country living

The Ocean's Embrace...

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Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard. 
— Psyche Roxas-Mendoza

Life does not need to be difficult. This is a simple concept, but not an easy task to do. Once you let go of what no longer serves you and you refocus your energy on the positive, on what makes your soul ignite with passion and fire, on what makes you feel alive and fulfilled... the things that put the biggest, most ridiculously genuine smile on your face... that, my dears, is when you will discover the most wonderful secrets of life. Even through serious struggles, with a light heart and a peaceful mind, you can survive, accomplish and prosper through anything. 

Remember my friends, just keep swimming. 

Mapiya Welcomes 2018

Mapiya Retreat welcomes you to our 2018! We’re currently warming our souls (and bodies) in Hawai’i! 

Sunshine, a turquoise ocean, soft sandy beaches, a nice cold local beer and a road trip along windy roads with breathtaking views (sounds a lot like Prince Edward County), what more could we ask for on our adventure?! We’re being greeted with smiles everywhere we go, the food is nourishing, as delicious and fresh as it gets, the sun is playing with us through the clouds and local sunsets can actually compare to those at Mapiya… life is good! Our 2018 has begun with an adventure, but we’re ready to kick into action back at Mapiya H.Q. with exciting fresh plans and ideas.

Last season, we met some thrill seeking adventurers, some “wine by the lake” adventurers and all in between! Stories have been shared around our campfire and at the breakfast tables. We want to hear YOUR stories and meet some new rad adventurers in 2018! So team Mapiya would like to invite you to share part of your 2018 adventures with us at Mapiya Retreat in the coming months! We’ve got delicious new breaky recipes planned for you, sweet house decor and renovations in the works and a sunset that will steal your camera memory cards!

Stay tuned as we share some sneaky new recipes and our DIY works around the retreat house!

Aloha from Hawai’i friends, 

We’ll see y’all in 2018!


The Winter Blues ~

Ah winter… the time of year when a large portion of people go into hibernation and await the sunny, warm days of spring. As a self-proclaimed lover of winter; snowboarding, snowshoeing, playing with my pup (who can barely peep out of the deep snow), hiking, road trips, warm fires, delicious foods, staying in during snowstorms...  the one thing that gets to me is the fact that nightfall comes as early as 4pm. 

I try to get everything I need done by then because I know that my body will start thinking it’s bedtime after being in the dark for an hour or two and my productivity plummets. I guess it’s good that I’ve been going to bed around 10 as of late, I wake up earlier naturally, without that alarm blaring in the middle of a wicked dream. 

To me, winter is both the time to get outside and bask in the natural beauty that comes with it, and it’s also the time to stay inside, wrapped up in a warm blanket on the couch and feed your soul. Start a good book, play some games with family and friends, watch a film, play with your animal friends, eat and drink delicious foods, celebrate the holidays! 

Although the winter may seem cold, dark, almost dead at times, you have to keep in mind that when spring comes, all of the energy that was stored over the wintertime is blooming and winter is what allows many seeds to fully prosper. 

Think of yourself as one of these seeds. Though you may want to just cuddle up alone to be still and quiet, which is completely ok, don’t let yourself feel alone. 

Listen: to your mind, body and soul. Listen to you loved ones, as they speak about their lives, their hopes, dreams and plans. Maybe write in your journal, record your dreams. Just pour yourself out onto the pages. 

Fuel; your body with healthy foods. Fuel your mind with quality books. Fuel your soul by spending time with people who make you feel good. Deepen your relationships with people who matter to you.

Explore: what this world has to offer! Each season brings with it so many unique and beautiful qualities that it'd be a shame to just let them pass by without a second glance. Living in the countryside, I'm blessed to have a very white snowfall (no grey slush), however it's also a LOT colder out here. That being said, dress warmly, layer up, cover up your face with a good scarf or balaclava and go outside to explore! Take a walk and see what animals are out roaming the snowy world. Listen to some of the winter birds singing. Feel the snow pack as you take each step. Try snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, go tobogganing, make an outdoor bonfire, drink hot tea on your walk... the possibilities are endless!

Our world is ever changing and we should really learn to explore the beauty in it all, even if you don't feel like it, throw on your winter boots, bring some hot apple cider and go for a walk! You'd be surprised how good you'll feel afterwards.