As the year comes to a close, I always savor the time to reflect on the journeys from the past year. Trips that are a whirlwind while they unfold, but experiences that reverberate long after the travels. 2015 was a year of many spiritual encounters: Peru, from the breathtaking Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca & vibrant Latin American cultures, to the sacred Buddhist dances and monasteries throughout the country, to a trek up to Jumulhari base camp and the 16,200 foot pass to place prayer flags. Japan was a completely different immersion into Buddhist culture of the meditative temples and onsen (hot springs) in Kinosaki, Kyoto, Nara, & the bustling city of Tokyo. After six weeks of SE Asia, I returned home briefly then began an assignment for the New Zealand wine growers association on sustainable vineyard practices, creating a video and photo essay, and continuing to focus on those stories when returning home to wineries in Oregon & Washington.
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