I heart Esalen

I have said it for many years, Lake Tahoe is heaven on earth. So when I refer to Big Sur, California I have to come up with something that surpasses this sentiment because Big Sur is even more majestic and breathtaking. Where the mountains crumble to the sea, Big Sur, California is…  yeah, I just can’t even put it into words. 14 years ago I traveled from Los Angeles to San Francisco with a few girlfriends from college. To break up the route 1 coastal drive, we stayed overnight in Big Sur in a little cabin I found online. On our way up from LA, every twist and fenceless curve was a heart-stopping adventure. Once we arrived, we all knew we were someplace special. Some of our most well known American literary contributions were written in or about this hidden sacred space. Henry Miller wrote, “Big Sur is the California that men dreamed of years ago, this is the Pacific that Balboa looked at from the Peak of Darien, this is the face of the earth as the Creator intended it to look.” It is only until you walk amongst the redwoods and stare over the cliffs into the Pacific that you can comprehend the omnipotence of Big Sur. It wasn’t until 7 years later that I made it back to Big Sur, to one of the countries most renowned retreat centers, Esalen. Esalen offers continuing education programs, farming and gardening apprenticeships, ongoing residency programs, weekend workshops, personal retreats and so much more. The clothing optional hot springs are built into the side of the mountains, the fresh organic...

What is Wellness?

Last month in conversation with a friend who works for one of Fast Company’s top 10 companies to work for, the topic of Wellness was at hand. Maybe because I am obsessed with the topic — but apparently so are her clients. In a world that is becoming more aware of our lack of peace, love and happiness, she mentioned that almost every account is wanting “to jump on this Wellness bandwagon.”  Companies that are wanting to design better products and better business models are recognizing the consumers interest in the Wellness factor.  How can they incorporate it and package it? How can they convey to their audience that they have their wellbeing in mind? My first question to her was, “What do they think Wellness means?” When first hearing the word, Wellness is usually lumped into, taking your vitamins, getting exercise and eating healthy. While that is generally the case, it also means so much more. As someone who has done a lot of work on themselves, I think Wellness can reach much deeper levels. Being well to me means, being self-aware, in touch with your truth — mindful of your behaviors and habits and generally being a loving, caring, compassionate person.  Those character traits are left when all the other BS our ego creates no longer rule us. Peace of mind, general contentment, walking through life with grace and ease reside when we become masters to our ego and no longer it’s slave. The 4 elements, Fire, Air, Water and Earth resonate so deeply with the foundation of everything that exists, it seems only natural to use...

Upcoming classes and teleseminars!

Because I believe in promoting the work of the people in the “Gifted and Talented” program, here is info on 2 ways to work on your awareness using 2 different practices. FREE Teleseminar: Jan 26th with Dr. Judy Scher The Power of Life & Depth Moving Beyond  your Cultural Conditioning 4 simple life-changing principles for living your life without excuses Wed. Jan 26, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM MST 6pm PT, 9pm ET REGISTER HERE! Also, Interactive Astrology: 2011 Personal & Planetary Forecast with Kathryn Andren & Joseph Mina A revolutionary experience of personal astrological insights with specialized Quantum Alignment bodywork. Explore & integrate empowered life strategies with Big Island Hawaii Astrologers, Teachers & Healers. Berkeley and Half Moon Bay, CA opportunities. Click on the links below to find out more information! Berkeley_astrologyclass_email HalfMoonBay_privatesessions_email...

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