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Loving Fall and the Tomato Festival at Earthwise Garden in Tsawwassen

Earthwise Garden Tomato Festival

Oh my, did I ever have a wonderful morning browsing around the Tomato Festival at Earthwise Gardens in Tsawwassen.

Here is part of my bounty ….


Topaz Lotus Living: the Top 7 Sailing Ingredients

Topaz Lotus Living:

The Top 7 Ingredients For Delicious Meals on the Sailboat

1. Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

2. Cinnamon

3. Sundried Tomatoes

4. Fresh Herbs

5. A Spice Masala

6. Tea Bisk Mix

7. Good Quality French Vanilla Yogurt

With these ingredients you can add zest and zap to many a meal!

Happy sailing!


Yoga Teacher Training at Open Door Yoga in Vancouver, BC


Oh my, I had THE best day yesterday at my 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified ‘yoga teacher training’ at Open Door Yoga in Vancouver.

Firstly, I just love all the other student teachers! We range in age, backgrounds and life experience, and all ‘come together’ through the love of yoga.

Yesterday, we had our first practicums, and it was a joy to participate as both a student and a teacher.

Lunch at “East is East” On Main St., in Vancouver was distinctly a highlight as the food was so tasty, the spicy Chai ‘out of this world’ and the conversation was lively and stimulating.

In the afternoon, we were treated to ‘quantum learning’ about anatomy with Marjorie Hains, a local Vancouver RMT and healer. I wish we had been given the opportunity to learn this way in University, it was absolutely fabulous and Marjorie combined ‘cutting edge’ learning methodology with a gentle and loving presence. It was fabulous!

I just have to keep giving acknowledgement and accolades to Open Door Yoga and this yoga teacher training program! The instructors are grounded in the work and teachings from Prana Yoga with Shakti Mhi and Kripalu Yoga. The organization, format, teaching process and integration of learning is great! If you are considering furthering your yoga teacher skills and abilities, check it out!



peace & hippie love for generations,


life coach & eco-entrepreneur coach for wise women

coaching to set your heart and biz on fire & soothe your soul!


Topaz Lotus Living: El Corazon in Loreto Bay

I want to do a big Canadian shout out for El Corazon, ‘Mexican Heart, Global Soul’, an amazing coffee/espresso bar in Loreto Bay and owned/managed by Jennifer (from Vancouver), and Paola (a Mexican citizen).

Firstly, the coffee drinks are amazing, the fresh squeezed juice is very refreshing and healthy and the atmosphere is friendly, funky and upscale. We have yet to sample the food and now have to wait until after New Years Day for this treat.

Not surprisingly, Jen & Paola hired an experienced Vancouver barista, Kailie, however, imagine our surprise when it turns out Kailie was also in class with one of our daughters at Langara. It truly is a small world with one global soul.

El Corazon is closed on Sunday, and opens at 8 am other days. The cafe serves breakfast and light lunches featuring fresh local ingredients. Signature beverages include the range of coffee drinks of course, as well as fresh squeezed juices and healthy smoothies. I hear the ‘green monster’ smoothie is one of the most popular and I love the fresh juice mix of carrot, beet, apple, ginger and cucumber.

For the Loreto Bay locals or if you are driving down the Baja, make it a priority to stop by El Corazon!

in peace & mindfulness,



Topaz Lotus Living: Loreto’s Del Borracho Saloon & Grill

It was a chance encounter with Maria, one of the new owners of Del Borracho, that led us to this very authentic saloon and grill for good old cheeseburgers and fries. We find that while traveling, comfort food from home is needed on occasion.

It seems like del Borracho is a popular restaurant for those driving the Baja as it is just off the transpeninsular near Loreto. Many tourists doing a day trip to the San Javier Mission also start their day with a homestyle farm breakfast at the saloon.

Three of us had the cheeseburgers (fabulous) and fries. Due to the fries taking longer than expected, we were also presented with a complimentary order of nachos (totally unsolicited). We also enjoyed the old fashioned, creamy milkshakes! Kaitlin ordered the toasted turkey club with coleslaw and she enjoyed it, although, I noticed her eyeing our cheeseburgers with envy!

We enjoyed the food, lively atmosphere and great service at del Borracho and highly recommend a visit! All that was missing from the authentic saloon atmosphere was a drunken brawl.

Enjoy your day!



Women ~ Health ~ Life: Holistic Health Tip

Holistic Health Tip: Try A Breakfast Blueberry Smoothie Recipe to Start the Day!


I slept in a little bit this morning and so decided that after my walk, I would make a super duper power smoothie instead of a fuller breakfast.  This is a recipe that our family has perfected over the years.  Enjoy!


Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie

soy milk, almond milk or cow’s milk

plain yogurt

1 avocado

1 banana

frozen blueberries

1 – 2 Tbsp. flax seed oil

1/4 c of hemp hearts


We mix it up with a couple of cubes of ice in the blender and viola!  It is perfect to start the day.  Of course you can mix it up abit by changing the types of fruit.  Adding the avocado is an essential part though as it gives the smoothie extra creaminess.  Give it a try!


Have a wonderful day mty beautiful friends!


in peace and mindfulness,


Zoey Ryan BSc., PCC
executive ~ leadership ~ life coach for wise women

mindfulness based life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul!

