WHAT IF?

WHAT IF?
We could truly be healthy?
We could actually lose that weight?
We could feel energized?
We could finally get off that medication?
We could really curb our addictions to food, sugar and other chemical substances?
We could cure ourselves of dis-ease?
We could actually apply what we already know about diet and nutrition and see results?
We stopped having our important organs removed….because they are not working properly?
We stopped having our stomachs stapled… to lose weight?
Doctors did only well-care check-ups?
Hospitals became Wellness Centers?
Pharmaceutical companies offered medicinal herbs instead of synthetic medication?
Healthier foods were more accessible?

If this ponders any thoughts, then its time to take a trip to PARADISE!

by Chef Skai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRANQUILITY
Paradise Wellness is located in the foothills of  El Yunque Rainforest on the enchanted island of Puerto Rico.  Our retreat houses offer a serene and peaceful environment where you can relax, unwind, and enjoy our many healing modalities.

VITALITY
We teach food combining to optimize the digestive tracts ability to cleanse and detoxify the body naturally. Combining live foods with proper rest, physical activity, meditation, and a healthy positive attitude, allows one to strengthen the mind, body and spirit.

We offer a transition diet before and after visiting our healing garden.  We follow the philosophy of using “food as medicine and medicine as food.” We use local-seasonal produce and always organic when possible for optimal healing.  

REJUVENATION
The grounds include an exotic garden of tropical fruit, herbs, greens, sprouts, vegetables, wheatgrass, flowers and other delights.  We feature a large open kitchen, yoga, dance & meditation studio, wellness spa services, guest housing, rainforest hikes & lots of tranquil space to reconnect with your inner self.

Our herb garden provides fresh infused medicinal teas, herbal body wraps, and herbs that flavor and enhance our nutritious foods. We also make our own salt glows and aromatherapy massage oils.

In joy!

For more info please contact us here.

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The Apache Blessing

This poem was read at our Celebration of Love Commitment Ceremony this past June 25th, 2011

The Apache Blessing

Now you will feel no rain,

for each of you will be shelter for the other.

Now you will feel no cold,

for each of you will be warmth to the other.

Now there will be no loneliness,

for each of you will be companion to the other.

Now you are two persons,

but there is only one life before you.

May beauty surround you both in the

journey ahead and through all the years,

May happiness be your companion and

your days together be good and long upon the earth.

Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and

remind yourselves often of what brought you together.

Give the highest priority to the tenderness,

gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves.

When frustration, difficulties and fear assail your relationship,

as they threaten all relationships at one time or another,

remember to focus on what is right between you,

not only the part which seems wrong.

In this way, you can ride out the storms when

clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives – remembering that

even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there.

And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your

life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.

Island Rejuvenation Retreats

ISLAND REJUVENATION RETREATS
Now is the time to be and feel healthy!
Paradise Wellness offers a healthy vacation program that challenges guests to detoxify, rejuvenate, relax, soak up the sun, participate in yoga, rainforest hikes, and more!

The Raw Food lifestyle is an amazing journey.  We believe it to be the most efficient and natural form of healing on the planet.  With our support you can obtain remarkable results in just one week.    Our programs are designed to teach our guests a sensible health enriched lifestyle with a healing program not only for your stay here but also at home; attainable and sustainable goals.  We live this lifestyle and are confident that with commitment and diligence you will be able to follow them anywhere.  No complicated ingredients, no unnecessary tools.  This is an amazing experience you can embrace into your own lifestyle.

We grow and harvest wheatgrass, a variety of fruit and veggies, sprouts, and other garden delights.  We serve simple recipes, blended soups, and some pre-digested fermented foods.   Whether you want a 4 day holiday or a 3 month wellness sabbatical, we can accommodate your needs.  Choose the length of time that best fits your schedule, and choose a program that will boost your wellness goals, change your habits, and begin your healing journey!

We have over 30 fruit trees, lush grounds, greenhouse, nearby beaches, natural surroundings, the beautiful rainforest, holistic practitioners, and delicious gourmet raw and living foods that promote optimal health and well-being.  Our emphasis is on teaching and sharing the Paradise Wellness Lifestyle.  A simple, enzyme rich, raw vegan diet with daily physical activity.

