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Win a Breathe List Journal to help achieve your goals and dreams!

This month, we are loving the new series of Breathe Journals from Breathe magazine.

The series includes the List Journal, Mindfulness Journal and Wellbeing Journal – all of which are pocket-sized, interactive and offer a taste of Breathe magazine, which is designed to help you make time for yourself.

Each of the journals, which are published by Ammonite Press, make great gifts too.

The Breathe List Journal, for example, helps you explore the past, present and future. With space to record personal reflections and aspirations, you can use it as a ‘been there, done-that and got the T-shirt’ journal, as well as a ‘would-like-to’ guide to help achieve your goals and live your dreams.

The Breathe Mindfulness Journal is filled with simple exercises designed to help calm the mind, rejuvenate the body and restore balance to busy lives. It’s ideal for discovering easy ways to bring mindfulness into the day-to-day.

Last but not least, the Breathe Wellbeing Journal is all about positive thinking, creative escapes, eating well, spending time outside and regular exercise. This clever little book explains how to incorporate these techniques and activities to  establish a slower pace of life and a healthy self-awareness which can work wonders for physical and psychological wellbeing.

To celebrate these great new releases, we have one copy of the Breathe List Journal to give away to one lucky reader. To enter, all you have to do is email the team at competitions@holisticscot.com with ‘Breathe Journals’ in the subject line and tell us what inspired you most in our latest issue.

Alternatively, head over to our Facebook page, track down the competition and leave your entry in the comments. 

The closing date for entries is 12 noon on 30 November. Good luck!

About Breathe magazine 

Breathe magazine is the original mindfulness title for a calmer and more relaxed you. This body-and-soul guide to a happier, healthier life includes five sections – wellbeing, living, mindfulness, creativity and escape. Each issue includes beautiful illustrations, craft projects, and inspiring features, such as how to achieve relief from stress, increase resilience and find greater happiness. Find out more here

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Why 2019 could be the year of witchcraft…

Witchcraft isn’t just for Halloween, it’s a growing trend that’s here to stay, says Centre of Excellence founder Sara Lou-Ann Jones

Although the Centre of Excellence offers more than 1,000 online courses on all sorts of topics – from candle making and yoga, to life coaching and beauty therapy – it’s the psychic and supernatural courses which have really soared in popularity in 2018, says founder Sara Lou-Ann Jones.

According to Sara, the appetite for Wicca (boosted by the #wicca and #witchesofinstagram hashtags on Instagram, which now have more than 1.8 million and nearly 2 million posts respectively) shows no signs of slowing down.

“Our psychic and supernatural courses are doing phenomenally well this year, with 20,000 sold in the past six months alone,” says Sara.

“Learning more about alternative medicines, treatments and spirituality has never been so popular and I predict the trend is set to continue to rise in 2019.”

The best-selling Centre of Excellence psychic and supernatural courses this year are:

  • Wicca and Advanced Wicca Diploma Courses (combined)
  • Psychic Development Diploma Course
  • Palmistry Diploma Course
  • Hedgewitchery Diploma and Audio Courses
  • Psychotropic Plants Diploma Course
  • Magical Herbalism Diploma Course
  • Kitchen Witchery Diploma and Audio Courses
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7 reasons to visit The Enchanted Forest this Autumn

The Enchanted Forest 2018 got off to a wild and wonderful start earlier this month with the launch of this year’s Of The Wild theme at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry.

Showcasing the autumnal beauty of Highland Perthshire, the sound and light spectacular released a record 80,000 tickets for its extended five-week run (Oct 6 – Nov 4).

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Inspired by the hidden beauty of Highland Perthshire’s wild woods, the multi-award-winning creative team has developed a show rooted in nature and full of surprises.

This year’s show combines breath-taking visuals, state-of-the-art technologies and a powerful musical score against a backdrop of one of Scotland’s most breathtaking woodland locations.

Here are 7 good reasons to visit:

  1. Spend time outdoors in nature & boost your wellbeing – The Enchanted Forest works closely with Forestry Commission Scotland to enhance the natural features of the forest and encourage more people to embrace Scotland’s woodlands.

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2. Experience the ultimate in forest bathing – The forest contains 25 recorded species of tree, a handful of which are native: Scots Pine, Silver and Downy Birch, Ash, Oak, Rowan, Common Alder, Hazel, and Bird Cherry. The oldest known tree is around 200-225 years old.

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3. Help sustain local charitiesOutdoor Access Trust for Scotland, The Birks Cinema Trust and Blairgowrie Riding for Disabled, which has been faced with closure, have been confirmed as the official charity partners for 2018. These organisations will not only benefit financially but will be promoted extensively during the event.

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4. Support Scottish tourism – It’s estimated The Enchanted Forest’s impact on the local tourism economy is around £3 million a year.

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5. Support ecology and conservation – In 2017 The Enchanted Forest donated £500 to Tayside Bat Group (TBG) to install around 30 bat boxes in Faskally Wood. The forest already provides suitable habitat for a range of bat species but these boxes increase available roosting sites for them. TBG volunteers placed the new nesting boxes in a strip of trees along the edge of Loch Dunmore.

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Fluid – created by Squid Soup of squidsoup.org: Dynamically controlled floating points of light visualise the flow of energy, both real and imagined, as suggested by the water and surrounding landscape. Inspired by the myriad of cultural references to energy and flow patterns, from Aboriginal dreamtime paintings to Japanese wave and ripple designs, this uses light and technology to place a dynamic layer onto physical space that is both an augmentation and reflection of it.

