A wellness retreat is simply a program or package that includes various practices, teachings and services, designed to help you get well. You don’t necessarily need to be unwell to attend one– you will increase your wellness, no matter where you start off. Within the context of nurturing community, a wellness retreat will give you the tools you need to thrive. Read More
When you start feeling like the world is hopelessly out of control, remember that nature is the source of our sanity. Peace on earth happens in our hearts, but can be accessed through a direct connection with that source.
Here is a short trailer of a documentary about one of the most peaceful places I know, surrounded by wild nature. Read More
Your body knows when a situation or an activity is aligned with your inner wisdom and it will tell you so: by becoming either relaxed and healthy or stressed and sick. When you relax and listen to your body’s wisdom your intentions are attuned to your actions and struggle vanishes. Read More
Sometimes life gets overwhelming and confusing and you just don’t know what to do. When I find myself in that situation, rather than fight the current or make wild guesses about where to go next, I schedule a mini-retreat. Essentially a mini-retreat is a period of intensive practice. Read More
You don’t have to be “spiritual” or “religious” to experience the deep state of calm that is our natural birthright. It’s simply a matter of practice, like any musician or artist would confirm. You show up and apply the technique, and eventually you achieve some results. In this case, the practice is sitting meditation.
Each moment is an opportunity to re-start and change your life. I’m not kidding. That may sound a bit exaggerated, but you can choose at any moment to approach things in a new way. BUT, the caveat here is that in order to recognize that choice, you must learn to be present. Here is a super-simple… Read More
It’s so tempting to believe that if we just get what we want, everything will be wonderful. You may sense that something is missing and if and when that illusive “something” comes along then you’ll be really happy. But I think you know how that goes. Read More
Our whole life has one purpose, to be present and awake for what’s happening now. You can trip yourself up with plans and decisions, when actually what is needed is to learn to be present. Rather than deciding on a course of action, you set an intention and simply learn to be present in full… Read More
I’m walking down a lazy dirt lane at New Life Foundation in the late afternoon heat of Northern Thailand. A gaggle of ducks waddle about, making their way to a large pond for their afternoon dip. Rice paddy extends to low hills in the distance and as I approach the meditation hall where I am… Read More
An old friend posted a childhood photo of me on Facebook recently–a photo that brought me back to a painful period of my life. It made me realize how fragile we all are, and how important it is to acknowledge our deep wounds and learn to work with difficult emotions if we want to move… Read More
People often ask me what it means to go on a yoga or meditation retreat. The answer to this question depends on who is asking. It can be as simple as taking a weekend to follow a more disciplined schedule of practice. It can mean traveling to a peaceful location to join a group for… Read More