Travel

Discover your forest. Discover yourself.

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The Forest pathWell, I am back and slowly reconnecting with my life in Canada. It has been a wild transition to say the least. I miss my dear friends, oceanic Vidigal views and daily Acai though I am happy and excited to be back.

Aside from the huggable cops, heritage houses, and functionality of everything, what has tickled me most is the Ontario wilderness. I had the opportunity to go up to the St. Lawrence River near Kingston Ontario over the weekend to a small community music festival. It was pure inspiration. The Ontario forest energy has an innocent, maiden-like beauty. She quietly invites you in and offers a warm hug and a soft place to land. I love Canadian nature. The diversity and energetic frequency of these lands is fascinating.

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Jungle Love

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Sweet sensual lovers,

I have been far. I am so sorry, my sweets. I want to connect, just been deep in the woods without power.

Here’s the juice. Carnaval, as far as I could see, is a government sanctioned booze and sex fest. As soon as Carnaval Thursday hit, I felt a discernible shift in energy to something rather dark and out of current. I am not a party pooper. I just don’t get off on drunk, mojo-charged Brazilian men shoving their tongues down my throat at random. It happens and it’s just not how I roll.

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Falling for a Favela

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Sweet sensual lovers, the Huffington Post recently wrote a detailed article about “What Brazil Can Teach us About Living Well”. I wanted to give my own account of Brazil in response. Brazil is a beautiful mess and the favelas are the glorious, ramshackle epicenter of that.

Vidigal Hillside

I recently moved out of the posh, yet soupy Copacabana. I needed inspiration to write ‘Be the Flower- the Aromatherapy Recipe for Sensual Living’ (out February 2015 by Skyhorse), and I found it in Vidigal. Vidigal is a favela on the side of a mountain overlooking the sea, right beside the most expensive real estate in Brazil. The views are breath-taking, as is the steep climb up. Favelas are Brazilian slums and rife with negative stereotypes. (I have been told that people in the favelas prefer the word ‘community’). Favelas are traditionally associated with poverty, gang violence, murders, and drug trafficking. It’s a tough image to shake. The favelas are also the cultural and community hubs of Brazil. Samba and Brazilian Funk were born here, and the community spirit is palpable and pumping every night of the week. (Confession: I did skirt the truth when I told my parents where I was living).

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Happy New Year from Sensual Living! May it be your best yet.

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Sweet sensual lovers! It’s New Year’s Eve. I am sitting in my apartment with glorious sun streaming through the windows, glistening in the heat of the morning, while sipping on my raw chocolate superfood smoothie. It feels so strange (and right) to be celebrating the turn of a new year without my Uggs, toque and soul tribe around me. I was supposed to be in the forest by waterfalls, drinking green juices and recharging for 10 days but a dear friend got very ill and the plans fell apart. Spirit has another plan for me. I am excited to find out what that is. Regardless, tonight I will go the ocean, give flowers and prayers to Yemenja and hold you all in my heart. I am stoked and honoured to have you along for this wild ride. 2014- Bring it baby!

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The Brazilian Bikini experience- Sensual living in Body and Beach

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My friends, I have arrived.

I am finally settled into my new apartment, two blocks from the beach in Copacabana, with some really lovely roommates. I have a place to cook, ground, and unpack. Yup, my Brazilian experience has truly begun.

To be honest, my assimilation started soon after I got here. My Brazilian friend Camila, who I met in Toronto 8 years ago, has been a god-send in showing me the ropes. She has taken me to farmer and hippie markets, tourist sites and even an amazing Samba party in an old slave trading yard. I promise to write more on her later. She truly deserves her own blog posting.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And the start of something magical.

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I am here. I have arrived. By the grace of god and/or by my own shear-force determination, I managed to move my life and my career to Brazil for the winter. I will be teaching Aromatherapy and Hooping, doing massage and energy work and a revealing a big secret reason very soon. I am currently in a friend’s apartment in Botafogo (which has similar energy to my home base in Riverdale) in a bikini and short shorts. It is hot, humid and sticky and only 9:10am. For the record, I am not complaining.

My first impressions of Rio are honestly still forming. I only got here on Friday and I am still working through jet-lag, fear for my safety, culture shock and resting from the ridiculous cyclone of energy it took to get here.

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