Just kidding. That’s totally not my tilo. That’s my teacher’s tilo. This is mine: I smuggled her into the country with a few root cuttings, and I’m experimenting with a couple pots around the apartment to see where she does best. Tilo (Justicia pectoralis) is a beautiful, shade-loving shrub that smells like green, grassy vanilla … More Meet My…Tilo!
The past month has been a whirlwind. A blessed, bellowing, autumnal whirlwind. I completed my prenatal yoga teacher training with two of my incredible teachers, helped out at Yoga Journal’s Game Changers event, and the scooted my sweet self down to Costa Rica to hang out with my curandera/mentor Rachel, under whose tutelage I completed … More Yoga, Plants, Spirit, Activism: Working with Open Eyes
Wow, things have been popping around here. In a word: transition. From Costa Rica, between apartments, getting established, re-established and uprooted. Life, love, friendships and money have all been morphing and evolving. It’s an exciting time, and a little challenging to stay grounded and keep that sweet peace I cultivated in the tropics.
I left for Costa Rica in March. After 3 months teaching, learning, and becoming incredibly tan and bug-bitten, I’m just now realizing how transformed I am. Coming back to Chicago is bittersweet. It’s almost like I’ve never left. I’ve traded the exhilaration of jungles and mountains for the comforting familiarity of my neighborhood. It’s loud … More Costa Rica: A Solo Trip Downloaded
It’s almost here! Saturday, June 21–the first day of summer, or the summer solstice–marks the day with the most hours of sunlight; from here on out, the days get shorter as we wind down to the winter solstice. Ancient Egyptians, Mayans, Incas, Druids, and many other ancient cultures revered equinoxes and solstices, building megalithic structures to … More How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice
Romance on the road is not easy. Sure, the random hookup or make out on the dance floor is fairly straightforward, but sometimes you want more connection. It seems like it would be simple: this totally hot person you just met loves adventure and rootless existence–just like you! Except you’ll both be headed to opposite … More Traveling Trysts: Define & Refine Your Standards
Spending time in Costa Rica isn’t exactly difficult: The past three months I haven’t stayed more than 5 minutes from a beach, I have the best tan of my life, and I’m feeling strong and secure in my meditation and yoga practices. I’ve learned tons about myself, what I love, and have met spectacular people. … More 15 Stupid Little Things I Miss from Home
Today marks the 2-month mark of my Costa Rican Adventure. Time has flown and seems to keep zipping by. My first month was spent in Puerto Viejo, and was incredibly nurturing for me and I’ve learned so much: Hanging out with Rachel at Hidden Garden, Taco/Tasty Tuesdays at Tasty Waves, coffee and chocolate and Caribean’s, … More Costa Rica Reloaded: An Update
Four days ago, I arrived at the Blue Osa on the Osa peninsula. The Osa is about as far south as Puerto Viejo, but on the Pacific side of the Costa Rica, so the climate is remarkably similar. Same gorgeous beaches, same gorgeous weather, but where I’m staying on the Osa is a little less … More 5 Lessons from Jungle Living
I love hearing herb nerds talk plants: they talk about them like old friends with whom they’ve had the most fantastic adventures. The plants are animated and temperamental. In many traditions, every type of plant has a spirit–the one that comes to you in a dream to form an alliance, the one you humbly … More 3 Incredibly Useful Tropical Healing Herbs