Dedicated to my fantastic island coconut timber, the timber of life.
I’m usually requested, «What inspired you to observe your interior youngster guides to a pristine non-public island paradise to dwell the relaxation of your life surrounded by coconut, the tree of life?» Here is my story.
At age 36, after touring the globe extensively, I had a robust imaginative and prescient to calm down in my very own pristine Shangri-la with many coconut timber. I used to be then on a 16 12 months world sojourn, touring along with my English associate Mark. Our adventures had taken us to some of the world’s most pristine, rugged, serene, distant tropical wilderness and animal reserves, plus canyons, rivers, lakes and island paradises fringed with coconut timber. Though shy and uncomfortable with individuals since a bit of lady, I used to be completely relaxed in Mother Nature, notably in the tropics close to a cleaning sea and consuming natural tropical meals from the wild.
During my adventures, brief-time period vacationers would usually ask questions on my lengthy uncommon journeys. Amazed myself that many of my wild goals got here true, I might inform them I used to be blessed to have amongst others, Peter Pan and TinkerBell as my mystical non secular pals. I got here to imagine it and dwell by my mystical tropical island dream.
My ‘imaginative and prescient to settle’ was not your typical ‘Buy a home in the nation and calm down’! My dream was a pristine paradise someplace in the tropics far-off from individuals. It was non-public and had a lush tropical jungle backdrop. I might see an island surrounded by blue crystal clear water and a close-by coral reef, teaming with fish, with a protracted white-sand seashore fringed with coconut, my timber of life.
Amazingly, I might nonetheless see mountain peaks, caves and grottos in the image, too. I might see myself rising my natural backyard, studying learn how to eat coconut in lots of diversified methods, sprouting my natural seeds in my very own kitchen, consuming cleaning uncooked meals and having pets to nurture and love, however I used to be nonetheless not sure if I might dwell on a pristine island beside a tropical turquoise blue sea or on some mystical mountain.
Most individuals would say this was an irrational fairytale fantasy; to me it was actual. I knew it was on the market and I needed to search. And with the assist of Peter Pan and TinkerBell as my mystical guides, discover my pristine paradise and my coconut timber, I did!. Like a coconut washed to a far distant shore, I began from an natural tropical coconut seed on my tropical soil, and then I grew my tropical island roots. Later I might develop my sturdy trunk, my enormous inexperienced leaves and fruits to share, rising robust with the timber of life surrounding me.
Finding the Soil to Plant the Coconut Seed
Mark had airline tickets again to Australia, suggesting we search for a spot in tropical Cape Tribulation, Northern Queensland, one other paradise we each cherished. However residing in the West didn’t match my mystical journey and my manner of life. I might really feel my want of a paradise in the East, far-off from what most name ‘regular’ civilization. Still Mark was my associate; we had traveled collectively for greater than 14 years, sharing a lot love, pleasure and expertise. He would usually recommend I get up to actuality and I might battle with questions like: Why did I, at 36 years of age, nonetheless imagine such a fantasy fairytale about an unique paradise with a white-sand seashore and coconut timber existed? Would I be looking out my entire life for an unobtainable mystical island dream? Could there actually be gods, goddesses, fairies and non secular guides and a distant island paradise I might dwell on?
While touring by Malaysia on our manner again to Australia, I used to be sharing my far-fetched non-public island dream with a Swiss couple whereas sitting at a small road-aspect restaurant in Penang. Immediately each stated that my imaginative and prescient seemed like the pristine space they’d simply left, the spectacular bay, cliffs and white-sand seashores of El Nido Palawan, Philippines.
Immediately I heard bells in my head and felt Peter Pan beside me once more saying the phrases «what are we ready for?» l checked out Mark, who, although amazed with my mystical adventures, agreed so as to add one more detour into our plans to get again to Australia. Weeks later after trekking off the crushed monitor by rice paddies and ready days in a crocodile infested riverside village for a weekly market boat, we discovered our option to the unforgettable shores of Bacuit Bay, dwelling of 21 pristine islands, with coconut fringed seashores and the predominant city of El Nido.