If you are financially unable to participate in one of the above retreats please check out our ENERGY EXCHANGE PROGRAM…you must be able to commit at least one month in this work exchange program.  (limited to 2-3 participants per month).

Retreat dates are listed below.  However we are able to customize specific retreat dates to suit your availability.

A PARADISE WELLNESS Island Rejuvenation Retreat Includes:
Fruit and Juice Feasting, Water Fasting, Raw & Living Foods, Green Smoothies, Seeds, Nuts, Wheatgrass, Sprouts, Coconut Water, & other Nourishing Delights from our Garden
Daily Fitness + Yoga & Meditation Classes
Rainforest Hiking
Swimming at the Beach and in the Rivers
Bio Bay Tour
Access to Wellness Spa Services – Massage, Reiki, Facials, and more!

HOST YOUR OWN RETREAT
Please contact our Event Planner at 856-873-1595 or email ecorican@gmail.com to customize your special event.

EXPERIENCE:
Rejuvenation         Detox       Weight Loss
Acne Cleanse        Yoga         Juice Feasting
Raw Food Preparation            Sprouting
Organic Gardening                  Fruit Picking

OTHER IN-HOUSE RECOMMENDATIONS (extra fees):
Massage Therapy
Reiki
Personal Trainer
Natural Manicures, Pedicures and Facials
Natural Hair Care
Spiritual Readings

ECO-EXCURSIONS:
El Yunque Hike w/Robin–Rainforest Expert and Guide
Horseback Riding
Beach Relaxation
Surfing Lessons or Rentals
Trip to Culebra or Vieques
Rappelling
Kayaking at the Bio-Luminescent Bay
Site-seeing and shopping in Old San Juan

When you are ready to commit to health & wellness, please contact us to book your Island Rejuvenation Retreat!

Why Raw?

Raw Un chicken Salad
http://www.chefskaicreates.com

Here are the basics in a nutshell, though simplified for easy understanding. A raw foodist is someone that eats 75-100% live, nutritionally-dense organic uncooked and unprocessed food (and drinks pure, live water), enjoying delicious meals that optimize your health by alkalizing your body. At that rate your elimination system can get rid of the toxins created when you cook. But when you eat more cooked food you are consuming acidic toxins faster than your body can eliminate them so they back up, disrupting your body’s delicate acid/alkaline balance, a major cause of excess weight and disease. Heating food above 118 degrees F. causes the chemical changes that create acidic toxins, including the carcinogens, mutagens and free-radicals associated with diseases like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and cancer. Cooking also destroys the live enzymes that aid in digestion and health.

Your body is actually sort of an alkaline battery, running on electrons. All life-giving chemical reactions only happen when electrons or energy flows between atoms. Cooking or processing causes food to lose electrons – the source of the energy your body needs. Things that are healthy ‘contribute” electrons/energy, and are called alkalizing or “reducing.” Things that are unhealthy steal electrons/energy, and are called acidic or “oxidizing” (which means to burn up, rust, break down or decay).

Your body is designed to be alkaline, like the battery! Because the pH scale is logarythmic even a fraction of a point can create huge changes to health! One hydroxyl molecule (-OH) in 550 million is enough to make water conductive. In fact, most important processes in your body only work within a very narrow pH range. For example, if the pH of your blood falls to the low end of its normal range (~7.35-7.45), a .10 difference, it could reduce the oxygen levels in your blood by as much as 300%!

Two common myths are that eating raw is expensive and that it takes a lot of time to prepare. Nothing could be further from the truth! But when you do it correctly, a raw food diet is actually one of the easiest, most convenient and most economical ways you can live! Remember, raw foodists eat mostly organic food, which is 80% to 300% more nutritionally dense – loaded with available electrons/energy. As your body learns to absorb this additional nutrition and energy you’ll be less hungry, getting more energy from what you do and eat less. This ultimately can reduce your food costs, as well as your health care costs, far below what is was when you were eating empty calories filled with the acidic toxins. Raw, live food and water is the ultimate health care plan!

Paradise Wellness is located in PUERTO RICO!! Wepa!

