Rainbow Report #5: Back to Babylon

For two weeks in September, I attended a Rainbow Gathering in Bolivia. In this, my final report, I describe my departure from the gathering and return to civilization. For the other reports, look here: #1, #2, #3, #4. -- My last night at the gathering found me in the kitchen, preparing dinner. I had hoped … Continue reading Rainbow Report #5: Back to Babylon

Rainbow Report #1: Welcome Home

In September I headed to a Rainbow Gathering in Bolivia. In my next few posts, I will tell the story of my time there and examine different aspects of what a Rainbow Gathering is and how it works. This first post introduces the concept and tells the story of my arrival there.¬† See the other … Continue reading Rainbow Report #1: Welcome Home

The Machu Picchu Mistake

9:30pm, the night before my visit to Machu Picchu. I leap out of bed and race for the toilet. "Esta ocupado," whispers a dorm-mate. But I've already slammed into the door and the poor girl inside - merely trying to brush her teeth - opens up. Before I can speak, the first retch comes. I … Continue reading The Machu Picchu Mistake

Being & Doing in the Sacred Valley

The morning the rain came through the Sacred Valley was the happiest I'd been all week. It was surprising, at first; I'd made big plans. An appointment with a healer in Pisac, a trip to the thermal baths at Lares, even a hike up to the nearby ruins to camp overnight. Overkill, to be sure. … Continue reading Being & Doing in the Sacred Valley

Sweating It Out: The Temazcal

"Will you enter the Temazcal?" I had been asked the question more than once at Vive Piuki Mapu¬†(Read about it here). The Temazcal - a small, igloo-like structure - had been simply constructed with tarpaulin over a bent-branch frame the day before. I knew that a ceremony involving steam was to take place there, but … Continue reading Sweating It Out: The Temazcal