Yoga & Wholistic Food Retreat (July 29th – August 5th 2017)

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Join Aram Raffy & Saba Rahbar in Ibiza for a yoga & wholistic food holiday. The retreat will be held in a traditional 200 year old Spanish finca with luscious views of rolling hills, and the wonderful sound of Ibizan birdsong.

The daily yoga practise will take place on a shaded terrace overlooking the stunning San Vicente Valley, while the cookery workshops will be held in a traditional farmhouse kitchen, using locally sourced ingredients.

After a nutritious brunch you can relax by the pool, or if you’re feeling adventurous you could sample one of the several walking trails nearby. There is also a beach close by, just a 5 minute drive away (or a 20 minute walk).

Aram Raffy has travelled the world studying and teaching Yoga. As a native of London he currently teaches packed out classes at some of the city’s top Yoga studios to people from all walks of life.He is known for his fun, uplifting style of Astanga vinyasa-krama. A student of both Eastern and Western philosophy, he seeks to pass on the spiritual essence of Yoga through a powerful physical practice, deep conscious breath-work and active meditation. All set to a varied soundtrack, with conscious adjustments and an unmistakeable sense of humour. His classes are dynamic, challenging and all inclusive. His nature is generous, encouraging and he seeks to help all his students to harness their deeper potential. Yoga for upliftment!

Saba Rahbar is a wholistic chef, certified in plant based nutrition. Her discovery of plant based foods started four years ago after she became ill and embarked on a powerful journey to health and wellness. This journey has not only helped Saba heal herself, but has enabled her to empower others with the tools they need to reconnect with their bodies through food. Her wholistic view on nutrition takes into consideration the mind, body, soul connection and looks at food from a much broader perspective.

In addition to regularly working as a chef on some of Europe’s best wellness retreats, she runs fun & informative cooking workshops, has a product line of healthy snacks and has also co-authored a book.

Details:

Yoga – 90 min dynamic vinyasa practice in the mornings & restorative yoga and meditation in evenings

Food – 2 x wholistic cookery workshops

Delicious and nutritious daily brunch, healthy treats, snacks and dinner (except for one night) made using locally sourced organic produce. 100% plant based, refined sugar free & gluten free.

*if you have any special dietary requirements please let us know when you book.

Other activities 

There is a wide range of extra treatments and activities available from trips to local artisan markets, massages in the villa to stand up paddle board classes which can be booked at an extra cost.

Costs

£845 – Glamping outdoor bell tents with 2 twins (outdoor showers and compost bathrooms)

£930 – 1 double & 1 single (shared bathroom) OR twin beds (shared bathroom)

£960 -twin beds (ensuite bathroom)

£995 – master bedroom with 2 twins + balcony

Prices are per person and include accommodation, classes, daily meals (excluding one evening where you go out to a local restaurant).

Travel and transfers are NOT included.

Payment
50% deposit required to secure your place & room.
Monthly payment plans are also available upon request.
All remaining balances must be settled by June 3, 2017 (2 months before start date)

Travel by Plane
Ibiza only has one airport and there are daily direct flights on Easyjet, British Airways & Ryanair from London. As well as Iberia & Vueling flights from Madrid & Barcelona.

Transfers by minbus/taxi can be arranged (not included in price) OR we also recommend hiring a car for ease of exploring the surrounding area.

Cancellation

Cancellations before June 3 deadline will be fully refunded.
As spaces are limited we will endeavour to treat cancellations sympathetically. After June 3, if a replacement booking is secured from a wait list, monies will be returned (minus an admin fee of 10% of the cost of the retreat). If a replacement is not found, deposit(s) paid according to payment schedule will be retained. Cancellation of your booking, for whatever reason, should be notified in writing by email.

To Book
Please email Saba at vegetariantreehouse@gmail.com to book or for more information.

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May Newsletter

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Hello lovely people!

I hope you’re all well and happy. Just wanted to share a few things with you for May as well as some inspiring information that I’ve recently come across.
The VTH Kitchen will be closed until the 17th May. 
Group Cooking Class
The next group cooking class will take place on Friday 27th May from 11:30 AM – 2 PM at my location on the Pearl and will focus on breakfast, my favourite meal of the day! There are only 8 spaces available so please email me if you’re interested and would like to reserve your spot.
May Product List
Here is the link for our latest product list.
I will be taking orders upon my return on 17th May.
*Please note the delivery (Pearl and West Bay area only) and pick up days are now Mondays, Wednesday’s and Friday’s only and it takes a minimum of 48 hours to process orders.
 
 
Food Revolution Summit
It’s the Food Revolution Summit again, sign up to access free interviews with leading health and nutrition experts. https://foodrevolutionsummit.org/ It will be running until the 8th May so don’t miss out your chance to gain free access. Today will be the 5th day of the summit but you can still listen to replays from the 1st and 4th day.
Help Raise Money for Syria
This Friday 6th May Aspire Katara Hospitality and Qatar Charity are teaming up to raise funds for Syrian’s stuck in Aleppo. 100% of cash generated from customers dining at the list of restaurants will go to the campaign, here’s the link to the Doha News article for more information.
*Just a side note, please be mindful of how much food you order and if you cannot eat it all then take it away and either save it for another meal or give it to someone who would appreciate it. It’s a great shame to let food go to waste when there are so many people in this world who do not have access to food on a regular basis.
Articles worth reading
 
How ‘Ugly’ Fruits and Vegetables Can Help Solve World Hunger
8 Tips For Easier Plant Based Meals
Your Easy Guide To Buying Organic Produce

February Newsletter: Self-love

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Hello!

