January 2015 Newsletter

Winter at the Blaeberry River

Winter Getaways!
Come and enjoy the peace and
quiet of Winter in the Blaeberry!
From now until April!

Here are some ideas for your
Winter Retreat…
*snowshoes to borrow for free

*cross country skiing
*downhill skiing

*wood heat
*hot tub

Mid-Season Personal Retreats for February/March start at $90/night for one person in the Lodge or $130/night for 2 people in one of the Cottages.
Meditation Room by donation!
Based on availability.


Sustainable Happiness
by Sarah Van Gelder
of YES magazine




Dear Friends,

Happy 2015!  We hope you are keeping warm and wonderful on these winter days.  We are immersed in a Winter Wonderland here in the Blaeberry Valley, enjoying cross country skiing along the river.  Guests staying here this winter have developed a wonderful luge/tobogganing run down the hill between the South Point Cottage and Main Lodge.  After your outdoor adventures you can nourish and rejuvenate yourself in the cedar sauna or sit in the hot tub watching the sun go down! An added bonus would be to receive a massage or cranial sacral session.

Expanding the Cliff House~ We have completed phase one of our Cliff House renovations.  The Cliff House now has a full kitchen with double sink, full fridge, and stove. In March and April we will continue to renovate, adding on 2 new bedrooms.  We look forward to expanding the Cliff House to meet the needs of what our guests are looking for.

Retreats 2015~ If you wish to create a Retreat with us in 2015 please be in touch. We still have weekends in October available.

Retreats 2015~ Are you looking for a place to Retreat too this Spring, Summer, or Fall? There are many Retreats to choose from for your Inner and Outer Explorations.  Have a look, check out our Retreats/Workshops.

Personal Retreats over the Winter~  Come and create a unique and memorable experience with us for this Winter. Snowshoeing, tobogganing, cross country skiing etc are yours to experience here in the Blaeberry Valley.  Call 1-800-716-2494.

ruffed grouse visiting the birdfeeder

ruffed grouse visiting birdfeeder

wild blessings,
Brian & Annette

Quantum Leaps Lodge and Retreats
Golden, BC

Recipe of the Month

 Our 3rd Edition Cookbook is now available for you to create wonderful food at home.
The cost is $25 and that includes tax, shipping and handling!
Order On Line here….

Thai Carrot Soup:
*serves 8
2 tbsp Butter
4 cups Carrots, chopped
1 Onion, diced
1 tbsp Ginger, grated
1 Garlic Clove, minced
2 cups Vegetable Stock
1 can Coconut Milk
2 tbsp Red Curry Paste
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
2 tbsp fresh Lime Juice
Red Pepper Flakes
Salt and Pepper

Heat butter in large pan over medium high heat. Add carrots, onion, ginger, and garlic. Reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until carrots are tender. Don’t let carrots scorch, add a splash of water if necessary.  When carrots are tender stir in vegetable stock, coconut milk, curry paste, sugar, and lime juice. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in a pinch of red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Purée with a blender or hand immersion blender.

Everything I Need to Know About
Happiness I Learned in the Forest!

What do the Forests bear?
Soil, Water, and pure Air.
Soil, Water, and pure Air,
Sustaining the Earth and all she bears!
by Vandana Shiva – India

The war against the Earth began with the idea that humans are separate from Nature. It’s contemporary seed was sown when the Living Earth was transformed into being a Resource Extraction Industry; to facilitate the industrial revolution and our addiction to our never ending increasing GDP economy. A metabolism, that grows non stop consuming it’s host is called Cancer.
There is the Earth University in India that teaches Earth Democracy, which is the freedom for all species to evolve within the web of life, and the freedom and responsibility of humans, as members of the Earth family, to recognize, protect, and respect the rights of all species.  Earth Democracy is a shift from Anthropocentrism to Ecocentrism.  And since we all depend on the Earth, Earth Democracy translates into human rights to food and water, to freedom from hunger and thirst.

The Poetry of the Forest
There is an Earth University in India,  inspired by Tagore, India’s national poet and Nobel Prize laureate.  In “the Religion of the Forest”, Tagore wrote “The Forests are sources of water and the storehouses of a biodiversity that can teach us the lessons of democracy – of leaving space for others while drawing sustenance from the common web of life”. Tagore saw unity with nature as the highest stage of human evolution.

The Forest is not just the source of knowledge and freedom; it is the source of beauty and joy, of art and aesthetics, of harmony and perfections.  It symbolizes the universe.  The poet goes on to say that our frame of mind guides our attempts to establish relations with the universe either by conquest or by union, either the cultivation of power or through that of sympathy.

The Forest teaches us union and compassion. The Forest also teaches us enoughness: as a principle of equity, how to enjoy the gifts of nature without exploitation and accumulation.  Tagore quotes from the ancient texts: “Know all that moves in this moving world as enveloped by God; and find enjoyment through renunciation, not through greed of possession”.

The end of consumerism and accumulation is the beginning of the joy of living.  The conflict between greed and compassion, conquest, and cooperation, violence and harmony that Tagore wrote about continues today.  And it is the forest that can show us the way beyond this conflict.

“The wild places are where we began.  When they end….so do we!” David Brower

In our deepest respect and reverence for M.E. (Mother Earth) we are creating a Transformational Labyrinth here at Quantum Leaps.  Here is a rough draft of what it is to be, we would love some feedback from thee!