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 honored 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 eat in Joshua Tree!

Tell us a bit about how Fearless Bodies started:

Fearless Bodies evolved from my 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 solid 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 so different to every one of us. This is why our mind and body’s health are the only constants 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 the culinary industry by traveling and seeing new colors, textures, seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs. I always wish for my creations to have a healing element, whether 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. They have complete ease in nourishing their bodies because someone has cared enough to cook for them thoughtfully.

What do you find to be challenging about what you do?

There’s a song with the lyrics, “I don’t know how to keep loving you now that I know you so well.” I’ve been a chef for four years, and daily in the kitchen means finding new inspiration. Like every creative job, there are times when motivation becomes a dried-up puddle of water. I’m lucky enough to enjoy being in the kitchen so much that I could be there 24 hours a day. I stay positive and know that hard work reaps the rewards. There is no doubt that being a chef is hard labor and long hours on your feet, and with this, I have to take good care of my body and joints. The constant traveling 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. Freedom to speak to me about any women’s food issues or concerns. A heightened knowledge of how to use adaptogens and herbs and the tools to develop and leave with healing morning rituals.

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