Detox Retreat with Mariagården – A Review (Photos!) + Detox Green Smoothie Recipe!

One of the most important things you can do for your natural beauty is take time for yourself. 

This afternoon I am writing  you with so much love and gratitude after experiencing a truly magical 5 days at Mariagaården Retreat in Sweden.  I have been completely nourished inside and out with amazing raw food, spiritual cleansing and beautiful people. Every cell in my being is feeling brand new and I am excited for what waits around the corner in this crazy journey of life.

Yes, it was that good…

The "retreaters" and staff at Mariagården

The “retreaters” and staff at Mariagården

Have I convinced you yet?

For those of you in Europe (or anywhere for that matter) looking for a detox & yoga retreat, look no further than Mariagården!

After such an amazing experience, I wanted to share this space with you and I hope you will get the chance to experience it no matter where in the world you’re coming from; although, my Scandinavian readers may be able to get there sooner.

Mariagården Gardens

Mariagården Gardens

Relaxing in the gardens at Mariagården

Relaxing in the gardens at Mariagården

Mariagården Organic Gardens

Mariagården Organic Gardens

Mariagården Retreat

The last five days I took part in the Mariagården Detox retreat at the beautiful old school that has now been turned into a retreat and detox center. Surrounded by the beautiful Swedish countryside, lakes and abundant wild flowers, it was hard not to immediately feel at ease and grounded upon arrival.

Mariagården main house

Mariagården main house

Pulling up to the drive way I immediately noticed the organic gardens, a greenhouse, beautiful hammocks hanging from the nearby trees and smiling faces. None of us knew what the next few days would do to our bodies and minds, but we were all excited… and maybe even a little bit nervous.

Nerves aside, nothing takes away the edge off before a detox than a space created for you with love. Everything in this space was done with love – the wild flowers are lovingly placed around the house in glass vases, candles abound and antique furniture that surely has a story.  The owners, Pia and Kristian, are one of the most beautiful couples I have ever met. They just radiate and glow with kindness from the inside out – they practice what they preach – and have worked tirelessly (although they don’t look it) to make this place so special for all their guests.

Pia & Kristian

Pia & Kristian

While this was a detox retreat, I can’t say I ever had the opportunity to feel hungry. The raw food chef and creator, Flavio Passos was a phenom in the kitchen. He created the most beautiful smoothies and salads from all raw and organic ingredients and each evening we were given a beautiful vegetarian soup made with garden herbs and organic veggies from around the area. He prepared everything with so much thought and care – and held for us a a raw food preparation workshop so we could see how the magic happens. Even for the absolute beginner, Flavio brought out the fun and excitement in everyone.

Flavio Passos Raw Food Chef

Flavio Passos Raw Food Chef

Detox Green Smoothie Recipe from Flavio Passos

Detox Green Smoothie Recipe

Detox Green Smoothie Recipe

Flavio created for us a perfect breakfast detox smoothie each morning to keep us going until lunch. The measurements are not exact, as he was preparing for ~20 persons, so add and take away as you feel fit. Enjoy!

Raw Food Demo with Flavio Passos

Raw Food Demo with Flavio Passos

Ingredients for Detox Green Smoothie

  • 1 Apple (1 raw organic apple)
  • 1/2 cup of organic orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of coconut water
  • 1 cup water (or less if you prefer a thicker smoothie)
  • Hand full of organic parsley
  • Hand full of organic spinach
  • Splash of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbs of ground Chia Seeds
  • 1  tsp of Spirulina
  • 1 tbs of Vegetable Protein powder (hemp, pea or rice)

Blend and enjoy a tall glass!

Mariagården Detox Schedule

Each day started with a morning detox tea made from plants found around the garden, followed by a completely blissful yoga class from Pia.

Pia Meliane's Morning Yoga

Pia Meliane’s Morning Yoga

Morning Detox Tea

Morning Detox Tea

Following yoga we would have our green smoothies (see recipe above) and have some free time for treatments, reading, writing, walking… really anything that made you feel good.

The retreat provided a variety of treatments including body work, massage, energy work, Ayurvedic massage and others from Elina at Open Circle as well as spa treatments (including the Eximia Machine which helps with lymphatic drainage) from Rutt at Pink Garden (a health spa based in Oslo that I blogged on previously here). Marie from Still Point (details below) was also there to give consultations.

Treatments from Elina at Open Circle & Rutt at Pink Garden

Treatments from Elina at Open Circle & Rutt at Pink Garden

In the afternoons we usually had a session with a wellness specialist. On two occasions we were able to spend time with Heda Kortnes who is not only a an organic farmer, she is also a wellness therapist, yoga teacher and course holder on numerous topics including making natural skincare! Further to that, she is also a master when it comes to foraging plants in the wild for food. We spent time walking the gardens and forrest picking and eating wild plants and learning how to make simple and delicious recipes (like pesto out of nettles!), as well as medicinal properties of plants.

Heda from God Helhet teaches us to make pesto out of nettles

Heda from God Helhet teaches us to make pesto out of nettles

Foraging with the help of Heda and this brilliant book

Foraging with the help of Heda and this brilliant book

In the evenings we sat into some deep meditation sessions with the brilliant Marie Minagawa from Still Point in Oslo. She stripped us down to our core and was instrumental in the complete detox process. Helping us to remove the negative though patterns is equally as important as removing the toxins from our bodies. With her guidance, we spent a lot of time in deep thought – including a full day of silence which is an incredible way to dig into oneself.

We also had nutrition lectures with Flavio each day. Here we learned some of the tricks to creating a balanced and complete raw food diet that is delicious.

Flavio Passos Raw Food Lecture

Flavio Passos Raw Food Lecture

Oh and did we eat – Flavio and his kitchen helpers created beautiful salads, smoothies and soups for us daily and no one went hungry, that is for sure. Foods were vegetarian, mostly raw and live (sprout heaven) and packed with superfoods.

Flavio Passos and the kitchen volunteers

Flavio Passos and the kitchen volunteers

Gabbing and munching in the kitchen

Gabbing and munching in the kitchen

The perfect detox salad with saurkraut dressing and dehydrated seeds

The perfect detox salad with saurkraut dressing and dehydrated seeds

Lunching in the gardens

Lunching in the gardens

Upcoming Retreats with Mariagården

I can’t recommend enough taking time for yourself a few times a year. If you are able to get over to one of Mariagården’s upcoming retreats, I highly recommend it.  You can follow them on Facebook to get the latest on their upcoming plans. I know they have a lot of exciting things in the works for the upcoming year – not all of which will be taking place in Sweden… some of the retreats will be in foreign lands that you won’t want to miss.

My loves, I hope you enjoyed my recount of this beautiful, blissful place. If you have the chance to get over to them, don’t miss out.

Love and light from Oslo beautiful souls,

X

K

  • chickweedandblush

    This looks like my idea of heaven! :-)

    • http://www.livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      You are not alone in that thought! xx

  • Elaine

    wow wish i could be there : )

    • http://www.livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      Make it happen! xx

  • Guest

    Vinegar works wonders. Instead of apple vinegar though I use kombucha vinegar. Not as strong, I love the smell and it cleans just as well.

  • bohypnic.blogspot.co.uk

    Sounds amazing, I have heard so much about retreats like these and everyone always says how amazing, refreshed and detoxified they feel afterwards!

    • http://www.livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      They are blissful!