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When I was in university and studying Italian, one of the books we were to read was “Va Dove Ti Porta Il Cuore.” It is a beautiful story of a grandmother’s life, written as a letter to her granddaughter living far away. It is a look back at opportunities taken and lost, and choices made at important crossroads. It made a lasting impression, and perhaps even influenced my completely terrified decision to move to Italy after graduation.

I don’t know if those forks in the road of life are always clear. But I have lived enough years, and survived enough choice, to know that the most important choices are those that you make with your heart. It will (barring overtly risky or ridiculous behaviours) always lead you in a direction that will satisfy your soul.

This heart-led practice led me to cooking school, to study nutrition, and has led me away from dietitian work in hospital to focus on helping individuals ready and wanting to make change. It has led me to teach yoga to help others in their own practice. And now it’s led me to the next adventure.

For a while I’ve been wanting to put together an adventure to a different part of the world that I can offer to others. Primaily a food adventure – an exposure to all that that place has to offer – but also a yoga retreat – to bring a group of people together from other sides of the world in a common experience.

So today I can announce that this is becoming reality. I travelled to Barcelona last year to curate the best of it’s various offerings – local and sustainable restaurants, food culture including tapas and vermouth, markets, wineries and hotels. And I’ve worked hard to put these together into something wonderfully digestible (excuse the bad pun). There are adventures, there are days for touring and/or rest, and there is a great hotel in (what I consider to be) the best part of town with daily yoga on the rooftop (and a plunge pool on that rooftop in case that sounds good).

I look forward to sharing this experience – I hope this will be the start of many more. Sharing this, providing this, having people experience this is where my heart is genuinely happy.

For details: www.wellnessmtl.com/events/

By Andrea Rubin, P.Dt.

I'm a dietitian and yoga teacher in Montreal, Quebec. I have a passion for food and cooking which led me into a career in cooking and later in nutrition. Having struggled with my own health, I found yoga as a powerful tool to empower the body and mind. I now work with individuals and groups to help them create a happy, delicious and guilt-free life.

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