Living Holistically – Blog

Yogatan June 2017

Yogatan June 2017 – 8th Event Yes, it is hard to believe, but looking back in my notes, I’ve come to realize this Yogatan June 2017 is the 8th time we’ve held this event.  This Yogatan was very special to me for a number of reasons. It is the first time we’ve expanded the event […]

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Children’s Christmas Cookie Decorating

4th Annual Children’s Cookie Decorating Event We hosted the 4th annual children’s Christmas Cookie Decorating Event here at Upachaya back in December.  This event is well attended each year by the children in the barrio that is next to Upachaya, as well as the children of our employees.  This is one of my favorite events […]

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Mesoamerican Reef System

Mesoamerican Reef System The Mesoamerican Reef System, is the second largest barrier reef in the world. It is second only to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.  It begins in Mexico and snuggles along the landmass, past Belize, Guatemala, and the Northern Coast of Honduras.  This reef system encompasses the Bay Islands, which includes Roatan. It […]

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SUP Yoga

SUP Yoga (Stand Up Paddleboard) SUP Yoga, also called Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga has been a hot trend for the past few years.  This is an excellent way to commune with nature and deepen your yoga practice. We all know yoga reduces stress, strengthens, tones, and stretches the body.  Add that with the natural elements of sunshine, […]

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Upachaya Community Project

Community Project – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle We are excited to announce our next Upachaya Community Project. In cooperation with Sasha Solis from Diverse Divers Production, and Manlio Martinez with Go Blue Central America.  We will be starting a Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle project in the barrio next to Upachaya. August 20th at 9:00 the adults […]

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Dowsing E-Book

Intro to Dowsing E-book I’ve been dowsing for a number of years now, but just recently began to dig deeper into the technology of dowsing and learn what this was all about.  As a result I felt compelled to write a dowsing e-book to introduce others to the wonderment, and power of these tools. I […]

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Dayry’s Latest Sewing Projects

Dayry’s Sewing Projects Catching Up So much has happened at Upachaya the past few months, and I’ve been neglectful in posting Dayry’s sewing projects. Dayry continues to be an excellent sewing student, and she loves the result of getting new dresses out of this deal. A huge thank you goes out to a guest of […]

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Yogatan Lentil Soup

Glowing Spiced Lentil Soup   Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free   This lentil soup is quick and easy because there aren’t many vegetables to chop and it relies mostly on pantry staples. It takes 15 minutes prep time and then it’s hands off while it cooks. This soup contains a lot of spices, […]

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Roatan Ladies Luncheon Recipes

February Roatan Ladies Luncheon at Upachaya Eco-Lodge & Wellness Resort. First off I want to thank the Roatan Ladies Luncheon for allowing Upachaya Eco-Lodge and Wellness Resort to host this month’s activity.  We had a full house with 35 women in attendance.   In addition to providing the women a healthy and bountiful lunch, many […]

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Sugar – The Sweet Lie

Holistic Living – Sugar For nearly 4 years I hosted Holistic Living with Barb, a radio show on a local radio station here on the island of Roatan. In September of 2014 new Management came in and decided they no longer wanted any talk shows on air, and turned it all into a music station. […]

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3rd Annual Children’s Christmas Cookie Event

Children’s Christmas Cookie Event For three years Upachaya has been hosting a fun event for the children in the barrio.  We invite the children from the barrio over to decorate Christmas cookies.  We provide them a dozen cookies, and they proceed to eat as many of the decorations as they put on the cookies.  By […]

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Dayry Learning to Sew

Learning to Sew Having skills to progress in this world is very important.  Learning them at a young age can prepare you for growth and betterment for the future. In a previous blog article I shared the first steps in teaching Dayry to sew.  Dayry is my Caretaker Victor’s, oldest daughter.  She is 8 soon […]

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7th Annual Christmas Food Drive

Upachaya Annual Christmas Food Drive We are proud to have hosted this 7th annual food drive here at Upachaya for our neighbors in the surrounding area.  This year was made even more special with contributions from a few of our Cruise Ship Guests as well as local friends.  With the combined contributions we were able to […]

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Yogatan Yoga Festival August 2015

