What is the all time best birthday present? Is it a cake with candles? A bottle of wine? A box of chocolates? Some fancy clothes? Jewelry? A gift certificate to a favorite store?
All of these presents sound nice but will any of them become the best in the world and most unforgettable birthday present ever?
In my family we believe that the best birthday presents are the ones we give ourselves. I think it’s pretty hard to guarantee that you will be happy on your birthday no matter how much money and effort other people spend. On the other hand, imagine that you hike to the top of some mountain on your birthday, or, for instance, fast on juices for a day or two. You can learn a poem, or maybe do another activity that will give you a sense of achievement. Such an endeavor will guarantee that you feel awesome on your birthday.
To celebrate his birthday last November, Sergei ran a marathon. For my birthday last summer I swam across a lake, which took me almost an hour. I felt fantastic and that was my most meaningful birthday gift. Last week Valya had her birthday. She spent a week on green smoothies prior that day. On her birthday she planted a beautiful rose bush in our front yard. These gifts made Valya very happy.
Of course, we don’t have to wait for our birthdays to give ourselves these precious self-presents.
We are excited to announce that Sergei has just finished his new documentary “Powered by Green Smoothies.” He sent this film off to get it put onto DVD’s. We expect to receive DVDs some time in late April.
Meanwhile our friends Michael Bidar and Mike Adams at Natural News are doing a pre-screening of this film. You may watch a free trailer here
For a limited time you can watch Sergei’s movie online at 60% discount for $7.95 (streaming video).
Powered By Green Smoothies is 60 minutes long.
For more information please click here.
By Victoria Boutenko, © Copyright 2014
In August 2013 my family and I conducted the nineteenth green smoothie retreat. This time it was in Canada. Before green smoothie retreats, we have conducted approximately forty other different kinds of retreats, such as raw food retreats, juice fasting retreats, water fasting retreats and spiritual retreats. Some were weekend retreats, two-, three-, four- and five-day retreats. I noticed that two, three, four and even five days are not enough, mainly because of the detoxing process. When we were doing four or five-day retreats, many of our participants were leaving at the peak of their detoxing process, with headaches, fevers, nausea and other discomforts. Obviously, that was discouraging.
During seven-day retreats, most people complete the first cycle of detoxification and feel significant improvement. They all had discoveries and some profound “aha” moments. In addition to their own healing, people witness thirty or forty other participants reversing some conditions with which they have been suffering for a long time.
Does it make sense to do longer than seven days? I don’t recommend that, because your daily smoothies eventually begin to feel like routine, boring and never ending. Sometimes people choose to go longer than a week, for example in cases where someone’s detox has not finished and they enjoy the process and feel comfortable to continue for longer. In such cases, people individually go for two, three or four weeks on green smoothies. My friend Clent Manich decided to live on green smoothies for an entire year, after his doctor told him that he had only two weeks to live. You can read his story in my book Green Smoothie Revolution.
Seven days is the natural measure of time; the moon cycle is twenty-eight days and one week is exactly a quarter of the moon cycle. This fact has found its place in most traditional religions and philosophies in the world. Here is how the days of the weeklong green smoothie retreat go for most participants, from my personal reflections.
On the first day, everyone is excited and scared at the same time. They are still connected to their work, families and world events through their phone calls and thoughts, emails, etc. It is usually disturbing and somewhat frightening for people to leave the habitual rhythm of life and yield into the new, slower healing mode. For this reason, we usually make an effort to surround our newcomers with maximum attention, delicious green smoothies, uplifting lectures and organize positive entertainment, such as listening to live music or watching a documentary.
On the second day, many are surprised to wake up with headaches and stuffed noses. Usually people get disappointed and some even panic. To comfort our participants, we explain in our presentations the importance of the detox process and encourage them to appreciate and embrace the detox symptoms. By the end of the second day, roughly two-thirds of people develop one or another sign of cleansing.
The third day could be the hardest day of the week for most people. It is understandable because they feel hungry, they feel bad, often slightly depressed and tired. That day, we usually go from person to person and listen to them; trying to engage them in warm dialogues, reassuring them that all this discomfort is a good and normal sign. This is an opportunity for people to carefully watch their personal process of healing: to notice every part of their transformation to understand how the body restores its homeostasis. It is very important not to get distracted from this learning experience, but to consciously observe all the activity that happens within their organism. On that day, we encourage people to share with each other how they feel in detail, and to write about it in their journal.
