Plant Medicines

A Journey to Stillness, Forgiveness and Love with Mother Ayahuasca – Part II

This is the second installment inspired by my 10-night stay at the SpiritQuest Sanctuary in Peru, where I worked with Shamans and plant medicines. Part I can be found here. December 12, 2015 At the Sanctuary it is customary to have a day of rest and reflection after each Ayahuasca Ceremony. Last night was our first journey…… Continue reading A Journey to Stillness, Forgiveness and Love with Mother Ayahuasca – Part II

Jiu-Jitsu

Grappling with Anxiety: My First Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

I’m happy to report that I survived my first Jiu-Jitsu tournament. I was on the fence whether I would compete because I didn’t feel ready – even though logically I know I would go against other newbies in the under-six-month-training, novice division. Hours after arriving I would soon find out there was no one in…… Continue reading Grappling with Anxiety: My First Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

Jiu-Jitsu

The Roller Coaster that is Jiu-Jitsu

I began my journey with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in June of this year. As a 41 year old woman with no background in martial arts – unless you count a couple semesters of Tai Chi – I knew I was moving into unknown territory. And I was knowingly entering this extremely physical, male-dominated sport as someone with…… Continue reading The Roller Coaster that is Jiu-Jitsu