A Visit to Raven Crest Botanicals in Berne, NY

The road turned from asphalt to gravel and the trees arched their branches towards each other. The drive to Raven Crest Botanicals, a small-scale organic herb farm, is at once mysterious and magical. I had taken Amtrak to Albany from Penn Station, New York and was graciously picked up by Sam, an herbalist managing the farm. My week had been busy with events and obligations, and being in the presence of calm, peaceful beings helped me release my shoulders and clear my thoughts almost immediately. 

Inside the charming red stone farmhouse, I noted the accents of gifts from the earth - raven bird feathers, dried herbs, and stones, to name a few. Owned by herbalist Susanna Raven, the property is a clear reflection of her intentions and practices to offer therapeutic experiences with plants. Susanna's experience with plants began during a trip to the Peruvian Amazon, and since then, she has transformed the property into a small-scale organic farm of herbs which she uses to create a variety of herbal products.

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Stay fit everywhere you go! Bliss Without Bother + JETSWEAT

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Sure, it’s nice to indulge in food and luxury while traveling, but the five-star cuisine can really add up — and not just for your bank account, but also for your waistline. Whether you’re treating yourself to a Caribbean vacation or stuck on a 14-hour long-haul flight, your body can go through long periods of in-activity.

Welcome to JETSWEAT, your new favorite on-demand fitness app that allows you to stay on top of your fitness game wherever you go — no more excuses! 

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Project Bodhi with Julia Kramer: Part 5 - Travel Reflections of Central America

When you embark on a journey with a very relaxed structure and open end date, one feels completely free or overwhelmed - or both. In my case, I ebbed between these dynamics throughout my travels, particularly in the beginning months.

Before leaving stateside in Fall 2016, I wrote a list of places I wished to visit along with my intentions. Oftentimes, it included “bucket list” items. But for the most part, there was a general theme: explore the world with the intention to participate in wellness communities, connect with locals, learn a new language, deepen my yoga + meditation practice, experience nature, design a new career path with purpose, and discover new things about myself along the way.

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Why Self-Compassion Isn’t Bullsh*t by Dan Cayer

Of the many responses you might have to chronic pain or stress, self-compassion does not usually top the list.

Self-compassion is often seen, at best, as a salve for when we struggle with something – a vague way to be “nice” to ourselves. We are often drawn to solutions or strategies about solutions, and our pain and anxiety can shift us into an increasingly turbulent state of mind I call the "Treadmill of Self-Improvement". On the treadmill, peace is just a shoulder roll away. We grasp at stretches or strengthening exercises, or whatever strategy we think might deliver us out of our situation.

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Project Bodhi with Julia Kramer: Part 4 - A visit to Eumelia, Greece

The water is boiling for the Greek coffee as I take another bite of the organic lavender cookie, a slight sweetness lingering as it crumbles in my mouth. Marilena Karadima baked these with lavender picked from the garden. I lean back on the soft, cushioned couch, framed against the burnt Siena walls in my Eco-house here at Eumelia Organic Agrotourism Farm & Guesthouse.

Located 13 km from the iconic Lakonikos Gulf in the Peloponnese region of Greece, Eumelia is an organic farm with luxury, eco-friendly lodging that embodies both agrotourism and ecotourism. Every furnishing and design was created with intention, style, and most importantly, a sustainable focus, offering guests an opportunity to relax and take in the peacefulness of the property. From practicing yoga outdoors to taking a walk through the vineyards and olive groves to partaking in a gastronomy cooking class or wine and olive oil tasting, there is something for everyone here.  

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A Weekend at Gatherwild Ranch in Germantown, NY

Spread out on 75 acres of rolling hills, Gatherwild Ranch provides unique shelters that inspire grassy picnics, evening bonfires, and star gazing in the Hudson Valley.

We drove on a quiet country road up to the farmhouse, a quaint white house with an inviting front porch surrounded by beautiful, tall maple and pine trees. A plowed and seeeded plot of land to the left has promise of fresh herbs and vegetables come summer. For now they are seedlings exploring their new place in the ground.

We entered the house and were instantly welcomed by Laura Sink, the owner of Gatherwild Ranch, who purchased the property last year and has been working tirelessly to transform it into a beautiful place for rest and exploration.

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Yoga Nidra and Dreaming to Wellness with Heather Sanderson

Yoga nidra, a tool that helps you to uncover more aspects of yourself and find the kind of healing you may need.

When I started my yoga teacher training, I had absolutely no intention to teach. I felt very clear and certain about that and said so repeatedly (and adamantly) to everyone. I felt like I could barely do yoga then – so who was I to teach it? It wasn’t the point of me doing this training, I was interested only in healing – period.

My teacher encouraged me to stay open to the possibility of teaching, since I was doing all the work anyway. About halfway through the training there was a point where I had to decide which path to take – continue with the teaching certification or let it go. To help decide, our group were all asked to lead a five-minute guided shavasana. That felt simple enough to at least try, even if I was hesitant and five minutes felt like longer than eternity.

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