformative.

BREATH REGULATION

The key components of yoga include postures, meditation, relaxation, and breathing exercises. These features of yoga are not exclusive and do complement each other, but the one that transcends most profoundly is breath. Breath is often thought of as the guide in all areas of yoga. Yoga helps bring more awareness to the breath which has both physical and psychological benefits. When we are stressed, we often will hold or shorten our breathing or breathe in a short, stilted manner. Being able to continue to inhale and exhale calmly and deeply throughout life is a tremendous stress reliever. 

Throughout yoga class, teachers will remind you to regulate your breath and this is one of the most transferable skills that you can very quickly take off of the mat and into your everyday life. 

BREATHING EXERCISES

Below are a few breathing practices that you can do anywhere, anytime, to get back in touch with your breath. Consider these exercises a stress-relieving pause whenever you need it. 

BELLY BREATHING

  • Sit comfortably with your legs in a comfortable cross-legged position and close your eyes.

  • Inhale from the bottom of your belly, then into your chest and imagine filling up your body with breath all the way up to your throat.

  • Exhale from your throat, chest and belly.

  • Repeat five times.

    A HEART-CALMING BREATH

    • As long as you don’t have any knee problems, sit in kneeling position with your heels underneath your hips. If you have any knee problems, sit comfortably with your legs crossed.

    • Place one hand above your heart and another on your belly (it doesn’t matter which; choose whatever comes naturally).

    • Close your eyes and inhale and exhale to the mantra, or repeated saying, of “let” on the inhale and “go” on the exhale.

    • Repeat at least five times before placing your hands on your thighs and opening your eyes.

  • COMBINING BREATH WITH FULL-BODY MOVEMENT

    • Begin in a child’s pose with your knees on the ground and your hips on your heels resting on the backs of your feet and your hands outstretched in front of you.

    • Tuck your toes and lift your hips up and back into downward facing dog

    • Inhale into a plank pose (kumbhakasana), or the top of a push-up, with your shoulders over your wrists and a straight line between your shoulders and your heels.

    • Exhale as you lift up and back into downward dog. 

    • Repeat five to 10 times inhaling into plank and exhaling into downward facing dog. 

    • Rest in child’s pose.

Thanksgiving and Gratitude Yoga Retreat photos

“A beautiful 45 acre space, surrounded by other ranches is the perfect getaway to meditate, hike, practice yoga, journal or whatever activity helps recharge you. 

This was my second visit to Segrada. 
The first one was to the Yoga and Wine retreat, which is a great way to reconnect with friends, visit and taste some local wines and practice yoga. 
The second and recent one was the Yoga and Music retreat led by Aaron and Tony. Aaron made the practice mindful and easy while Tony's music was the perfect compliment to help focus on breathing and meditation.

The food at the retreat was one of the highlights of the entire experience. Lourdes made the most delicious vegan and gluten feee meals three times a day.” Anita K

Photos by Amanda Iyana Michaels

Sagrada Wellness featured on The Culture Trip

With its rugged mountains and picturesque coastline, California is a haven for those looking to relax, revitalize, and reconnect with nature.

Whether the goal is to disconnect from technology, meditate in silence, trim down in size, or practice yoga, there are retreats that cater to every wellness need. These five retreats are some of the best that the Golden State has to offer.

Founded by a husband-and-wife team, Sagrada Wellness offers yoga-centric retreats on its 45-acre mountain property in California’s Central Coast. Although yoga is the focus, the retreats also integrate other aspects, such as writing, hiking, wine or live music. The property is 100% solar powered, and the accommodations were designed by architect and co-founder Scott Curie. Guests have access to the pool, Jacuzzi®, and on-site hiking trails. Meals are 99% vegetarian, 95% vegan, and 90% gluten-free, with most of the ingredients coming from the garden. While local wine is provided during the retreat, there is a digital detox element, meaning no wi-fi. <Click Here>

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The New Barn Is Complete

We are excited to announce our expansion that includes a brand-new arrival sequence and new guest rooms.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Architecturally designed
  • Custom furniture
  • Non-toxic bedding and mattresses 
  • No harsh chemicals or detergents used 
  • Pure filtered spring water available during your stay
  • Designated digital detox center
  • All-inclusive retreats
  • Acupuncture and astrology services available 
  • Daily organic blended teas
  • Salt-water pool
  • Hot tub
  • Pristine natural oasis

 

What guests are saying! 

