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Healthy Lifestyle

The Flexitarian and the Opportunivore


  • A state of 80% awesome, 20% less than awesome
  • Flexible dietary habits and lifestyle design
  • No hard set rules or limitations
  • Seeking intuitive choices that best fit each situation


  • Engaging in life, whatever it brings 
  • Using what you have to its fullest potential
  • Finding opportunity in every moment
  • Seeking upgraded choices that best fit the moment.

In the modern world we are challenged  not to take ourselves or our situations too  personally or seriously so we can be  available to the opportunities that each moment  presents.

We are called to the challenge to be flexible and adaptable in a world filled with uncertainty. We can let go of the  safety blanket of  routine,  structure and habit that are reinforced by our fears, concerns and uncertainties. Most of the time they  don’t really serve us and end up stifling our ability to thrive.

The Breakfast Jam Jar

Weekday mornings can be pretty hectic; dragging yourself out of bed, getting ready for work, dogs to feed, kids and traffic- trying to fit in a nutritious breakfast can at times  seem downright impossible!

Enter this little savior: The Breakfast Jam Jar.

A breakfast jam jar takes 5 minutes to prepare and is an easy way to start your day off with an abundance of nutrients, fibre and energy. By preparing the jar the night before the oats will be more easily digested and allow for better absorption. This recipe is my Harmonic Arts inspired version of a jam jar- the majority of these ingredients are available on our website or in store.  You can be as creative and picky as you like with this – use your imagination!

Here  are a few of the many nutrients and benefits packed into this particular breakfast jar:

Magnesium, Fibre,  Manganese, Protein, Omega 3 and 6, Antioxidants, Iodine, Trace minerals and B Vitamins



3/4 Cup organic whole rolled oats

1/2 Cup milk or milk alternative (I used almond milk)ingredients


Hemp hearts


Sea Veg Blend



Activate superfood blend

Flax seed

Chia seed

Raw honey



Coconut shavings

Cacao nibs (I ran out and used chocolate chips!)




Place oats in first and then add other ingredients as you please.

You can add bananas and/or fruit to the top.

Pour almond milk into the jam jar.

Close lid.

Place in fridge.



In the morning amidst the hectic hustle just grab and go!

It’s easy, tastes like a (guilt free) dessert and is incredibly  filling.  Enjoy!





This delicious and fun recipe is brought to you by Harmonic Arts team member Kelsey, who is a  Holistic Nutritionist inspired by West Coast living, meeting her farmer, playing with her food and getting outside.

Be Wise; Minimize this Holiday Season

Now this one goes out to us seasonal cynics, who find ourselves cringing at the thought of keeping up with the Joneses while December madness sets in. You know what I’m talking about; the frantic, frenetic, hectic buzz that starts to permeate the air. This hits an octave that penetrates through the toughest layers of protection that sensitive beings create to survive the winter holidays.

I am a strong advocate for being the change in any area of aversion, and this time especially calls forth the game changers that can emanate a new paradigm. We as a culture can celebrate this time of sacred shift, with deserving attention and direction of our focus on that which is true to honouring the cycle of light.

7 Foundations of Winter Happiness

As winter approaches, it is a time when it can really sink in for some of us that we have a long, dark winter ahead. It is the part of the yearly cycle in which dreams are incubated, ideas are created, and shadow work is cultivated.

20150923_100932This for some may feel daunting and scary, as it often involves facing challenging emotions. It’s been given various titles such as Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and even been alluded to levels of madness. Remember that if such times sweep over you during this winter, these feelings are the counter companions of contentment, serenity, and even joy. They truly are two sides of the same coin and embracing  emotions keeps us open to experiencing life in its entirety.

In understanding the challenges of the darker days, I offer a structure of ways in which you can fully support yourself in your darkness to maintain the sweetness of these times and remain available to the opportunities to strengthen your self. Below are my seven key strategies to creating a foundation in winter happiness:

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Herbs and Spices for a Therapeutic Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is on the horizon and it is yet another opportunity to take part in festivities that will support our best health! Between the strong connections made with friends and family, eating a seasonally ripe local feast, and puttingthanksgiving food all our loving intentions into the meals we prepare, we will all be well on our way to laying a healthy foundation for winter months.

Getting Comfy with Comfrey

Comfy with ComfreyJoin Harmonic Arts Herbalist and co-founder Yarrow Willard in exploring the multitude of benefits that Comfrey has to offer.

In these Video Blogs he covers, identification, harvesting techniques, propagation, permaculture uses, health benefits,, precautions, processing, herbal pharmacy and much more…

Read more bellow to find out more about how to use this invaluable plant ally….

Hope you enjoy these Videos, please comment, like and/or subscribe to Our youtube channel. We love hearing feedback and have lots more to share about Herbs and Plant Medicine.

