Tuesday, October 21, 2014

autumn in yogaville


when we get a bit overwhelmed with all the fear/blame/hate swirling around us in the "real world", we head to yogaville to clear our heads and hearts.  you can hike, meditate, yoga, contemplate, love and just be in the beauty and serenity of this remarkable space.

yogaville celebrates the world's religions and spiritual practices:  "truth is one, paths are many."

this is the stuff of yogaville:


 ask.


sit.


wander.


breathe.


dance.


gather.


listen.


belong.


receive.


offer.

we carry all these things with us but sometimes they feel buried too far beneath the world's imprint to access.  yogaville pulls them to the surface and reminds us to work to keep them there.  this often happens when we practice them every day no matter the view.

more yogaville love here and here and here.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

calligraphy workshop


i spent a wonderful autumn morning at TOOLRY in loveburg this weekend for a calligraphy workshop taught by kathleen of leen jean studios.  the space is always beautiful, and bekah, kathleen and carrie did a fantastic job of making it extra special on this day.


everyone is instagramming their place at the big TOOLRY table; each space was beautifully appointed with brand new supplies and the most amazing goodie bags.


my space:  i love it when i feel cared for like this and when i know i will have everything i need.


the air was scented with just-out-of-the-oven cookies and coffee and the leafy-smokey smell of october gently blowing in through the bright yellow doors


kathleen's love of her art was contagious.  i loved learning from her.


calligraphy is not as easy as it might appear.  there was a lot of practice and getting the feel of the pen in our hands and ink on the paper.



my notes are almost always visual.



my tablemate and co-calligrapher meredith is left-handed.  i completely admire the extra work required of a lefty to create lovely letters.  and the extra-inky hazards they encounter.




i am so grateful for TOOLRY, this space was created with love and with the soul purpose of bringing together kindred creatives in a beautiful and supportive environment.


more TOOLRY love here and here.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

a week in color {№14}


autumn is in full freaking swing in virginia loves.  i just had to sketchbook it.  (page one)


(page two)


apple and cheese would be on my if-i-could-only-eat-ten-things-for-the-rest-of-my-life list.


our midcentury california pottery collection is growing.  this girl is a bit worn, but she is gorgeous and a really good size for casseroles-for-two.  because there will be casseroles.  i'm declaring this the year of the casserole in the soul kitchen.


on a walk with luca early tuesday morning.


loving the little handwritten notes and quotes on these apple bags.


not quite boot weather.


working in warrenton, virginia this week.  i always snap a photo of the red truck at red truck bakery. not shown:  straight-out-of-the-oven apple handpies.


on the way to warrenton, i drove a bit of skyline drive through shenandoah national park.


as i continued north, i got closer to autumn.


roadside diner owned by a greek family.  the vegetarian moussaka is incredible.


peace flags in beautiful little sperryville, virginia.


this incredible morning sky.


taking another wonderful weekend workshop with cyndi lee.  we are so lucky to have her here!


as the farm market season slows down, the sweet farmers at sandyfoot farm never stop with the amazing organic produce.  this weekend, it was all about the immunity:  baby ginger and turmeric.

it's no wonder why october is my favorite month.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

sunday grace: forest story


the forests of the blue ridge mountains are beyond beautiful in any season.

but there is something about that first crisp autumn weekend, when the leaves are just barely beginning to turn and still mostly clinging on to the tree, that lures us into the woods in search of the magic and healing that only nature can give.


the green is greener here.

a few steps off the path the forest's understory is soft and deep.

that light, delivered in radiant beams or feathery dapples, is otherwordly.

shedding our real world armor and reflecting the space, we are kind, quiet, open, lush.


we are small.


and marvel at the smaller.


we are happy and content in the forest's inherent balance of risk and play, folly and groundedness.


or to just be still and stare in wonder and delight without rush or pressure.


absolved and restored.


with permission to be easy and vibrant and tender in a hard grey world.


gratitude.  offering.  commitment, to each other and our magnificent world.


"the clearest way into the universe is through the forest wilderness."
{john muir}

Saturday, October 4, 2014

a week in color {№13}


full disclosure:  it's more like "a month in color".  i've been a bit lax on the color capturing these last few weeks.

living it, just not photographing it as much.

we hung a new light fixture in the dining room.  it's ginormous.  like a bright sun we orbit.


when i am in another town/city for work, i make a point to explore and experience.  otherwise i would die a slow painful death by hampton inn beige boredom. a recent discovery was a little shop that specializes in tibetan singing bowls and handmade bits from that region.


i've wanted a rolleiflex camera forever.  here she is!  she needs a bit of adjusting but i love her.


the color at the flower farm refuses to wind down.  they are still cranking out summer over there.



luca and i have done a pretty decent job at being consistent with our morning walks.  luca does not like to stop and take photos.  i have about 800 shots of his butt.


there he is!  goof.


i received alena's new book this week and it is amazing!  i'm super excited that i get to take class with her later this month at serendipity.


i made my own toothpaste you guys.  it's nontoxic, whitening and remineralizing.  it's not pretty.  but it's also not poisonous.


after some tweaking, here's the final recipe:

  • 1/3 cup unrefined coconut oil, softened
  • 4 tsp. dr. bronner's castille soap (i used peppermint)
  • 1 tbsp. organic baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. bentonite clay
  • 1/4 tsp. liquid stevia (adjust to desired sweetness)
  • 10-12 drips essential oil (i used 8 drops of clove oil and 4 drops of lemon)
mix all the ingredients in a glass container.  do not use metal utencils with the clay.  (in this incarnation, the clay acts primarily as a remineralizer, but it also pulls heavy metal toxins from your body.  when you expose it to metal utencils/containers, it lessens it's magnetic pull.)  you can dip your toothbrush in the paste or use a clean finger to swipe out the paste before brushing.



speaking of bentonite clay, i've been bathing in it and drinking it too.  a holistic health friend recommended both to detox and revive my sluggish lymphatic system.  dry-brushing, yoga and the daily walks are also a big part of this endeavor.


i love pumpkins but the whole pumpkin-spice EVERYTHING is depressing me (i even saw an instagram the other day of a pumpkin spice condom package).  the true flavor of autumn for me is a sliced honeycrisp apple with a smear of goat cheese.


this amazing creature was in my garden yesterday.  i love a woolyworm with a mohawk.


in the soul kitchen, we are looking forward to two seasons of soup and stews, but we want to squeeze all the flavor out of this indian summer that we can.  israeli salad is a gorgeous mix of colorful chopped veggies.

and finally, there was a wee backyard picnic at the equinox.  here's to a beautiful october.