"Awesome mind, body and culinary experience! Scenic surroundings, great yoga sessions and hikes- its a perfect locale for introspection and meditation. Loved the people at Sagrada- very genuine and so warm. This fun, well maintained place is highly recommended!!"

Yoga Barn Room

Yoga Barn Room

Guest Review

After weeks of contemplating doing a yoga retreat for the first time, I finally took the plunge and went for it, at Sagrada. I found Sagrada after researching other options in Northern California, and was immediately drawn to the intimate feel of their retreats, as well as the generous hospitality that comes with a small family-owned business. I came to Sagrada after booking at the last minute, looking for an opportunity to reset, and found so much more than what I had expected.

The space that Eva and Scott have built at Sagrada is as beautiful as all the other reviews describe. Everything about the ranch invites you to commune with nature - from the two easily-accessible hikes that are perfect for a contemplative walk, to the sublime saltwater pool that we soaked in during our free time, and the hot tub perfect for nighttime star-gazing. Our accommodations were perfect in their simplicity and coziness - I stayed at the yoga loft, which allowed me to wake up to a really sweet view of the space we practiced in each day. The food prepared by Lourdes and Ricardo was wonderful - vegetarian, healthy, delicious, and deeply nourishing.

The retreat itself, led by Leslie St. John, was incredible. Leslie's passion for her creative craft in teaching both yoga and writing really shone through. The overall experience felt very thoughtfully designed to help us intuitively ground ourselves and explore self-intimacy in deeper ways as the weekend unfolded. Leslie was an expert at weaving movement, writing, meditation, and simple pleasures (think wine and chocolate) into a holistic, rich, and soulful experience. To sum up what it all felt like - we wrapped up the weekend with a Qoya practice, which was new to us all, and found ourselves - a group of folks from very diverse walks of life - dancing freely with abandon. 

I walked away from the weekend feeling immensely grateful to have found Sagrada and to have shared such a profound experience with Leslie and the company that were with me as well. I can only hope that other retreats I take in the future can match the experience that Sagrada has so generously given me.

Sagrada Wellness featured in Visit California

So maybe your New Year’s resolution to cut out sugar and run five miles a day didn’t quite pan out. Now is your second chance to jump-start the year: But this time, perhaps you can better match your goals with your preferred form of exercise, whether that’s an immersion experience, golf-based fitness, or trekking across the countryside. These eight fitness vacations, listed from north to south, offer a chance to detox, toughen up, and unwind in beautiful destinations across California.

Yoga & Pilates Retreat, Sagrada Wellness

Santa Margarita       

Great for: Mind and body rejuvenation 

If your resolutions typically include the words “balance” or “stress,” consider the Yoga & Pilates Retreat on the Central Coast, where the focus is a combination of fitness gains and a renewed sense of self. Your day at this shared-living-space resort will start with a guided meditation walk followed by a wholesome breakfast before your first yoga session. Guests have the freedom to choose how they spend their afternoon—hiking or reading in a hammock are options—before the second yoga or Pilates class. Want to watch the sunset with a glass of wine? Feel free to indulge. And don’t miss the opportunity to stargaze from the ranch’s hot tub.

 

Gigi Yogini coming to Sagrada

MARCH 16 – 18, 2018 : SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA

WOMEN’S WEEKEND RETREAT

Experience inspiration, empowerment, and rejuvenation on the majestic land of California’s Central Coast.

ESCAPE

Spend 3 days and 2 nights in an intimate community of inspiring women, on a private property in a breathtakingly beautiful destination, enjoying delicious and healthy food, while stepping into your intuitive power as a woman and leader.

EMPOWERMENT

Gigi Yogini’s Modern Sacred Circle training is designed to empower women of all ages and stages to step into their unique purpose through yoga, pranayama, meditation, drumming, mantra, hiking, and circlework. No experience necessary.

