Interview: Georgie Holt of Fearless Bodies
To say we are excited about our upcoming retreat in Joshua Tree, California, is an understatement. The retreat has been created by women for women, and is a unique opportunity to disconnect and reconnect at Cactus Moon Retreat.
Mark the dates in your calendar – October 19th – 24th, and prepare for vinyasa and yin yoga, meditation, hiking, sun baking, bonfires, stargazing and incredible vegan food.
We aim to create a complete wellness experience on all our retreats and are so honoured to have UK private chef, Georgie Holt (creator of Fearless Bodies), cook for us. Georgie’s wholesome creations nourish the mind, body and soul and she encourages a positive and loving relationship with food. Read on to learn more about Georgie and what we’ll be eating in Joshua Tree!
Tell us a bit about how Fearless Bodies started:
Fearless Bodies evolved out of my own journey to healing my mind and body through food. After experiencing depression I had a strong desire to find a way to remove the fear from my body and continue to share these tools with others. I knew deep down that movement and a lifestyle full of natural, fresh and alchemical foods was one of the most powerful ways to enjoy life and clear the mind of chatter and fear. Developing a strong meditation practice and enjoying the food that nourishes us helps us to live a life full of trust, abundance and love instead of fear.
What does the relationship between the mind, body, food and happiness mean to you?
Happiness is a belief and something that is so different to each and every one of us. This is why the health of our mind and body are the only constants, which we have to nurture daily. Our mind usually tells us how to eat and then when we move our body there is no telling just feeling.
Tell us about your foodie creations, inspiration and ingredients, and how you go about recipe development?
First of all I never read cookbooks. My source of inspiration is always derived outside of the culinary industry by travelling, seeing new colours, textures, seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs. I always wish for my creations to have a healing element, whether that’s through adaptogens or the love I put into the food I make.
What do you find most rewarding about sharing your love of food with others?
The smiles on people’s faces, as they sit together connecting as a community. The complete ease of nourishing their bodies because someone has cared enough to thoughtfully cook for them.
What do you find to be challenging about what you do?
There’s a song with the lyrics “don’t know how to keep loving you now that I know you so well.” I’ve been a chef for 4 years now and each new day in the kitchen means finding new inspiration. Like every creative job there are times where inspiration becomes a dried up puddle of water. I’m lucky enough that I enjoy being in the kitchen so much that I could be there for 24 hours a day. I try to stay positive and know that hard work reaps rewards. There is no doubt in my mind that being a chef is hard labour, long hours on your feet and with this I have to take real good care of my body and joints. The constant travelling has to be the most tiring part, but with this comes endless inspiration to create and I get to meet incredible people along the way. I always remind myself how many people I’m helping to develop a more loving relationship with food and themselves.
What are you hoping to bring to the table (literally!) for the women on our Joshua Tree retreat?
Delicious alchemical food made with pure genuine love. A freedom to speak to me about any food issues or concerns that the women have. A heightened knowledge of how to use adaptogens and herbs, as well as the tools to develop and leave with healing morning rituals.