View from my beachside cabana this week at Magnificent Rock, Nicaragua. Sun, surf, yoga, salsa, repeat. It’s been a week to challenge myself in new adventures – learning to surf over a reef has been one of the most challenging sports I’ve experienced. Successfully pushing past the fear to the exhilaration of riding my first wave to the shore, the magic of watching the sunset over the sea as the full moon rose, & the adrenalin of successfully catching a larger wave were rewards well worth the effort.
Cuba, the energy of this place captivated me. The openness of the people, the rhythm of the music and dance, the layers of art, history, and culture. I’ll return, and write more impressions in the future – in the meantime here’s a few photo highlights of my visit in Jan 2016 in Havana, Trinidad, and Viñales leading a photo tour for http://lumariaworkshops.com
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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Are you curious why 95% of New Zealand’s wineries are certified sustainable? We asked a selection of sustainable, organic and biodynamic winegrowers to share their personal inspirations. This short video is the beginning of our work creating a documentary film about the impact of sustainable practices in the world’s best winemaking regions.
Stay tuned for additional stories and photos from those interviewed. Here’s a few of my favorite quotes that we didn’t have space for in the shorter teaser video.
“It’s about intuition, imagination, and inspiration…” – James Milton
“Sustainability to me means approaching everything on a long term basis, looking into the future… the agriculture side, the winemaking side, the family side, the economic side” – Clive Patton, Ata Rangi
The bush block is very important, I know this because I can be overseas, in some of my favorite cities, and every day I’m thinking about the bush block, how many days will it be before I’m able to get back to the bush block, to be able to look after my trees and connect with the land……I need to be back in my own space looking after the things that might take 200 years to grow, … just to have this place that grounds you, keeps me sane. – Clive Patton, Ata Rangi