EXPLORATION

Practice yoga and meditation. Take long silent walks and hikes. Nap or write in your journal. Enjoy the jacuzzi while stargazing under the darkness of the New Moon. Experience the magic of Gigi’s women’s circles. Sing and dance from your heart. Create space to heal yourself and each other.

“Gigi’s energy is magnetic and contagious, she does a wonderful job at creating a space where growth and healing can happen.” – April Lovett, Owner, Unfold Yoga

For more information: gigiyogini.com/retreat

Sagrada has been in business for 12 years!

Sagrada Wellness has been in business for twelve years! Wow, we can't believe how time has flown by! Scott and I got married while Sagrada was being conceived. It was a time of new beginnings for sure. We've nurtured Sagrada through personal and business related ups and downs, and three different locations: Mexico, Ojai, and Santa Margarita. It has taken a dream, perseverance, love and support and being completely indefatigable. We are dedicated to our Sagrada Wellnesslifestyle: a passion for yoga, community, living healthy, healing, awakened doing, and the love of aesthetics in our spaces and nature

Over the years we have learned so much from our amazing guests. We want all of you to love your experience at Sagrada, and then come back again and again. We want Sagrada to be a place where people know they can slow down, reflect, be present, learn, and become grounded again. I recently had a guest write me an email about a month after her stay with us thanking me for the wonderful experience and telling me that Sagrada helped her reconnect to her authentic self! Wow! What a testament! 

Namaste,
Love Eva

Recent Review

Summary: As a first-timer at a yoga retreat, I couldn't have asked for a more perfect experience. Sagrada Wellness has set the bar so very high! Culture/Feel: Eva, owner, greeted us so warmly and made us feel at home immediately. The location, grounds, common areas, our private double room, yoga room...everything had a warmth and cleanliness that was so serene and grounding. I felt safe, calm and happy at Sagrada. Food: I'm going to be real here: I am not a vegetarian and worried that I might feel hungry and not like the food. I walked away from the experience with such a respect for the food that Sagrada fed us....Lourdes is a fantastic chef. It's changed my perspective on plant-based diets and I've incorporated things I learned. Yoga: Leslie St. John, our yoga instructor and retreat facilitator was the perfect blend of being inspiring, organized, mindful, vulnerable, strong and fun. I felt comfortable sharing very personal things in the safe space she created for us. I learned so much from Leslie...not just about yoga, but about going deeper in asking myself emotional and difficult life questions. She was so supportive and encouraging - yet also pushed me to places I didn't think I could go with my yoga practice! I've also incorporated so many things she taught me. Accomodations: We chose a private double room with a shared bathroom and felt so spoiled. The bed, bed linens, bathroom linens, view from our room and overall stay was so comfortable and calming. Schedule: Eva and Leslie worked together on a great schedule for us and each weekend is a little different depending on the amount of participants. One morning, Eva taught us a Qi Gong: Beautification Techniques session that I found so enjoyable and fun. There was also a morning nature walk and other ceremonial rituals throughout the weekend that I found so uplifting. I am definitely a fan of yoga retreats now!!

Happy Holidays from Sagrada Wellness

As if riding a zip line through the terrain of life, this year has soared by, yet has tethered us to countless treasured moments along the way. As stewards of this sacred land we live on, we continue to offer it's healing energy to our guests from all over the world. We see how the digital detox and peace and quiet is needed now more than ever before. Recently, we travelled to Iceland and caught it's magic! So much so that we created a new branch of Sagrada! We will be basking in thermal waters, hiking glaciers, yoga flowing, and reveling in the nordic energy of the aurora borealis with guests! We look forward to sharing moments with you in the new year and wish you peace and happiness this holiday season. 

Love Eva, Scott, Anais and Angeles 

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Sagrada Wellness Yoga Retreat California 

Sagrada included in list of America's Best-Priced Yoga Retreats

We are reaching out to let you know that Sagrada Wellness was recently featured in a piece titled “Flexible Spending: 7 Of America’s Best-Priced Yoga Retreats" on Zappos.com. 

