Archives of Travels

My last days in India

I am in Tiruvannamalai, south India and the mercury is rising – along with my discomfort. I have not been feeling well and every time I eat I feel sick. I am burning up with the heat. Yet even in the midst of this swirl of dizziness and weakness, I am aware of the grace […]


Tiruvannamalai, located in Tamil Nadu, southern India is where Ramana Maharshi lived his life as an enlightened sage. Here at the foot of mount Arunachala lies his ashram – Ramanaashram. Although “Sri Bhavagan” left his body over 60 years ago, his presence is alive in this truly vibrant ashram, where many devotees live and work, […]

The Sacred Ganges River

The River Ganges gushes out of the Himalayas, the highest mountain range on earth. In Rishikesh she is a wide, cool, rapidly flowing and ever gurgling presence. Along her banks are ghats – or steps – leading down to the edge. Every evening at sunset, fire pujas with devotional chanting are performed along the ghats. […]

Papaji and Satsang Bhavan

HWL Poonja also known affectionately as “Papaji” has left this earth but his spirit and teachings live on. Here at Satsang Bhavan, the place where Papaji offered Satsang, we are gathered for three weeks of video Satsang with Papaji, in Lucknow, India. We are the guests of Brindavan Farm and Organic India. We have the […]

Awake in Rishikesh

Rishikesh, a holy city on the banks of the Ganges, is known for its ashrams, spiritual teachers, yoga centers and pilgrims.  Sadus,  cows and monkeys populate the pedestrian walkways, along with vendors, motorbikes, bicycles and everyone else. It’s colorful!   I am here to  attend open satsangs with Mooji. Satsang means “in association with truth”. […]

A Spiritual Pilgrimage to Mother India

    With 7 days remaining until my departure to Delhi, I have stuffed my bags with everything required to live on the road for the next 75 days. This is my 70th  birthday present – the journey I have  longed for. I leave everything familiar behind – puppy, husband,  friends, my comfy bed,  the ” security” […]

Presence: Simply being with what is here.

When I first returned from Mexico this past June after a month long retreat, I was very quiet inside, so able to be in the moment and feel and see the vibration of life around me. As my days became busier with more demands, my walks with my puppy were different – it was hard […]

Traveling in Mexico

Many American friends ask me if I feel safe living and traveling in Mexico. They innocently assume that the terrible news stories they hear and read in the American media pertain to all of the country all of the time.  Our little village of La Manzanilla, situated on the Pacific coast, is safe and very […]

Return to the pottery studio

Sculpted elephants, polished little pots, wedding vessels, cereal bowls – yes, I am back to work! It is more like “play” and very rewarding! After living in Mexico for 8 months – rewarding in itself, but without a studio –  it is a true pleasure to be immersed once more in art-making. It brings me […]
Sunset wedding at Grand Bay, Isla de Navidad, Mexico

A Grand Bay Wedding/ Yachting Style

The sun was setting over the Pacific as we gathered on a rocky bluff to celebrate the love that radiated from Joanne and Jon. Here we were –  friends and family assembled – surrounded by  the beauty of the tropics,  sharing this moment filled with electric joy. Jon and Joanne arrived via dune buggy to […]
Learning to let thoughts be - not attaching to them

A Contemplative Life: Mind Training

One week ago my Mexican born puppy Nube (it means “Cloud” in Spanish) and I arrived in San Francisco. It was her first trip out of her country. I have been traveling back and forth for over 10 years now, spending my winters on the beach in La Manzanilla, summers in my cabin in Mendocino. […]

Spiritual study groups in La Manzanilla!

We  are people from all over North America and Mexico who join together every Sunday morning during the winter months in La Manzanilla. Each November, after summering in our diverse homes all over North and Central America we meet once again at our hub in La Manzanilla like spokes on the wheel to share our […]