We chose Puerto Rico for our center for many reasons, but the primary reason is because it is such an amazingly beautiful place.  That in itself promotes healing!  When you look out to the view and see breathtaking hills and beaches, and vibrant blue skies…There is nothing you can do but take a very deep Breath.  Another observation is that Puerto Rico is really an Energy vortex of some sort.  No one really has ever officially said that except for Chef Skai, but like she says she can feel it.  Most commonly found in Sedona, Arizona, an energy vortex is famed to be a hot spot for a type of electromagnet subterranean current which may be either positively or negatively charged.  Many have claimed healings, visions, and epiphanies of all kinds when caught within the esoteric confines of vortex activity.  Puerto Rico radiates with this type of energy.   Its healing Rainforest seems to electrify all those that take her on.  Hiking through El Yunque is essential when visiting.

Not only is El Yunque a must see, but the green rolling hills are abundant and stellar.  There are many rivers and waterfalls, with fresh coolling water that many people visit daily.  There are also, Hot Thermal Springs…alkalinized naturally by the earth.  We consider them “Fountains of Youth”.  And you can tell because you see how the elderly are drawn to them.
Puerto Rico is the ideal climate for living a holistic lifestyle.  It is the perfect weather for growing food, eating raw and vegan, dressing lightly and just being comfortable.  There is little need for much energy use, however we do have air-conditioned rooms for your comfort.

For those that live Stateside, PR is a hop, skip and a jump from the US Mainland.  That means that traveling is easier, faster, and more affordable.  And you are technically still in the United States, but really that is only politically…because most people will let you know how much of a nation Puerto Rico is.  No passport is required.  All you need is an up to date State issued Identification to get on a plane.  If you are flying from any of the major airports…Florida, NY, Chicago… you can get some amazingly inexpensive flights.  Check out our link for travel arrangements.

And possibly one of the most special things about Puerto Rico is its people.  The people here are some of the kindest that you will ever meet.  Culturally, they don’t like to cause problems or confrontations, so they always choose peace in almost all situations.  And we are mostly talking about the country folks.   One thing we have noticed is that the Puerto Rican diet is attributing to major health ailments here.  Our goal is to enlighten our fellow “compadres” about the benefits of incorporating more raw food into their diet.  We hope you can help with this too!

See you soon in Puerto Rico!

Chef Skai Juice

Skai had this crazy idea to move her family to Puerto Rico to create a Wellness Center near the rainforest…and here we are!  Chef Skai has advocated healthy living for over 20 years.  She is the founder of the Yabba Pot cafe in Baltimore, MD.  She  has catered for the likes of Russell Simmons, Erykah Badu, India Arie, Zapp Mama, and other Vegetarian Celebrities.  She is passionate and focused in healing through diet.  She has been studying the Raw Food Lifestyle for over 15 years.  She embrace a balance diet and engages in periodic water fasts and juice feasting.

Skai is the mother of 5 children and wife to True Asiatic.  Skai’s believe heavily in the Laws of the Universe and applies them to her life on a daily basis.  The Law of Attraction is the number one law that she focuses on and has proven it time and time again that it is real.  Her goal is to teach the world that everyone can live a healthy and abundant life through positive thinking, healthy eating and staying fit.  Its all mind over matter!

Her culinary style..is FLAVOR MATTERS!

Let’s Get IT!

In joy!

Check out her fan page on Facebook and her website!

Sample Day at Paradise Wellness

Sunrise Yoga
Breakfast – Fresh Fruit or Fruit Smoothies
Morning Class – Raw Food Demo
Lunch – Chef Skai’s Amazing Buffet
Afternoon – Sprouting workshop
Break – Snack Time/Relax Time
Dinner – Salad Bar
Dessert – Choco Avo Pudding
Discussion – The Benefits of Raw Foods
Evening – Movies and Games

Packing List when traveling to Paradise Wellness

Our packing list includes what to bring not only to enjoy your stay here at Paradise Wellness, but also should you decide to embark on any other ventures around Puerto Rico.