6. Embrace Scottish culture & feel inspired – Now in its 17th year, The Enchanted Forest has won numerous awards, most recently being named finalist for Best Cultural Event at the Scottish Thistle Awards for the fifth year in a row. The event also took the coveted Best Cultural Event at the 2016 UK Events Awards in London last winter.

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Illumiphonium – created by Michael Davis of illumiphonium.co.uk: A dynamic and interactive multi-sensory, music-making instrument – the first of its kind. This semi-acoustic, semi-automatic, multi-player musical sculpture comprises more than 100 illuminated chime bars, each of which respond to touch, with ever-changing patterns of light and sound – spreading out like waves over the giant instrument’s surface, bringing people together into a fun and spontaneous music-making experience.

7. Dine out, carbon-free (well, almost) – On-site catering is by Lov Events UK, whose pop-up cafe bars offer a selection of wood-fired pizzas finished off with edible flowers, burgers and fries, mulled wine and more. All cutlery and crockery is Edenware from Go-Pak and fully compostable.

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Ian Sim, chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, which operates the event, said: “From humble beginnings as a three-night event with just 1500 visitors in 2002, it’s phenomenal to see how much The Enchanted Forest has grown during its 17 years. The love and support we have received is amazing and we are looking forward to welcoming a record 80,000 visitors this year.

“Our reputation as one of Scotland’s and the UK’s must-see autumn events is partly testament to the time we have spent over the years growing a community of dedicated partners, volunteers and followers, believing in what we are doing and listening and responding to feedback so that we can come back better each year. Despite growing significantly we are still a very intimate event and that’s what people seem to love the most. We don’t ever want to lose that.”

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Faskally Wood is home to a diverse range of wildlife. There are kingfishers and herons, and goldeneye ducks that nest in the trees. The 2018 Environmental Impact Study found that the wildlife in the forest shows no signs of being affected by the activities surrounding the event.

As the show goes from strength to strength, supporting the ecology in Faskally Wood is important to the continued success of The Enchanted Forest.

“We have always been keen to ensure that the event has minimal impact on the beautiful environment in which we operate, and the wildlife who call Faskally Wood their home,” says Ian.

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An independent Environmental Impact Study in 2018 confirmed that the Enchanted Forest team takes all possible measures to minimise impact on the forest environment and the wildlife in the forest.

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And, when conservation work changed the landscape around Loch Dunmore, the creative team were quick to react to this new opportunity. They removed non-native rhododendron plants to encourage biodiversity and open up more of the loch – which inspired the name of the 2017 show: Oir An Uisge – ‘edge of the water’.

Rhododendron ponticum forms dense thickets and shades out native plants. If left uncontrolled, it will eventually dominate the habitat to the virtual exclusion of all other plant life.

Forestry Commission Scotland plan to replace to replace the rhododendron – which it classes as Scotland’s most invasive non-native plant – with more typical riparian vegetation, such as hazel, willow, alder and aspen.

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Photography: Angus Forbes /Lynda Hamilton Parker 

Did you know?

  • Faskally was purchased by the Forestry Commission in 1953. It covers 365 hectares and is divided in two by the old and new A9. The area where the Enchanted Forest takes place is approximately 66 hectares in size.
  • Faskally is derived from the Gaelic for “stance by the ferry” which probably relates to an old ferry crossing on the river Tummel.
  • The forest attracts approximately 70,000 visitors a year, excluding those to the Enchanted Forest.

Find out more, or book tickets, here 

 

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How to eat chocolate more mindfully and savour every moment

Chocolate and Love, whose award-winning dark chocolate is organic, Fairtrade and ethically produced, shares its tips for achieving the ultimate chocolate tasting experience

Place a piece of chocolate in the middle of your tongue and allow it to melt slowly. Coat your whole mouth with chocolate so all your taste buds are activated.

If you chew, less flavours will be released. Look for fruitiness, acidity, sweetness or bitterness. Note how the flavour can change during the seconds you’re tasting. There’s a distinct beginning, middle and end. Like a little flavour journey, with different notes emerging at each phase. The texture should be smooth and velvety, not gritty. Fine chocolate has a long and pleasant aftertaste.

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There are more than 400 different natural flavour notes in chocolate which become infused in the cacao bean. What do you taste?

Here are some examples:

FRUIT red berries, black berries, banana, passion fruit, raisin
FLOWER rose, jasmine, orange flower
SPICES pepper, licorice, cinnamon, vanilla
ROASTED tobacco, tea, cocoa, roasted nuts, caramel
NUT fresh nuts
DRY wood, soil, leather, hay
OTHER milk, mushrooms, olive, bread, honey

Remember to cleanse your palate with water between tasting different chocolate.

For more chocolate tasting and storage tips, visit Chocolate and Love.

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Win a year’s subscription to Holistic Scotland Magazine!

Fancy winning a year’s subscription to Holistic Scotland Magazine for you or a friend? To enter, all you need to do is help us out with some feedback for our friends at Feel Good Pass.

Feel Good Pass is a new wellness pass designed to make wellness more affordable and accessible for people in Scotland. But before they can launch this fantastic pass and bring you some seriously good offers, they need to know what you would like!

If this sounds like a great idea to you and you’d like to get involved in shaping the future of Feel Good Pass, as well as be in with a chance of winning a Holistic Scotland Magazine subscription, just follow the steps below.

If you run your own wellness business, it would be really helpful if you could also complete this second survey to better understand how Feel Good Pass could help you.

Good luck and thank you for your support!