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WHAT’S NEW? On a personal note….

houseFor those of you who did not know, I used to live in the mountains of north Georgia and then 4.5 yrs ago moved back down to Florida to be with my parents and help them out – and to accomplish a few other things for myself. I actually didn’t plan to be away that long – only maybe 2 years but you know how life is – 2 years turns into 4.5 yrs in a blink of an eye!

So here I am back in my formerly beautiful home trying to bring it back to its glory days (my last tenant had cats…will I ever be able to scrub the smell of cat piss out of my tile grout?). 🙂

In the short week that I’ve been home:

  • I’ve had to replace the washing machine and dryer – they died.
  • After that, the dishwasher leaked all over the floor and that had to go.
  • I scrubbed an additional 2 layers of grease off of my stove (that was AFTER the cleaning gal cleaned it).
  • I’ve encountered 10 varieties of spiders (and two scorpions – well this is the mountains!).
  • My right shoulder is totally inflamed from scrubbing and Motrin is my best friend now.
  • I’ve had to part with many things that got ruined from the pipe that burst this past winter downstairs (I don’t think they had the heat on like I told them to).  🙁

So what’s the moral of the story? Well – everything in life is an opportunity to put all our spiritual lessons into practice, whether they are about detachment, letting go of expectations, having gratitude in the face of adversity, or even how to keep your inner peace when it seems like the outer world is going to hell in a hand-basket!

Blessings and love, Sheri Rosenthal xox

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A Spiritual Adventure to Machu Picchu + Sacred Valley: Peru
September 10th-19th, 2015

Pachamama warmly welcomes you! Join this unique celebration with Carol Cumes for an authentic Magical Journey along the pathways of Peru’s ancient civilizations. An exceptional Willka T’ika guide will share the mysteries of ancestral Incan customs at all sacred sites.This diverse spiritual adventure is perfect for individual travelers, couples, and sojourners with an interest in meditation, holistic heal (and healing), yoga, dance, Andean mysticism, photography, hiking and the creative arts.

Nourish with organic gourmet meals: Brilliant edible flowers and organically grown vegetables are harvested daily and featured in vegetarian gourmet meals. Healthy menus include delicious and nutritious protein-filled Andean super-foods lovingly prepared by the Willka T’ika Quechua chefs.

Integrate into the Andes via mind, body & soul: This program offers a spiritual and cultural adventure for mind, body and soul. Each morning after personal yoga or meditation, and a relaxed, nutritious buffet breakfast, you will visit an ancient Incan site in the Sacred Valley. Maximize your personal experience at each sacred site with ample time to explore, meditate or hike to your liking through temples and valleys.

Trip cost: $3990 USD based on double occupancy, Single occupancy supplement: $900 USD – most meals included.

Details for Peru here!


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“Finding the Joy in Life”

Article by Paramhansa Yogananda from October 1936

fernsYou want a thing as long as you are not able to get it; when you have secured it, sooner or later you will tire of it, and then you will want something else. Have you ever tried to find that will-o’-the-wisp of “something else” which you seek at the end of all accomplished desires?

No matter what you seek, you must seek it with joy, in expectation of having joy by possessing it, and you must feel joyous when you actually get it. When seeking different things directly or indirectly, in reality you are seeking joy. When seeking all things, it is really joy that you seek through all these things and the fulfillment of all desires.

Then, why not seek joy directly? Why seek it through the medium of material desires and material things? You do not want those things in life which bring you sorrow. Neither do you want those things which promise a little joy in the beginning but sink you in deep remorse and suffering in the end.

