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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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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