Sonoma Ashram

Digital Detox at Sonoma Ashram

I mince garlic and ginger. I slice onions thin. I chop potatoes, green peppers, cauliflower. Large pots sizzle, burp and spatter on the six-burner stove. Cumin seeds roast in olive oil, then onions, then coriander, garam masala, fenugreek leaves. Demetrios says fenugreek grows wild many places in India, but not so much here in the US. He’s a stout Greek …

Into the great wide open…

Sharing the adventure… Winds howl forcefully, shaking the windows and rattling the doors of our downstairs apartment of “Lower Tree House,” our beloved home at Meditation Mount. I am enlivened by wind. It enraptures me. I feel a special aliveness and surge of energy in the singing of the winds, inspiring great movement and creativity. Sitting at my desk, I …

Walking Boston & Cambridge

We arrive late, just shy of one in the morning. Bags on the carousel, expensive taxi to the hotel, easy check-in, lovely room. We have the whole next day to explore before meeting up with Bosco and his bride Allison for dinner. We take in the sights, dodge hordes of tourists and opt to take the subway over to Cambridge, …

Whither Owl & Bear? Mostly Meditation Mount

Two years have passed since we returned from Mexico. The blog has lain fallow for far too long. I suppose, dear reader, I should catch you up. We flew from Mexico City to LAX, ultimately landing for what we thought was a short stay in Ojai. The plan was two weeks at Meditation Mount, a month at Ryan’s place and a month in Marcus and Eva’s guest house. Then… who knows where?

Shooting stars flashing lights and flying bugs inspire. Sedona

GREETINGS from SEDONA! Shooting stars, flashing lights in the sky and a big giant luminescent black bug flying in through the car window eventually crawling up my skirt were the start to a great adventure. Always an initiation of sorts among these powerful places on Earth! Bees buzz close to my ear all the time which I graciously welcome, however …

Inside The Mayan Church of Chamula

The rooster patiently awaits his death. The floor is covered with pine needles, there are no pews in this church. Thousands of candles adorn tables in front of Catholic saints, carved out of wood or wax, garishly dressed, themselves enclosed in glass boxes. This, here in Chamula, deep in the heart of Chiapas, Mexico, is a Tzotzil Maya church, the …

MURAL ART of San Cristobal de las casas…Chiapas

A little peek inside the ART AND CULTURE of San Cristobal de las casas in Chiapas. San Cristobal is considered one of the “magic towns” of Mexico. …Surrounded by lush mountains, waterfalls and maize fields in the land of the indigenous Maya, one is transported and inspired by this rich and diverse culture. Walking among the streets, artistic expressions ooze …

The spirits of Oaxaca…Mexico

This morning we leave the city of Oaxaca for a new set of adventures upon our travels. We will be heading south to San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico.   Oaxaca has been one spirit filled adventure with many festivities and celebrations! Our journey began in the mountains of Oaxaca where we visited the sacred site of Monte …