Upachaya Eco-Lodge and Wellness Resort hosted another successful one day Yogatan Yoga Festival this past Sunday, August 30. Mother Nature cooperated with us providing us slightly overcast skies which were perfect for those classes held on the dock. Other classes held in the Mangrove Center and the pool enjoyed the weather as well. We had […]

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Yogatan Festival Recipes

Once again, thank you for all the rave reviews on the food served at the Yogatan Festival on May 3,  here at Upachaya.  It was a lovely day filled with camaraderie, love, positive energy, sharing of life’s joys, and of course food. Many of our participants have asked for recipes for the foods provided.  Specifically […]

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Thai Pasta Salad

Thai Pasta Salad Per special request, I have been asked to provide my Thai Pasta Salad recipe.  I serve this salad with many of the cruise ship patrons that come to visit Upachaya Eco-Lodge and Wellness Resort for our snorkel tours.  I have also used  the sauce for this recipe for my Pad Thai, and […]

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Healthy Recipes

We had a very successful “BARS” workshop this past Sunday here at Upachaya Eco-Lodge and Wellness Resort.  A huge thank you to those that attended and spent time to become enlightened as to what this energy work is all about.  It was a great session that provided us an introductory awareness of “Access Consciousness”. As […]

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Weekend Yoga Retreat

Birth A New You – Weekend Yoga Retreat January 16, 17 and 18th, Upachaya Eco-Lodge and Wellness Resort is hosting a weekend yoga retreat.  This weekend yoga retreat will help you renew your commitment to self, healthy living, and long-term well being.  Start the new year off on a new or refined path. Retreat includes: […]

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Roatan Yoga Festival

One Day Roatan Yoga Festival Upachaya Eco-Lodge and Wellness Resort was proud to be the sponsor and host for the One Day Roatan Yoga Festival held on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Our event was well attended and received grand reviews from all the participants.  This festival, small but effective reached out to Roatan residents, and […]

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Repurpose? What is that?

Repurpose Pallets Repurpose Another Way to Recycle First off, let’s explain what is meant by repurpose.  Thoreau once said “Be not simply good.  Be good for something.”  I’ve taken Thoreau’s approach and say let’s take items no longer needed, and make them good for something.  You may ask why should we repurpose, but look around.  […]

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Health Benefits of Fruit

Nature’s Nutritional Gifts Mother Nature provides us an abundance of health benefits in the gifts of fruit. These health benefits of fruit can aid in preventing disease and in many cases also cure them. In this article we will only touch on a handful of tropical fruits grown here at Upachaya that we use to […]

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Bottled Water – Is it Worth It?

Bottled water a free natural resource Bottled water has become one of the most successful commercial products of the last 100 years. This article has two focuses.  First is to touch on where our bottled water is sourced, and second to address the obscene waste that is culminated as a part of this commodity. Serious […]

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Arthritis and Nature’s Way

Dealing with Arthritic Joints  Dealing With Arthritis Naturally Millions of people suffer from some form of arthritis.  It is commonly believed that arthritis is incurable, at least by standard medicine.  The typical Western medical response is medication to reduce the symptoms of the disease. However, research shows that pain and disability caused by arthritis can […]

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Dengue and Malaria

Serious Tropical Blood Diseases Dengue and Malaria Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population are at risk of contracting tropical blood diseases, specifically malaria, and dengue. Dengue is endemic in 110 countries around the world.  How does one contract the disease?  How can we prevent ourselves from these diseases?  Are there any natural cures? First, let’s […]

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Diabetes – An epidemic

Diabetes near Epidemic Levels The American Diabetes Association released statistics in June of 2014 from the National Diabetes Statistics Report. They state: * Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes which is about 10% of the population, or 1 out of every 11 Americans * Approximately 21 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes.  The remainder are […]

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Sugar Addiction – The Sweet Truth

Sugar Addiction More Dangerous than Cocaine Did you know that there is an addiction more dangerous than cocaine? Yes, there is, and it is a sugar addiction. Research now tells us that sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine. Sugar is the new nicotine, the new fat, except that fat isn’t addictive like sugar. […]

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Healthy Sunscreen Choices

Summer is in Full Gear Choose A Healthy Sunscreen For most people this is the time of year that we should be paying particular attention to how we are applying and what we are applying for sunscreens.  Those of us on the island are blessed with lots of sunshine year round, so we should pay […]

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Cloning is Not Natural!

