At this beautiful time of year we can almost feel the island exhale and retract. With the tourists dwindling and the air starting to cool, we’re thoroughly enjoying these last weeks before we begin reaching for our warmer clothes at the back of the wardrobe.
Hiking is a great way to explore the island and now it’s the perfect temperature to try out those longer trails. The Puig Roig circuit is a great Sunday hike (the only day access is allowed by the landowners). It takes approximately 6 hours and is of medium difficulty. The long loop walk starts either from the Monastery of Lluc or the Mussa estate entrance on the way from Lluc to Pollensa. The walk has great views of the mountains and dramatic coastline from the elevated narrow paths – reputedly built by smugglers. To get there you can catch the 330 bus from Palma at Placa d’Espanya, or with your own car you can park either at Mossa or Lluc (parking by the restaurants es guix above Lluc is free).
Autumn means we’re replacing the salads and gazpacho in favour of nourishing vegetables that we can turn into hearty warming meals. Red peppers are in season and we love to incorporate them into a rich ‘samfaina’. Samfaina is a Catalan dish similar to a ratatouille based on diced eggplant, zucchini, and peppers, with a sofrito of chopped garlic and onion and grated tomato cooked in olive oil. The vegetables soften and collapse into one another, and the flavours meld. The resulting mixture is deliciously thick and caramelised. We add in herbs such as thyme and rosemary then serve it as a vegetarian meal with couscous or quinoa, or more traditionally with a protein like rabbit or chicken. We buy all of our meats from organic butcher, Organic JB Portals where owner Jaime ensures his meats are grass fed, sustainable, free from antibiotics, free range and organic. He stocks a wide range of other deli delights so while we’re there we’re sure to pick up a bottle of ecological wine to wash everything down. Bon appetit!
Organic JB Portals, Calle Garcilaso de la Vega Numero 1 Local 3, Puerto Portals.
Yachting is a tough industry physically, but mentally it can be exhausting too. We have great resources here on the island if you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, isolated, depressed, or just ‘not quite right’ and in need of some guidance.
Sarah from the British Counselling Service is a fully qualified English counsellor and has lived in Mallorca since 2006. She understands that living on the island can be both exciting and challenging. She can help with a myriad of issues you may have, from family and relationship problems to addiction, depression, stress, or job and seasonal change challenges. For Sarah maintaining your confidentiality is an ethical responsibility, and a very important part of what makes counselling completely different to any other professional relationship. Find out more about the British Counselling Service at www.britishcounsellingservice.com.
If motivation or direction is what you’re lacking then perhaps Anne Nielsen of Green Apple Coaching is the perfect person to help you get back on track. Anne´s aim is to encourage, motivate and inspire you to make the changes that are necessary for you to reach your own personal goals. Through life coaching you will discover the limiting beliefs and convictions that could be holding you back from reaching these goals. Anne specialises in helping the foreign community, professional yacht crew and individuals working within the yacht industry. If you feel burnt out and lost in your life and want to make changes but don’t know where to begin, then life coaching is for you. Find out more about Green Apple Coaching at www.greenapplecoaching.com
Have you heard of Peopletree? Peopletree is a unique workshop and retreat space carved into the foothills of the majestic Tramuntana mountains of Alaro. The doors opened in February 2015 and founders Andy and Anna´s mission is to bring like-minded people together to share inspiring content in a beautiful place.
If your week tends to start out a little chaotic then their Tuesday sessions could be just what you need to restore a state of calm as you approach hump day. Every Tuesday until 17 December you can experience Kundalini Yoga and Gong Sound Meditation with Peopletree Mallorca at their ‘Darkness to Light’ sessions. Take your pick from three classes – Kundalini Yoga & Gong Sound Meditation from 10-11.30am, Kundalini Yoga from 7-8pm, or Gong & Didgeridoo Sound Meditation from 8.15-9.15pm. All classes are 15€ or two for 25€ and include green juice or tea. No need to bring your own mats and blankets as these are provided. Pre-booking is essential, WhatsApp Anna on 610 968 027 or visit www.peopletree.co to find out more.
If you feel like you’ve put your body through the ringer this season, Pilates could be the answer to feeling tip-top again. Pilates really is the ultimate functional fitness. It’s low-impact, strengthens the muscles and improves postural alignment and flexibility. The moves tend to target the core, although the exercises work other areas of your body as well. Regular Pilates practice can be the perfect complement to working on yachts as you learn how to hold your body in proper alignment and move safely with strength and stability. We go straight to the expert for our classes. Bobbie Bixler takes private ‘Yachty’s Pilates’ sessions at her home studio EastSide Pilates, and her perfect posture and trim, toned figure tells you her classical style works! You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +34 601 420 006.
If you have ever wanted to use less plastic and live a more sustainable life but not sure where to start, or wonder if it is even possible, then we have the event for you! On the 20th November at 7pm during European Waste Reduction Week, Save the Med and Viveco are hosting a presentation by Bea Johnson, the “priestess” of the Zero Waste movement, and an internationally acclaimed inspirational public speaker. The event will be held at the Trui Theatre in Palma and will be in Castellano and English. Contact Viveco (email@example.com), or Save the Med (firstname.lastname@example.org) for ticket information.
Wishing you a Nourishing November!
The Nourish Team x