I hope January was good to you and that February has welcomed you into it’s loving arms. This month is all about self-love, more than ever! We must love ourselves first before we are able to fully spread our love to those around us. This is the time to nourish ourselves and look out for own well being and happiness, something which is easily put on the sideline. Here are some ideas on how you can do that this month:
Qatar National Sports Day
This is a great excuse to be outdoors and get active, there will be a lot of different activities going on around town. I’ll be starting my day by practising Swasthi yoga with Vishnu at 8:00am at the Sheraton Hotel, free of charge.
Here’s a link with a lot of the activity details for tomorrow!
Shakti Circles: Miraculous Relationships
The second edition of the Shakti Circles will take place on Saturday 20th February from 4 – 7pm. Wala’a and I will be showing you how colour and food are effecting your relationships. Exploring how they effect your overall vibration to attract love, miraculous relationships with yourself and others including attracting your soulmate.

This workshop will include:
– Meditation
– Color exercises
– Energy clearing
– Food for love
– Dinner made with love by me!

It will cost 350 riyals per person. Please email me to book your seats, we only have 12 spots for this one, so book early to guarantee your spot!
Recipe
Cook for yourself and your loved ones, I just posted a very comforting curry recipe, why not give it a go?! Here’s the link.
Products
Get yourself something from my product range to nourish your body with healthful treats as an alternative to processed factory made snacks. I’ve added a couple of new items such as a pink sauerkraut, which has a multitude of healing properties filled with natural probiotics which work wonders for your gut.
Here’s the link for the new product list.
Articles
Some interesting articles I’ve been reading recently:
Lots of love from the treetops!
Saba xx

January Newsletter – New Beginnings

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Hello,

I hope you’re all feeling fresh and ready to take on 2016 with a healthful mindset and lots of positive energy! So far it looks like it’s going to be a wonderful year filled with lots of inspiration and collaborations for the Vegetarian Treehouse, of which I cannot wait to share with you.

Colour Your Plate

The first thing I wanted to share is an excerpt of a mini colouring cookbook I put together for the “Juicy Tips for a Healthy Child” Panel I was a part of during the Ajyal Youth Film Festival last month. Colour Your Plate was made with the intention to encourage both parents and kids to get more involved with healthy eating. It was printed in black and white so that the children could use it as a colouring book, while their parents use it as a reference for healthy recipes for their family.

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For those of you who are interested in receiving the full PDF file, please email me and I’ll forward it on to you.

Product Menu 

I’ve added a couple of savoury items to the new product menu, expect many more additions to come over the next few months. Here’s the link.

Articles

A few very interesting articles I’ve read recently which are worth sharing:

How to relearn the art of eating

2016 the year of pulses

Shakti Cirlces

I will be teaming up with my wonderful friend Wala’a from The Color Recipe to host group sessions on how to empower yourself through food and colour. The confirmed calendar will be launched soon so stay tuned!

Remember to always love and respect the one home we were given to live in, our bodies.

Lots of love from the treetops,

Saba xx

Casita Verde’s Aloe Vera & Mint Lemonade

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We landed in Ibiza on a hot and sunny Sunday morning. After getting our car, and finding the house we were staying at, road names don’t really exist in the north of the island so you have to look out for different coloured rocks painted by the homeowners as indicators to turn down dirt tracks, we made our way to Casita Verde. Along more dirt tracks we went, following green hearts, which eventually lead us to this beautiful permaculture farm.

Casita Verde has been running for the past 20 years or so and every Sunday they open their doors and hearts to the public. You pay a small lifetime membership fee which includes the cost of your delicious vegan lunch. We had black beans, brown rice & pumpkin risotto, tomato salad, raw courgette and sprouted mung bean salad with some delicious wholewheat pumpkin seed bread, all made in house by the lovely volunteers that help run the place.

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There was a couple singing up on stage as we enjoyed our lunch under the shade of the trees. We needed something to quench our thirst so I bought an aloe vera & mint lemonade, one of their specialties, and it blew us away! I had tried aloe vera drinks in the past but this was completely different, I actually enjoyed it, and went for seconds. This again was all made in house using their own aloe vera, mint and lemons, and they had the recipe up on the wall so I took a photo as a reminder. After lunch you get a tour of the farm and they explain in detail what it is they do and how. Definitely a great place to visit when in Ibiza, and a wonderful example of how we can live and work in harmony with nature.

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Aloe vera is great for digestion, helps support the immune system, works wonders for your hair and nails, and has antibacterial properties and contains antioxidants. If applied topically the gel is great for acne and sunburn, all in all a good plant to have in your garden!

Here’s the recipe:

1 medium aloe vera leaf
2 medium lemons, juiced
2 heaped tablespoons raw honey
1 litre water
1 big handful of fresh mint

IMG_1571Clean the aloe vera leaf by removing the spiky edges with a sharp knife. Clean the knife with water afterwards as this eliminates the bitter taste.

Cut the top of the skin off the leaf, going from the base to the tip, making sure you rinse the knife if you touch the outside of the skin. Remove the jelly by cutting it off the bottom skin, you will be left with a fillet of aloe vera. Dispose of the skin.

IMG_1564Give the jelly a quick rinse and add to a blender along with the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste and add more honey if needed. Serve chilled with ice, enjoy!