Cloning Basics – Are We Ready For This? What is natural about cloning?  Nothing as far as I can tell through my research.  Cloning has been taking place since Robert Briggs and Thomas King first cloned a Tadpole in 1952.  Yes, cloning has been going on for nearly 70 years.  Some may say there are […]

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The Basics of Permaculture

Permaculture Basics An Ecological and Sustainable Way of Life I was recently introduced to the concepts of Permaculture by a woman I met while teaching yoga at a women’s retreat in Mt. Shasta.  I love how the Universe provides so many twists and turns, and surprises in our every day lives, opening up new doors […]

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Chakra Balancing Workshop

Balancing Your Chakras Chakra Balancing Workshop a Success! This past weekend we had a chakra balancing workshop here at Upachaya Eco-Lodge and Wellness Resort.  It was well attended and encompassed eight hours of multi-media instruction. The purpose of this workshop was to help educate participants on the the chakra system.  We covered basics of the […]

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Fracking is Ecocide

Fracking is Destroying our Planet – Ecocide Yes, I’m very verbose and passionate about stopping ecocide – Hydraulic Fracking of oil and gas deposits.  I know there are always two sides to a coin, and I know there are some that profess the economic benefits of fracking far outweigh the negative consequences.  Actually there are […]

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Water Conservation & Treatment

Now more than ever water conservation by each one of us is required to not only save the planet, but to save ourselves as well. Did you know that our world is lurking on the edges of crisis mode in relation to having enough water to sustain our worldwide population?  Did you know that in […]

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Oil Pulling?

What exactly is Oil Pulling? Ok, so it is obvious our cats won’t be oil pulling, but what can it do for me?  First let me explain what oil pulling is.  It has been around since ancient times.  The Charaka Samhita, documents dating back to 3000 BC talk about oil pulling and the benefits it […]

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Eco Friendly & Heathier Easter

Making Easter more Eco Friendly and Healthy. Easter doesn’t have to be so commercialized.  There are many ways you can celebrate this Easter in a very eco friendly, and healthy manner.  Rid yourself of those plastic eggs, refuse to buy the plastic grass, walk away from the sugar laden peeps, jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and […]

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Apple Cider Vinegar, Miracle Liquid?

  Apple Cider Vinegar a Fermented Food with so many uses Apple Cider Vinegar otherwise known as ACV is an excellent food used in a variety of ways that can aid in your health, your daily nutrition, along with cleansing your environment. What is Apple Cider Vinegar?  It is a fermented food.  It obviously begins […]

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Managing Stress Naturally

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. I’m sure you’ve heard of the fight/flight/freeze response. Those are the three ways our bodies react with stress. Stress can keep you on your toes, sharpens your concentration, and can give you that extra drive, […]

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Biodynamic Farming

Biodynamic Farming was my topic of conversation during my most recent radio show, Holistic Living w/Barb this past Saturday, February 8.  Biodynamic Farming fits like hand in glove as it relates to Holistic Living.  Rudolf Steiner, the “Father” of biodynamic farming introduced it in 1924 and described it as “addressing the farm and farm family […]

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Holistic Self-Care

  Holistic Self-Care is something we can each take personal responsibility for ourselves to place us on a path toward optimum health.  The principles of holistic self-care fall into three primary categories as depicted above: physical health, emotional health, and spiritual health. As Albert Schweitzer, philosopher and physician  (1876 – 1965) wisely stated “It’s suppose […]

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Diabetes and Natural Treatment

First I would like to define the three categories of Diabetes.  Type 1 diabetes is an insulin dependent diabetes sometimes also called Juvenile onset.  Type 2 diabetes is non-insulin dependent and also called Adult onset diabetes.  90% – 95% of those diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2.  Gestational diabetes is also something to be concerned […]

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Advertising Affects on Our Health

We may not realize it, but the advertising our children are exposed to is shaping their lives, and not always for the better. In the U.S. the average child is exposed to between 25,000 – 40,000 TV commercials annually. In the UK that number is 10,000. It is estimated that between $15 Billion, to $17 […]

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Flu Vaccine – Is It Worth It?

