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Thank you Ballygiblin’s for sourcing local food, wild caught fish and other tasty ingredients.

Ballygiblin’s takes pride in striving to follow the 100-mile principle by serving local food purchased at Farmer’s Markets whenever possible and they deliver! The food is always fresh, well prepared and served joyfully and professionally. They offer vegetarian and gluten-free options and are happy to accommodate individual dietary requirements and allergies. There is something for everyone on their menu and they even sell their home-made sauces so you can enjoy them at home. The atmosphere is lovely and the local art is beautifully displayed.

In short, this is a must try and well worth the drive.

The Missing Wisdom

The Missing Wisdom


Film viewing and Q&A with Stephen Jenkinson
Saturday, November 8th
(6:30 -9:30pm)


It’s a gorgeous fall day, all the more so for being an hour away from going on retreat for 2 1/2 days, the first free time in what seems like months, all to myself.  I am exultant, already shedding the pressure of routine, Felix care and unpacking boxes.

Destination is a village in Quebec where I booked into a little hotel in order to finish some of the shamanic training that I missed during the summer.  I’ve packed food, two cleansing meals and the obligatory equipment that goes with shamanic work: drum, rattle, smudge, water bowl.  Since a child I have been drawn to native lore and ritual–this is a deep gift to myself.

Otherwise, life has been stressful as I dig deeper into my pockets of unresolved emotional charge.  My body is reeling with tension and digestive upset.  I notice how closed I am with people, avoiding the triggers that send me into fits of insecurity, anger and dissociation.  The practice is to thank the messenger and breathe into the discomfort until it integrates.  It’s not pleasant, BUT there are moments of sheer bliss underneath all this held pain that pull me further on the path, down and in.

Practically, I am sorting through thirty plus years of stuff and lightening the load, reclaiming my life; working with Coral and Ashley to find harmonious ways to co-parent Felix; thinking about what might be here at the centre in another year…

The road pulls me!

Have a kind fall and hope to see you at the Carp Dinner Talk this Sunday.




By Katherine Willow

By now it’s later in fall and cold, but one can still do a modified fall cleanse with all its benefits: recharged digestion, renewed energy, better sleep, improved appetite and clearer thinking.

There are several situations when one shouldn’t undertake a cleanse: pregnancy, nursing, exhaustion, excess stress, and liver and kidney problems. For any particular disease condition, it’s best to consult with a health practitioner familiar with cleansing.

Symptoms that generally indicate the need for a cleanse include: loss of appetite, cravings, difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, irritability, poor sleep, difficulty focussing, gassiness/bloating, unpleasant odours from sweat/breath/stool/urine and low energy, coated tongue.

Plan ahead for a cleanse and work up to it gradually, phasing out heavy and stimulating foods such as meat, wheat, dairy, coffee, chips and sugar. Detox tea in this phase helps the process: simmered dandelion/burdock roots are perfect for the season.

The bowels MUST be moving regularly before starting or the cleanse will “bounce”, stirring up toxins in the body without giving them a chance to exit. This results in headaches, fatigue, irritability and joint pain.

A cleanse can be from a meal to a month. Start slowly and gradually build up because the benefits of cleansing can be wiped out by not being able to come off of it gradually. Traditional wisdom recommends taking the same amount of time to phase back into normal eating as cleansing. If not sure, start with 1/2-1 day cleanses and work up. This can easily be done weekly all year around and for some people is the best way.

Cleansing food: Breakfast varies according to people’s body types and health. Strong, healthy types can simply have ginger tea. Medium types, especially if they tend to overheat, can have a smoothie with whey or vegan protein powder. Sensitive types do well with cooked rice porridge with almond butter, honey and non-dairy milk with ginger tea on the side.

Lunch and dinner is an Ayurvedic food called kitchari, a mixture of white Basmati rice with an equal amount of red lentils, spices (cumin, turmeric, ginger), ghee or coconut butter, and twice the amount of water. One can add chopped, non-starchy vegetables or they can be steamed separately.

Between meals, drink water or herb tea. If needed have a piece of fruit or a smoothie.

Cleansing supplements: milk thistle for the liver because it helps strengthen it as well as clean. The dose varies from a few drops in the morning ½ hour before breakfast for people with delicate constitutions/conditions to 30 drops ½ hour before meals twice daily for stronger folk. For the bowels you can use bentonite (1 tablespoon) and psyllium (1 teaspoon) mixed in 1 cup water a few minutes after the morning milk thistle, ½ hour before breakfast. This helps remove the toxins that are being pulled out of the tissues into the digestive tract for elimination.

Other tips for a successful and pleasurable cleanse: go to bed and wake up early; move lots, but gently (rebounding on a small trampoline is lovely as is yoga); rest lots if tired; treat yourself to a lymph drainage massage to help move toxins out; ditto for a sauna if you feel strong enough; colonics for chronic constipation. These activities help offset cleansing symptoms (see above).

Time for reflection, prayer, meditation and/or healing, either facilitated or alone invites the most important benefit of cleansing: inner growth.

It’s best to avoid extremes and have a pleasant and easy cleanse—which makes us want to repeat the process!

Life is a Beach WorkshopThis 2-day workshop will facilitate you back to the conscious awareness of who you are and how you are in conflict with others and yourself, in your daily life.

Learn to identify underlying negative triggers, how to stop the inner reaction and behaviour, and how to return to peace.

Jim Dowling, Holistic Health Practitioner

Carp Holistic Health Centre


Saturday, October 25th | 9:00am to 4:00pm

to Sunday, October 26th | 10:00am to 3:00pm


Cost: $197/weekend

Location: 3744 Carp Road, Carp, ON or TBA

To register for the Life is a Beach workshop, contact (613) 839-2490 or email

Payment: Cash or email transfer to

Jim Dowling has over 20 years experience with over 15,000 sessions, with clients internationally.

Vision WorkshopThis workshop is being offered in two days on November 8th and November 15th, 2014 in Ottawa.  The workshop is being offered by Dr. Estelle Saunders who has been practising optometry for thirty years and maintaining a keen interest in holistic health.  For more information please see the poster.  If you know someone who might be interested please spread the word.  Space is limited.  Please reserve in advance with: Estelle:  613-823-0414 or Maryam: 613-265-1348

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