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
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
This afternoon, after walking up streets and pathways to see recommended churches in Manresa, I stopped in a bar for an Estrella Damm and saw the Spanish version of "Wheel of Fortune." But I'm getting ahead of myself on the day's events. Better to start at the beginning. From our yoga retreat castle Anima Mundi in Canet … Continue reading Manresa on a Top Fiver
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
My flight to Spain went unbelievably quick. Departed in a NYC darkening spring dusk and was walking through a just waking up Barcelona-El Prat Airport before 7:00 a.m. the next morning. Now all I had to do was follow my instructions - bus, train, another bus and then a ten minute walk through vineyards - to get to the … Continue reading Welcome to Spain!
I love the food in Bali! During two months there it seems I was always eating, but still losing weight. Of course I was teaching and/or practicing yoga daily, hiking, gardening, etc., but a few pounds easily and surprisingly drifted away. At the Jiwa Damai Retreat Center where I taught yoga the meals are strictly vegetarian. Often before dinner I would … Continue reading Cooking and Eating in Bali
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
November 14, 2016 Bali's beauty blows me away. It's on display in a variety of places across it's 2,200 square miles, but no more so to me than in its rice fields and waterfalls. From our Jiwa Damai retreat center where I teach yoga I often walk through the nearby rice fields. The minute I … Continue reading Rice Fields & Waterfalls = Freedom