After simply two weeks right here, shocking even me, I used to be adamant that I might discover my island dream in a single of these unique gems. Mark had not the coronary heart to share my dream, but I heard myself inform him, «I’ll handle it alone from right here and discover my pristine coconut fringed island.» We stated goodbye, he pondering I might come to my senses with time and expertise. I knew I used to be right here for all times. Four months later, along with Peter, I used to be proven the unforgettable shores of my future. As if my pleasant non secular guides had waved their magic wands, virtually all of my needs have been in entrance of me on this tiny magical island of Malapacao. It was my unique, mystical place right here in Asia. It was a gem surrounded by different gems, a pearl in a pristine place. It was a tropical island surrounded by blue crystal clear water, a close-by coral reef..teaming with fish… It had a protracted white-sand seashore fringed with my beloved tress of life.It had a lush tropical jungle backdrop… It had many rugged mountain peaks, a cave and a grotto for meditation… Turtles visited the shore usually to put their eggs and unique tropical birds shared area with colourful butterflies, dragonflies, lacewings and my timber of life.
If all of this was not sufficient, it had a carved small pool simply on the shore that I might use as my wishing properly for future diva goals. I used to be ecstatic and in love. Finding my imaginative and prescient had taken all of three months. Now making it my tropical paradise dwelling and turning into autonomous on coconut and natural meals was going to be the devoted work of my life, a problem like shifting a mountain!
It was September 1987, over 23 years in the past, once I was washed to those shores with Peter Pan and TinkerBell, arriving with virtually no financial savings left. Few westerners lived in our space, few locals had met a foreigner and fewer spoke English. Even although I used to be properly traveled, residing amongst individuals from such a easy tradition was like stepping again in time 50 years or extra. I used to be ever-so inexperienced!! I had not even thought it by, how I might survive consuming my beloved coconut, what I might do for funds. My household (although not shut) believed like Mark did, that in the future I might return to my senses and come again to Australia; there was no manner I used to be going to ask them for any monetary assist.
Growing my Delicate Coconut Roots
Home for me was right here, with these coconut timber, there would by no means be one other on this lifetime. I had made the endlessly, life dedication. I needed to belief Peter Pan and TinkerBell in addition to my new island gods, goddesses and fairies to point out me the manner I wanted to observe. There was nothing in my head saying «NO»; that it won’t or wouldn’t work. I had been born a Leo, in the 12 months of the Rabbit, and luck was my center identify. I might mesh with the native islanders and stability this most vital shift in my life. I might develop like the coconut tree and be taught new abilities to dwell carefully with nature. I learnt to make younger coconut jelly, coconut brittle, coconut biscuits, crunches, coconut oils, coconut cheeses, coconut champagne and coconut honey. I might adapt to this tropical island way of life, as I believed the solutions have been right here with the timber, and so long as I requested, all can be revealed. Looking again, I see this as my saving grace.
Thinking rationally not often permits somebody to start out a tropical island journey corresponding to I did! Yet in hindsight, I cannot assist however be shocked by simply how irrational I used to be 23 years in the past! Like others beginning their ‘Robinson Crusoe way of life’, I planted extra coconut timber in my backyard for my millionaire’s salad, grew my sprouts and explored the lush pure vegetation. I discovered lot of methods so as to add coconuts to wild vines, inexperienced leaves and shoots for my cleaning uncooked meals natural food plan. I began a farm to develop and then promote issues so I might survive right here.
On a number of of my journeys to Manila (a 30 hour or longer cargo boat experience) I introduced again 6 imported breeding sows, 2 boars, 80 egg laying pullets and 200 simply born chicks, 100 Muscovy ducklings and 100 child Australian Silver quail. Over time the pigs bred a median of 80 piglets each six months. I might sleep with the sows at their start; clip their umbilical cords from their moms and their eye tooth to forestall them from hurting mums teats. My island helpers even taught me learn how to castrate the younger male piglets.
The chickens would lay roughly 60 eggs a day making a small earnings and to this menagerie I acquired just a few pairs of Campbell Road Runner geese and a pair of Bengala guinea fowl. With the assist of a selfmade kerosene incubator, I multiplied my animals and my eggs 100 fold.
