happy year of the horse!
"the horse is a powerful totem, full of impulsiveness, passion, keen intuition, and the ability to take charge and bound forth into what comes next. fire is the ruling element of the Yang Horse, and paired with the element of Wood, makes way for a year of budding, new growth, dynamism, movement, and great leaps forward.
horses take us through the gateway, make communication possible, and are associated with both natural power and supernatural powers. the horse has many lessons to teach us about wielding our power appropriately, compassionate understanding on an emotional level, and responsibility towards ourselves, others, and the earth.
the horse energy inspires us to pay attention and trust our own intuition, as the profound lessons we have learned during the water years will come forward to be utilized. the horse urges us towards inspired action and surges us towards greater freedom.
the propulsion of the horse energy is supported by clarity of vision. it urges us to map what we want for our lives, know the steps towards getting there, and begin to ride the wind towards an expanded sense of freedom and awareness previously only dreamed of.”
bring it on!!!
:: pictures from last month in Três Picos, upstate Rio de Janeiro :: thank you Cacá + Sean + Clarice + Sofia + Mei
Chapada dos Veadeiros - Brazil
the Cerrado is one of the world’s oldest, most diverse tropical ecosystems. located in the central high plains of Brazil, it stretches across nearly 500 million acres, about 23% of the country’s surface area. the world’s most biologically rich savanna is home to over 10,000 species of plants, of which 45% are exclusive to the Cerrado. it feeds three of the major water basins in South America: the Amazon, Paraguay and São Francisco Rivers.
Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, a large area of protected Cerrado, is an ancient plateau with an estimated age of 1.8 billion years. made up of deep rocky canyons and valleys, wide plateaus with waterfalls and crystal clear springs, it sits upon one of the world’s oldest quartz crystal formation.
i am so blessed to call this place home!
I Feira Mebengokré Kayapó de Sementes Tradicionais
some of my favorite photos from last year’s trip to the Mebengokré Kayapó indigenous people’s first traditional Seed Fair at Moxkarakô village in Xingu National Indigenous Park, in the Brazilian Amazon:
1, 2 - playing with the Kayapó girls, or Mebengokré, as they call themselves / 3 - feeling the strength of tradition on my bare skin - i can never resist playing the ethnic beauty game - my favorite kind of beauty salon ;) / 4, 5 - Ixã Ruinete, Shipi, Shane Vanderlon, Maria Laísa and little Txai Yube, my Huni Kuin Kaxinawá friends whom I had the honor of escorting to the seed fair / 6 - our straw thatched roof lodging in Moikarakô village - I love sleeping in hammocks! / 7 - Huni Kuin Kaxinawá native seeds we took to exchange at the fair, and books on their traditional knowledge of seeds, plants and nature, edited by Comissão Pró-Índio do Acre / 8 - Kayapó women and girls baking fish and potatoes underground! it’s a traditional technique where they wrap the food in banana leaves and bury it with smoldering stones to cook inside the earth / 9 - young Kayapó girl proudly representing the exotic beauty of her people /10 - Kayapó kids playing in the sand
Awara Nane Putane is a beautiful animated short film about the myth of origin of the traditional use of ayahuasca as told by the Yawanawa people
while the sun shines in the blue skies we dance, recalling the ways of the elders, sharing stories of the times we knew not of a world beyond the borders of our floresta, the Amazon. the jungle had no borders, it was infinite.
but the Yawanawá’s is also a story of resistance, empowerment, of a cultural renaissance that shines bright in the proud eyes of young Indian warriors whose song will not be silenced.
every year for five days, the Yawanawá people open their home to foreign visitors during the Yawa Festival - a unique opportunity to experience a little of their way of life and cultural traditions. the Festival takes place in the Brazilian Amazon, in the state of Acre.