Over the weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a traditional Native American sweat lodge Ceremony (Inipi) with the invitation from my great friend and spiritual brother Chad. The I-ni-pi ceremony (lakota: ini- from inyan, rock + -pi, lodge), is a type of sweat lodge, is a Lakota purification ceremony, and one of the […]Read More Native American “Inipi” Sweat Lodge Ceremony
While traveling through Peru, it became evident that the diversity and quality of the food are exceptional. Peru is considered 5th in the world when it comes to gastronomy, and the Peruvian people take great pride in their culture and food. The passion for the food is contagious. I became addicted to Peruvian dishes like; Lomo Saltado, Juane, and Ceviche but Cuy (guinea pig), on the other hand, was a taste I could not acquire. With the food comes a desire of the Peruvian people to share and celebrate their culture through food and festivals. Peru is also known for a drink called the Pisco sour, an alcoholic cocktail that’s name comes from Pisco brandy, its base liquor, and the cocktail term sour citrus juice and sweetener components.Read More Amazing food of Peru
After returning from Peru, I was able to secure a seasonal position at New Vrindaban. The job entailed attendant, organizing processes, maintenance, and material management for the temple and the lodge. I was interested in the experience and spirituality from the Krishna perspective. New Vrindaban is an unincorporated area and an ISKCON intentional community located in Marshall County, West […]Read More ISHKON Spirituality and Fire Puja
It’s been a little over a year since mom passed away from cancer, and I miss her more today than ever. Although it’s hard, I will share some of my experiences being by my mom’s side as she battled cancer and some of the things I learned along the way. I have always been a […]Read More Moms Battle with Cancer:
After spending about three weeks in Puerto Maldonado enjoying the city, jungle, family, and friends, it was time for Shirley and me to fly to Cusco to seek out Alpaca sources and communities to work with. I had booked an Airbnb in Cusco near Tupac Square for a week as our base. Shirley had contacted her friend Sumaq who would meet us and show us […]Read More Trip to Cusco: Operation Alpaca Trueke
Thankfully Omar and Eza, Shirley’s Uncle and Aunt from Abancay, were visiting Puerto Maldonado for a baptism we were also invited to. For the celebration, Omar’s family from Lima would be Joining in the celebration and ceremony. We started the day with a trip to the observation tower in Puerto Maldonado, which gives a good history and view of […]Read More Baptism Celebration and tour around PTO with Omar and Eza
I had the pleasure of meeting Shirley’s friend Joaquina, her husband Marcos, and their daughter Milli. Marcos is s skilled fisherman and makes his nets by hand and is extremely good at his craft. He offered to take me fishing, we took on his motorcycle and haded about 20 minutes to a lake along the […]Read More Learning to cast net in the Amazon with Marcos
Shirley and I started our morning at Tres De Mayo market with empanadas and juice. All-day yesterday in the main square, La Plaza, the local people celebrated different schools and Peru regions in Puerto Maldonado. Maria, Shirley’s mom, was involved in the celebration and represented Apurimac culture with traditional dress, food, and drink. It was […]Read More Celebration of Apurimac Region of Peru in Puerto Maldonado.
Yesterday Shirley started the day off with some fresh ceviche’ which is always delicious. Then she decided to take me to a local lodge Estancia Bello Horizonte https://www.estanciabellohorizonte.com, just a short distance from Puerto Maldonado with a beautiful rainforest hike, natural spring pool, and canopy climb. The price for the day also includes a delicious lunch. […]Read More Yesterday’s Hike in the Rainforest and the days events.