Bad Ash Adventures Lead to Italy!

Ciao, Hello, Aloha, HOLA beautiful souls! 

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Big announcement first... I’ve been working the last 6 months on getting everything into place for an Italian Wellness Holiday, Summer 2018. (If anything, go check it out, because it’s so stinking rad!)

While I have hosted retreats before, mainly geared toward yoga asana, I have begun to explore a retreat, holiday aimed towards people wanting to have a lifestyle travel experience.  Italian Wellness Holiday is going to give persons a glimpse into a similar style to the life I have been leading, as the “traveling fairy” that I have become, over the past four years I've been teaching yoga… Yoga is a lifestyle, and I love asana practice, so there is no doubt that it is a part of the retreat, but this holiday is about living in the moment, which is yoga!

I have been inspired by a beautiful woman, Celia Owens, to take my love for travel & life on the road to Italy. Together we have developed the Italian Wellness Holiday.  We are inspired to give people an authentic experience of living in Italy. It’s one thing to vacation, but it’s another to truly live in an area… to absorb the culture, and feel a part of it. With the Italian Wellness Holiday, you will have this experience, and of course with the perks of actually being on vacation. :)

WHAT DOES THE RETREAT INCLUDE?

Accommodations

Daily Morning Yoga & Meditation Classes

Day Trip to Gneo Fonteo Beach & Umbrella Rental

Day trip to Rome

3 Qi Gong Classes

Travel oriented Art Classes

Daily Breakfasts

Arrival & Departure Dinner

Refreshments & Lite Snacks

Authentic Italian Cooking Class

Transportation To & From the Airport

Presenting my partner in the Italian Wellness Holiday, Celia Owens!

Presenting my partner in the Italian Wellness Holiday, Celia Owens!

Celia has 7 years of experience living in Val di Comino and Rome, Italy, and has a wealth of knowledge to the area and the country. She is a  lifelong artist and art teacher, world traveler, and practitioner of qi gong and yoga.  Celia also has education and experience in Drawing and Painting, Theater, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, International Peace and Conflict Studies, Hospice Care, Qi Gong and Yoga, Permaculture Design, House Design and Building Methods (frame, straw bale, adobe), Meditation, Buddhist/Baptist/Episcopalian Practice.  What can I say? The woman is incredible, and I am psyched to get to work with her. Celia is such an exciting host, and she will be incoporating so much into the holiday! Read more about Celia here.

What else have I been up too?

This past year has taken me all over the world; Fiji, Australia, India, Hawaii, and most recently Costa Rica. I’ve been pretty busy with trainings (teaching & taking)... above is a photo from the Costa Rica program I taught, where 13 incredible beings received their 200HR Teacher Training certificate. Such a rewarding experience to be with such incredible people learning, growing, and exploring the magical world of yoga all together.  I am forever the student, and feel so grateful to all the people that I come in contact with that teach me something new about myself or the world. If you’ve never taken a 200HR training, it’s something to think about regardless of whether you actually want to teach or not. Please reach out to me if it is something you are thinking about, I would love to recommend a program for you or talk to you if you’re interested.

 

Handstanding on amiga's rooftop in Jaco, Costa Rica. 

Handstanding on amiga's rooftop in Jaco, Costa Rica. 

Beyond getting everything in order for Italy, this next year is a mystery to me. Not quite sure what is in store, as plans have changed a bit… When life gets turned upside down… just go with it. :) (Note I’m still pursuing #365DaysofHandstands … follow me on Instagram to see my progress @badashvoice … it’s been a while, but I’m still plugging away… lol) … However, I do know that I will be teaching in Illinois on and off for the next few weeks at The Breathing Tree in Canton, and back to Maui this Winter.  My travels take me all over & I’m booking workshops, privates, and classes all along the way, let me know if you know of somewhere I should go or if I should come visit you!

 

Choosing Your Path

Choosing Your Path

Yoga has been a part of my life before I knew what yoga actually was.  And I’m not talking about being able to bend and twist your body into contortionist postures… I’m referring to a way of being.  Seeing the world with open eyes and an open heart, without holding judgment, and recognizing the connection that we all have to one another and to the earth.  As a young child I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher, but in what capacity I didn’t know.  Even when I went to my first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, I did not think that teaching yoga was my calling. I just wanted to know more about the spiritual aspects of the practice.  Within the first few days of my program I was inspired, intrigued, and motivated. I knew that I was embarking on the path that I was meant to be on. From that moment forward I knew that I could never know it all, that I would forever be the student on this journey that we call life, and to me that was thrilling.

Election Day 2016 Journal Entry

Election Day 2016 Journal Entry

*I would like to preface this blog post... I am political, but not very vocal about my political views. This was something that I needed to get off my chest, when no American was around to talk too.  I think that all people should be educated on their political system. Also, in light of recent events that are happening in the U.S. I hope that people who are unnerved, offended, sickened, and appalled by this election, begin to become more proactive in their political system and communities. This is my actual journal entry.

11/9/16 – The ninth of November, 2016, Fremantle, West Australia *Remember I'm in a different time zone, ahead of the USA

Today Donald Trump became president. How else do you start this conversation? … This conversation about how the world is completely rattled.  Not just the citizens of the United States, but the citizens of the world.

Vipassana: Meditation Course or Prison Camp?

Vipassana: Meditation Course or Prison Camp?

Recently, I attended a Vipassana Meditation course outside of Rockford, IL.  These meditation courses are offered all over the world & are free to any who would like to participate.  This course is 10 Days and asks you to observe Noble Silence, and to relinquish any of your regular activities (i.e. exercise, reading, journaling, etc.) to strictly focus on learning this meditation technique.  My experience is outlined is a revealing, candid, and really lengthy blog post titled, "Vipassana: Meditation Course or Prison Camp?" ... I hope you are intrigued.