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Weekend Retreat: a DIY experience guaranteed to find your zen

If you can’t fathom doing a detox for an entire week, but want the benefits of one, then creating a DIY weekend retreat will be right up your alley. It allows your body to cleanse itself from environmental toxins while getting you back to zen.

While you generally need about three days to feel the benefits of a traditional detox, you can still reap some benefits of creating an at home oasis for just a couple of days.

Besides, you get to do it in the comfort of your own home while being able to eat. I’m not sure about you, but the water fasts just don’t do it for me. I need to eat. And when I can have something that nourishes me emotionally and mentally, I’m in heaven.

Which is why I love gentle cleanses that promote eating while keeping your sanity in tact. If you’re anything like me, this simple weekend detox is guaranteed to get your zen on.

Create a weekend retreat

You don’t have to go on a weekend retreat. At least, not when you can create your own solo wellness retreat at home. Ready to clear out your calendar and give yourself the break you deserve? I sure hope so. Cause I have just the reprieve you’re looking for. All in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Before I get into the schedule, here are some pointers:

  • use candles
  • dim your lighting
  • do all the laundry you need to do so you have clean and fresh sheets and clothing for the weekend
  • turn your bathroom into a spa with rolled towels, essential oils, bath salts and candles

Let’s get started on the weekend detox schedule, shall we?

Friday afternoon/early evening

1) Purge writing

Spend about 20-30 minutes writing anything that comes to mind.  It doesn’t have to be cohesive or even grammatically correct.  It’s about releasing everything that’s no longer contributing to your growth so you start the detox in the right frame of mind.

Once you’ve gotten rid of the emotional junk, it’s time to declutter the physical junk. Which brings me to the next way to restore your zen during your weekend detox.

2)  Clean out your closet

This is your chance for the new, radiant you to emerge forward. In taking some wisdom from Marie Kondo, get rid of anything that doesn’t inspire you or evoke joy.

This is about you looking your best. Not in a vain sense. But rather when we look our best, we feel our best.

Besides, why keep something that’s only taking up energy and space in your life? Especially if you never plan on wearing something again.

If you’re stuck on what stays and what goes…

Try this:

  • get rid of everything that doesn’t fit
  • get rid of anything you don’t like and/or wear
  • does not inspire you to be and look your best
  • switch out seasonal clothing

3)  Have a cup of digestive tea* (recipe below)

4)  Make kitchari** for dinner- recipe below

5)  Write down 20 things that you’re grateful for.

6) Do some gentle stretches before you go to bed

This probably is my favorite part of the detox because you can do it in bed. It really calms your nerves and empties your mind, bringing you to a place of peace within.

All you gotta do is move your body in whichever direction it wants to move. Pay attention to the sore areas because that’s where we store repressed emotions. Once you have it figured out, you can take the steps to transform the blockages.

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Saturday morning

So, you’ve made it one night which is really awesome. This is where the fun really begins. Because you’re going to relax with the most comforting food and tea and of course, a quality book. It really doesn’t get much better than that, does it.

Let’s have a look at what the day has in store for you.

1)  Warm lemon water

Start your day with some hydration by drinking a glass of warm lemon water. Your body needs it after an entire night when it’s spent removing toxins from your body. And did I mention water helps you radiate from within?

So not only do you get to do something great for you, but you’ll get that glow. If that’s not motivation enough to hydrate yourself first thing in the morning, just look at the benefits.

Here are some benefits of warm lemon water:

  • it helps balance PH levels
  • gives a boost of energy
  • aids in digestion and detoxification
  • reduces inflammation
  • boosts the immune system
  • hydrates the body

2)  Greet the day with sun salutations

There’s nothing like getting your body moving in the morning to get your energy moving. Especially, when you’re infusing your life with spiritual nutrition. Which is why sun salutations is going to help with your weekend retreat in getting to a zen state of mind.

Here’s an awesome video for some yoga to get your day on the right foot.

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3)  Chakra balancing meditation

A chakra balancing meditation will help you to not only balance out your energy centers, but with consistency, you’ll become more serene.

The best part? It doesn’t require much time. In fact, the video I posted below is only six minutes long.

Give it a try. It may even become a new hobby.

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4)  Dry body brushing

This is great to detox your lymph nodes while exfoliating your body.  It’s super simple and leaves your skin sooo soft.

Here’s how:

Before you enter the shower, take your dry body brush to dry skin (they can be found in the bath and body aisle of pharmacies) and starting at your feet, brush your entire body in upwards circular strokes moving towards your heart. All it takes is a few minutes minutes of your time.

5)  Oil your body

After you’re done brushing your body AND before you get into the shower, lather on some oil (I love coconut oil mixed with lavender).  This is especially helpful in the colder months because the oil acts as a barrier against water, which will leave your body smoother and softer.

6)  5 minute self-oil massage

Have you ever taken the time to give yourself a massage? If not, it’s time to show your body some love.

After showering, take some time to pamper yourself with a massage.  Smooth out whatever kinks, knots, or soreness you may have and relish this act of self-care.

7)  Digestive tea *(recipe below)

We’re constantly putting stress on our bodies. Whether it’s through environmental toxins, negative thinking patterns, repressing emotions, not moving our bodies enough, and of course, some of the not so healthy foods we eat.

