Our host in Tepoztlán, Raul, with his hairless Chihuahua, Shalom.

Our host in Tepoztlán, Raul, with his hairless Chihuahua, Shalom.

Our host wants to take us out on our last night in Tepoztlán. Raul, AliSun and I walk down to the organic store in town and have a nice light dinner. Raul says that we should go try the amazing pastries at Cafe Mozart. They are to die for. Who are we to argue?

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The Rugged Road to Taxqueña

by Tyler on October 27, 2014 · 0 comments

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Our destination – Tepoztlán, the mountainous magic town of Morelos, Mexico.

I know it is coming. Sweat beads on my forehead, my hands are clammy, and I am surely a pallid shade of green.

The bus lumbers its way into Mexico City, sloshing and jerking towards Taxqueña, the southern station that opens to the Mexican state of Morelos.

Three hours and two minutes after leaving Querétero far to the north, the bus mercifully pulls into the 29th lane of the station. I grab my backpack, mumble gracias to a passenger who defers to me.

I step off the bus, set down my backpack, tell AliSun to watch it and proceed to throw up in the parking spot next to our bus.

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PHOTO POST from San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico…

Indigenous tribes travel from far and near to celebrate San Miguel Day…
A truly vibrant, colorful and heart expansive gathering it was, weaving together and celebrating the bountiful blessings upon Mother Earth.

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Domingo en San Miguel de Allende

by Tyler on September 15, 2014 · 0 comments

It is Sunday, like any other late summer Sunday. The Jardín in el centro de San Miguel is buzzing. Babies coo and cry, toddlers wobble. Tweens gorge on chicharrónes – pork rinds in plastic bags full of salsa. Young adults flirt and steal kisses while others preen looking for dates. Adults window-shop and drink micheladas while grandparents find a shady place to sit. Giant mojigangas, or cartonerías, work the crowd, as people pass a coin or two through a sternum slot and pose for a photo.

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A life long DREAM initially stirred and cultivated

in the sanctuary of my heart many moons ago, now finds me in the heart of Mexico on this powerful SUPERMOON. Tyler and I arrived here in the beautiful city of San Miguel de Allende just under a week ago. While San Miguel is known for its turista friendly city, filled with expats and travelers, the heartbeat of the Mexican culture is very much alive and vibrant, here.

As I sit and write to you from the hip organic cafe and market, Via Organica, I feel a smile bubbling from the outer corners of my lips, stirring a passion in my heart. Reflecting on the initial planting for this abundant harvest once set in the stars decades ago, I bring my awareness now to the momnet of which it all birthed.

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We land in León, Mexico, west of Guanajuato. TSA has left a greeting card inside my bag, which I notice when Mexican Customs opens it up to paw through yet again. A private car drives us through beautiful green terrain, passing slow trucks and buses. In the direction we are headed, lightning (relámpago) arcs through the clouds as rain begins to spot the windshield.

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PORTALS OF LIGHT

One of the greatest joys of traveling and living

around the world is the opportunity to commune and engage with Mother Earth’s natural, majestic and mystical universes.

Nature invites us to engage and commune with an open heart and wild innocence as we peel back the transparent veils of reality. Plants and trees are amazing teachers and allies for captivating our awareness within these realms. We may not in every moment take notice of the presence they play in our lives, however, they are always right there to engage with us. The moment we take the time to slow down and get down and dirty with the plants and trees, veils lift spontaneously while tangible and visceral realities come to life.

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You know those places that speak directly to your soul?

Those places where your spirit soars free and you feel an expansion in your heart vibrating from head to toe. Truly magical, right? Among this beautiful blue green earth there are very special places that naturally stoke the fire, spontaneously spinning a golden thread of light into a tapestry of extraordinary delight. Very specific places. Powerful places, here among Mother Earth, that have been imprinted within the very cells of our DNA from a long, long time ago.

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Northern California inspires me in this magical way. From the redwood coastline to the pine and douglas fir forests, I feel a sense of coming home.

It’s been about 12 years since I stepped foot back into the redwood forests beyond the lines of Sonoma County. So, you can only imagine the excitement I felt once I wrapped my arms around the first grove of redwood trees. One word. Intoxicating. Ok, maybe two. Powerful. Ok. One more. Liberating. I arrived with a stiffness and soreness in my neck and shoulders, and left the forest in laughter feeling brighter and more expansive. Not a complete surprise to me as it was just 12 years ago, I healed my sciatica, almost overnight just a few groves away…

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An adventure into the forest with my brother Danny in Pomo Canyon…Sonoma Coast

Danny picks me up from our nest in Caz. AliSun, what do you want to do today, he asks?”…

“How about something relaxing, like an adventure in the woods!” Hint.hint.nudge.nudge.

“Let’s check out the Pomo Canyon Trail. I haven’t been there in a while,” Danny offers.
YES!

We drive down through the canyon, passing Austin Creek to the east following the road out towards the sunlit coast. At the fork in the road where the highway meets the coast, we make a turn inland towards the Pomo Canyon Trail. Tucked away on a road among a sun filled forest of wildflowers, we meet a friendly grove of redwood trees.

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Instantly, I feel a special quality here among the land. A growing excitement fills the air.

Along Pomo Canyon, rests a campground that has been closed for the past few years offering a more wild and present adventure with our forest friends, today.

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A NEW MOON dance among the REDWOODS…

Here among this lovely nest in the redwoods, we weave and work, while soaking in these final magical moments with our dear friends of the forest…Bathed by the shadowy luminous glow of the NEW MOON, I honor the visions and dreams of these magical and mystical nights. As mercury begins to transition out of retrograde, and the wild winds settle, a relaxing and refreshing wave of energy bathes from crown to root with gentleness and grace.

Honoring the slower moments and stillness of the NEW MOON drawing near, I take a moment to reflect on the beauty and gratitude I feel for this journey of life. I feel grateful for all the beautiful and budding relationships in our lives among our families, friends and communities. How magical it is to dance this dance with all of you as ONE great big universal global family!

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“Auntie Owl and Uncle Bear” have been busy bees visiting up and down the coast of California for the past few months upon returning overseas…it has been a lot of fun sharing time with everyone…and there are still so many more of you to hug in person before we head off to Mexico in early September.

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