Monthly Archives: October 2014

Raw Detox Foods from our past Retreats

Recipes from the retreat at Hidden Forest Studio

Chocolate truffles

½ cup walnuts   IMG_2812

½ cup pitted dates

½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Soak walnuts and dates for a night, then throw them into a food processor and pulse a little bit. Make sure that you still have some small pieces of nuts inside of the mass. Mix in coconut flakes and form truffles. Put into freezer to harden and then move to a fridge.

Italian Green Beans

Handful of green beans

1-2 cloves of garlic

2 table spoons of olive oilIMG_2816

Salt, black pepper to taste

Depending on beans condition either steam or boil them. Drain and put them in a large bowl. Squeeze the garlic on a top, put salt and black pepper above the garlic, pour olive oil on a top. Mix while hot. Could be served either hot or cold.


Bunch of spinach

2 medium sweet beet roots

½ cup of walnuts

Balsamic or raspberry balsamic vinegar

Olive oil

Boil or bake beet roots. Peel the skin. Wash spinach and evenly distribute on a large flat plate. Put beets in large slices on a top, add walnuts halves on a top. Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. If you like add salt and pepper by your taste.

Baby Lima Beans Salad

½ cup of baby lima beans

2 stalks of celery

1 medium carrot

1 tomato (optional) IMG_2818

Dijon mustard

Salt/pepper to taste

Olive oil

Boil baby lima beans for 20 minutes. Add thinly sliced celery and carrots. Mix Dijon mustard, salt and pepper and olive oil and mix up everything.

Raw Cutlets

1 zucchini

1 portobello mushroom

½ bunch of dill

½ cup of walnuts

1 clove of garlic (optional)

Salt/pepper to taste

1 teaspoon of soya sauce

Process everything except zucchini in a food processor. Slice zucchini very thinly with carrot peeler and wrap your cutlets into zucchini stripes individually


Purple Cabbage

¼ of purple cabbage

1 tart apple

Half of lemon or lime

Olive oil

Pinch of salt

Shred cabbage, sprinkle with salt and lemon juice, letit stand for ½ hour. Cut apple, sprinkle with more lemon juice. Add olive oil.

It was very easy to choose detoxing foods for this retreat.  We always look at the Nature, at what it brings to us at the particular season. Now it is season of root veggies and cabbage. The best detoxifying root vegetable is beet root, because beets are extremely high in plant ‘flavonoids’ and beta-carotene. In fact,  eating beets (and carrots) can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.

Sweet Carrot SaladFor the sweet carrot salad take

  • 3 carrots
  • 1 big apple
  • juice from 1/4 of lemon
  • olive oil

Peel the skin off the apple, grate carrots and apples, whisk lemon juice, olive oil and the salad is ready.

Korean Carrot Sala Korean  Carrot Saladd

  • 4 carrots
  • 1 golden beetroot
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2  lemon
  • pinch of Korean spices
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tbl spoons of sunflower oil
  • pinch of brown sugar

Shred carrots, beet root and onion, put onions on top, then salt, sugar and spices. Whisk lemon juice and oil. Mix everything.

Since cabbage has cleansing properties due to their high content of glucosinolates, sulfur-containing compounds that are converted into active forms isothiocyanates and indoles which  may prevent cancer by promoting the elimination of potential carcinogens from the body. It is also high in vitamin K and C. And what about apples? Let’s just mention that they help to eliminate heavy metals from the body without mentioning anything else.

Here are two salads

Classic cabbage salad

  • Cabbage Salad1/4 cabbage
  • 1 medium sized carrot
  • 1 beet root
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tbl spoons of sunflower oil
  • 1/4 of lemon

Shred cabbage very thinly. put some sea salt on top, whisk lemon juice and start pressing cabbage with your hands. When it gives juice add shredded carrots and beet root. Add oil and mix up everything.

Purple salad

  • Purple cabbage Salad1/2 purple cabbage
  • 1 big sour apple
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1 tbl spoon olive oil

Shred cabbage, whisk lemon juice, add salt and start pressing cabbage until it gives juice. Add shredded apple and oil and mix.

Fixing Facial Issues or Simply Disolving Your Wrinkles

Yes, the faces could be fixed and here how we are going to do it during 2 hours of intensive Face Fixing Workshop:

  • Opening meditation to discover the areas of work in the face. You could be very surprised to find out something that your mind was hiding from you.
  • Releasing nervous clamps with the vedic methods of self sacral cranial manual techniques
  • Face Restore with Yoga etc.

    Facial nerves

    Finding scull holes, opening them up and moving the scull bones to the original places in order to restore the blood flow, to release nervous unbalances and release pressure in the head

  • Working the base of the neck – releasing tension, creating space between vertebraes, lengthening the neck, opening shoulders and chest
  • Yoga for the face and other types of facial movements
  • Including emotional component for releasing facial tension – Forgiveness Meditation (Make sure to prepare a major wish to use released energy)

Offered at two locations: November the 8, 11 am- 1 pm at Functions Studios, call 905-953-9392 to reserve your spot, spaces are limited.

November 9th, 4-6 pm at Hidden Forest Studio, call or text Jane at 416-277-5432 or email

Cost: $30

How to build kitchen DIY – part 1

If you want to save thousands by building kitchen yourself you can do exactly the same as we did when we decided that we want beautiful little kitchen by the first Fall retreat. And by doing this you already follow Rule#1 – time constraint.

Rule#2: before you begin to look for anything you have to measure, and measure, and measure.

Actually, enough rules! Let’s begin. Go online and shop around for the granite anywhere you like. I would suggest to check kijiji, craigslist and local habitat Re-Store building shops, but to tell you the truth, kijiji rules! For exaple we got 3 pieces of gorgeous 3rd grad granite with all of the nosings for $100.

I spent a few days looking on kijiji and craigslist, but when I went to ReStore Habitat for Humanity at Newmarket I saw brand new unfinished kitchen doors.

IMG_2226[1]Well, it took quite a while to select pieces by their height,width and profile, but finally I chose 25 doors and paid $100 for all this treasure.

I knew that I will be able to stain them into any color I like, but I want to play around and achieve slightly distressed look.

At the next day we went to Home Depot and bought 3 pieces of melamine (3x$35) asked the staff to cut it as per our measurements.

IMG_2229[1]Now these pieces can fit into any size of the car.

Usually the first three cuts Home Depot does for free and then charges just $1 for any additional cuts. IMG_2231[2]

We finished firs day of the weekend by building 3 cabinets and staining 9 doors