Every year I search for a new place to ‘detox’ from the stressors of my everyday fast paced life. I may have just found the perfect place to return to on a regular basis for my creative renewal. Life in Laos moves slowly, artfully – a beautiful silk wall hanging may take a year to meticulously hand weave, a pedicure two hours. The bus ride from Luang Prabang to the northern Luang Namtha province is a tortuous 12 hour ordeal, but when the road ends the two day trek through jungle wilderness to visit to the Lanten tribal village was priceless. After three weeks of enjoying constant exercise outdoors rock climbing, hiking, & walking, eating eating only fresh produce & fish, disconnecting from the internet, and a dozen relatively inexpensive deep tissue Thai / Lao massages, I was completely rejuvenated.