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MARCH EVENTS FOR MALLORCA

Tomorrow evening, Tuesday the 13th March there will be a “Mad for Mutts” Palma Dog Quiz Fundraiser. It starts at 7pm at The Boathouse in Palma. There will be loads of prizes on offer and it’s a big support for animals which need rehoming. DETAILS HERE: Mad For Mutts

On Thursday March 15th there will be a book launch for Samantha Meade-Newman Whittington, her first book “Rosamunda y las Montanas del Norte” will be  Biblioteca Can Sales in Placa Porta de Santa Catalina from 7pm.  Also that same evening Club Ultima Hora has organised a conference with Chris Sharma, a famous climber from California who will talk about sports climbing in Mallorca. The event is free and starts at 8pm at the Trui Theatre. You have to pick up an invitation from the Palau de la Premsa in Palma beforehand. DETAILS HERE

On Friday March 16th at 8pm you can join the Mood Singers for The Rhythm of Life concert in aid of Cala Nova Cancer Care. The event will be at the Anglican Church in Son Armadans Palma. Tickets are 10€ per person including a drink and nibbles.

Also on Friday evening it’s the opening night of Stereo in Magaluf, marking the beginning of their season. DETAILS HERE

From the 16th to the 18th of March you can try out the island’s best craft beers and live music at the Bierkonig Centre in S’Arenal.

On Saturday 17th March there will be a mindfulness workshop. Designed as an entry level to mindful meditation you will practice meditation, mindful waking and eating and talk about the health benefits. DETAILS HERE

On Saturday evening at MariSol Yoga in Placa del Progreso in Palma there will be a women’s circle event from 8pm to 9pm. It’s an open event and all women are invited to join.  DETAILS HERE

Sunday the 18th of March will feature the St Patrick’s Festival in Santa Ponca, there’s plenty of market stalls, entertainments, and the Guinness will be flowing!

On Wednesday 21st March there will be the grand opening of a new handmade ice cream shop in Palma, called Bo Bom Gelato. They will be offering “true” Gelato, gelato cakes, Italian hot chocolate, Easter Eggs, and freshly made Italian Easter cakes called Colomba, and plenty of Prosecco as well!  DETAILS HERE

Also on Wednesday 21st March from 10am to 1pm there will be a Spring Equinox inspired session, the Sacred Chant Awakening the Divine Femine. It will be at Peopletree in Alaro and led by yoga teacher Jeanne Lurie. It will include a gong deep relaxation session.

On the evening of the 21st of March you can catch the Moscow Ballet at Palma Auditorium performing Swan Lake.

On the weekend of the 24th and 25th of March there will be the Sheep and Goat fair in Calvia village. There’s always loads going on, including plenty of animals to go and see, pony rides for children, market stalls and plenty of fun and games.

On Saturday March 24th there will be a  Car Boot Sale at the BIC school in Magaluf from 1.30 to 4.30pm. Anyone who wants a pitch should contact the school in advance.  Also on the same day you can catch the Fiesta de la Primavera at Port Adriano, El Toro where they promise to offer loads of family friendly activities.

Also over the weekend of the 24th and 25th there is a theatre event called Spring In The Magic Forest. It’s aimed at kids and will be performed at the Palma Auditorium. The show is in Spanish and English and the kids will be invited up on to stage so make sure they wear their animal costumes. DETAILS HERE

Also on Saturday March 24th there will be a March For Our Lives event held in Palma. This is a protest in support of the kids and families in America who are marching all over the country on this day in an attempt to change the gun laws. The march organisers are asking for everyone to come and join them in the peaceful protest to send a message from across the world to the US government.  Meet in Plaza La Lonja at 10am, wear a white shirt with red or blue, bring friends, family, neighbours and anyone who cherishes peace and life.     DETAILS HERE

28th March art exhibition opening at the Century 21 Palm Beach offices in Paseo de Mallorca. The artist Sebastian Bispo will be showing his most recent works.

On Saturday 31st March the next edition of the Vegan Day Out will be hosted at the Son Alegre Vinyard in Calogne. It starts at 1pm and will feature live music, yoga, meditation, cooking workshops, an organic wine bar and more. DETAILS HERE

If you like fun fairs then you have until the 15th of April to go along to the Fira del Ram. It’s down beside the Son Castello industrial estate in Palma and is open every day.

Looking into April, there will be an training event for entrepreneurs on the 13th to the 15th April called Woha.  DETAILS HERE

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From farm to fashion

The yoga bra

Are there toxins in your sportswear? We all know that doing yoga and keeping active is good for your health, but could your trendy sports gear be sabotaging your efforts? According to Greenpeace sportswear companies aren’t regulating the use of hazardous chemicals in their clothing. Glossy finishes applied to synthetic fabrics contain highly toxic substances (Phthalats (PFCs) Dimethylformarmide (DMF) Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) and Nonylphenols (NPs). These chemicals have been linked to cancer, obesity and developmental disabilities. Making sports bras sweat, grease and stain proof can come at a serious cost to your health. Especially as sweat and friction during exercise can prompt more rapid absorption of these toxins through your skin’s pores into the body. We wouldn’t eat toxic chemicals so why do we wear them?

