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How Movement Heals The Nervous System

By Titus Kahoutek | March 27, 2018

Movement is a primary characteristic of the Animal Kingdom, and a powerful asset in life. Humans are the only species that exclusively walks on two legs. This upright posture offers us unique gifts and challenges. On one hand, we have an incredible capacity to adapt. No other animal on the planet comes close to humans in our ability to perform a broad range complex movement patterns. While, on the other, the vertical arrangement of our ankles, hips, spine, shoulders and head makes the human body more susceptible to muscle imbalances and postural breakdowns. Learning to move skillfully prevents these imbalances…

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It’s all fake, and all I want is for it to be real

By Danny Raede | March 4, 2018

It’s rare that I have a genuine, real human connection. To me, 99% of the time, it seems fake. People ask how are you, but they don’t actually want to know. They are afraid of expressing their actual humanity, and push you down when you try to express yours. They ask “Hows the weather” when we both know that no one can give a shit about how the weather actually is. I long for a real, genuine human connection, but with everyone playing the game, there’s no room left for being real & genuine. You have to put on the…

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Connection: On Feeling Seen, Heard & Accepted

By James Lee Gibbs | March 2, 2018

Not many would dispute social connections can bring happiness and help us live longer and more fulfilling lives. There are numerous studies looking into just how big of an effect they can have.  One meta-analysis across 148 studies (308,849 participants) found benefits comparable to giving up smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Not every social connection is the same though. What kind of connections really bring out the best of us and help us grow? To start, let’s think about what we mean by connection. My favorite definition would be from Brené Brown: “Connection is the energy that exists between people…

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The Built Environment Affects Us Far More Than We’re Aware Of

By Danny Raede | February 26, 2018

What if I told you that there was a method & philosophy that, when applied properly, results in increases in health, wealth & happiness across the board? Sure, there are a lot of different things that do that, but what I’m talking about today is architecture. Specifically, designing built environments that are intentionally created to bring ease & reduced stress to those that live, work, play & live in and around these structures. Most people think of architecture as either the fancy skyscrapers and/or houses that inhabit a metropolitan area, but architecture is so much more than that, and I…

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Nature isn’t just nice… it’s necessary

By Seth MacNeely | February 24, 2018

Spending time in nature offers us an opportunity to reclaim something that many of us don’t even realize we have lost.  The science on this is extremely clear: the modern world, and the culture that built it, makes so many demands on our time and attention that many of us exist in a constant state of fight-or-flight. We are permanently triggered – on a knife edge waiting to jump on…something.  We are surrounded by strangers, flashing lights, loud and unexpected noises – all the hustle and bustle of modern life, and our brains and hearts cannot possibly keep up or…

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New Bathroom!

By Seth MacNeely | February 20, 2018

Ok, so maybe that doesn’t sound particularly exciting, but for us, it is! Last summer, we had a lovely, and usually odor-free, portable bathroom that served our needs – it was….adequate. We promised that we would have some better options by next Summer, and we are hard at work to make that happen.  A full blown septic system is beyond our resources for the campground right now (the County makes that part pretty difficult), so we are splitting the difference!  Our new bathroom will feature two private stalls, a sink, and (maybe – just maybe) a nice hot shower. It…

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Welcome To Sweetpea

By Seth MacNeely | February 12, 2018

And then there was a donkey! Our family here just keeps on expanding. 🙂  Please help us welcome Sweetpea! Sweetpea is 12 years old, about the size of a big Great Dane, and has just about the sweetest eyes and kindest disposition this side of a Teddy Bear. She is a rescue donkey – she was saved from chronic neglect about 5 years ago by a wonderful couple who live just a few miles down the road from us.  Over last Spring, Summer, and Fall, we saw her in her little pasture (and with her friends Cow and Horse), and…

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Wintertime is here

By Seth MacNeely | January 10, 2018

We are now deep in the heart of Winter, and for a California ex-pat, this is a very new experience! Before this winter, I had never really experienced the unique kind of silence that exists during a gentle snowfall.  I think all those flakes and light fluffy drifts must absorb sound even better than a studio.  Just a quiet hush and rustle as the flakes fall. I didn’t know how beautiful a snow-filled meadow might be.  Or that “flocking” isn’t just something that comes in can to be sprayed on windows – it is nature’s exuberant decoration and it turns…

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