Enjoy this special calming visual … with ‘blissings’ from Zoey

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
~ Mary Oliver from the poem A Summers Day


Women ~ Health ~ Life: A Summer Sailing Vacation Nourishes My Soul

I am slowly feeling re-energized and have been reminded how important it is to take time off!

Recently, and totally unconsciously, I got back on the treadmill, albeit, a ‘health’ treadmill. I over did ‘life’ by over scheduling and even though it was all activities I love, my energy was depleted.

Life coaches should know better, right?

Well, this life coach miscalculated. I felt the adrenalin rush from thinking I could do it all, from feeling almost invincible. My body feels different too, shallower breathing, and a kind of vibrating intensity.

So, now, I’m sitting on our sailboat, in Plumper Cove, off Keats Island, on the Sunshine Coast of BC, being gently rocked by the sea.

Ahhh, this is nourishment for my body and soul.

In peace & mindfulness,


Zoey Ryan BSc., PCC
leadership ~ executive ~ life coaching for women

coaching to set your heart on fire & soothe your soul

View from the boat at Keats Island


Women | Health | Life: The Importance of Family & The Circle Of Life!

We gathered extended family together yesterday for an Easter Sunday Brunch. We are at that tender stage of life where the transitions are many. There are elders passing on, new boyfriends, relationships changing and our generation preparing to move into retirement.

We all commented on the adorable babies and little ones dressed in their Easter finery.

We followed customs from my childhood and remarked on the passing of time. We mentioned those who couldn’t be with us; nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters in law and my mom, who passed away many years ago.

If you have seen “The Descendents”, which surprisingly I thought was very good, you will appreciate that we also experienced the vulnerable sweetness of an elder with Alzheimer’s and the wonderful good health of another elder in his 90’s.

Yesterday, we were missing the young babies but otherwise we experienced the full circle of life.

At the end, it’s all about our family isn’t it?  Whether a birth family or a global family, our relationships define and sustain us and support us to live a life in balance.



Easter Sunday Brunch with Grandpa and the Grandkids et al!


Women | Health | Life: Holistic Health Tip of the Week

Discover your unique ‘nutritional truth’.

Nutrition tecommendations for women are often based on scientific research conducted on middle aged men leading to a ‘one size fits all’ nutrition prescription.

Ancient traditions such as Traditional Chinese Medicine or Ayurvedic Medicine acknowledge metabolic or body differences as well as incorporate the concept of ‘food as medicine’.

Many women feel best when they have determined their own ‘nutritional truth’ and eat accordingly. You can find this for yourself by experimenting, one food or beverage at a time, with withdrawing that food for 3-7 days and be very aware of your body symptoms and energy levels. If you feel better without the food, you know it’s one to avoid. You can do this in reverse when trying a new food and thus construct a list of ‘foods that act as medicine’, neutral foods and foods to avoid. This is your unique ‘nutritional truth.’

This process works best when you have had a stable and healthy food intake to start. Also, be very gentle with this process and yourself if you have a history of disordered eating, ‘food addictions’ or yo yo dieting.

Engaging in a regular yoga, tai chi or other body centered program can help you become more attuned to your body messages and mind-body connection which helps with the process.

You can also work with a professional trained in holistic nutrition, such as a Naturopath or a Holistic Nutritionist/Dietitian to discover your nutritional truth.

Dr. Christiane Northrup has an excellent chapter on nutrition & unique needs in her book ‘Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom’. I highly recommend all her books!

You will know that you are successful in discovering your ‘truth’ when you love eating and ‘overflow’ with life force, a feeling of optimal health and energy.L

in peace & mindfulness



wisdom coaching to set your heart on fire & soothe your soul

Women | Life | Wisdom: Holistic Health Self Care Tip of the Day!

Bonus Holistic Health Tip:

After first arising and using the bathroom, I suggest to my life coaching clients that they do three yoga postures (holding each yoga pose for 30 seconds to start and building up to holding for 3 minutes) or 1 long slow down facing dog followed by a short mindful mediation!  This can take as little as 5 minutes or as long as you wish and it is a wonderful ritual to start the day!  I do this in my pj’s!  You don’t even need to put your yoga pants on as it is done in the comfort of your own home!

After your yoga and meditation, and on a fairly empty stomach, try this holistic health tip:

Holistic Health Tip of the Day:

Take probiotics every morning!

You can either do this with food like a very ‘active’ yogurt (homemade natural is ideal) or with capsules containing a mix of probiotics, like acidophilus and bifidus.

Eat a 1/2 cup of active yogurt or make a breakfast smoothie jammed packed with goodness like:  natural yogurt, frozen blueberries, a free trade banana, some ground flax seeds, hemp hearts and flax oil.  You can ramp up the probiotic content by opening the capsules and sprinkling the extra probiotics in the smoothie!  You can even add extra protein powder if you wish! Whip it up in the blender and envision your digestive tract health and balanced!

Our digestive system is filled with ‘good’ bacteria, which help us digest our food and optimally nourish our bodies.  If your digestive system is out of balance and doesn’t have enough of the good bacteria, you may feel symptoms like: bloating, gas, cramps and diarrhea alternating with constipation.

Optimal nutrition starts with a healthy balanced digestive system and when we are optimally nourished our holistic health improves!

Enjoy your wonderful day!


in peace & mindfulness



wisdom coaching to set your heart on fire & soothe your soul


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