California: Sagrada Wellness Modern farmhouse retreat

Sagrada is Spanish for “holy,” and you’ll certainly feel spiritually inspired at Sagrada Wellness in San Luis Obispo. This retreat center on California’s central coast is host to several programs under $1,000. Organic, vegetarian and gluten-free meals are farm-to-table from the on-site garden and the local markets. Retreat goers can enjoy the miles of nature hikes surrounding the property, or relax on the deck with a serene view. With offerings such as Yoga & Wine, Yoga & Hiking, or Yoga, Peace & Quiet, you’ll find a retreat to match any vibe you seek."

Flexible Spending: 7 Of America's Best-Priced Yoga Retreats

Sara-Mai Conway

Ever feel like you needed a vacation from your vacation?

You return home and are just as exhausted from touring, walking, sight-seeing and eating as you were before you left? Not so on a yoga retreat! 

Not only is a yoga retreat a wonderful way to unwind from your daily grind, but it can also be an excellent way to deepen your existing practice or to begin anew if your current practice is non-existing, or inconsistent. A good yoga retreat will leave you refreshed, relaxed and energized, and will give you tools and motivation you can take home to extend that yoga-bliss feeling year-round. 

Unlike a studio practice, a retreat allows time for multiple classes per day; an exploration of different styles such as power, restorative and meditation; and an intimate, small-group setting where your teachers can dial in a practice that works best for you. 

Retreats might be themed, or may combine yoga with other fun activities such as surfing, hiking, skiing and even massages and spa treatments. Sounds expensive, right? Not so! 

Here are seven yoga retreats in the continental United States that will leave you feeling refreshed in body, mind and soul, without leaving you feeling depleted at the bank. 

1. Florida: Private island retreat

Rate: starting at $825

Did someone say “Private Island?” Yes, please! This all-inclusive retreat on Coupon Key with Key West Yoga Retreats offers three nights and four days in a private 4,500 square foot home. Did we mention you’re on a private island? Not only that, the retreat includes organic chef-prepared meals three times daily. Your twice-daily yoga sessions include stand-up paddleboard yoga classes. When the lesson is over, continue to explore the island via your SUP board, go snorkeling or relax on the deck of the private home and enjoy your ocean view. 

2. Washington: Vashon Island getaway

Rate: starting at $695

The Nourish Yoga Retreat on Vashon Island is just a short ferry ride from Seattle, but you’ll feel like you’re worlds away from city life. Participants will dive into radical simplicity in this fit-to-be-Instagrammed home and enjoy a variety of energizing and restorative yoga classes, as well as creative journaling and mala-making workshops. Every room offers a full bathtub and fireplace so you can enjoy complete coziness and relaxation during your stay. Evening marshmallow roasting included. 

3. Massachusetts: A weekend with Seane Corn

Rate: starting at $650

The Kripalu Center in the Berkshires is known for very good yoga. This beautiful lakeside retreat is surrounded by 100 acres of woodlands, hills and valleys. Options for advanced practitioners and teachers include continuing education credits and deep dives into yoga and philosophy. Programs such as Seane Corn’s Yoga of Awakening are suitable for all levels. This retreat is based on Ms. Corn’s best-selling DVD and will challenge participants to activate positive change in their lives through movement, breath work and inner exploration. 

4. California: Modern farmhouse retreat

Rate: starting at $695

Sagrada is Spanish for “holy,” and you’ll certainly feel spiritually inspired at Sagrada Wellness in San Luis Obispo. This retreat center on California’s central coast is host to several programs under $1,000. Organic, vegetarian and gluten-free meals are farm-to-table from the on-site garden and the local markets. Retreat goers can enjoy the miles of nature hikes surrounding the property, or relax on the deck with a serene view. With offerings such as Yoga & Wine, Yoga & Hiking, or Yoga, Peace & Quiet, you’ll find a retreat to match any vibe you seek. 

5. Maine: Historic New England charm on the coast

Rate: starting at $1,125

A single family has owned The Sewall House for five generations. This Island Falls retreat center complements yoga with kayaking, hiking, meditation or poetry and writing workshops. All-inclusive custom retreat packages for groups of two or more start at just $1,125 for five nights. Attend in the winter and include snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. After enjoying the snow, warm up in the sauna and private Jacuzzi. 