The main concern over the flu vaccine varies from concerns over other vaccines not over risk, but if it actually works. We are reminded everywhere to get our flu vaccine, at the local pharmacy, the grocery store, even where you work. But is it worth it? In 2010 – 2011 Approximately 1/2 of children and […]

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Hemp – Why is it Illegal in the U.S.?

Did you know that at one time in the U.S., it was mandatory for all farmers to grow Hemp? That is right, during the 1619 Virginia Assembly, legislation was passed making it a requirement that all farmers grow hemp. Hemp was even used as legal tender in PA, MD, and VA. Domestic production flourished until […]

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Feng Shui – Shifting your stuff and your Life

Feng Shui is an art and science that has been practiced in Asia for thousands of years. Feng Shui is the science of understanding how Chi, or Qi moves about our environment, our home, our lives, and how we can move, and adjust our environment to take the utmost advantage of that Chi to benefit […]

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Sleeping Disorders

OVER 60 MILLION AMERICANS SUFFER FROM SLEEP DISORDERS There are two main categories of sleep disorders: * Dysomnias which include difficulty falling asleep or maintaining sleep, or by excessive sleepiness during the day; insomnia; sleep apnea; narcolepsy; restless leg syndrome; periodic limb movements in sleep; and hypersomnia. * Parasomnia which includes behavioral abnormalities that occur […]

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Introduction to Raw Food

There continues to be debate over whether a raw food diet is healthier for you than any other diet. Whatever the outcome of that debate, one can’t deny that by incorporating more and more colorful fruits and vegetables to your diet will provide you an abundance of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, anti-oxidants, and more. […]

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Detoxification for your Body

Fall is an excellent time to consider detoxifying your body. Just as we get our garden beds ready for winter, so too, should we prepare our bodies. People now carry within their bodies a modern-day chemical cocktail derived from industrial chemicals, pesticides, food additives, heavy metals, antibiotics, plus the residues of pharmaceuticals and legal and […]

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Landfills and Social Responsibility

This morning on my radio show, Holistic Living with Barb, on 101.1 FM The Bay Islands Buzz, we discussed Landfills and the issues surrounding them. I’d like to share with you a few of the facts I shared with my morning audience. * The average American office worker uses about 500 disposal cups every year. […]

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Food Additives – Are they Safe?

Why are food additives in our food? Many reasons state they are added to prevent spoilage caused by mold, air, bacteria, fungi or yeast. In addition they can maintain the quality of the food, and help control contamination. They can improve taste, texture, and appearance. In their broadest sense, food additives are any substance that […]

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Vaccinations – Should they be Mandatory?

Shouldn’t you have the right to choose whether you want yourself, or your children to get vaccinated? Not according to the State Legislature in all 50 states. They make it mandatory for your children to have vaccinations prior to entering school. However, most states do provide exceptions to the rule. Before you make a decision […]

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What’s Natural about Fish Farming?

Fish farming is becoming more and more prevalent throughout the world as an aquaculture industry. The most common fish raised commercially in tanks or enclosures are: carp, salmon, tilapia and catfish. Sadly, not all fish farms produce a high quality of product. There are two types of aquaculture; extensive which is based on local photosynthetic […]

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Synch-up with Nature’s Cycles

Are You in Synch with Nature’s Cycles? As we’ve evolved as a species, we’ve moved away from paying attention to the rhythms of Mother Nature. When our cycles don’t “jive” with Mother Nature, our lives become disharmonious. This can bring on cycles of depression, addiction, physical diseases, etc. It can also produce unhealthy relationships, broken […]

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Natural Baby Care

We all love and cherish those new little angels that come into our lives. They are completely dependent upon us, and so it is imperative we do the best we can to love and protect them. Protection includes treating them with products that are as natural as possible. Their precious little skin is about 6 […]

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Angiogenesis – A new medicine

Angiogenesis…What is it? It is a physiological process that occurs naturally in the body, involving the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels. Why is this news? Angiogenesis is a normal and vital process in the growth and development of would healing. It is also a fundamental step in the transition of tumors from […]

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Favorite Yoga Pose

What does your favorite yoga pose say about you?  Thank you to www.gaiam.com for this entertaining, and enlightening article sharing what the poses have to say about each of us.  Does this relate to you?  Take time, sit back and contemplate first what your favorite yoga pose is, and then proceed to see what it […]

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