ECHO: How 72 Hours with Strangers Can Transform Your Life
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ECHO: How 72 Hours with Strangers Can Transform Your Life

When was the last time you really looked at someone in the eyes? Or allowed yourself to embrace vulnerability? Or practiced gifting unconditionally? I am at a breathtaking eco-friendly retreat center and community called Puerta A La Vida in Costa Rica near a seaside town on the Pacific Coast. Crickets chirping, howler monkeys roaring, butterflies […]

The Value of Tech Free Time in a High-Tech World
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The Value of Tech Free Time in a High-Tech World

According to a Time Magazine article from December 2015, the average adult in the United States checks their phone 46 times a day. In this modern era, many of us are constantly connected to some type of device. Although this may make us feel we are connected to a broad network of people and ideas, what is […]

Summer Camp Forever: An Ecovillage Story
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Summer Camp Forever: An Ecovillage Story

Written by: Cynthia Tina (www.cynthiatina.com) Open sky, warm summer days, friendship, and adventure. The idealized “summer camp” has been enshrined for decades in movies, Uncle John’s yarns, and perhaps your own childhood memories. It serves as an adolescent’s wild escape from the boring confines of suburban neighborhoods and primary school, at least until “growing up” […]

Where Has the Soul of the American Woman Gone?
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Where Has the Soul of the American Woman Gone?

As American women, we really do have a lot of freedoms that women in many parts of the world don’t yet have. We have freedom to dress the way we want and travel wherever we want to go. We have freedom to express ourselves artistically and politically, equal opportunity to work in almost any field. […]

5 Ways to Access Your Fullest Creative Potential
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5 Ways to Access Your Fullest Creative Potential

I’m someone who has always been fascinated by the creative process. Growing up in the urban jungle of Las Vegas, NV, I constantly found myself surrounded by the misfits, artists, and counter-culture creators. At the time, I considered myself an arts advocate and supporter, but not a creative person. I mean, I rarely sat down […]

How I Transformed Drug Dependency into Creative Environmental Action
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How I Transformed Drug Dependency into Creative Environmental Action

A culture supportive of institutions, behaviors, and mindsets centering around drug and alcohol consumption is not sustainable. Therefore, if we are aiming to build or support sustainable community and lifestyle, we must look critically at how we intoxicate ourselves, become dependent on chemicals, and form addictions. Imagine if humans harnessed all the resources they spend […]

How to Get Out of Your Own Way
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How to Get Out of Your Own Way

Photo by Agustin Carri Photo Most of the time what prevents us from walking a path that fulfills our own passions and values is ourselves. At the border between bringing a healthy new habit into our lives, a vision we’ve held for a long time or integrating practices that bring us joy, our own patterns […]