Our wish is to prepare you for the most memorable healing vacation of your life, and assist you to prepare ahead.  Once you have prepared well for your inner healing journey, you can leave your rational mind behind, and really let go! We have compiled a list of items that we wouldn’t leave home without!  Our weather can change rapidly and it tends to be warm during the day when the sun is up, and a little chilly when it goes down.  It can rain at  any moment, due to  the fact that we are located less than a mile from the rainforest.  But the rain usually lasts for a short while.

Preparing your luggage:

Always place an identifiable marker on your luggage (red polka dot ribbon, etc.) Compile your Emergency Contact information and Health Insurance Information on your person, for travel and to submit when you arrive.

Planning your wardrobe:

For all of your activities you will need this basic set of items.  Always be prepared . Your length of stay, will affect the amount to pack, but remember that you will have access to our on-site laundry room so don’t over pack! Remember to keep it simple.  And should you need any additional items, there is a local Walmart and Kmart a few miles away.

Here is an ideal list of things to pack:

Sandals or Flip flops
Hiking Boots, Lightweight with traction
Athletic Shoes, a pair of comfortable sandals (sandals that allow for walking in water are handy for hiking)
Casual Comfortable Clothing
Athletic wear of choice (sports bra for yoga and stretching)
Swimsuit
Bathrobe, optional
Brim hat for sun protection
Sunglasses
Day-pack/rucksack
Rain poncho
Beach Towel

Miscellaneous

Cell phone, Toiletry Bag, RX medications, herbal remedies, vitamins, Camera and film, Journal and writing utensils, Water bottle, and Personal Yoga mat.  You can also bring your Laptop for personal web use…we have wireless internet.

Consider leaving these things behind:
Out of consideration to those around you, and your own inner peace, we recommend that our guests need not bring the following items:

Perfumes, and synthetic hair or body products (some of our guests are sensitive to strong perfumes), aerosols, valuables (bring only the jewelry that is needed).

Carla: Our Raja Yoga and Meditation Expert


The practice of yoga can benefit greatly to achieve
optimal health and well-being, regardless of age or
physical condition.  This basic yoga class aims to help
each student gain the knowledge to increase body
flexibility, tone the muscles and increase physical and
emotional strength.

Carla’s practice and classes are mainly based on the
personal teachings learned from Raja Yoga teacher,
Grand Master Adam Nguyen.  She also mixes her
knowledge from various styles like Hatha, Iyengar,
Kriya and Ashtanga to create a fun and active class.
Ages 12+, all levels welcomed!!

Carla has been teaching yoga for 5 years.  She is
trained in various yoga styles including Raja, Hatha,
Iyengar, Kriya and Ashtanga.  She also holds a
bachelors degree in Natural Sciences plus graduate
courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition
and Body Wellness.

ENERGY EXCHANGE: Volunteer Work Exchange at Paradise Wellness


Our Energy Exchange program allows individuals to work at our center in exchange for accommodations , meals and an islands wellness experience.  We ask that you make a commitment of at least 2 weeks to one month to be a part of this program.   Individuals can also choose to live off site.  See our local rentals link for community rentals.  The Energy Exchange participant will help with raw food preparation, gardening, growing and caring for the sprouts, and helping the crew with cleaning the facilities.

Please email us answering this questionnaire along with your resume and a picture ID.

1.    Name, address, phone, email
2.    What job are you most interested in being a part of here?
3.    How did you hear about the Energy Exchange Program?
4.    What appeals to you about the Energy Exchange Program?
5.    Is there anything that you think may interfere with completing your energy exchange position such as school, work, commitments, family obligations, etc?
6.    When are you available?
7.    Do you have any medical or health concerns that we need to be made aware of?
8.    What do you hope to gain from participating in the Energy Exchange Program?
9.    What past or present school/work/life experience can you bring to the Energy Exchange Program?
10.   Emergency Contacts and References

Please also consider that we request a $35 per day food/supply cost charge just to offset the some expenses created by the Energy Exchange workers…as we grow more food, we may soon alleviate this fee.  Considering the awesome experience you are about to endure you know that these fees are a bargain and we hope that you come prepared and ready to engage in our island lifestyle.

We will get back to your ASAP.  Thanks!