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How do you want to feel?

Happy new year! As I'm looking deep into the eyes of 2018, I'm imagining the great contributions we at Integral Travel can make to answer that question with our Wellness Retreats. Last week a lady from Boston called saying she wanted to…
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A Little Less Talk, A Little More Taksu

It is difficult to take two steps in Bali without encountering an impressive work of art. Stone carvings, bamboo offerings, colorful canvasses, trance-inducing melodies, and delicately designed rice fields make up Bali’s endlessly fascinating…
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In the Middle of Nowhere

Dean, our guide, had his fishing pole but not the snorkel, mask, or spear gun he usually brings for catching dinner in one of the seven waterfall pools. Next time he said we would bring hammocks, build a fire, cook fish and spend the night.…
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The Most Memorable Moment of My Trip to Southern Thailand

My favorite memory from this trip is an image from the classroom at Jungle Yoga. It is the end of our journey, and we are all sitting together in a circle discussing something. The overwhelming feeling is that we are all one, and our smiles…
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I am Free

I knew that starting the Northern Thailand trip with 4 days of mediation was going to be a wonderful way for me to form intentions for my journey, contemplate what it had taken to get there, become more aware of my surroundings, thoughts, and…
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Water

On the surface, warm and clear, light easily penetrating. Down below, the depths we fear, on which we are meditating. The dark and cold beneath the surface have no desire to be shown, quite content are the secrets of the deep and shadowy…
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Ode to Water and to All the Water Goddesses

What comes to mind when you think of water? Cooling, calming, cleansing, refreshing. Sweet, peaceful, beautiful, still. Blue, green, golden, white. Undulating, flowing, frightening, destructive. Stagnant, polluted, frothy, sour. Hot, relaxing,…
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Life Changing, Awe Inspiring...

There have been a handful of experiences in my life that I would consider life-changing on many levels; graduating high school, falling in love, moving away from my home town, just to name a few. But none have been quite like the experience…
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Healer, Heal Thyself!

What is health? What is suffering? Why do we suffer? How do we heal? These are some of the questions that a small group of inquisitive travelers and I recently explored during a three-week journey through Northern Thailand. The premise…
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Wisely Selfish

In my last entry, I used a phrase that I stumbled across a few years ago while I was traveling in Northern India – “wisely selfish”. This phrase, coined by the Dalai Lama, refers to an ancient teaching that suggests that “one’s…