TRAVEL

Costa Rica | Pachamama by lana pribic

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I spent 8 days at Pachamama in Costa Rica - an eco-village, yoga and meditation community. This is a 500 acre property in the jungle that was acquired by spiritual seekers and followers of Osho (yes, that Osho) 20 years ago. They bought land that was being used for cattle farming at the time, and set out to reforest it for the purpose of creating a livable community. Now, many species of wildlife have returned to the lush land. There are residents who live here on a permanent basis, in addition to many work exchangers who spend at least 6 weeks living and working here. There are six pillars that are crucial for the Pachamama lifestyle: meditation, emotional healing, yoga/movement, native ceremonies, ecological living and mystical music journeys.

This is a place that is difficult to explain. During the one Satsang I was able to attend, the spiritual leader mentioned that they refrain from using loaded words such as “special” or “amazing” to describe Pachamama. So, I will tell you about the type of person who goes here and how one spends their time. This is not a resort or a place to party, consume mass amounts of food, or numb out. People who come here are on their personal spiritual journey to better themselves or gain understanding of their self. Many people here are dealing with heavy things, are simply are looking for direction, or want to life this alternative lifestyle being one with nature. A day at Pachamama is spent simply and healthily; it is up to you to decide what you will do with your time (with the exception that you must sit silently for 45 minutes a day). People spend their time doing lots of reading, playing, journalling, reading tarot/oracle cards, having conversations about astrology and human design, having therapeutic chats... There are two daily movement classes a day and a 45 minute silent sitting every evening. The food served is 100% vegetarian and gluten free. There are also workshops you can take (yoga, cleanses, emotional release…).

The highlights of my stay were: an emotional release workshop, an ecstatic dance movement class, going to the nearby beach everyday, meditating in a rain storm, and just being in such a new environment. Experiencing jungle life was something new for me, and this trip is easily one of my top 3 EVER. I booked this trip on a Tuesday, and arrived there on the Friday afternoon - it was simply the best idea I ever had.

Seattle by lana pribic

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It feels like it has been forever since I found myself wandering alone in a new city taking photos, eating food, and just being quiet and thinking. Moody winter light, shadows, and silhouettes really inspired me on this trip while I was snapping away on my camera. I really enjoyed this trip that I took on my own. After Andria’s massively inspirational boudoir workshop I gave myself two days to wander, eat, shop, and just sit and think about where I’m heading.

All I have to say is - THINGS ARE IN MOTION AND I AM EXCITED.

Seattle is awesome. So lush and green in January. Everything is so local. It’s a little ecosystem and community of its own that could probably function on it’s own if it needed to. Plus. Mountains.

Things I did:

Stay: Ace Hotel


Eat + Drink: AgroDolce // The Walrus and the Carpenter // Mamnoon // Umi // Salt & Straw // Molly Moons // Storyville Coffee // OddFellows


Shop: The Vintage Mall // Essenza // Pipe and Row // all the little shops in Fremont

Melbourne, Australia by lana pribic

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I LOVE THIS CITY. Seriously, I would consider living there for a bit it's so good. The food, the style, the coffee, the healthy grub, the vintage shopping (I found my new favourite pair of jeans that I get a million compliments on, and an incredible Calvin Klein vintage jean jacket in Melbourne...). The biking. The bars and nightlife. The public transport. The parks. THE EUCALYPTUS EVERYWHERE. The green initiatives. European vibe. All of it, I love it all.

I went to Australia last spring with my parents. I had just finished my masters degree and defended my thesis. In Melbourne, I got to see my best friend from childhood, Jashke. It had been six years or so, so that alone was special. I finally got to meet her partner and we had the best time hanging out, laughing so hard it hurt. I also got to see my friends from my Copenhagen exchange. Melbourne was my favourite part of the entire trip!

Looking back, a lot of things began to change around this time - a new chapter of being free from school began. Shortly after the trip, I moved to Thunder Bay to be with my man. It's crazy looking back on these photos because so much has changed since that trip.

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See Hong Kong here.