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Rain in the Amazon Jungle

Oh, there is nothing so wild and wonderful as rain in the Amazon jungle. It’s a rainforest. You’d expect to see rain there – lots of it. But last season they said they only got two months of rain. Fewer trees means less rain. So when it started raining in May, a month after rainy […]

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Made in China Spiritual Tours

The last four international trips I have been on were to “must see” spiritual travel sites. Some were repeat visits to places I’ve been before and loved. Others were new. The thing that they all have in common is that they’ve become Made in China. What I mean by that is that they’ve sold out […]

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What You Need to Know Before Engaging in Group Rituals

In 2011, best selling author and motivational guru, James Arthur Ray, was convicted of felony negligent homicide after conducting a sweat lodge where three people died. Every year pilgrims to South America die in pursuit of healing. Unfortunately, with the rising demand for rituals, spirituality, and transformative experiences, this may become more common. These types […]

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Today I Lingered

Today I lingered. This is not my usual pace. I am focused, purposeful, and direct. My thoughts and actions are meaningful and targeted. Lingering isn’t part of my program. Lingering encourages seeing, feeling, and discovery. It is what children do. That makes me happy. During our spring retreat, we focused on giving a voice to […]

Photograph by Chetan Karkhanis

I Went to Peru and Fell in Love

I went to Peru and fell in love. No, not with a person, but with life… and perhaps myself a bit. It happened so gradually that I didn’t even know it was happening until I got back home. Peru makes you slow down. You can’t hurry because of the altitude. There is not enough air […]

Have You Gone on an Ancestor Pilgrimage?

Spiritual travel is a big business now. Lots of people go to the pyramids, Stonehenge, and Machu Picchu, but have you gone on an ancestor pilgrimage? What’s that, you say? An ancestor pilgrimage is a journey to the land of your people to reconnect with them and to see yourself. It’s a way to reclaim […]

How to Hold On the the High After Pilgrimage

If you’re a sacred travel junkie, you know the routine. You go somewhere amazing and have an absolutely transformative experience, then you get home and feel like you a fish out of water. What happened? Who are you now? Why is this life so ill fitting all of a sudden? How can you hold on […]

Spiritually Connecting During the Autumn Equinox

Twice a year, on the spring and autumn equinoxes, the day and night are the same length. In September, the sun’s long reign comes to an end and he is “conquered” by his partner, the moon. For the next three months, the nights will grow longer and stay longer than the day until the day […]

Is Sacred Plant Medicine Ceremony for You?

I just posted the next tour to Peru. Already people are asking about the optional San Pedro and ayahuasca ceremonies. It’s a good time to talk about is sacred plant medicine ceremony for you. In keeping with the seriousness and introspection that plant ceremonies require, this won’t be a check list type of article but […]

La Dolce Vita

I had been to Italy before and remembered being awed by the beauty around every corner. The people were walking works of art. The buildings were lovingly adorned with carvings and curves that just made them not simply functional, but beautiful. Squares were gathering places for life, smiles, and affection. My memories were all so […]