Feeling Kind of Blue in Jodhpur, Miles Davis, Coltrane & Bill Murray

"Blue" will be the theme of this blog post. To start, how about hearing Miles Davis and John Coltrane perform "Kind of Blue" while walking the streets of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India? It's available at the end of this if you want to. Up high in Mehrangarh Fort one can see why Jodhpur is called … Continue reading Feeling Kind of Blue in Jodhpur, Miles Davis, Coltrane & Bill Murray

Food, Nature & Ayurvedic Learning in India

  "As you eat, you produce your mind accordingly” - Rajasthan saying. At the start of an Ayurvedic wellness appointment this week my feet were soaked in warm water with rose petals. This represents the first time during my long life the words "my feet" and "rose petals" have ever been together in the same … Continue reading Food, Nature & Ayurvedic Learning in India

Winter in Key West

"Of writers and poets and pirates who walked the dirt beneath this slab each carrying a pocket full of dreams. And none as unusual as yours; but all of which came true." - David L. Sloan. It's a December Key West dawn and I'm standing on a pier that's the southern most point of the … Continue reading Winter in Key West

Summer in Vermont…and California and Maine

I wonder what the late George Carlin would say about the life in the USA these days? I saw him perform years ago on a summer night in a large white tent at Vermont's Stratton Mountain Resort and I'll never forget how amazingly funny his accurate thoughts on politics and other subjects were. I was … Continue reading Summer in Vermont…and California and Maine

Here Comes Summer in the USA

June is the best month - Rick Swartz. My Yoga World tour took me London to Boston direct and darn cheap via a new Norwegian Airlines jetliner to start the month of June. My reasons to be back in the U.S. for June included my daughter's birthday, the start of the Wanderlust Yoga Festivals across … Continue reading Here Comes Summer in the USA

I See London, I Saw France…and The Beatles

I don't know which is more stunning to experience, the sunsets or sunrises in South West France. Or a Beatles 50th Anniversary Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Or how 'bout all of the above. 🙂 After enjoying the month of May at the Lamothe Castle and Farm yoga retreat renovation, … Continue reading I See London, I Saw France…and The Beatles

Bikes, Books & Boards in South West France

"What is your vocation? To be a good person." -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 11.5 I once heard a professor in college say, "Travel somewhere new and it's like reading ten books." Yesterday, after a day of renovation work on the Lamothe Castle and Farm we're turning into a yoga retreat center in French Sud-Ouest, I checked out some places on a … Continue reading Bikes, Books & Boards in South West France

Yoga and other fun things to do outside in South West France

"That means it will rain tomorrow." We are driving to Toulouse, about an hour and a half drive west from the Lamothe castle and farm we are renovating into a yoga retreat center here in the South West of France. The precipitation prediction comes from Michel, our driver and a Frenchman who knows about these things, … Continue reading Yoga and other fun things to do outside in South West France

Preparing for Yoga Retreats on an Important Sunday in France

One thing perhaps we all agree on: There are few things as welcoming as a French table set for a meal. This past Sunday in the south of France began beautiful and at peace, birds chirping outside this country castle the only sound in the 7:00 a.m. sunshine. A serene scene, quite the opposite of the election of the … Continue reading Preparing for Yoga Retreats on an Important Sunday in France

Yoga in the South of France

It's a beautiful French day so of course lunch takes place outside the castle I will be working at for this month of May. The countries represented at our table include not only France, but also Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, Syria and my U.S., so our passionate discussions I am able to sometimes follow, yet often times can't.  But when I hear … Continue reading Yoga in the South of France