A Visit to Mystica Lodge & Retreat Center in Costa Rica

It was February, in the depths of a Northeastern winter. I landed in Costa Rica and could already feel the weight of winter shed its layers. I had registered to attend Into the Essence: De-Stress & Reset Yoga Retreat at Mystica Lodge & Retreat Center with Lori Myles-Carullo. I was excited about the prospect of spending a week in the sun and getting a much-needed reset. My flight was the last to arrive, so when I walked out of the airport to meet the driver I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by smiles from the group, many of whom hailed from frigid Canada.

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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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Project Bodhi with Julia Kramer: Part 3 - A visit to Peuma Hue

Peuma, a dream that provides a meaningful message. Hue, the way. 

Lavender line the pathway as I walk past the main house at Estancia Peuma Hue towards the lake. The aroma magnifies as the wind blows through the giant poplars. These trees are planted to protect the land from strong winds that tumble down the mountain sides onto the property which was once a working Estancia. On 500 acres of protected natural habitat, Peuma Hue exonerates a balance in all things, including the relationship with the animals that roam the property. 

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