Relax, Recharge, Revive! South Africa’s First Cannabis Wellness Retreat

cannabis wellnessAs the cannabis wellness movement spreads like a wildfire through the country, South Africans are in for a treat! Rain Farm Private Game Reserve, cannabis guru, Kelly McQue and Yoga instructor, Candace Greeff have joined forces to bring a cannabis wellness retreat that promises to be life-affirming experience.

Cannabis allows us to release resistance and go deeper within. By combining it with mindful practices like yoga and meditation, we are able to to reach a deeper level of relaxation, to quiet the mind and allow for the insight and inspiration that often accompanies healing.

Since the South African Constitutional Court declared private use of cannabis to be a protected human right, it seems like everyone and their Aunt is using cannabis – whether they are smoking it to relax, using cannabis infused oil capsules to sleep or tinctures to manage anxiety and pain, cannabis is becoming a popular natural alternative to the toxic pharmaceutical options.

cannabisLearning to Use Cannabis Effectively

Naturally as people become more open to using cannabis, so the questions about using it correctly have increased. Is CBD and/or THC right for me? Is it safe? Is it effective? What are the options available? What relief can I expect?

The Cannabis Wellness Retreat provides participants with an opportunity to talk one-on-one with experienced cannabis healer and author, Kelly McQue and get individual advice and guidance for their personal cannabis healing journey. Over the course of the three day retreat, she is able to answer questions, address concerns and help participants to tailor their cannabis treatments to their needs and maximize benefits.

Yoga and Cannabis

Assisting on the retreat is Candace Greeff, yoga instructor and bodyworker. Her own spiritual healing journey has led her to working with teacher plants which has allowed her t meditation.  Candace will be combining cannabis with the ancient practices of yoga and meditation to stimulate and strengthen your prana (vital energy), help you quiet your mind and find the space within where inspiration to blossoms.

cannabis yoga retreatParadise Found

Tucked away in the coastal hills of Kwa-Zulu Natal, the retreat is set on the beautiful Rain Farm Private Game Reserve, which hosts an array of wildlife including giraffe, zebra and eland. Participants will be treated to a game drive and mindful yoga surrounded by nature’s splendor.

cannabis retreatGuests stay in beautiful chalets on the edge of the Umhlali River, surrounded by trees and wildlife. They can choose to share a room with a friend or fellow guest or they can elect to have a private room if they prefer. Guests can enjoy delicious plant based meals and snacks that assist with cleansing and detoxifying the body.

cannabis healthHolistic Health and Healing

Spending time in this natural sanctuary while focusing on health and well being allows people a chance to completely detach from the stresses of daily life and reach a deeper level of relaxation and self-awareness.

Please note that this retreat is 100% legal and there is no sale of cannabis involved. Guests are asked to bring their own private supply of cannabis to enjoy on the retreat. Kelly is available to assist with questions regarding this. 

Food Pairing with Maui Wowie: Hemp Crumbed Chicken Salad with Fruit Braised Coconut – recipe included

Maui Wowi (also spelled Maui Waui) is one of my all time favourite strains to smoke. I enjoy the sweetness in the flavour but I especially love it’s effects: light and energising, it’s great for getting me out of slump or helping to motivate me to do chores like house cleaning.

So, when I ‘wild harvested’ my very own coconut recently I decided to try pairing it with my own home-grown Maui Wowie.

Gifts of nature: my wild harvested coconuts

About Maui Wowie

A Sativa hybrid, it originally hails from it’s namesake, Maui Island, the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands.

Maui Wowie as a strain, was a game changer. The argument that “weed wasn’t as potent back then” is probably referring to a time before Maui Waui was developed. It was bred in the 60’s and was one of the first strains to greatly increase its THC content. The THC content of the average marijuana strain was around or under 8% whereas Maui Waui featured THC content well into the teens. These days it is considered to be a middle to high grade medication that provides a typical Sativa high with a few Indica perks.

Pairing Maui Wowie

Maui Wowie is light and uplifting and creates a wonderful, energising euphoria. I decided to pair it with something equally as light and stimulating.

Looking to capture the sweet fruitiness of Maui Wowie, I chose to braise the coconut flesh in tropical fruit juice while juxtaposing this with the soft savoury flavours of the battered chicken strips.

The salad includes melon, paw-paw and blue-berries to help enhance the sweet experience while resting on a bed of fresh lettuce and rocket.

The Verdict

The perfect balance of sweet and savoury to lightly uplift and stimulate your mind and your taste buds

The Maui Wowie provides a light and happy body high. It’s mentally stimulating so dinner conversation flows. With lots of sudden sometimes humorous and insightful observations about food and the meaning of life.

As for the flavours, Maui Wowie sets the tone with an uplifting fruity flavour followed by  waves of euphoria sweeping though your  body. It elicits an emotional excitement that is rewarded by the sweet piquancy of the fruity flavours while the chicken adds a subtle nutty undertone with the hemp seeds.

To sum it up: the delicate balance of sweet and savoury make you feel like your taste buds are making love to your mouth.

RECIPE: Fruit Braised Coconut and Hemp Battered Chicken Salad (serves 2)

Braised Coconut Ingredients

Coconut oil

Tropical Fruit juice (fresh is best)

Hemp Battered Chicken Ingredients

2 skinned chicken breasts

100 grams hemp seeds

100 grams flour (can also be almond or coconut flour)

1 egg

Salt

Pepper

tsp Paprika

Salad Ingredients

Lettuce

Kale

Beetroot leaves

Blue-berries

Melon

Feta

Red pepper

Yellow pepper

Method

Braised Coconut

Cut the coconut up into bite sized pieces.

Put in a pan with a little coconut oil and lightly fry the coconut flesh for a few minutes.

Then add the fruit juice – just enough to just cover the coconut flesh.

Turn the heat down and allow the coconut oil to simmer in the juice with the lid off.

Allow the juice to evaporate until slightly thick and then remove from the heat and allow it to cool.

Hemp Battered Chicken Strips

Pre-heat the oven to 180 C

Cut the chicken breasts into thin strips

Beat the egg until frothy

Mix the dry ingredients into a bowl together

Dip the chicken strips into the egg, allow excess to drip off and then dip it into the dry mix bowl – make sure the chicken is sufficiently covered.

Put the chicken onto pre-greased wax-wrap (I spray it with Spray n Cook to ensure the batter doesn’t stick to the wax wrap)

Put the chicken into the oven and bake for aprox 40 mins or when the batter starts turning a light brown.

Salad

Chop up all the fresh salad ingredients into your bowl.

Add the Feta

Add the chicken strips and then cover the strips in the braised coconut

Enjoy!

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