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A Magical Day at the Wellness Works Brunch: Nourishing Body, Mind, and Soul


A Magical Day at the Wellness Works Brunch: Nourishing Body, Mind, and Soul





Welcome to an enchanting recap of our recent Wellness Works Brunch, a collaborative event by The House of Shayaa, Altered Health, and The Alchemist Co. Held on Sunday, July 16th, at the picturesque Sprout Derby, this brunch was a delightful blend of wellness, community, and natural abundance. Join us as we take you through the magical moments of the day.


Finding Our Way:

Tucked away in the heart of Derby, the Sprout Derby location provided a hidden oasis for our guests. As the co-owner of The House of Shayaa, I was dressed in my long purple farmer's coat and matching wellies, ready to embrace the occasion. With the guidance of Daniel from The Alchemist Co, who kindly recommended the appropriate footwear, I eagerly awaited the arrival of our guests, ensuring that everyone found their way to this secret sanctuary nestled within the city.







Grounding and Connecting:

Following the carefully planned itinerary, we commenced our day with grounding exercises. As the morning sunlight filtered through the lush greenery, guests were invited to remove their shoes and socks, enabling them to connect directly with the earth's nurturing energy. Led by Jo from Sprout Derby, a knowledgeable and inspiring wellness practitioner, we breathed in the rejuvenating prana and stretched our bodies, allowing us to fully embrace the enchanting experiences that awaited us.



Exploring Sprout Derby:

With our bodies and minds grounded, we embarked on a captivating tour of the Sprout Derby allotment, led by the incredible Dena Smiles. Dena, an expert in sustainable gardening and a true visionary transformed abandoned plots into the thriving beauty we see today. As we followed her through the lush pathways, she shared her passion and knowledge, captivating us with tales of her journey and the remarkable transformations that unfolded within these hallowed grounds.


Dena revealed her unique gardening approach, one that eschewed traditional digging and the use of harmful pesticides. Instead, she embraced a holistic and interconnected approach to gardening, understanding the delicate balance of nature and the magic that lies beneath the surface. With boundless enthusiasm, Dena introduced us to the fascinating world of mushrooms, those remarkable organisms that exist unseen, yet play a vital role in the vitality of the soil and the health of the plants above.





Edible Delights:

Moving from the secrets of the soil to the aromatic herb patch, Dena unveiled a treasure trove of edible delights. As we stood amidst the fragrant herbs, Dena explained that every plant in this patch was not only beautiful but also edible, offering a tantalizing array of textures and flavors. I couldn't resist the temptation and plucked a vibrant Borij flower, its delicate petals promising a delightful culinary adventure.


Continuing our herb exploration,

Dena revealed the versatility of grapevine leaves, explaining how they could be used as edible wraps and boasted a delightful lemony taste. Eager to experience this firsthand, I savored the tangy flavor and marveled at the ingenuity of nature. Dena further enthralled us with her wisdom, sharing the remarkable secret of using a simple copper wire wrapped around a stick, which, when inserted into the ground, enhanced the growth and vitality of crops. Nature's miracles never cease to amaze!



Creating a Feast:

With our minds buzzing with newfound knowledge and our senses awakened, we transitioned to the next phase of the Wellness Works Brunch - the creation of a feast. Our guests were handed bowls, and with a sense of excitement and camaraderie, we set about preparing the bountiful harvest that awaited us. Spiralizing courgettes and squash, washing vibrant vegetables, and carefully chopping lettuce and beets, we engaged in a collective effort that would result in a dish fit for royalty.


As we worked side by side, a symphony of laughter and conversation filled the air. The vibrant colors and enticing aromas of the ingredients intertwined harmoniously, promising a culinary experience that would nourish not just our bodies but also our spirits. With the soothing notes of hot, fresh peppermint tea wafting through the air, we found solace in the knowledge that every ingredient had been thoughtfully grown and lovingly harvested.


The moment arrived when all the elements seamlessly converged, and the feast was unveiled. Platters adorned with vibrant vegetables, vibrant flowers, and tantalizing flavors stretched across the table. It was a sight to behold, a true celebration of the abundance that nature provides when nurtured with care and reverence. We raised our glasses, filled with gratitude for the journey that brought us together, and indulged in the culinary masterpiece that lay before us.


Exploring Mushroom Magic:

No wellness gathering would be complete without an exploration of the mystical and transformative power of mushrooms. Dena, with her profound knowledge and infectious enthusiasm, guided us through the world of fungi. We marveled at the captivating Lion's Mane mushroom, with its striking appearance and a myriad of potential health benefits. Dena explained how this remarkable mushroom, when incorporated into our daily routine, can support cognitive function and overall well-being. Intrigued by this newfound knowledge, I couldn't resist the temptation to purchase powdered mushrooms, eagerly anticipating the myriad possibilities they held.


As a final treat, Dena offered us a taste of her handcrafted Kombucha, a refreshing and probiotic-rich elixir. With each sip, we felt invigorated, knowing that we were partaking in a drink that had been carefully nurtured and teemed with the life force of nature itself. It was a fitting end to a day filled with exploration, connection, and the celebration of holistic wellness.


The Beauty of Holistic Wellness:

At first glance, you may wonder why a hair locking and natural hair salon, along with a skincare manufacturer like The House of Shayaa, would advocate for holistic wellness. The answer lies in the profound interconnectedness of our well-being. A healthy, balanced lifestyle, which encompasses nourishing nutrition, regular exercise, and a commitment to self-care, forms the foundation for healthy hair, glowing skin, and overall vitality. It was this understanding that brought together our mastermind team, united in our mission to create "Wellness Works" - an offering that transcends boundaries and brings forth the transformative power of holistic wellness.




As the Wellness Works Brunch drew to a close, we bid farewell to Sprout Derby, filled with gratitude and inspiration. The memories of this enchanting day will forever be etched in our hearts, reminding us of the magic that occurs when like-minded individuals come together in pursuit of holistic well-being.


We invite you to explore the websites of The House of Shayaa, Altered Health, and The Alchemist Co., where you'll discover a treasure trove of wisdom, natural products, and resources to support your journey toward holistic wellness. And mark your calendars for our next event on October 1st, 2023, where we'll once again bring you a full day of practical well-being, enriched by the collective expertise of our passionate team.


Join us on this extraordinary adventure, where wellness, community, and the transformative power of nature converge. Reserve your tickets today and be a part of the remarkable experience that is Wellness Works.



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