This Guide attended a seven-day intensive, silent meditation retreat led by Zarko Andricevic, in the tradition of Chan master Sheng Yen, at Dharma Drum Mountain in Taiwan. The retreat was bilingual (conducted in Mandarin and… Read More »Attending an intensive, silent meditation retreat at Dharma Drum Mountain, Taiwan
In 2019, your Guide visited India to facilitate some mental health workshops and I took that opportunity to visit Bodhgaya for a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat at the International Vipassana Centre. Are you eager to… Read More »What happens at a Vipassana meditation retreat in Bodhgaya, India?
The first time this Guide tasted chicha morada was on the trek to Choquequirao. There was a big jug of deep purple juice sitting on the table in the lodge at Chiquisca. I figured it… Read More »Chicha morada. The joy of purple corn juice.
Growing up, I knew huitlacoche as “corn smut”. It’s a fungus that grows out of corn. And I was terrified of it. It looked like zombie cobs of corn were invading the garden. Looking back… Read More »Huitlacoche – Trying a food that scared me