To add to extra pleasure I purchased 2 mom goats with four child children and 1 Billy goat. Life was full….heaps of experiences……heaps of each day happenings. I fed coconut in numerous kinds to all my animals and at one level I had over 1000 of them to look after. I made salted, century eggs and balut from my geese, offered quail eggs and created different attention-grabbing native delicacies. To present higher well being for my younger animals, I raised hundreds of earthworms for his or her Vitamin B12 vermiculture. That is one other story all by itself and to this present day I’m grateful to my humble earthworms in my natural backyard supporting my cleaning uncooked meals meals.
I offered younger wholesome pigs and if ever any acquired sick, their new homeowners would return them to me to physician. I might feed them coconut, charcoal and inexperienced leaves; allow them to wander alongside the seashore and beneath the coconut timber, till they acquired their power once more. I might even sleep with them; wrapping them in woolen scarves at evening so they might really feel heat and safe and I might therapeutic massage and shampoo them with cleaning coconut oil. As is my manner, I desire not ask an individual to do something I might not do myself! Eventually I couldn’t convey myself to kill my animals and slowly I develop into a non secular vegan. It was an exquisite studying course of and one other step in my natural island manner of life.
During that point just a few different foreigners got here into the space, however they seldom stayed lengthy, discovering life too difficult. I might not often meet them, discovering little widespread floor with individuals, extra at dwelling hugging the timber and rocks, dancing with the wind, snorkeling with the fish and consuming coconuts and natural meals. Using native folklore tales Peter Pan would assist me weave fantasies of the island shapes, acknowledging the fairy guides. Inabuyatan Island in entrance of me, turned The Princess who had cried herself to sleep a whole bunch of years in the past, distressed with the world for permitting the Goddesses to be destroyed. Now with the assist of her seven sisters, she had woken, conscious that these robust ladies have been on the scene once more. A Mammoth Elephant leaning up towards her as an emblem of Yin and Yang.
I, myself turned a bit of a legend too — it was not laborious to do right here! Alone, celibate and a mystical non secular diva who loved unusual dances on the seashore (usually nude) and with an odd cleaning food plan, loving my life in nature. Foreigners and locals alike known as me ‘The Crazy Coconut Lady of Malapacao.’ To those that knew me it was stated in form enjoyable. However, most believed that in time, I might get lonely sufficient and surrender my natural island way of life. Though a number of guests requested me this query, my reply was all the time the identical, «No, by no means!!»
In the early days life was about survival, with enormous challenges. It was not a mattress of roses that’s for certain! Days and dramas have been actual and not for the weak minded. Living right here could be like being in the Wild West and I had my fingers full simply attempting to know a tradition that’s so completely different from our world. There have been days I admit I hit some mighty bumps and did buckle and bend identical to the coconut tree does — it occurs to all of us! But these obstacles have been heaven-despatched to make me a stronger diva. I imagine one makes the most of what we’ve….I had what most individuals solely dream of, it was a valuable magical reward…how might I NOT put my coronary heart and soul into it?
Still after 4 years of attempting to outlive, I didn’t earn sufficient for primary wants with my farming enterprise. In 1992, with few amenities, I opened my doorways to common tourism, providing stretcher beds on the seashore and guests had to assist me put together meals and sizzling drinks on a wooden fireplace. I had no towels, mattress linens and knew nothing about bokashi composting bathroom in these days. It was a country starting with heaps of coconut drinks and meals on my unique menu and price range vacationers cherished it. Offering a tiny haven for passing yachties, I offered the coconut fruit, coconut oil, coconut champagne and veggies, different contemporary fruits, inexperienced leaves and water, in addition to providing refueling, laundry and rubbish disposal providers.
