We land in León, Mexico, west of Guanajuato. TSA has left a greeting card inside my bag, which I notice when Mexican Customs opens it up to paw through yet again. A private car drives us through beautiful green terrain, passing slow trucks and buses. In the direction we are headed, lightning (relámpago) arcs through the clouds as rain begins to spot the windshield.

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PORTALS OF LIGHT

One of the greatest joys of traveling and living

around the world is the opportunity to commune and engage with Mother Earth’s natural, majestic and mystical universes.

Nature invites us to engage and commune with an open heart and wild innocence as we peel back the transparent veils of reality. Plants and trees are amazing teachers and allies for captivating our awareness within these realms. We may not in every moment take notice of the presence they play in our lives, however, they are always right there to engage with us. The moment we take the time to slow down and get down and dirty with the plants and trees, veils lift spontaneously while tangible and visceral realities come to life.

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You know those places that speak directly to your soul?

Those places where your spirit soars free and you feel an expansion in your heart vibrating from head to toe. Truly magical, right? Among this beautiful blue green earth there are very special places that naturally stoke the fire, spontaneously spinning a golden thread of light into a tapestry of extraordinary delight. Very specific places. Powerful places, here among Mother Earth, that have been imprinted within the very cells of our DNA from a long, long time ago.

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Northern California inspires me in this magical way. From the redwood coastline to the pine and douglas fir forests, I feel a sense of coming home.

It’s been about 12 years since I stepped foot back into the redwood forests beyond the lines of Sonoma County. So, you can only imagine the excitement I felt once I wrapped my arms around the first grove of redwood trees. One word. Intoxicating. Ok, maybe two. Powerful. Ok. One more. Liberating. I arrived with a stiffness and soreness in my neck and shoulders, and left the forest in laughter feeling brighter and more expansive. Not a complete surprise to me as it was just 12 years ago, I healed my sciatica, almost overnight just a few groves away…

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An adventure into the forest with my brother Danny in Pomo Canyon…Sonoma Coast

Danny picks me up from our nest in Caz. AliSun, what do you want to do today, he asks?”…

“How about something relaxing, like an adventure in the woods!” Hint.hint.nudge.nudge.

“Let’s check out the Pomo Canyon Trail. I haven’t been there in a while,” Danny offers.
YES!

We drive down through the canyon, passing Austin Creek to the east following the road out towards the sunlit coast. At the fork in the road where the highway meets the coast, we make a turn inland towards the Pomo Canyon Trail. Tucked away on a road among a sun filled forest of wildflowers, we meet a friendly grove of redwood trees.

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Instantly, I feel a special quality here among the land. A growing excitement fills the air.

Along Pomo Canyon, rests a campground that has been closed for the past few years offering a more wild and present adventure with our forest friends, today.

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A NEW MOON dance among the REDWOODS…

Here among this lovely nest in the redwoods, we weave and work, while soaking in these final magical moments with our dear friends of the forest…Bathed by the shadowy luminous glow of the NEW MOON, I honor the visions and dreams of these magical and mystical nights. As mercury begins to transition out of retrograde, and the wild winds settle, a relaxing and refreshing wave of energy bathes from crown to root with gentleness and grace.

Honoring the slower moments and stillness of the NEW MOON drawing near, I take a moment to reflect on the beauty and gratitude I feel for this journey of life. I feel grateful for all the beautiful and budding relationships in our lives among our families, friends and communities. How magical it is to dance this dance with all of you as ONE great big universal global family!

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“Auntie Owl and Uncle Bear” have been busy bees visiting up and down the coast of California for the past few months upon returning overseas…it has been a lot of fun sharing time with everyone…and there are still so many more of you to hug in person before we head off to Mexico in early September.

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY everyone! :)

This blog post is dedicated to both of our DAD’S, Larry Parker and Stew Suchman. We are celebrating you both today from the coastal redwoods. Only second best to celebrating with you in person.

(left) Tyler and my Dad in Newport Beach (right) Tyler and his Dad in Baja, Mexico.
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May you both enjoy doing what you most love to do today…Tyler and I are both so very grateful for your love, joy and shared enthusiasm for the paths we have taken in our lives. It’s a joy sharing our adventure with you both and, of course, with all of our dear loved ones!

A special thank you to you, DaD, for inspiring the artistry of capturing the light and spirit of all that I see, whether a flower, a reflection on the water, or a sunlit kiss on a glass mirrored window in a sunset moment. Thank You for sharing your most treasured gift. You have been an inspiration for us all! Thank You, Stew, my official father-in-law for your warm generosity, kind spirit and sharing of time and space with us both.

TODAY is a beautiful day here in Cazadero. The sun is shining. A light spirit on the winds gently brushes the tips of the redwood trees.

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“So why Reno?”…friends would ask us as we shared the itenarary of our travels…

I would answer… “Well, some of our most favorite people in the world live there.”

Famously known as being the “Biggest Little City in the World,” Reno rests in a valley below Lake Tahoe. Reno, a city of bright lights, casinos, dance clubs, hip little restaurants and cafés offers something fun for all walks of life. Reno has grown to be a down to earth and loveable city to many young professionals, families and cultural creatives over the years. The Truckee River flows through the center of town inviting fun for everyone, inspiring a restful place to simply be, hang out with family and friends or enjoy a tube down the river.

