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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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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