Why seek joy by supplicating the favor of short-lasting material things? Why depend upon short-lasting material things for short-lasting joys? Material things and fulfillment of material desires are short-lasting; therefore, all joys born of them are short-lasting. Joys born of eating, smelling fragrance, listening to music, beholding beautiful objects, and touching pleasing things are short-lasting. They last only as long as the sensations born of the senses of taste, smell, hearing, sight, and touch last.

beam-of-lightYou do not want a tantalizing joy; you do not want a transitory joy which brings sorrow in its trail; you crave joy which will not disappear like the sudden flicker of gossamer wings beneath the flash of lightning. You should look for joy which will shine forever steadily, like the ever luminous radium.

Neither do you want a joy which has too much sameness; you want a joy which changes and dances itself in many ways to enthrall your mind and keep your attention occupied and interested forever. Any joy that comes by fits and starts is tantalizing; any joy that is monotonous is, of course tiresome; any joy that only comes for a little while and brings sorrow at last is undesirable. Any joy that comes for a little while then flits away, sinking you in a state of indifference, and thus deepens that state by contrast, is torturing.

The joy that rhythmically changes all the time like the different poses of an actor, and yet remains unchangeable in itself, is what all of us are seeking. Such joy can only be found through regular, deep meditation. Such an ever-new, unchangeable fountain of joy alone can quench our joy-thirst.

If Nature gave to us all at once everything we wanted-wealth, power, and lost friends – we would sooner or later get tired of all of these, but one thing we can never get tired of, and that is Joy itself. By its very nature, ever-new Joy is the only thing that can never tire the mind or make it want to exchange Joy for something else.

railwayIn the pursuit of evil or good, you are always seeking joy. The former promises joy and gives sorrow; the latter may promise sorrow but will surely give lasting joy in the end. Lasting, ever-new Joy is God, and when you have found Him, you have the eternally elusive will-o’-the wisp “something else” which you always seek at the end of all fulfilled desires. Finding this “something else,” you will not seek any farther. Finding this ever-new joy, you will find everything in it that you ever sought.

Material objects which give joy remain outside of the mind; they only gain entry into the mind through imagination. Joy, from its very nature, is something born of the mind and lives closest in it. External, material objects can be destroyed, but this joy within can never be destroyed if one knows how to keep it and unless the possessor of joy changes his mind and becomes sorrowful. This joy is ever-new and indestructible.

Do not seek joy through material mediums, or desires born of such contact. Seek the unconditioned, indestructible Pure Joy within yourself, and you will then have found the ever-conscious, ever-new Joy-God. This joy is not an abstract quality of mind, but it is conscious, self-born, and is the conscious, self-expressing quality of Spirit. Seek it and be comforted forever.

mooseWhen you have attained this ever-new joy, you will not have become a cynic, hating everybody. Rather, it is then that you will be in a position fit to enjoy everything rightly. As an immortal child of God, you are supposed to enjoy everything with a lasting attitude of your eternal nature of perpetual joy. People who enjoy material things become materially-minded. It is a disgrace to behave like a discontented mortal when you are made in God’s image, and when you are immortal.

When immortals behave like mortals, they experience the changes of joy, sorrow, and indifference in their natures. That is why you must destroy this grafted nature of changeability on your unchangeable nature of joy. And when you have found your own nature of unchangeable joy, you will be able to enjoy everything, either pleasant or disagreeable with your unchangeable, indestructible joy. Your joy will stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking earthly pleasures.


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Sacred BritainMysteries + Sacred Sites of England
Sacred Britain
Trip Leaders: Glenn & Cameron Broughton
July 21—30, 2015

Sacred BritainCrop Circles + Summer Lectures Intensive
Sacred Britain
Trip Leaders: Glenn & Cameron Broughton
July 30-Aug 3, 2015



Ayahuasca & Ayni in PeruAyahuasca & Ayni in the Andes with Dennis McKenna
Trip Leader: Dennis McKenna
August 5-15th, 2015

Spiritual Journey to TurkeyDive Into the Ancient Magic + Mysteries of Turkey
Trip Leader: Rev David Ault
August 17th–26th, 2015

Want to see our whole line-up for the upcoming year?
Visit our Trips at a Glance page.

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