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

Yoga, Lakes & Mountains in Maine…and Teddy Roosevelt, too

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt. The speed limit is 75 mph on I-95 here in northern Maine and the few vehicles I see are taking that to 80+ as we approach the Island Falls exit. That's Mount Katahdin towering 5,267' above sea level to the left. … Continue reading Yoga, Lakes & Mountains in Maine…and Teddy Roosevelt, too

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

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

3 Nights in Barcelona! Sleep Optional.

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.

Yoga Retreats in Spain

"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

Ramblin’ Barcelona’s La Rambla

No trip to Barcelona is complete without an afternoon or two perusing the Erotic Museum. Just kidding, though that was a fun sentence to write. No, not on this sun splashed 70 degree perfect spring day will I be inside Museu de l'Erotica, even with a Marilyn Monroe lookalike with flowing dress beckoning from the third story window. Cold rain … Continue reading Ramblin’ Barcelona’s La Rambla