This led to an article in the Hong Kong journal known as ‘Fragrant Harbor’ and throughout the months of March and April earlier than the Hong Kong changeover of 1997, teams of eight or generally twelve yachts would anchor in my spectacular bay. Their homeowners would shout from their boats, «Leeann, is it OK to come back ashore for dinner? We are 14 of us, have you ever acquired some uncooked natural meals for us, we’re drained of tinned junk.» «What about some coconut champagne too» Slowly, with higher earnings, I created extra cottages beneath the coconut timber, including amenities, rising my charges, providers and sharing the advantages of cleaning uncooked meals.
In 1996 my island view was chosen as the gem of all the 7001 Philippine islands by the creator of the Lonely Planet Guide Book. Our Beautiful ‘Princess’ (Inabuyatan Island) additionally fringed with coconuts was on his entrance cowl. Popularity introduced extra guests and in these brief-lived years, I used to be capable of repay many of the islanders who owned or claimed to personal my half of the island.
Often I might accommodate thirty or extra friends staying in-home each day. Supported by the assist of the native islanders, we provided primary pleasant providers, uncooked and semi-uncooked meals meals and unforgettable island journey. The draw back of extra guests was the troublesome problem of sharing my pristine surroundings with individuals who loved issues that I thought-about poisonous and positively not meant to be right here in my mystical non-public island with my island guides.
To hold my delicate non secular stability, the first to go off my island providers was meat, adopted by cigarettes, then alcohol and espresso and sugar. Having acquired a fair deeper curiosity in the well being advantages of coconut, making virgin oil in addition to coconut flower honey and many different natural and natural uncooked meals, I might cringe at the quantity of over cooked meals I served on my desk, together with breads, buns and tarts, with not a hope in paradise to include the advantages of meals combining or not consuming with meals, plus what I had realized.
Like any enterprise, one is obliged to serve what a buyer needs or pay the value and lose enterprise. In the face of a lot recommendation to the opposite, I selected the latter, adamantly believing cash was not my driving pressure, love of my island and high quality of life was! and I needed to discover a manner.
Growing my Sturdy Tall Coconut Trunk
At this time I used to be fully reduce off from the outdoors world in so some ways. No information, no radio, no newspaper, no TV, no Internet, no laptop, it was simply an excessive amount of of a problem to seek out the energy. Magazines did not exist right here except somebody introduced them in, and there was no music. And none of that mattered to me. YES!! even music!
When you’re a youngster of nature, consuming a principally cleaning uncooked food plan, you might be content material with the whisperings of fantastic elementals and divas. The many and diversified sounds of the sea, the swishing of the fronds of my monumental timber above was, is and all the time can be my musical pleasure. These timber requested me to hug them, the heavens guided me to construct sundecks to embrace the mild; the sea beckoned me to swim in it each day. For me the wind provided fantastic vibrations inside the coconut timber that I adored. I used to be and nonetheless am content material with simplicity and the track ‘All The Sounds Of The Earth Are Like Music’ is so true for me. Along the manner I used to be blessed to have guests share their Gentle Arts. I learnt to apply yoga, tai chi, sword dancing, and do tarot and angel card readings too.
Sometime in mid 1997, an English couple, listening to me voice my present island goals, steered I used to be outlining a detox cleaning spa. All I knew then of Spas have been sizzling water swimming pools in Germany. Fortunate sufficient to be managing a detox fasting heart in Puerto Rico, these two individuals had my full consideration. Another vital non secular serendipity was in the making. A little later, a sort Austrian provided to create my first web site for me; an Internet Cafe employee in Puerto Princesa agreed to test emails and ship them up in printed state. I replied in longhand. So many rustic beginnings! Imagine notes touring through a troublesome native bus/truck experience over 400 kilometers of steep mountains as much as El Nido, then ready for a uncommon island boat journey. It was the identical course of to get the reply again right down to Puerto Princesa. Some electronic mail replies would have been 10-15 days previous earlier than the sender would obtain it! I can snigger at the journey, so completely different from now!
