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“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast

Hola from Finca Mia and Inner Space

Beunos dias,

As sit at the laptop, overlooking the valley of unimaginable green, I hear the sound of the Rio Talari below me and countless birdsongs from every direction- I’ve seen at least 5 new kinds of birds everyday…

We are almost to the end of our our Begin Again retreat at Finca Mia in Costa Rica- and well, the experience reminds me of Mary Oliver’s words: “When it’s over, I want to say: all my life, I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.” Yes, that pretty much sums it up.

Several people said they couldn’t come down this January but wanted to be on the list next year- and we will surely be returning next January! We have never found a more conducive setting for these practices around deepening a connection to the ground, our embodiment, to life itself. This place is so damn alive, it literally lures you out of your head, out of your phone, and into life. We look forward to sharing this experience with more of you next year. (and it sure beats January inversion! :)

Wishing you well, and Pura Vida!

Carl and Erin

 

 

 

The Sun

Have you ever seen
anything
in your life

more wonderful
than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,

floats toward the horizon
and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone-

and how it slides again
out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,

like a red flower
streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance-

and have you ever felt for anything
such wild love-
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough

for the pleasure
that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,

as it warms you
as you stand there,
empty-handed-
or have you too

turned from this world-
or have you too
gone crazy
for power,

for things?

– Mary Oliver

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