Centenarian Active Health and Wellness

Lena Karaman, celebrated her 100th birthday on May 14, 2018.  Hers is a life of active health and wellness. Even at 100 she drives, walks, cooks and cleans without assistance. she says she doesn’t  feel like she’s 100.  Her daughter-in-law describes how on the odd occasion when they get her to the doctor, she refuses prescribed medication and recommended procedures.  She has a great sense of humor and concludes:  “I guess I’m not good enough for God, or bad enough for the devil. They just don’t want me yet.”

Francis Gill While when asked about her secret to longevity says it was hard work.  She grew up on a farm, chopped cotton and ripped cane.  They worked on the farm, chopped wood and milked cows and enjoyed it.  

The 94-year old Giuseppe from Acciaroli, Italy who appeared on CNN showing off his garden where he still works daily said his secret to a long life was to:  “Eat badly and work hard.” 

Encouraging active health and wellness 

If you study the lives of those people who live to over 100 - you’ll soon find out that one of the many things they have in common is that physical work is central to their lives.  Many truly never retire. Active health and wellness, run like a golden thread through their lives - keeping their bodies strong with daily physical work is something they enjoy.  

One of my favorite memories is of my grandfather who lives to 101, his old khaki sun hat firmly on his head, his long sleeved cotton shirt sticking out from his sleeveless cardigan with the fraying edge over it and his pants hitched too high, pushing the rotavator around our 10 acres, preparing the land for planting vegetable.  He was never one to shy away from work, whether it was painting, digging, ploughing up fields or (at the age of 80) climbing onto our double story thatch roof to do some repairs.  Active wellness was always a part of his life whether it was building a cottage along with his two sons or panning for gold.  

And now you have the opportunity to join me for just such a an active health and wellness retreat working on your BodySong, where you will also learn about the habits of those people who live healthily to over 100 and how to apply that to your own life. 

Active health and wellness retreat

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Active health and wellness through cob building and enhancing your BodySong is a beautiful way to be happier, live longer better, learn new practical skills that are sustainable and kind to our planet, and you'll live closer to earth and her natural rhythms.  

It's an active wellness-health-lifestyle retreat, designed around the lessons I've gleaned from people already living healthy lives to over 100 and natural sustainable building. These workshop retreats are small and intimate so register now to avoid disappointment.

At our 2018 retreat, we danced in the mud, built this fun  pizza oven, ate heartily and  dropped into bed feeling deliciously tired!  We enjoyed the great outdoors, and at night we sat around the fire pit,  shared stories, grew strong bonds, and watched the bejewelled sky and falling stars.  We learned new skills and enjoyed an amazing sense of well-being.  This is enjoying active health and wellness.


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