Spring Cleansing and Easter

Traditionally during times of celebration,  abundant feasts are involved in our coming together. Often we look at this as a time that we permit ourselves to  let go of general health standards and indulge, however this does not need to be the case. In looking back to the feasts that historically took place, they were made up of whole foods that were in season. nettle woodSeasonal whole food eating is the most cleanse friendly diet you could implement into your program, as the foods that grow in our immediate environment are there to support our best health in conjunction with seasonal influences. Spring foods such as overwintered root vegetables (Carrots, Beets, Parsnips) spring greens (Nettles, Dandelion greens, Chickweed, Salad greens), eggs, fish, and lamb can all be enjoyed during your cleanse (modified of course to your overall dietary choices).

Puddings and custards are common deserts that are served up to complete the feast, and you can still enjoy versions of such delectable dessert delights with the following options:

How to Make Your Own Winter Wreaths for Health and Protection

Adopted as a symbol of christmas, the origin of the winter wreath have a rich history in many Northern cultures. Evergreen wreaths traditionally were considered to be protective against dark forces and inviting to light ones during the darkest part of the year.

Inviting nature into the home as a reminder of life when most everything else is sleeping for the winter. As a way to bring merriment and festivity during the dark times, they were traditionally used in celebrating the re-birth of the sun at solstice.

The evergreen branches from trees have much benefit to our health as well. Helpful for cleaning the air and strengthening the lungs, most evergreen needles contain a wide variety of anti-microbial compounds. Ideal to have around during the times when we have lowered immunity.

For these reasons and more, making an evergreen wreath with family or friends is a great addition to your winter tradition.

Watch the video to learn how you can make your own wreath out of simple materials you can find around the house and in nature. It’s super easy!

Bonus points if you share a photo of your wreath with us on our Facebook page or Instagram. Happy wreath making!

Old World Sugar Free Christmas Cake

Super Fruit and Nut CakeMmm… We just made a fresh batch of Super fruit & nut Christmas cakes.

Love to make this hardy and nutritious old world treat in the late fall, so it will be ready for the winter festive season. It’s full of nourishing fruits and nuts; a power pack punch of good fats, proteins, energy, vitamins, and tons of phytonutrients that our bodies need during colder months. You don’t have to add any extra sweetener to the mix, as the sweet flavour of the fruits is enough.

Plus as you cure it for 2-6 weeks, you can make a big batch that will get better with age, could even last the whole winter if you don’t eat it all first!

Thinning of the Veils… The Day of the Dead

This is the time of the year where the veils between the worlds are at their thinnest. Meaning that our ability to connect with the wisdom of our ancestors and descendants is amplified. Known as the day of the dead, all souls day and other such terms, this time of year has been celebrated by the Aztex, Maya and other traditional cultures for over 15 centuries. Traditionally ceremonies are done to honour the decline of the cycle of life. Not considered to be a dark or negative time, more one that celibates life and the completion of its cycle. It is believed that we can connect with our spiritual self’s and the spirits of our natural environment in a deeper way in the days following halloween. Feeling the support of the ancients, and lost loved ones as they come to visit this world during this time of thin veils.

Wild Cherry Bark Medicine Harvesting with Yarrow Willard

We all know the term Cherry Picker, because everyone loves cherries. Around hear we have birds, bugs, squirrels, racoons, bears, and humans that all compete for this trees precious fruit. So the bark of the cherry has to be flexible enough to handle all the re-distribution of weight through its season. Sometimes though the bears get a little too eager and bends a tree more then it can recover, just like the one in this video. Thats when its time for us to make use of the precious medicine bark…

This is the journey of a young #herbaljedi who loves to gorge on wild cherries and wants share the great medicine found in Cherry Bark with all those interested enough to check it out….

CherriesCherry loves to hang out near the end of the path or side of the forest. They are happy to give fruit to all that would partake. Ever looking for the opportunity to plant their seed in a nice pile of warm fertilizer. In doing so this tree has gained much territory and fame, leading to its use as a medicine also spreading to many cultures.

Traditionally Cherry bark was used for centuries by the First Nations people, Chinese and Japanese, and has been adopted into many recipes in western herbalism. It is best known for its astringent tonic and sedative qualities. Helping calm irritation and inflammation of the lungs, throat, digestive track and skin. Especially when there is a cherry like red colour to the tissues.

Burdock – upgrade your vegetable meat.

with Herbal Jedi Yarrow Willard, and GoPro Ninja Shane Philip

Are you looking for a superior vegetable? Do you want to tonify your body to be its most vital? Are you ready for a gentle cleansing ingredient for upgraded life source materials?
Then Burdock might just be the champion you’re looking for.

Late Summer Abundance

Lughnasadh by Bill Oliver

Image Credit – Bill Oliver, Vancouver BC –

In Chinese Medicine there are 5 seasons, the fifth one happening now, Late Summer! It is also celebrated as a unique earth centered time of year by many other traditions, including Mayan, Celtic, and Native American.

This time also marks the new moon in Virgo, which is in alignment with laying firm ground for the path ahead. It lies on the cusp between summer and fall, a neutral zone between the natural beginning and ending of a full years cycle. Metamorphosis marks this time of year, as the sweetness offered by the land supports growth towards a centered place of balance.

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