Meditation is a lifelong gift. It’s something you can call on at any time. – Paul McCartney Why meditate? I led a meditation gathering recently at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center in a very beautiful area near the coast of northern California. Usually I include some guided contemplation at the end of a yoga class … Continue reading Meditating in Winter along California’s North Coast
"Where are you in India?" I'm asked. Well, right now I'm sitting on a camel named Shanti. Shanti and I are gently bouncing through the soft sand of the Thar Desert (also known as the "Great Indian Desert"), a section in northwest India which serves as the boundary from Pakistan. The Thar Desert takes up … Continue reading The Colors of Rajasthan!
"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
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
You can easily miss the entrance to my Barcelona hostel. The train ride costs only 2.15 Euros, ends at Placa Catalunya and I march up the stairs to join the throngs marching down La Rambla, Barcelona's most famous street. It's dusk on a cooler than usual but dry Thursday in late April and there's energy in the air. A lot of people … Continue reading 3 Nights in Barcelona! Sleep Optional.
"The cows are in the yard!" What's life like at the Anima Mundi yoga retreat center in Spain? Well, we're an hour outside Barcelona in a very nice restored castle that most recently was a winery. It's quiet. The only sounds are birds chirping, the soft tinkling of cow's bells and occasionally the wind in the trees. A couple of … Continue reading Yoga Retreats in Spain
Something just didn't seem right when I woke up this morning. In my Spanish castle huge bedroom the iPhone says it's almost 6:00 a.m. Outside, however, it's dark as can be. I see sparkling stars dotting the remote country sky, and that's about it. I make my way down the stairs to the kitchen, and finally figure it … Continue reading A Sunday in Spain Springing Forward up Montserrat
I want to give a shout out to Ford for doing something cool with yoga. In Summer 2016 I worked for Wanderlust. Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont was one stop on the tour through the U.S. and Canada. On Sunday June 19th - the last day of the Stratton festival - my job was being Section Manager for … Continue reading Yoga Helping Others
March 4, 1976. I was in my junior year at the University of Wisconsin in Madison when Joni Mitchell came to town for an upcoming sold out concert at the massive Dane County Coliseum. It was also the day of an incredible ice storm. I remember tree branches and power lines crashing down from the weight of the … Continue reading Joni Mitchell, Winter & Meditative Climbing
November 15, 2016 I'm in Matsyasana, and this is what I see. When in Matsyasana - a yoga asana also referred to as fish pose - one lays down, elevates the chest and lowers the head backward...gently touching the top of the head to the floor. Even from this upside-down perspective, the Balinese morning sky above our retreat center looks magnificent. … Continue reading Viewing the Bali Sky from Fish Pose