With mindfulness, life’s in the moment

Those who learn its techniques often say they feel less stress, think clearer. Studies say that eight in 10 Americans experience stress in their daily lives and have a hard time relaxing their bodies and calming their minds, which puts them at high risk of heart disease, stroke, and other illnesses. Of the myriad offerings Read More …

 ‘Transformational’ wellness retreats in Provence

‘Transformational’ wellness retreats are due to launch at a hillside hideaway in Provence this month. Industry figure Greg Payne is behind a series of four- to seven-night ‘transformational’ wellness retreats that are due to launch at a hillside hideaway in Provence this month. Payne, who’s worked for leading spa operators such as Aman and InterContinental, Read More …

Secret cabins pop up across Belgium

Cabins are appearing in secret locations across Belgium, giving guests the chance to go off-grid amid bucolic surrounds. The Slow Cabins are the brainchild of entrepreneur Xavier Leclair and are designed as environmentally-friendly ‘mystery’ retreats whose locations are only revealed after you’ve booked them. Read More

When science meets mindfulness

Researchers study how it seems to change the brain in depressed patients. “Many people don’t respond to the frontline interventions,” said Benjamin Shapero, an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Depression Clinical and Research Program. Shapero is working with Gaëlle Desbordes, an instructor in radiology at HMS and a neuroscientist at MGH’s Martinos Read More …

Nun Reveals How Her Path to Peace Began Through Indigenous Ritual in Amazon

In Bisignano and Morse’s new book, “Sister Jaguar’s Journey: A Nun’s Ayahuasca Awakening in the Amazon Rainforest” (published by Balboa Press), the authors recount Bisignano’s spiritual transformation in the rainforest. From self-rejection to self-acceptance, the memoir shares a candid account of a nun searching for God, harmony and forgiveness. Read More