Thursday, October 30, 2014

Artist-Led Journey to Bali Ignites Soulful Creativity

From March 12 - 23, 2015 artist Lori Goldberg and tour leader & jewelry designer Mooh Hood will travel to Bali with a small group of women for a journey of art, culture, spirituality and fun!

Women's Spiritual Art Journey in Baliwith Mooh Hood and Lori Goldberg” is an opportunity to spend time in one of the most beautiful places on earth with tour leaders who will nurture your own creative spirit and inspire you to see beauty with fresh eyes.

As Goldberg says,

"There is nothing better than to take a group of like-minded people to beauty spots like Bali where there is no word for Artist, they just are. The Balinese are under divine obligation to make beautiful things. So what better place in the world to be if you are a creative person than in a place like this."

Goldberg herself was touched by Bali early in her career, and the 1988 exhibition “Out of the Blue” was inspired by her travels there. This “spirited, playful and open-ended” exhibition captures a textured, multi-layered beauty, with figures floating in an “ethereal bath of light [and] luminous colour”.

Juluka Shuttle by Lori Goldberg

 For participants on this journey there will be plenty of time to explore creative processes with daily art journal sessions led by Goldberg as well as advice from the artist on techniques and creative documentation. A follow-up full-day session with Lori in her Vancouver studio is also included in this trip to help participants put together all that they have discovered in Bali.

Making Offerings in Bali

 This journey will also nurture your spiritual side through visits to sacred sites and temples, daily Circle Time for sharing from the heart, and 24 hours of silence to celebrate Balinese New Year in the traditional way. Spirituality is completely intertwined with creativity in Bali, and this journey honours both with time for quiet devotion combined with fun, leisure activities. Dancing, snorkelling, walks with a Naturalist guide are all on offer as well as an intriguing workshop on the “100 Uses of Coconut”!

Whether you’re involved in the creative industries on a daily basis or haven’t picked up a paintbrush since high school, this journey has much to offer. To feel true happiness, our bodies need to be in balance and our creative souls fed as much as our bellies. On this “Women'sSpiritual Art Journey in Bali with Mooh Hood and Lori Goldberg” you will join like-minded women who will support and inspire you as you re-connect to your true self in harmony with your exquisite surroundings.

This journey truly is a transformative travel gift to yourself.  

In an upcoming blog we will feature an exclusive not-to-be-missed interview with tour leaders, artist Lori Goldberg and Mooh Hood!

~ Kim Bridgett


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Applying the 13 Principles of KuKuulKaan

A New Message from Miguel Angel Vergara ahead of our journey, December 1-9 2014: “SacredPath Of Quetzalcoatl-Kukuulkaan with Miguel Angel Vergara: A Journey to Discover Your Potential in the Land of the Toltec & Maya”.

“The identity of the Maya Kukulcan with the Mexican Quetzalcoatl and the Mexican origin of the worship of this culture-hero have been well established.” — From the Chilam Balam of Chumayel

When the Spanish arrived in Yucatan, the Maya had many books telling of their history, science, medicine, and spiritual beliefs and practices written in Maya hieroglyphs. Most were destroyed but some were first transcribed in Maya using the European script taught to them by the Spanish in the 16th century.

These have survived and are now translated into Spanish and some also into English. Chilam Balam is believed to be the name of the Maya scribe who put these books together shortly after the Spanish arrived. Working from ancient books and oral traditions he left us an amazing look into the past. 

There are nine books, each is named for the town in which they were found. The above quote is from the Chilam Balam of Chumayel, a town not far from Mayapan where we will be visiting on our journey in December.

From these books come the teachings of the 13 Principles of KuKuulKaan.  These principles teach that we are not alone, that everything is interconnected, we are one with the universe. He teaches that everything is vibration and it is through vibration that we are connected. KuKuulKaan also talks of the need to connect with the 4 Kingdoms and on the journey I will lead us in meditations and practices to do that, to connect with the spirits of the air, earth, water, and fire.

The 13 principles also teach that everything has its rhythm and how smoothly things go when we recognize our personal rhythms and flow with them. KuKuulKaan speaks of the importance of the Heart as the nest for our inner serpent. The serpent is the symbol for the great wisdom found in unconditional love.

On our journey I will bring alive all 13 of KuKuulKaan’s Principles in meditations, practices, ceremonies, and visits to the sacred sites. Putting these principles into practice in your daily lives will help you rise above all obstacles or situations that are currently holding you back from fulfilling your purpose and expressing who you really are.

~ Miguel Angel Vergara Calleros

To read more about this life-changing journey to Mexico with Miguel Angel please visit our website.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

5 Earth-Friendly Travel Tips

At Sacred Earth Journeys we’re constantly looking for new ways to improve our travel experiences while leaving a lighter footprint on the earth. In this blog, we share 5 tips that have helped us prepare for our journeys.

1. Pack Re-Useable Water & Snack Containers

Re-useable containers are a great way to cut down on plastic waste when we travel. Snack containers also help you make good food choices when travelling – it’s easy to buy fruit and veggies from a local market and take them with you on daytrips when you have something safe and secure to put them in. Make sure your water bottles are empty before going through airport customs or, if you’re concerned, pack them in your suitcase.

Good places to buy:

2. Rest and Practice Meditation

When we’re tired, stressed or overly excited, we tend to make poorer choices in all aspects of our lives. Travel decisions such as “what to pack”, “what do I really need?” become easier with sufficient sleep, rest and, ideally, a regular meditation practice. By caring for our minds in this way, we can avoid unnecessary purchases saving us money and helping the earth.

Good websites to help with your mental & spiritual self-care:

3. Buy Local Souvenirs

Shun the airport stores and bargain outlets when you travel, and choose to buy your souvenirs and treats from local artisans instead. Do a little research before you leave to find out what might be available or ask your local tour guide for advice if you’re travelling with a group.

There are a wealth of beautiful, handmade objets and textiles in every country, and buying directly from the maker or smaller business keeps your carbon footprint low and helps the local economy in a healthy way.

Good places to browse:

4. Shop Consciously for Must-Have Travel Essentials

Sunscreen, passport holders, carry-on bags, hats… there are many items that we do really need when we travel. If you’re buying any of these items new ahead of your next trip, take a moment to see if you’re buying from a store or choosing a brand that values the planet as much as you do.

Many stores offer online shopping so even if you don’t live in a big city or have access to the store you’d prefer, you can plan ahead a little and mail order your travel essentials.

Shopping destinations to consider:

5. Choose Your Destinations Carefully

The local newspaper may have a fantastic deal on an all-inclusive vacation to the current hot spot, but is it really where you want to go? Air travel can take a heavy toll on the planet – and on our bodies – so it’s important to ensure you’re choosing a destination that has real meaning and true value to you.

If there’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip you’d love to take in the next 5 years, why not try a “staycation” or shorter local trips for a couple of years to help save for that journey you really want. You’ll never regret spending money on a travel experience that is meaningful and… it really could change your life!

Websites to help you choose your dream destination:

Do you have any earth-friendly travel tips you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them!

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~ Kim Bridgett