When you make your first purchase with The Organic Place you don’t only become a customer but also a part of a wonderful, fun and like minded community. We love engaging with our community, hearing their stories and supporting them in their own adventures. So tonight we have invited two of our special community members, Suzanne and Amanda from Present Mindulness Academy to share their story with us.
Tell us a bit about yourselves:
We are two mums on a mission to educate the community about the essential life skills of self-awareness, self-compassion and emotional regulation through mindfulness practice.
Suzanne is a devoted mother of two living in Newport and enjoys facilitating mindfulness in her local school and workplace. She enjoys swing dancing and helping the community cultivate mindfulness into their busy lifestyles in order to reduce stress and bring back peace and harmony.
Amanda is a dedicated mother of three, mindfulness facilitator and Reiki master. She enjoys volunteering at her local school and learning about holistic healing through yoga, nutrition, mindfulness and Reiki. Mindfulness has healed and empowered her and has inspired Amanda to share these tool with others.
Tell us about Present Mindfulness Academy
Present Mindfulness Academy (PMA) is a service that aims at creating professional human beings. We do this through teaching mindfulness which incorporates meditation to help reduce stress and anxiety. PMA was founded in 2016 with a vision to inspire and create courses designed to bring clarity, compassion, communication and connection to it’s students.
We believe in the importance of holistic wellbeing for the mind and body by teaching mindfulness techniques that will help increase mental and emotional wellbeing, improve relationships and develop healthy, happy individuals.
When and why did you start eating organic?
Through the practice of mindful eating we have developed more awareness about what we eat and it has brought greater attention to the flavour and aroma of the food we consume.This mindful practice has made us realise the importance of what we digest and how it affects our body. We decided that eating organic produce is an important life choice for our families as it reduces our exposure to toxins and pesticides. We have surprisingly noticed that the flavour of fresh organic produce tastes better too.
What do you wish more people understood about organic food?
That when organic fruit and vegetables are bought in season their prices are comparable to conventional produce.The flavours are more intense when you eat them raw and there are no nasty toxins in the produce you eat from organic harvest. Organic fruit and vegetables are picked fresh and in season instead of being picked too early and left in cold storage.
What’s your favourite winter recipe?
Banana, Coconut & Chia Bread
½ cup of organic coconut oil, melted
1 cup organic Coconut sugar
3 organic bananas, mashed
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
1 ½ cups Gluten free self raising flour, sifted ½ teaspoon cinnamon ground
1 teaspoon Bi-carbonate of soda in 3 tablespoons of milk of your choice
2 tablespoons chia seeds
Sprinkle ¾ cup Crushed activated walnuts
Cream coconut oil and sugar together in a bowl.
Add the eggs, bananas, flour, essence. Gently mix through.
Add the flour, cinnamon and chia seeds and lastly the milk combined with bicarbonate of soda.
Pour mixture into a lined cake tin.
Evenly sprinkle walnuts on the top of batter.
Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 35 minutes, check at 30 minutes with a skewer.
Your favourite on the go snack?
Homemade Bliss Balls, Tyrells vegetable crisps, in season fresh fruit and Homemade Activated Nut Mix.
A bit about our current courses and retreats:
At the moment we are holding our 8 Week Stress Reduction course at the Williamstown Community Centre. The course is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn MBSR training, which teaches a wide range of Mindfulness exercises and meditations to help reduce work, family and health related stress.
We are also hosting a Mindfulness retreat day on Sunday 10 September from 9am to 3pm at Think.Focus.Act, 33 Challis Street Newport. This will be a day of silent practise through yoga, movement, mindful eating and stillness at a comfortable, ambient studio and amongst nature.