- 01JanSante Wellness Retreat & Spa
A stone’s throw from Cape Town, the charming winelands town of Paarl is home to a new wellbeing destination that’s already delighting locals and visitors alike.
- 11OctYoga Retreat with Roxy LouwIn November 2014, when photographing Roxy for our November issue cover, I would never have guessed nearly four years later I'd be doing sun salutations in a wooden forest cabin with her as my yoga instructor.
- 11OctGoing Gaia
Sure you put your garbage out once a week for collection but who actually thinks about where it goes and how much you generate. It's phenomenal. Imagine taking a year of garbage bags and keeping them in your house. It would fill your entire house to the brim. Then imagine all the millions of people in your city and the collective amounts of trash we generate. Focusing on radically reducing your trash can make a huge difference to land fills. Here are a few pointers to get you going.
- 10JulSeaside SurrenderA weekend yoga retreat with Joelle Sleebos
- 28SepSucculent SavvyYou don't need a lot of space or water to grow something beautiful. Get the whole family involved in creating a low-maintenance succulent planter with euphorbias in an array of different colours and varieties.
- 28SepGoing Green in Greyton
A mere 90-minute drive from Cape Town, the quaint little village of Greyton is fast earning itself a reputation as a soughtafter weekend getaway destination. Surrounded by the mountains and farmlands of the Cape Overberg, the postcard-worthy town sports gravel roads, gorgeous gardens and beautifully restored thatched roof cottages. The people are refreshingly friendly, and there is almost always an accompanying dog, duck, cat, cow or donkey in tow to welcome you too.
- 29AugTree Time - by Lara PotgieterWe all know that trees provide oxygen, clean the air and combat climate change. We're grateful for their wood and food, and value their importance as home to an array of animals. What we don't always think of is that they also conserve energy, save water, help prevent soil erosion, increase property value and heal in ways both subtle and profound.
- 24JulLovely Lavender - by Lara PotgieterWe sit down with our local expert and plant-passionate guide, Starke Ayres Garden Centre Manager Richard Morris to enjoy a pot of soothing lavender tea and explore the fascinating history of the fragrant flower. Use lavender to calm, refresh and heal yourself and your space.
- 29JunPeace in Paradise - by Camilla Marsh
There's no better way to relish the benefits of rest and relaxation than at a boutique yoga retreat in paradise. The Paradise Retreat, run by local lady turned Australian, Rachi Perera, is a seven day programme of yoga, spa dates, surf lessons and so much more, set between the sunny shorelines of Sri Lanka.
- 29JunBring on The Birds
Attracting birds to your garden is an easy and affordable way to enliven your environment.
- 26MayLemon Love'When life gives you lemons, you can do so much more than just make lemonade,' quips Starke Ayres Rosebank Garden Centre Manager Richard Morris as he stops to admire one of the centre's baby lemon trees. We're visiting the urban oasis to learn how to grow a lemon tree, but end up in a lengthy conversation about the myriad lesser-known uses of the wonder fruit.
- 28AprColour Coding - by Lara PotgieterColour is an energy or vibrational tool that can be useful for selfawareness. We went on a journey to see how we can use colour to help us reach our full potential.
- 26AprMoving On - by Kirsten AlexanderFitness fads the world over have drastically changed in the last century; ranging from simple stretches in 1910 to high energy aerobic workouts in 1980, and lately to integrated and creative methods of fitness training like bungee dancing and skateboard Pilates.
- 26AprMaking Meditation Easy - by Camilla MarshMeditation and mindfulness are the biggest buzzwords in the West's latest quest for inner peace and enlightenment. But how many of us actually make the time to meditate, or even know what we are meant to be doing? My trip to a Buddhist Meditation Centre in Sri Lanka taught me this ancient art in a way that's easy to understand and implement in the busyness of modern day living.
- 31MarA Taste of Farm Life
An hour and a half up the West Coast from Cape Town is Kersefontein Guest Farm, a few kilometres from Hopefield, and a place that takes you back in time to the grandeur of generous dwellings, cherished antique furniture, farm produced food and the luxury of space. It's a place you can experience farm life at its best and the perfect resting spot to rejuvenate your soul, restore your spirit and if you're that way nclinded, indulge your passions. Roddy Louther takes us on his journey of 'beauty and grace'.
