So much has happened that we’ve been dying to write about.
Vipassana was both brutally difficult and wonderfully beautiful. I have a number of draft posts that I’ve been working on that I hope to post in the coming weeks. I was very inspired during the event and am still digesting what I learned and how the meditation tools apply to what we share on the blog.
|On the bus to Olón, Ecuador to prepare for the retreat|
Last week we finished our first retreat! It was a ton of work trying to put something like this on. But we had the most wonderful group of attendees, and I think there was just as much learning going on as there was teaching. Every time we’ve been able to meet with readers we’re blown away by their beautiful souls. It will be fun to share a few photos (and maybe a recipe or two) from the experience and talk about it in a little more detail.
Afterwards, we traveled a little bit with some new and old friends that attended the detox retreat. We visited Puerto Lopez and Isla de la Plata, which is also known as “poor man’s Galapagos.” It was the tail-end of the whale season and we were lucky enough to see humpback whales and about six blue whales swimming by the boat. The island was full of exotic birds, like blue-footed boobies, that didn’t seem to care that you were two feet away from them.
You might think that being down here in Ecuador would mean that we have all the time in the world and that our blogging regularity should have improved by coming here. And in a sense, you’d be right…we certainly thought the same thing would happen.
But the reality is, things just take a lot longer down here. Every errand done without a car is a total production (in part because we often try to walk wherever we go instead of take the bus) and you can spend half a day in search of just the simplest things.
Plus, we’re designing our own furniture and having it made by local craftsmen…that process is much more demanding that we would have thought. Doing it this way cheaper, but much more time consuming.
We also spend way more time then we’ve ever spent cooking. Which is awesome. We’ve cut just about every ounce of processed foods out of our diet. When we go to the farmer’s market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, we spend a good portion of the day just washing and storing all the nutritious goods we bought. Check out the kind of bounty that comes home with us each week.
But, of all the things that have taken up our time in the last few weeks, one thing in particular has been a major and delightful distraction. We have a new member of our family….can’t wait to tell you how we found this adorable little dog.