Monthly Archives: September 2013

World Wine Tasting

World Wine Tasting
World Wine Tasting

We recently started World Wine Tasting on Wednesdays, starting small with a group of friends who come together with a few bottles of wine paired with some yummy foods prepared and served on  small plates.  We learn about the country through food and wine– making the world seem smaller.  If you close your eyes and imagine you could almost be transported to Italy, France, Spain…….

There are at least a million fun wine events–Around the World in 80 Sips, now that sounds like fun!!  A full weekend of world wine tasting.  Could you sip that much wine in a weekend?  Perhaps over a week, a month—take your time-Enjoy the Wine~ Cheers!!

Hope to see you soon, here, there, or anywhere for a swirl, sniff and sip–A Celebration~

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga in the Vineyard
Yoga in the Vineyard

As a yoga teacher and a yoga student I know the benefits of yoga.  I am always grateful to share that with others and to hear from them about their experiences.  I recently taught Aqua Yoga and our local community YMCA.  It was beautiful.


Aqua Yoga is a fun and effective practice that adapts traditional Yoga postures to an aquatic environment. From a physical standpoint, practicing asanas (poses/postures) in the water causes less stress on the joints and provides a feeling of success by allowing students to experience postures they may be unable to achieve on the mat. However, in some postures, the resistance of the water creates more opportunity to build strength. The aqua environment may allow students to achieve a greater range of motion, increasing muscle flexibility. From a mind-body standpoint, water is very comforting and nurturing, which enhances relaxation and readies our minds for a deeper meditative experience.

Benefits of Aqua Yoga?  Aqua Yoga poses simultaneously help you to develop:

  • Strength
  • Balance
  • Range of motion
  • Relaxation/focus

Aqua Yoga takes the principles and movements of Yoga and adapts them to the pool environment.

  • With the release of gravity the body is able to find the optimum stretch.
  • By using the rhythm of the breath an inner sense of relaxation and meditation can be achieved.
  • Aqua Yoga strengthens and tones the body while relieving tensions and renewing energy.
  • Tapping into the beneficial balance between the mind, the body, and emotions.

As a Minister/Pastoral Counselor yoga offers a calming, accepting, and balanced approach to life.  I teach as often as I can.  That, along with my personal practice– I am always learning, sharing, and infusing yoga into life.  Aqua Yoga seems so natural being born of water, finding healing, support, balance, and relaxation in and from the water was an added benefit for all.

I am willing and ready to teach Aqua Yoga again—let me know when you’re ready and we’ll jump in.  Below is a testimony from one of my Aqua Yoga Students about the benefits she received.  ~ Julie

“…When I heard about Aqua Yoga, I was very excited.  I love Water Aerobics and Aqua Zumba, I find I can get a really good workout in the water.  Due to injuries to my spine, arthritis and Fibromyalgia I am unable to do any floor routines or workouts.  I found Aqua Yoga with Julie to be absolutely amazing in so many ways.  I also suffer from severe anxiety disorder so for me to be able to focus and find inner peace, I thought would be impossible…but when I leave the pool after aqua yoga my life and body are transformed (if only for as long as it lasts, but transformed.)  Since I have been going to Aqua Yoga, I have found focus, inner peace, tranquility, and balance.  The best thing about Julie’s class is I found a feeling of self worth, confidence, and well-being.  My doctor has noticed the change and is thrilled by my attitude and changes in my body shape and told me to keep up the good work!!”



Growing Forward

Siloam Foundation
Siloam Foundation

Siloam Foundation the non-profit formed by Siloam Retreat is proud to support the Master Gardener Foundation of Kitsap County’s Growing Forward Event



Promote long term environmental health through sound and sustainable horticultural practices.

The purposes of this non-profit Foundation are solely educational and charitable to enhance and supplement the effort of the WSU Master Gardener Program and thereby provide education and information to the citizens of Kitsap County.

Through the Master Gardener Program there are several local community gardens that serve as learning environments as well as producing edibles for the community donating fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables to local food banks.

As a Master Gardener there is a sense of pride in being part of the community-‘it takes a village’ and that village must be made up of caring people to provide all sorts of services –gardening, producing edibles that are fresh, local is all part of keeping the village sustainable.