Which is why a digestive tea will be an effective way to alleviate the stressors while bringing your body back into harmony.

Oh, did I mention that this tea is made with herbs and is beyond delicious?

8)  Kitchari breakfast ** (recipe below)

Kitchari is soooo comforting and happens to be my go to everytime I do a detox.

Why? Because it’s delicious and doesn’t involve me doing anything drastic like starving myself for days at a time. And it leaves you feeling satiated. Which is a win win in my book.

It’s also a really versatile recipe that can be switched around depending on the spices and herbs your body needs and/or wants. I’ve different variations I found on the internet, but I put my favorite kitchari recipe below from one of the ayurvedic cooking courses I took.** (recipe below)

9)  Show gratitude

Write down 20 things you’re grateful for. Because life becomes soooo much better when you savor the little things.

Saturday afternoon

1)  Read a book

Go ahead and indulge in that rom com, psychological thriller, personal development, or any other genre of book that fancies your taste.

Because you deserve to curl up on the couch (or in bed) with pjs, a candle burning, and a cup of tea.

2)  Digestive tea* (recipe below)

3)  Kitchari lunch** (recipe below)

Saturday evening

1) Digestive tea* (recipe below)

2) Kitchari dinner** (recipe below)

3) Moon salutations

Greet the moon and pay homage to your inner divine femininity through moon salutations. You can check out the fifteen minute video below to help you honor Lady Luna.

weekend retreat

4)  Show gratitude

Write down another 20 things that you’re grateful for. If you’re feeling resistance to writing down more gratitudes, just remember, this is about you relishing the little things in life.

And it’ll be perfect to reflect upon. Which brings me to the next portion of your weekend retreat.

5)  Reflect on your day

The more you honor your emotions, whatever they may be in your journey, the better you learn to not allow them to dictate your life.

Which is why journaling your thoughts not only supports your personal development, but is cathartic as f*ck.

And if you’re in the mood, you can play some mediation music to help you get in the zone. Whatever works for you because this is about you and what you need to bring you back into harmony.

Now that you’ve made it another day, get ready for Sunday! Because it’s another zen filled day with all the comforts you can imagine.

Sunday morning/afternoon/evening

We want to keep this as simple as possible so you’re going to repeat Saturday’s schedule. If you feel you need to make any tweaks and adjustments, then today is the day to do it. Otherwise, stick with yesterday’s schedule to continue getting your zen on.

Recipes

CCF tea

Weekend Retreat

* Ayurvedic tea- Cumin, Coriander, and Fennel tea (CCF) is known for detoxification, weight loss, and reducing water retention. 

Keep in mind these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

The recipe can’t be any simpler. Here’s how to make a CCF detox tea:

  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp coriander
  • ¼ tsp fennel
  • tea strainer
  • mug
  • hot water

Boil water and pour in mug.  Place seeds in tea strainer, put in mug, and let steep for 5 minutes before drinking.

Kitchari

Photo credit: Divya’s Kitchen

**Kitchari is an Ayurvedic one pot meal which provides our bodies with all of the nutrients that are needed while aiding in digestion.  The recipe posted below was derived from an Ayurvedic cooking class I took a while back and loved. 

I’ve tried other variations from recipes I found on the internet, but this one is my all time favorite. The spices and herbs bring such an amazing flavor to the dish and it feels so nourishing.

Not to mention, it’s perfect for a weekend detox or even as a stand alone meal when you want the nutrients without compromising your health.

It’ll be exactly the same for all the meals so if you need a little more variety, feel free to supplement other vegetables of your choice each day.  If you plan on making on big kitchari pot for the entire day to save yourself time, it’s better steam it each time for leftovers instead of heating it up in the microwave.

A kitchari diet is meant to be eaten for seven days to get the most benefits. But if you’re only able to devote a couple of days, it can still so much good for your body.

Let’s get into the recipe, shall we?

Recipe

Serves 4 so if you’re eating alone, you can always steam the leftovers for each meal.

  • ½ cup mung dal
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 6 curry leaves (if it’s not accessible to you, you can use a couple of bay leaves)
  • 2 small Thai chile- sliced
  • 3 tsp Masala powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup diced sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup diced zucchini

1.  Soak the dal and rice for 30 minutes or overnight.  Rinse and drain well.

2.  Heat ghee in a 4-quart saucepan on low heat. 

3. Add turmeric and lightly toast for 10 seconds, followed by curry leaves and chile and allow to toast for 30 seconds. 

4. Add both the dal and rice stirring frequently.  Once it looks almost dry, add masala, salt, sweet potatoes, and 4 cups of water. 

5. Bring to a full boil, then cover on low heat and bring to a simmer stirring occasionally. 

6. About 30 minutes later, add zucchini and allow to cook for another 10 minutes.  If anything gets stuck to the bottom of the pot, add more water.  You’re looking to have a really thick soup.

7.  Feel free to garnish with any fresh herbs and/or black pepper.

Weekend Retreat

There you have it…a DIY weekend retreat to create your own oasis.

How do you take a reprieve from the outside world? Let me know in the comments below.

Please be sure to share this with anyone that can benefit from it.

See ya soon…in the meantime, stay zenspired!

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