Su Dodd, founder of FROM Clothing, has launched a “Yoga Bra” free of chemicals and made from organic cotton. Recently featured on Huffington Post, and gaining interest and followers from around the world From Clothing is the natural next step in a life of adventure. “I had an ambition to dance professionally which gave me a lifelong passion for physical activity and a subsequent addiction to its associated well-being effects on the body. Passing this on to others, via a first career in teaching, was an easy option with one single mantra ‘find that thing that flicks your switch, then staying active becomes a lifelong joy, not a hindrance’.

FROM Clothing cotton yoga clothes

An entrepreneurial, tenacious spirit took Su on an adventurous business path from opening a 1000 private membership holistic health club, to co-founding a Pilates Studio, to establishing an RYA sailing school, to training and examining instructors. With her  ‘work hard; play hard, life is precious’ attitude she was inspired by the big outdoors.  A more recent venture, in organic soft fruit farming, truly connected her with the environment. “I learnt how everything we did had an impact on our land’s delicate eco systems and ultimately it’s produce. It broadened my perspective on global agriculture, and how conventional farming has little respect for the natural health of soil, it’s ecosystems and local communities”.

From this background grew “FROM Clothing” which she describes as an emerging ethical fashion brand. “It is a collaboration of these experiences, born out of concern for the planet’s fragility. It is a demonstration of how an integrated socially responsible approach to business can work towards ‘giving back’ and make a difference, contributing to the well being of our planet to help protect it for futures to come”.

FROM only uses certified organic cotton

Committed to product provenance FROM Clothing creates, designs and manufactures eco friendly clothing for the active and yoga lifestyle. Multifunctional, sports luxury active wear that will take you effortlessly from yoga, to the office, onto the evening. Eco yoga wear that uses beautiful fabrications, feels soft against the skin, is kind to the environment, and sourced from sustainable resources. A minimum of 90% of the raw materials used in their designs are made from ethically sourced, certified organic and sustainable sources. Classic, timeless, wardrobe staples that impact far beyond your yoga class. They use a range of GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton which is grown and harvested in India. It is then shipped to Portugal for manufacturing into the active-wear and yoga clothing. Using organic cotton means GOTS cotton farmers are treated fairly and receive a fair wage for their produce, in addition their communities are not exposed to the toxins and chemicals used in conventional cotton farming.

FROM’s Organic Cotton Yoga Bra helps women sustain themselves by raising awareness to the potential harmful chemicals found in modern day synthetic sportswear. But Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer research charity, removed FROM’s Organic Cotton Bra from this year’s corporate partner list because, “The charity couldn’t be seen to be supporting the concept that organic fabric was better than other fabrics, and because their other promotional clothing partners weren’t organic,” says Su. She was asked to drop references to organic clothing which she refused to do. “As a small brand this messaging was integral to our values, and we weren’t able to ignore what was clearly information applicable to half of the global population.” With breast cancer rates increasing, FROM wanted to raise awareness to the potential risks associated with wearing tight fitting, synthetic sports bras, especially during physical activity when the skin’s pores are open and more receptive to absorption.

“It’s a beautiful, classic shaped Yoga Bra, made from 95% GOTS certified organic cotton, giving you a super soft hand feel, that’s kind to your skin and the environment” Su explains. It’s multi functional, lightweight support, with double layer fabric at front, pretty straps and self-panel stitching detail. Ideal for Yoga, Pilates and all low impact activities, on its own, or great layered under your favourite t-shirt or yoga vest. When Greenpeace recently released a report on ‘Toxins In Sportswear,’ it was clear to us, as an emerging ethical fashion brand specialising in organic and sustainable active wear, that women needed a more natural fabric to wear during physical activity, particularly against the breasts, which is why we also support Breast Cancer Awareness”. Made with super-soft organic cotton, the fabric is certified by GOTS, the Global Organic Textile Standard, which prohibits the use of allergenic, carcinogenic and toxic chemicals in all stages of production making the Yoga Bra 95% chemical and toxin free, giving the wearer assurance that while they’re working out, their yoga bra isn’t affecting their health.

“We are a young business with old heads. We are trying to do what we aspire and believe in. We are realistic and have had to ‘tame’ some of our initial objectives until we are suitably resourced to widen our ‘reach.’ We have and will make mistakes but we will continue to do what we think is right by people, the planet and it’s environment. True to our core values, we aren’t bystanders and will break the mould, and will take risks to achieve our aims. We are creative innovators, solutionists, and give conscious thought to the social and environmental impact of all our business activities on every level – a business with purpose, not just for profit”.

