Tree of Life Adventures
I've just returned from yet another wonderful adventure.... My mom and I decided to take a vacation this winter (something we never do together), and since she loves the desert and I love any place that has raw food and is warm, we figured Tree of Life Rejuvination Center would be the perfect place! I've had Gabriel Cousen's books for years and have often fantasized going to his center - my dream came true faster than I thought it would!
I don't feel I can put the whole experience into words - there was something really magical about it. For starters, we came from a temperature of -40C (also -40F if you can imagine) to the warmth of sandals and tee shirts. Ah, heaven already! Upon arrival we rented a car and took a scenic drive up to Patagonia, seeing heaps of cacti along the way. I'd never seen a real cactus before so it was cool - just like in the movies!
It's amazing how much can happen in one week. I made some really great friends - people who I will make a point of staying in touch with and seeing again. A few of them are even hoping to visit this summer, and in a trip to NYC in upcoming months, I'll be visiting a wonderful woman named Antoinette who became an instant friend to my mom and I. After becoming enthralled with Courtney Pool's blog during the time she did her big juice feast, I got to meet her in person. She's a beautiful spirit with the most gorgeous eyes I have ever seen - like blue gemstones! I also met Frank, of Raw Endurance who works as a chef at the Tree. He kindly let me come along to Tuscon one morning for bikram yoga with himself and some others. It's been a while since I've practiced regularly (even though I do other yoga most days of the week), so I was a bit rusty, but it felt great!
On my day of arrival I met Chelsey, who is spending three weeks there (lucky her). We hit it off immediately and had lots of fun together that week. When my mom and I left, 8 days later, Chelsey came to Tuscon with us for a day of shopping and dining. We are a bit naughty really, and had a margarita that night knowing full well our bodies wouldn't be too happy. Thank goodness for all the reiki and love we put into those drinks! I won't be doing that again for a very long time.
I've also decided that I want to take the 10 week cafe apprentice program, after learning more about it. While I have a lot of kitchen skills already, this program covers heaps of other things and I know there is always more to learn.
We were completely shocked to see it snow one day (you can see the remains in the mountains). I kept hoping it would melt quickly - I wanted as much hot weather as possible! Fortunately it only stayed for about 24 hours. Here is my mom (middle) with two of our new friends.