6. Oregon: Women’s glamping retreat

Rate: starting at $500

Ambuja Yoga hosts this retreat in the Pacific Northwest forest at the Tipi Village retreat center. Guests stay in glamorous tipis outfitted with cozy beds, warm blankets, down comforters and of course, electricity! This is not your average camping-in-the-woods nature retreat. And yes, there are adorable cottages on site if glamping is not your thing. Yoga takes place creek-side in the great outdoors, and gourmet meals are served outdoors as well. After all that fresh air, you’ll be reconnected with your true nature in no time. 

7. Colorado: Ski and yoga in Breckenridge

Rate: starting at $1,800

This weeklong ski and yoga retreat with Laura Loewy of Backcountry Yoga includes a four-day ski pass to Vail Resort, which makes it a great deal! Enjoy yoga daily, and tour around the historic town of Breckenridge from your home at the heart of it all. One massage is included in your package, and if you’re taking full advantage of this retreat, we guarantee you’ll need it. Chef-prepared dinners and an optional backcountry ski day make this luxury adventure a steal. 

With a yoga retreat in your future, there are plenty of additional ways to save! 

Most retreats offer early booking incentives or payment plans that can be stretched over time. Booking flights early or making other travel arrangements in advance can also save you money. Double-occupancy rooms, rooms with shared bathrooms or tent accommodations are always less expensive. If you’re attending with a friend, ask the retreat provider if they offer a discount when two people book together. 

Consider getting away for a long weekend if a full-week is out of your price range, or seek a retreat closer to your own backyard to save on transportation costs. Last but not least, compare apples to apples! Do your research on what’s included and what’s not. Compare flights, airport transfers, additional activities, spa services, meal plans and other add-ons. 

It just may be that an all-inclusive with a bigger price tag turns out to be a good deal, and that bare-bones program where everything is a la carte just isn’t. 

Once you’ve chosen the retreat that’s right for you, forget about the cost and allow yourself to enjoy your vacation fully. After all, time spent on making gains in your yoga practice, quieting your mind and nourishing your soul is priceless.

Sara-Mai Conway is a yoga and meditation instructor who splits her time between Austin, Texas and Baja Sur, Mexico. She is a travel planner and retreat leader with Baja Surf Yoga. You can follow her adventures on Instagram at @saramaic.

 

Sagrada Wellness featured in the LA Times

Six wellness vacations to take this summer: Get home fitter than before you left

If you like writing, yoga and meditation ...

Where: Santa Margarita, eight miles north of San Luis Obispo

When: June 23-25 (three days, two nights)

What to expect: The Sagrada Wellness Weekend includes morning yoga, pranayama breathing and meditation sessions followed by guided writing exercises led by Leslie St. John, yogi, published poet and creator of the yoga-poetry fusion site Prose and Poses. Free time for hiking, writing and hot-tubbing.

What you’ll eat: Gourmet meals

Amenities: Sagrada’s modern-rustic farmhouse in bucolic Santa Lucia Mountains of the Central Coast countryside

Price: $595 (communal room), $795-$995 (private)

More: (805) 550-7636, SagradaWellness.com

Sagrada's Gluten-free Banana Bread

Baking during the winter time is a great way to spend quality time with family, and the end result is a foodie’s bliss. Chocolate chip gluten free banana bread has been a Sagrada signature dessert for years now and we’re excited to share its goodness with you after numerous requests! So put your apron on and spend the afternoon in the kitchen enjoying some meditative mixing time and calming aromatherapy as the oven completes its magic.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine dry ingredients together:

1 cup brown rice flour

1 cup almond meal

1/4 organic sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

pinch of sea salt

In another bowl combine wet ingredients:

3 1/2 browning over ripe organic bananas-mash them with a fork.

1/4 cup canola oil

1 egg

Fold wet ingredients with dry ingredients and mix well.

Add:

1/2 cup organic chocolate chips

1/2 cup organic chopped walnuts (optional)

Scoop batter into an oiled bread pan and bake for 30-40 minutes.

Remove from oven and flip bread onto a drying rack to cool.

Enjoy!

+For extra fun top it with homemade whipped cream!