Some of my friends marvel at my persistence with the continuous laptop challenges we’ve right here daily now, however I do know its all relative and I take nothing without any consideration. Though my library was minimal then, one e book known as «Touch For Health», written by John Thie, stood out prominently. I had carried this e book on many of my travels, even to the base camp of Everest. Once right here, I had positioned it in a nook, forgetting it, having no associate to be taught with or apply it. On a whim I wrote to John Thie’s Foundation, hoping the 20 12 months previous deal with would possibly nonetheless exist and that my letter would possibly attain them. My request to entice a ‘Touch For Health’ teacher to the island to show me Kinesiology went off with a passing customer. It was like sending a message in a bottle asking TinkerBell to ship it. I by no means used the postal system.
I rapidly learnt about mud/clay bakes, coconut physique scrubs, seaweed wraps and numerous therapeutic massage therapies. A Reiki Master crusing in a yacht anchored in my bay and I managed to persuade her to remain longer, instructing me Reiki 1 and 2. Later I used to be blessed to study effectivity micro-organisms (EM) (AEM) and bokashi and began my natural backyard beneath the coconut timber with these fantastic items of Mother Nature. I even belatedly learnt about the bokashi composting bathroom, one thing nonetheless on my checklist of issues to create.
My diva buds have been increasing, spring was in the air and vital groundwork was in progress. With the assist of just a few loyal guests, I started constructing a number of rustic, cozy cottages with backyard bogs, dreaming of my new ‘Adventure Wellness’ applications. In 1998, nature threw extra spice into my challenges. First world warming got here, bringing ten months of drought with historic tropical timber crashing down. Sea temperatures, usually solely 26 -28 levels centigrade rose to over 32, killing all the gentle corals and a lot of our laborious corals, all beneath my eyes with nothing I might do. It was a tragic unforgettable time for our earth.
To cap off the 12 months of 1998, on December 12th, with most of the building of my new cottages virtually accomplished, one of the strongest typhoons in 60 years ripped into us head-on. It was known as ‘Norming’ and we have been in the ‘Eye’ and in its wake because it went first a method, then the different it destroyed one third of my retreat, burying my stunning white-sand seashore beneath heaps of rubble, to not point out many small sea creatures. Almost all of my tall coconut timber have been broken, for one full 12 months I might haven’t any coconut fruits from my island timber. Where to proceed, what to rebuild first…the place have been the funds to do it? I had $500 solely in the financial institution, simply sufficient to maintain a US greenback account open. It needed to go and extra needed to be discovered. Many guests have been booked to share my island paradise between Xmas/New Year, and can be deeply disillusioned in any other case.
This was an enormous problem by itself; nonetheless on the heels of this, I needed to experience out the aftermath of two political dramas throughout 1999 and 2000. These points stopped tourism in its tracks for a number of years. My Adventure Wellness goals went on the again burner. I needed to survive with my coconuts…however how! Most Westerners concerned in any business enterprise returned to their nation to tackle half-time work to take care of their Philippine way of life. I had nowhere to go and no cash even when I wished to go away, which I didn’t. I prayed to Peter Pan and TinkerBell for the reply, asking for change, asking for stability. My fantastic island spirits once more heard my prayers and I managed to show each troublesome nook as I got here to it.
Stretching my Limbs and Dancing my Huge Coconut Leaves
In 2002 a connection was made with the proprietor of Dharma Healing, Hillary Hitt. She graciously shared a lot info on fasting, detox, cleaning and self therapeutic. I linked my net pages with these of Hillary’s, however nothing moved. I clearly noticed detox fasting applications as my future and prayed to know the place and learn how to start, however although 52 years previous, I had by no means fasted a day in my life and had solely the vaguest thought what detox fasting meant.
True to the rhythms of my mystical life, lower than ten months later, a full of life 73 12 months previous Norwegian man, Frank Jenson arrived, cherished my coconut paradise and wished to remain for two months or extra. I requested what he did for a residing. Frank replied that the was a «Touch For Health» (kinesiology) teacher.
So right here was the individual I had requested Peter Pan to ship me 5 years earlier than, despatched off in notice in a bottle! Frank additionally owned ‘Monhos Velhos’, a detox fasting retreat in the Argyle, Portugal and serendipity was knocking once more. Frank acquired an virtually FREE keep; an ideal commerce off, and I used to be over the moon! You would possibly name this luck; I known as it as normal, my future. Like a lot in life, our paths are mapped out.