Among other causes Siloam Retreat and Siloam Foundation support is GreenDrinks: last night at our local Bremerton GreenDrinks: we provided beverage service and set up for a Zero Waste Event at Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County.  We left with that overwhelming sense of community–‘it takes a village’.  We are proud to be a part of keeping our ‘village’ sustainable.

For more information about Siloam Foundation, contact us:

Get Your Crush On–Celebrate Harvest

celebrate harvest
celebrate harvest

What will you do this Harvest Season to Celebrate?  Why not join us for World Wine Wednesdays and opportunity to swirl, sniff and sip with family and friends while learning about the world of wine, wine of the world and the world we live in.  For more information contact us:

Niagara Wine Festival, Niagara Region,

ON, Canada, Sept 14-29 
If you’re looking for a getaway on the east coast,
take a one-hour flight from New York to Buffalo and zip across the border to
the Niagara wine region for a harvest celebration. Parades, tastings, live
entertainment, winery passes, seminars, lunches with winemakers, all-access
lounge passes, and of course regional food. There is even an event for cyclists
interested in seeing the vineyards on wheels. Click here for more information.
North Willamette
Harvest Train and Grand Tasting, Willamette Valley, OR, Oct 5

Get on board for this full day of tasting on the Oregon harvest trail. This tour includes vineyard walks, opportunities to work on the crush pad, and of course wine tastings and snacks along the way. It’s $95 for the Grand Tasting and Tour or just $45 for the
Grand Tasting only. Click here for more information.   This is close enough—let’s go??
Harvest Wine
Weekend, Paso Robles, CA, Oct 18-20

You’ll have to do some serious charting for this adventure because more than 130 wineries in the region will hold harvest events this weekend. Dinners, seminars, music,
art—it’s a jam-packed event. Click here for more information.

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It’s Harvest Time~ the most wonderful time of the year!!

2013 Harvest
2013 Harvest

Napa Valley Harvest in High Gear as Picking Switches from White Wine Grapes to Reds

Pace picks up as warm weather continues to provide ideal ripening conditions


9/12/2013 – St. Helena, CA–With warm weather continuing into September, the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) reports that the pace of the 2013 Napa Valley wine grape harvest has accelerated. The picking of white wine grapes, especially aromatic varieties, is nearly finished and the harvesting of red wine grapes including Pinot Noir, Merlot and Malbec, is in full swing.
After a spell of hot weather last week, the marine influence is again being felt in Napa Valley, providing what Pam Starr, winemaker for Crocker & Starr Wines in St. Helena, calls “luxurious hang time” for the development of balanced sugars and acids that portend the makings of another quality vintage.
The region’s diverse terrain, soil types, microclimates, vineyard locations, grape varieties and wine styles, along with many other intricate climatic, geological, and geographical factors, make harvest in Napa Valley a complex, exhilarating and moment-by-moment process, which can be followed at On the website, visitors can become part of the Napa Valley harvest action with:

  • A new video series capturing winemakers in the vineyards and on the crush pad offering up-to-date comments from key geographic areas of the valley (see below)
  • Quotes from winemakers throughout Napa Valley that provide vivid sketches of what’s happening from Carneros to Calistoga
  • An ever-expanding gallery of photos from vineyard and winery workers and Napa Valley locals portraying the harvest, from the humor and whimsy of this exuberant experience to moments in time as grapes are picked, de-stemmed, crushed and make their way to fermentation
  • A hand-illustrated, downloadable 2013/2014 harvest season calendar depicting what it takes from bud break to bottling for a grape to become Napa Valley wine (along with the chance to receive one of 500 custom-printed, desktop versions of the calendar-see below)
  • An educational narrative of the life cycle of a wine grape, offering easy to follow definitions of phrases such as “winter pruning,” “flowering,” “veraison” and more.

About the Napa Valley Vintners The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) is the non-profit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the premier winegrowing region. From seven founding members in 1944, today the association represents nearly 500 Napa Valley wineries and is a leader in the worldwide wine industry. To learn more about our region and its legendary American wines, visit

Follow the Harvest, the Crush, the Grape to the bottle: