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Southern Alberta Renewal: Waterton Meditations

Our spiritual journey last summer through Southern Alberta, Canada, went though Writing-On-Stone and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, both in a semi-arid landscape of never-ending prairie.  Our third stop, Waterton Lakes National Park, was very different geographically. Rugged, windswept mountains rise abruptly from the prairie with a commanding view from the lakeside below. The view had the effect […]

January 9th

The Spiritual Value of Montana Wilderness

The wilderness of Montana is vast and majestic, and spiritually satisfying to the soul. The lofty mountains, rushing rivers, sparkling lakes, and emerald forests are beautiful to behold. Perfect for exploring on foot, Montana offers landscapes that photographers love to capture and are often featured in outdoor magazines. Thanks to effective environmental laws, this wilderness […]

December 31st

Greece’s Eastern Orthodox Fortresses of Mt. Athos

A closely guarded spiritual center of Eastern Orthodoxy, Mount Athos is the only place in Greece totally dedicated to prayer and worship of God. Known also as the “Holy Mountain,” it has enjoyed political self-rule since the time of the Byzantine Empire with the first constitution of Athos signed by Emperor John I Tzimiskes in […]

December 30th

Southern Alberta Renewal: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

I love the open prairies in the summer and the incredible view that these open hills display. They rejuvenate the worn and weary traveler. My friends and I knew that a visit to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump views would do wonders. An odd but very descriptive name, the jump area is in the Porcupine Hills near […]

December 5th

Southern Alberta Renewal: Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

Many times, you ignore the beauty and spirituality of your own home to seek out other exotic places. That was me. After tumbling around ancient cities and temples around the world, I found I was more depleted than renewed. Then in the summer, a friend suggested we head out to the southern grasslands of Southern […]

November 26th

WWOOF-ing India Week 5: Saying Good Bye

Time has flown by and I find myself in my last week at Samata in almost a blink. Sam and Mel left for Sri Lanka and Matt went to live on the Tamarind property. I was alone again but the loneliness didn’t bite so much this time around. I spent most of my time helping […]

October 31st

WWOOF-ing India Week 4: Life Lessons

The week started off with sweet farewells and a welcoming. It was time for Pettina and Alexa (the two American girls) to leave the farm and travel to Hyderabad to continue with school. And it was also time for the arrival of Tamarind Café’s Chef, Kaoru Kawabe. To honor the occasion, we went for a […]

October 24th

WWOOF-ing India Week 3: Growing Friendships & Plants

Under a moody weather — mostly characterized by intense heat during the day followed by stormy rainfall at sunset — our days WWOOF-ing began earlier at 8am to avoid the scorching heat and to make the most of the day. Fellow volunteers got comfortable with one another and an exchange of exciting stories about their […]

October 18th