- 31MarNatural Gardening Know-HowContribute to the healing of our planet by following a chemical-free approach to protecting your own little place in the sun.
- 30MarForaging for FoodAre you aware of the wealth of nutritious fodder that's hiding in plain sight all around you? Would you consider forgoing the supermarket and going back to your gatherer roots?
- 20MarWellness Warehouse Water TipsIt's National Water Week and to reinforce the value of water, we would like to share our favourite water tips with you! Tip Number 1: Make sure you turn off the tap while you are washing your face/brushing your teeth. You will be amazed at how much water you can save by adopting this simple tip into your daily routine. Tip Number 2: For those of you who can (and don't mind that rugged look), skip the shave and let your 'Mo' grow naturally! Tip Number 3: Don't waste water while you are showering! You will be amazed at how quickly you can shower when you are aware of it. Try time your showers to be under 5 minutes. Tip Number 4: You can clean your fruits and veggies in this bowl of water without having to rinse it under the tap! Tip Number 5: Instead of throwing the water away (from Wellness Water Tip 4), reuse it by watering your plants and garden.
- 31MarBee-ing innovative
While other 16-year-olds are focusing on the latest fashion fad or technology trend, Springfield Convent student Maxine Roeloffze is setting a standard for young ecopreneurs by running her own beekeeping business.
- 23FebGrowing Herbs in WaterHere's a life-hack that will change the way you look at keeping kitchen plants. If you love the idea of having easy access to your favourite go-to herbs but aren't endowed with 'green-thumbs', this is the perfect project for you.
- 22FebFit By Forty
When last did you set yourself a target, aim for a goal or resolve to do something that really challenges you? Being in a comfort zone sometimes creeps up on us and we discover we're going in a direction we hadn't necessarily planned. An amazing antidote is a dose of self-evaluation and scrutiny, and a challenge to match. That's exactly what Iron Man participant and Wellness Warehouse co-founder, Sean Gomes decided when he signed up for the Iron Man 70.3 challenge.
- 28SepSoil for the Soul by Lara PotgieterWe don't need to be reminded of how far we have drifted from our once intricate connection to all that is. Each of us is, at core, innately creative and instinctively lured by natural beauty. Most of us are well aware that we have allowed an ongoing stream of unconscious imprints to sow seeds of separation in the delicate soils of our internal landscapes. We feel restless, ungrounded. We offer our attention to a variety of different screens for most of our waking hours but struggle to keep our focus on our own breath for more than a few moments.
- 19OctGREEN COMPANIONSTo keep roses red and violets blue your summer plants need companions, too! Prose aside, companion planting helps bring a balanced eco-system to your landscape, allowing nature to do its job. Plants have natural substances in their roots, flowers, leaves and bodies that can either naturally attract, or repel insects - depending on their chemical make-up.
- 31JanGone to SeedJane Griffith is a well celebrated urban gardener, and best selling author of Jane's Delicious Garden. She's just launched a new book Jane's Delicious Urban Gardening that's all about sustainable city living. We're so impressed with it we've decided to share an extract on a self seeding garden.
- 16FebWater-Wise WellnessA bath can use 120 litres and a shower up to 80 litres of water. You pay for it, and then it all goes down the drain. Wasted. In this incredibly trying climate of ours in South Africa, we can't afford to be wasting water unnecessarily. This is where grey water comes into play.
- 06JulJuice like a pro
We all know we're supposed to eat our veggies. It can be difficult though, to fit in seven servings of fruit and veg a day (the number recommended by many experts). That's where juicers and blenders come in. They help squeeze more fruit and veg into a smaller portion so you can get more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants into your diet. Pick the right recipe, pick the right machine, and get juicing. You'll be a pro in no time.
- 28FebPLANT A MOSQUITO-REPELLENT GARDENBUZZ OFF Whether it's an irritating buzz as you're trying to fall asleep or the sneaky 'itchy' bites you get while enjoying sundowners; there's a more natural way to deal with mosquitoes than chemical-ridden bug spray. You can plant a mosquito-repellent garden. Here's how.
- 01MayROOTEDRoots have much to offer in keeping us healthy and balanced. Whether eating them in soups, stews or salads or grinding them into medicine it's a great idea to include them in your winter agenda.