Reno’s progressive nature has created quite a stir and has inspired a resurgence with a creative flair. The buzz around town is that Reno is taking on a new reputation of being “The biggest little start up city in the world.” At least the poster in the bathroom at the hip coffee house, Hub Coffee Roasters, says so. ;)

While Reno is a creative little city with a buzz that’s not what essentially put Reno on the map for us. “It’s those very special people in our lives that drew us close and near.”

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Two months in Ojai culminated in an eight minute thunderstorm the day before our departure. We had seen friends, nested, walked to downtown, enjoyed the land on which we had landed.

Six thirty this morning we roll out of Ojai, the 150 to the 126 to the 5 to the 14 to the 395. Through Palmdale and Lancaster, Mojave and Manzanar. Past Lone Pine and Bishop, Lakes Mammoth and June. Aho Mono, Antelope Valley, Topaz Lake spanning the California-Nevada border.

We arrive in Reno at four thirty, settle in to midtown. A friend of our host sets us up with bikes, us three roll to Food Truck Friday. We meet Claire, with Bailey and Brooklyn. Kids dance in the cottonwood puffs blowing like bubbles across the lawn.

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Can You Cure Motion Sickness?

by Tyler on February 26, 2014 · 2 comments

motion sick on the ocean

When I was twelve years old, I was invited to join a friend and his dad on a 1/2 day fishing trip. It was New Year’s Eve Day, my parents were having a party that evening.

The boat held maybe two dozen manly fishermen-type. I remember throwing up. I remember being taken down in the galley and given a 7-Up and a Snickers. I remember throwing that up down there, and coming up above board and throwing up again. Seven is the number I remember as the tally of discrete throwing up incidents that afternoon. I seem to recall someone saying something like: Hey, little buddy. You’ll be OK. But no-one ever said: Look at the horizon and breathe.

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What an AMAZING whirlwind SPIRITUAL ADVENTURE among the VALLEY OF THE MOON (Ojai)! This past weekend, in the wee hours of the NEW MOON, I arrive and step foot back upon the mainland soil to grieve and celebrate one of the most INFLUENTIAL and INSPIRING beings of my lifetime. GRATITUDE and LOVE is what I feel today as I open to a new day on this cool, tropical morning on Maui, Hawaii. Simply soaking in the LOVE and feeling a profound sense of deep appreciation with a FULL HEART, I rest in this beautiful and creative space.

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Who knew that answering a “GODDESSES WANTED” flyer about 9 years ago would enrich and awaken the course of my life in the countless and unlimited ways that it has. Well of course it did, right? How grateful I am for my beautiful goddess sisters who inspired this most auspicious invitation to fall so graciously into my lap. The day I met BROOKS, I knew my life would be forever changed. And that it has.

BROOKS was not only a mentor and spiritual teacher to me, he was an ally, a partner and a friend. Soon after meeting Brooks, I was invited to care for him and his wife Alison’s new home on the East End of Ojai. Their home was a 5 acre property with an abundance of avocado trees. It was an absolute sanctuary. BROOKS referred to this land as the “multidimensional playground.” And oh Goddess, was it ever!

I, among a circle of dear sisters, accepted the responsibility of taking care of Brooks and Alison’s amazing Labradors, Booda and Coco in exchange for participating in Brooks’ three year school, called ART OF GOD. Brooks and Alison both traveled and taught spiritual classes all around the world, while we enjoyed loving up their most beloved doggies and taking care of their sanctuary and home. We were soon granted the title, The “Doggie Goddesses.” That, we loved!

Being on the land for as long as I was, I soon became “one of the family.” As did Tyler. After a few years of coming up to the land and staying a few nights a week, Tyler and I were invited to rent and live in the newly renovated guest house on the property where Brooks and Alison lived. We had the divine privilege of living in community with them when their beautiful son Rohan was midwifed and birthed upon the land. I have precious memories of holding Rohan in my arms as we walked among the trees, while singing him to sleep. I always looked forward to that day when Rohan would come knocking on our door…and that he did! Just soon before we moved to embark on our travels around the world.

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To reunite with my beautiful family of Ojai and the greater ART OF GOD community again was ABSOLUTELY MAGICAL. To celebrate at one of the most pristine locations of Ojai, Meditation Mount, was BEYOND DIVINE. To open our hearts together, to shed our many tears, to laugh and howl as BROOKS graduated into his new life was INCREDIBLY SPECIAL and made it all so ABSOLUTELY REAL.

BROOKS has crossed over, his ashes have now danced among the winds, yet his spirit and presence will eternally be with us all…GRATITUDE

PHOTO OF BROOKS AND HIS DAUGHTER RIVEN
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My greatest LOVE goes out to his dear wife, Alison, who I consider one of my closest of sisters, Brooks’ beautiful and beloved daughter Riven and her son Druien and Alison and Brooks’ son Rohan who I absolutely adore.

So WONDERFUL to see and be with all of you that joined together for the Memorial and Celebration of BROOKS, both physically and “in spirit”…Tears are still flowing…heart is opening to greater and greater depths with each and every breath…

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It has been BEYOND UNIQUE, BROOKS…

YOU have NOW ABSOLUTELY GRADUATED BEYOND CONSIDERATION with flying colors!!!! A++++++++++++

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WE all love you so very much BROOKS and always will! THANK you dear friend and teacher of MOTHER EARTH, THE UNIVERSE and BEYOND! May you spread your wings and FLY HOME FREE.

LOVE,
ALISUN TREES

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