The fourth day could still be hard for many people, however, there are always a few who have already passed the peak of their detox. They show up to the green smoothie breakfast with a big smile and announce, “I feel like a million bucks!” or “I don’t remember ever feeling so well as now!” Or they state, “The numbness in my left foot that I had for ten years is gone!” Or, “My cravings for smoking disappeared!” Or “I never slept so well in my life!” And so on. On that day, we intensify our exercise program and provide more information in all our classes.
The fifth day is when most people feel profound improvement. They still have minor symptoms of detox, but they notice that their health has positively improved and liked their reflection In the mirror. Everybody experiences the presence of extra energy, clearer thinking, improved vision and ability to concentrate. This is the best day for learning. We encourage people to read more, attend all the lectures, and exercise actively as well as engage in dialogues with all the other participants in order to exchange unique and valuable information.
On the sixth day, most people feel even better. Many people comment that they haven’t felt that great since their teens. They begin to ask many questions; they want to learn more about this cleanse in order to share with others. They feel happy and inspired.
The seventh day is the day of total happiness and love. Usually all people sense the groundbreaking accomplishment on that day. Everyone feels as a hero: “I made it! I believe that my body can heal me!” People are grateful for the amazing experience. They usually comment that the hunger is completely gone and they begin to drink fewer smoothies and feel more satisfied. These observations are extremely important, as many people come to green smoothie retreats with a fear of suffering from not being able to eat habitual food. Contrary to that, by the end of the week most participants feel accustomed to healthy eating. The body becomes used to eating healthy and begins to crave healthy food. People say, “I can do it!” which is more than they initially anticipated from this retreat.
That is why I recommend the seven day green smoothie retreat.
© Copyright by V. Boutenko, 2014
We invite you to join us for the weeklong Green Smoothie Retreat in Sweden in 2014.
It will take place from June 8th to June 14th, 2014 at Mundekulla, Sweden.
During our retreat we will prepare and serve you four times a day freshly made, delicious green smoothies prepared from the best organic ingredients. All of our smoothies are accompanied with detailed recipes. In the course of a week we will share with you all our secrets and tips on how to make the most nutritious and delicious green smoothies.
Considering the importance of lymphatic system for our health, we have added several fun exercise programs totaling at least five hours per day. In addition to yoga in the morning we will teach you during the day breathing techniques, hula-hoop fun workouts, barefoot running, salsa dancing in the evening, and other activities.
Payments for the accommodations will be made directly to the resort upon your arrival to our event on June 2nd. All rooms are designed beautifully and are eco-friendly rooms with soft beds. Some rooms have a private shower and bathroom, some share communal showers and bathrooms. All rooms are insulated with ecological material such as wool, sawdust, linen, hemp, or recycled newspapers. You may choose from several various options from double-occupancy rooms to sleeping on mattress on the floor, prices ranging between $40 to $75 dollars US per night. To inquire about the rooms, email Victoria
In order to hold a space for you we require a $200 non-refundable deposit at the time of reservation. The balance is due upon arrival.
For more information about the Mundekulla Resort you may visit http://www.mundekulla.se
Important note: Please pay for the retreat in a separate transaction. If you need to buy books or other items, you must purchase them separately. The Internet Discount Program does not apply to the retreat.
Once you register and make the deposit, you will receive an informational e-mail with more details on the retreat.
If you have any questions you may email: Victoria
We hope to see you in Sweden in June, 2014 at Mundekulla resort!
When my grandchildren come to visit we love having deep conversations together. We never get tired or bored of these dialogues. Sometimes my grandchildren refuse to watch cartoons, play, or draw, in order to talk about something in a philosophical way. There is never a shortage of topics for us because there is so much I would like to share with them both. For example, last Saturday, we have been discussing different merits of human beings, such as courage, cowardliness, dignity, pride, neatness, and others.
My grandkids were especially interested in the integrity. I explained to them my understanding of integrity. A person with integrity is not able to act in a destructive manner, and is not capable of hurting anyone. We had a long discussion about which action would be considered constructive and not destructive. Curiously, we came to the conclusion that to be a pizza-deliverer would not be a very constructive thing to do, because pizza is not a nutritious kind of food. In order to be constructive, one would have to deliver any kind of nutritious food, that’s all. Then we were trying to imagine the world where all people had integrity.
Today I was happy to hear from my son that my grandson shared his thoughts about integrity at school today. The teacher asked what are the most important qualities of the human. My grandson said, “integrity!” and was able to explain what it meant. Both the teacher and his classmates were very interested to discuss this subject.
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