- 30MarCAPE DUTCH SPLENDOURFrom Cape Town it's an easy 35 minute drive to the Webersburg Cape Dutch Estate in Stellenbosch. Once there, you'll find an historic, stately homestead complete with a boutique winery and sweeping views of the Helderberg mountains. The farm was originally established in 1693 with the homestead and cellar as old as 1796. They boast a winemaking history of 219 years. Limited amounts of exclusive blends are made at Webersburg and you can sample them in the tasting room. Winemaker Mathew Van Heerden, nominated as one of the 10 top winemakers in the world has numerous awards and accolades under his belt.
- 31JulEdible FlowersFor thousands of years, culinary afficionados have been adding flowers to traditional dishes. Rose petals are commonplace in Indian desserts and squash blossoms a regular in Italian food. Flowers add colour and whimsy not to mention flavours from spicy to herbacious, floral or fragrant. They are commonly used in salads, teas, and as garnish for desserts, but can also be used creatively ' spicy chive blossoms can be rolled into handmade pasta dough, petals into homemade ice cream, or even pickled. Some make fabulous floral syrups. We speak to Richard Morris from Starke Ayres about flowers that are good to eat.
- 30JanCONVERSATIONS WITH FLOWERSFloral communication expert Jill Manson takes us on a journey of how flowers healed her life and shows us how we can receive personal messages by connecting with the colour, beauty and healing essence of flowers.
- 30JunDIY bird cafeEngage children's interest in the natural world by making a winter Bird Caf' in your garden or on your patio. It's easy to attract birds with a feeder hung in the right place. You can buy a readymade one or alternatively, make your own. Follow our DIY instructions and at the same time, introduce the concept of recycling to kids.
- 28Sep5 Summer Smoothie RecipesFrom raw cacao concoctions to maca marvel and supergreen salivation we offer the latest in taste love. Whip and blend your raw ingredients into taste-altering and energising combinations. We couldn't think of anyone better than Shonah Gallichan, former owner of Crush,to put together the best combinations for a decidedly delicious summer.
- 30JulFLOWERS THAT HEAL EMOTIONSIf we see the earth as the body; the sky the great spirit; rocks akin to the mind; then flowers equate to the emotional or feeling plane of the ecosphere.
- 30JulPlanting Feelings by Lara PotgieterWe need to breathe, we need to eat, we need shelter, and we sometimes need medicine. It's true that plants are irreplaceable in relation to our most basic needs. But what about our need for connection, for belonging, for a sense of purpose and place in the world? Are plants really able to help us with these?
- 31JanCOMING UP ROSESGrowing good roses is not difficult, provided you meet a few basic requirements including good food, water, air circulation, sunlight and soil.
- 05JanRaw Green JuiceRaw living is a lifestyle. It's eating more food naturally, raw as nature intended. Raw food delivers more nutrients to the body, provides more energy, sustains and repairs the body and allows it to operate at its best. Start with a raw green juice every morning and over time add more raw meals to your daily eating plan. Add an extra Superfood booster for added nutrition and energy.
- 09SepAdding Superfoods to your SmoothiesAdding all three or any one of these ingredients will boost your nutrition and offer you superior forms of nutrition.
- 29JanWater wise plantingWater has so many incredible qualities, it has spiritual references in almost all indigenous cultures yet, because it simply comes out the tap we tend not to think about it too much. Many people haven't made space in their lives to generate a respect and reverence for water. Now is a good time to recognise water shortages, and to value and respect water. In honour of that, this month we're featuring succulents and water wise plants. They can be planted to attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. December is a perfect time to start planting them.
- 02DecGREENIE GOODNESSThere's something so satisfying about nurturing a plant ' whether it's a pot of herbs in your kitchen or a completely landscaped garden, get your green thumb buzzing this festive season by experimenting in your own garden or giving a gift that'll get your friends and family digging.
- 31OctGROWING EARTH CHILDREN
Bring your child in touch with the earth; with nature, gardens and with growing. Send them out into the garden or park with a host of challenges, discoveries, adventures and ideas and see them overcome with excitement and joy. Here are some ideas to begin their love of nature.
- 30AugGROW TO GIVE by Kirsten AlexanderGardening has never been trendier or more philanthropic. Grow to give means sharing excess veggies with the needy and flowers with local Hospices; swapping seeds and gifting cuttings.