Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt Level Unlocked

Just a quick update to share the good news. I received my blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu last weekend where here I thought maybe I was due for a fourth stripe on my white belt. What a pleasant surprise! Congratulations to all of my Gracie Bradenton family on their promotions! I hope I’m helping you […]

What Called Me to Ayahuasca

Before I share journal entries on my travels to Peru to work with Shamans and plant medicines, I wanted to explain why I felt so drawn to Ayahuasca. At 41 years of age I had had enough of the medically and socially acceptable, traditional and alternative methods to relieving chronic pain, depression and anxiety – many […]

Back from my journey with plant medicines

Just a quick post to let you know I’m home safe and sound from the incredible journey to and from Iquitos, Peru, as well as my personal journeys with plant medicines Ayahuasca, Huachuma, Bobinzana and Vilca. When don Howard welcomed us home (to the SpiritQuest Sanctuary) I didn’t know what we were about to experience. […]

You Aren’t Fighting 100% – Until You Let Go

Originally posted on Nuclearchainsaw:
Athletically speaking, there’s a place called “The Zone” – It’s that place that people go where they can’t be beaten.  You’ve been there before, albeit very rarely.  That time in school where you “couldn’t be stopped” or you “didn’t know what happened”…or as they say now, you “went all beast-mode”. The Zone…

Black Belt Corner with Jill Baker

Originally posted on BJJ For Women:
We interviewed Jill Baker in 2012 when she was a brand new brown belt, and  had become the main organizer of SoCal Women’s BJJ Open Mat. Last year in September she was promoted to black belt by Jean Jacques Machado. She called the promotion day a really special yet…