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“let the mystery of life hold you, while proceeding with grace and curiosity for who you are and what life is bringing you” – Steph Wall Yoga

At the end of September, Steph hosted a Yoga retreat at La Calma in the jungle of Tulum, Mexico. Yoga, travel, and tequila brought us all together in Mexico and there was no shortage of laughs, jungle sweat, or cervezas.

A hot minute with Steph:

What was the inspiration for Strong & Free Mexico edition? Prior to the Strong and Free Retreat in Mexico, all my retreats had been run in partnership with someone else. I wanted to challenge myself and do something on my own this time. I wanted to step up and do something that would challenge me to really live Strong and Free! I chose Mexico specifically because I wanted to go somewhere I had already been to, already fallen in love with, and knew we would be safe and comfortable. Tacos and margaritas were a factor in this decision as well.

Style of yoga that inspires and challenges you? Vinyasa all the way!! I love teaching something so fluid and graceful. It gives me the gift of creative expression, whether I am teaching it or practicing it. It can hold me like a baby when I need it, and it can challenge me like a bitch when I need it.

Favorite food dish in Mexico? Drink?! Fish tacos and una y dos y tres cervezas 🙂

More photos from the retreat – jessikahuntercollective.pixieset.com/strongandfreeyogaretreat

More about Steph Wall Yoga retreats – www.stephwallyoga.com

CHASING SNOW

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 A couple weeks ago, boarder babes Alex Duckworth, Diane Rudge, Taylor Bull, Taylor Godber and photographer Jessika Hunter headed East to find winter and essentially chase snow. Finding themselves in the quaint town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. In-between snowstorms, 8ft high snowbanks, lobster traps, dark and stormies, and shovelling around snow, they found a week of sunshine exploring the urban side of East Coast on snowboards. Look forward to a full story in the next issue of Snowboard Canada Women’s Annual dropping next season! Here are a few words from Alex on the trip and you can check out more stories from our adventure on SBCWomen.com
“Nova Scotia – A backstage pass to the south shore. The best perk of visiting a town during it’s tourism off-season was having the whole town at our disposal. As the only out of towners, we got to hog all the locals to ourselves. The hospitality was truly 5 stars. Big thanks to NS Tourism for the hand in getting us out here. We know this place is typically known for it’s epic summers, but we’re learning it throws a fierce winter, too.”
A, D, J, T & T

SNOW & SURF COLLECTIVE

Happy New Year to all our readers! So you like fashion, but do you also love taking photos of all your adventures? Do you also wish you had somewhere to share them? Snowboarding, surfing, camping, road tripping, fashion hunting, city walking, jungle exploring, we want to see it all! This year we want to mix things up and invite all girls (yes, you!) from around the globe who share a common interest in fashion, adventure, travel and of course, snow and surf lifestyle to subscribe and contribute to Cream&Coal! We are opening up an invitation to share and connect girls from every ocean and every mountain. We want to build a bridge between fashion and female sports and showcase our passion through amazing imagery. Every photo tells a story, and we want to see yours! Email cream.coal@gmail.com for submissions and your chance to be featured on the blog and through our social media. So if your surfing off the coast of New Zealand, Australia, Bali, or Panama, or snowboarding in Canada, The USA, Austria, Chile, or Japan, hit us up, we would love to showcase your adventure!

Happy adventuring wherever your adventures takes you!

SNOWBOARDING IN REVELSTOKE BC

COLDSMOKE X SARAH.WEST

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” Little adventures, lots of rain and returning friends to share the coast with. Busy as the last two months have been with training and working before hopping a flight to Colorado, I made sure to soak up the last bit of fall before the the snow blanketed Whistler. Armed with warm dry clothing and a waterproof bag, we’ve topped a snowy Joffre lakes hike in a singular day of sun, chased massive bald eagles on the river in brackendale, and relaxed in the heat of the keyhole hot springs. You don’t always need a lot of time to set out on an adventure. Go find one!”

The adventure chronicles of and by Sarah Belford (@sarah.west_)

Sarah outfitted in COLDSMOKE APPAREL – Shop the look >> Asymmetric Anorak Jacket // Tavani ColorBlock Jacket // Kisek Leggings

and featuring Canadian made Rad Packs

TRANSFER DOWN

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Shop the look >> 686 WOMEN’S PARKLAN TRANSFER DOWN JACKET // 686 WOMEN’S AUTHENTIC WILLOW SOFTSHELL PANT LEOPARD // 686 WOMEN’S PARKLAN DRIFT LEATHER MITT // 686 STANDARD BEANIE

model: Melissa Evans // photo: Jessika Hunter

WEDGE MOUNTAIN

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Left To My Own Devices:

” We use the word suffering way too much, every adventure has both the light, the dark, the toil and the reward…” – Kyle Dempster.

I understood this to an extent previous to this trip, but as soon as I got to the 3/4 mark of what would be a 5 hr uphill climb to my “base camp” and the rain began to pour down, it resonated that much more. I was alone, with the exception of hikers drifting through the area, for three days. In rain and cold, solely dependant on myself for making good choices in bad conditions and keeping my mindset positive. And I couldn’t be happier. We don’t typically get the chance to experience this kind of physical and mental challenge alone. Its good, I know now just how good. No cell reception, no internet, no safety net to fall back into. Just you and the raw beauty that you now can soak in with no superficial barriers. Its refreshing. Its good for the soul. In more ways than one.

With fresh Snow on the peaks, A tent for shelter, Pure drinking water, Warm clothes and maybe a cup of hot tea and you’ll be surprised at how at home you can feel.

Go explore.

Words, photos, and adventure documentation from our newest contributor Sarah Belford! Follow her adventures on Instagram @sarahcantsea