But it’s not just down to the suppliers, it’s also down to us, the consumers. We have to educate ourselves and make informed choices. The information is out there; you just have to ask the tough questions. You can start with checking out http://www.fromclothing.com

More stories about Majorca: mallorcamatters.com

“Me time”

Vicki McLeod, Mallorca, Health and Beauty PRLately I have been feeling tired, pooped, burnt out, nay completely and utterly exhausted. I’ve even been to the doctors to see if there was something wrong with me. According to the blood tests I am A-Okay, which I am sure you will be very glad to hear. But that didn’t resolve how I was feeling. “Take some time for yourself” I was advised (not by the doctor who, once he had established there wasn’t anything physically wrong me, had shown me the door pretty sharpish).

Right then, I shall try that, thought I.

So last week I planned that on Saturday morning I would go to the Palma Goes Yoga event in town. It is a free outdoor yoga class organised by several of the island’s yoga groups and last year I had kicked myself that I missed it. I was looking forward to going, what a novelty to do yoga outside with loads of people, and if that wasn’t “taking time for me” doing something I enjoy which is definitely good for me, well I didn’t know what could be.

Saturday dawned and of course on the way to Palma I had managed to give myself several other jobs to do which meant I spent the first forty minutes of the outdoor yoga class actually in my office printing off posters for Friday’s (October 25th)  Indulgence Day which I am organising at Mood. The irony did not escape me that whilst I was supposed to be going to the yoga class I was actually spending my time doing something for everyone else. The day itself is going to be great, there are almost 30 different therapists, make-up artists, hair stylists, yoga teachers, nutritionists, healers, chiropractors and many others all gathering at Mood Beach in Costa D’en Blanes to offer free mini sessions. It’s going to be fantastic, but you must book! Send an email to info@moodbeach.com if you want to go.

Finally, after I’d got the posters organised I managed to get myself to Palma and joined in the class. As I sat on my yoga mat alongside some of my yoga class pals and our fabulous teacher Kevin McDonnell, I suddenly had a blast of complete and utter happiness. It was wonderful to be there. And I felt quite pleased with myself that I had (albeit late) turned up to participate. I DID feel better. Now what I need is for someone else to organise an Indulgence Day where I can be a punter rather than an organiser!

I’m hoping to get some time to speak to Suzanne Garaty who is a nutritionist who will be exhibiting there and who hopefully will set me on the right path to rediscovering my energy levels, I have a feeling a prescription which will include porridge may be involved. Whatever health issues you have they may well be addressed by some of the experienced and skilled people who are attending, so please come along and get involved.

If you can’t make it then put March 8th in your diary for next year as I will be repeating it then.

In the meantime, here’s some of my photos from last Saturday’s very cool outdoor yoga! Some outdoor yoga happening at Mood on Friday!

Having a Baby in Mallorca

There’s a lot to write up – but bear with me.

If there’s anything in particular you want to know about then send me an email. Vmc

IF YOU WANT INFORMATION ON BENEFITS AND LEGALITIES OF REGISTERING YOUR CHILD IN MALLORCA THEN PLEASE CONTACT BECKY AT MALLORCASOLUTIONS (www.mallorcasolutions.com)

RESOURCES

Excellent (but pretty full on) natural birthing book is The Gentle Birth Method by Gowri Motha. Be prepared for a more eastern approach – very much on the natural earthy end of the scale. Very optimistic and positive

Excellent website is Babycentre.co.uk. For pre-conception, pregnancy and parenting advice.

Pre-natal yoga and meditation
Karen and John – Yoga to be
Private classes near Alaro – 610 331 879
Or email chazjaffs@hotmail.com

Homeopathic stuff
In Spain for all Homeopathic remedies ask for granulos (larger pills), apart from the pre-natal Caulophylum and Pulsatilla – ask for those in globulos (eeny weeny pills)
Don’t let the pills touch your hands – take them from the lid
You can order these from many pharmacies or have a homeopathic pharmacist make them up for you. In Mallorca the only place I know of is one of the two pharmacies on Caller Balanguera – Salvat Pharmacy – 24hour.

Midwives – for anti natal and post natal visits and for home births

Recommended therapists (Mallorca)
Cranio sacral therapy For pre and post natal
Maria (Deia and Mondays in Palma) 679 860 401
Lakshmi (Biniamar and some days in Palma) 649 067487
Howard (Alaro and mobile service) 686 504 867

Reflexology
Vicki (Andratx) 649 090 886

Reiki
Sue (Near Binissalem) 600 680 333
Joyce (Palma, may-sept only) 619 830 666

Acupuncture
Gudrun (Bunyola/Palmanola) 690 294 058

Osteopathy
Lakshmi (Biniamar and Palma) as above

Pregnancy massages
Vicki (Andratx) as above
John and Karen (Alaro) as above
Howard (Alaro, Santa Ponsa and mobile) as above