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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.

Eighteen memories from 2018 by lana pribic

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27th birthday in Minnesota.

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First boudoir event, and then another.

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Constantly watching the stars and moon and sunsets in Thunder Bay.

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Penny.

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Second shooting with Dorothy Renzi.

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Driving 16 hours from Toronto to Thunder Bay in May (and back again in October!).

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Harvest.

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A very successful boudoir event with Gracie Myers doing hair and make-up.

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Shooting my first wedding as lead photographer (this scared me at the start of the year).

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First styled shoot - a midsummer theme with Gracie Myers and Georgia.

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Enjoying Thunder Bay summer and swimming holes and late sunsets and camps.

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Celebrating Midsummer in a cabin on the lake.

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My photo was on cover of the Walleye magazine.

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Attending Love and Kindness festival and seeing a bunch of shooting stars.

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Hunting for amethyst and seeing Ouimet canyon = best date ever.

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Loads of fall hikes with Penny.

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Our best friends came to visit us during our final days in Thunder Bay.

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Moving back home, for good, in time for the holidays.

Botanical Sunday by lana pribic

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I planned to do a photoshoot with a model on Sunday here at the conservatory, only to find that there was an event there that day. I went with my friend Hailey anyways to get a feel of the space and check it out. Hailey killed it in front of the camera. You can't tell but... there was so many people and little kids running around everywhere, I'm glad we were able to get a few good photos.

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Minnesota for my 27th by lana pribic

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My boyfriend took me for a drive down to Minnesota for my 27th birthday. He surprised me with a winter cabin which was fire-place equipped and had a gorgeous view of the frozen lake (from the in-suite jacuzzi) (while sipping on some cava). It was the ultimate winter getaway.

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The drive itself was so gorgeous that I requested a stop in the middle of the highway cause I just had to take some photos.

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I couldn't be convinced to walk on a frozen lake ('causeee only crazy people do that and it's literally my worst fear to fall through ice into a frozen body of water and be that cold). But we did take advantage of the trails and went for a hike on the day of my actual birthday. It was so sunny, unlike winters in southern Ontario, and made being outdoors bearable in the winter.

I'm super excited for this year. For some reason, I have always been looking forward to 27.