Learning Kinesiology was enjoyable, however what I appreciated the most was Frank sitting beside me in my workplace for a two full months, (principally nude!), rebuilding his detox fasting web site. I used to be his keen pupil. I learnt about fasting and detox and I learnt of life-altering journeys. We have been utilizing cleaning merchandise Frank had introduced from Portugal and with out even wanting into the place or how I might get comparable gadgets, I began my detox fasting retreat including extra coconut merchandise to them, changing my web site completely to detox and transformation and my life concurrently too.
It was an enormous monetary danger to transform from easy tourism to providing detox, fasting, cleaning applications at larger costs on this distant space, however slowly with the assist of TinkerBell and her magic wand, every little thing got here slowly collectively. I used to be and nonetheless am blessed to have had the alternative with my guides, to seek out and then create one of the most stunning paradises on earth for cleaning detox, fasting and self therapeutic. I might assume of no higher option to assist myself on this lifetime than to share my paradise with caring guests, principally ladies, looking for a quiet sanctuary like mine for their very own cleaning self therapeutic work and to seek out their very own stability. Plus the thrill that individuals might be sharing their holistic different well being information with households and family members, and contributing simply that little bit extra to the therapeutic of our world is an added bonus.
Like many of us that transfer into the different well being care detox discipline, I too got here with my very own private baggage of well being challenges. Up till that point, I had buried many of these in the spirit of ‘Just get on with it!’ Peter Pan had instructed me to be robust, to even play a really masculine function in an effort to set the groundwork. Now was my very own time for non secular development and therapeutic, to discover my female power; to nurture and rework ME. To share with love and ever rising understanding, I needed to first hearken to my deepest interior youngster consciousness. These are the stunning items of my island, my island guides and a lot serendipity. There is a lot greater than we’ll ever learn about our non secular future, we should simply belief and stroll our interior youngster path.
Appreciating and Sharing My Flowers and Fruits
As diva life has a manner of evolving so gracefully, I used to be destined to fulfill my subsequent mentor, Farida Sharan, the proprietor/founder of The School of Natural Medicine, Boulder Colorado. After years of private research, sensible expertise and dedication in the discipline of different pure well being detox and fasting, I earned my Diploma in Naturopathy and cast forward on my tiny coconut island. Offering colon irrigation providers lengthy earlier than many individuals in my half of the world had ever heard of it, added to the legend of Leeann ‘The Crazy Coconut Lady of Malapacao’. When I started my fasting, self therapeutic applications the flowers and fruits got here into my life. As I communicate they’re in full robust blossom, blooming slowly extra annually. Visitors now come to my pristine island from all walks of life and from each nook of the globe for guided full physique detox parasite cleaning, colonics, natural uncooked meals, coconut ology trainer coaching, in addition to for Naturopathy, Alternative Health Care Practicum’s.
Many on my guests develop into open to detox cleaning often after they’ve develop into burnt out from stress and an unhealthy food plan. Many know what to do, however neglect to hearken to their our bodies. Sadly many get sick and take poisonous drugs, particularly for melancholy, or critically sick with most cancers. Many have had no luck with common medical doctors and do not know what to do. Almost all have parasites and micro organism points, many have sticky blood and acid pH.
Part of the course of of turning into wholesome is studying to like ourselves and hearken to our non secular interior youngster and our hearts; to be taught to see our physique as our temple. I really feel so blessed to have my robust coconut timber and magical divas right here with me each day. Ideally we must always detox repeatedly and eat colourful residing vibrant unadulterated natural meals with heaps of coconut, be aware when and the place we eat; spend time in nature and discuss to the timber, love as many individuals round us as we will and get pleasure from and share the flowers and fruits of our labor. With this, appreciating our winding path of reality and rising interior youngster spirituality, turns into simpler. This is my reward to the universe, to share my spectacular island with its stunning white-sand seashore with individuals looking for to like themselves extra, to alter, rework and to self heal, to discover a manner again to stability from a really poisonous world by mom nature.
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