Australian malachite

Well known to ancient Egyptians, Malachite mines were in use between the Suez and Sinai as early as 4000 B.C. It was also popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans, for jewelry, ornaments, and in powdered form, as eye shadow. In the Middle Ages, Malachite was believed to protect against the “evil eye” and to cure various stomach ailments. Russian czars used Malachite for ornaments and paneling for their castles, and intricate inlay work.

Inherent in Malachite is lighter green eye-shaped forms or bands on its surface. These “eye stones,” believed to enhance great visionary powers, were used to ward off negative happenings. They were stones of security and protection, said to absorb negative energies and pollutants from the atmosphere and from the body. Malachite guards against radiation of all kinds, clears electromagnetic pollution and heals earth energies.

Malachite has been called the “mirror of the soul”. It reaches the inner feelings of the person and reflects what is there, be it negative or positive. It is said to help remove blockages and traumas. Because it absorbs negativity it should be cleansed after each healing session.

In physical healing Malachite is believed to lower blood pressure and to help detoxify the liver. The copper content in Malachite is said to ease rheumatism and arthritis. Malachite is also said to ease cramps, including menstrual cramps and to facilitate childbirth. 

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Mariri Jungle Lodge in Alto Paraíso

Sean and I stayed here for a week last year, during a raw superfood detox retreat we helped organize at our friend Marianne’s land - it’s such an adorably quirky little tree house, built from recycled materials and super cozy inside. the land is all lush jungle and crystal clear waters, there are other options for accommodation besides the treehouse and it’s open for travelers and artist residencies, so if you ever find yourself drawn to this part of the world, be sure to check out the listing on AirBnB

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.”(via pachamama.org)bring it on!!!:: pictures from last month in Três Picos, upstate Rio de Janeiro :: thank you Cacá + Sean + Clarice + Sofia + Mei
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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.”(via pachamama.org)bring it on!!!:: pictures from last month in Três Picos, upstate Rio de Janeiro :: thank you Cacá + Sean + Clarice + Sofia + Mei
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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.”(via pachamama.org)bring it on!!!:: pictures from last month in Três Picos, upstate Rio de Janeiro :: thank you Cacá + Sean + Clarice + Sofia + Mei
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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.”(via pachamama.org)bring it on!!!:: pictures from last month in Três Picos, upstate Rio de Janeiro :: thank you Cacá + Sean + Clarice + Sofia + Mei
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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.”(via pachamama.org)bring it on!!!:: pictures from last month in Três Picos, upstate Rio de Janeiro :: thank you Cacá + Sean + Clarice + Sofia + Mei
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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.”(via pachamama.org)bring it on!!!:: pictures from last month in Três Picos, upstate Rio de Janeiro :: thank you Cacá + Sean + Clarice + Sofia + Mei
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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.”(via pachamama.org)bring it on!!!:: pictures from last month in Três Picos, upstate Rio de Janeiro :: thank you Cacá + Sean + Clarice + Sofia + Mei
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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.”(via pachamama.org)bring it on!!!:: pictures from last month in Três Picos, upstate Rio de Janeiro :: thank you Cacá + Sean + Clarice + Sofia + Mei
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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.”(via pachamama.org)bring it on!!!:: pictures from last month in Três Picos, upstate Rio de Janeiro :: thank you Cacá + Sean + Clarice + Sofia + Mei
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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.”(via pachamama.org)bring it on!!!:: pictures from last month in Três Picos, upstate Rio de Janeiro :: thank you Cacá + Sean + Clarice + Sofia + Mei
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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.”

(via pachamama.org)

bring it on!!!

:: pictures from last month in Três Picos, upstate Rio de Janeiro :: thank you Cacá + Sean + Clarice + Sofia + Mei

the last time i had been to a pow wow i was still a little girl… the native americans are just as beautiful as i remembered@ Auburn Big Time Pow Wow, Auburn, CA
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the last time i had been to a pow wow i was still a little girl… the native americans are just as beautiful as i remembered@ Auburn Big Time Pow Wow, Auburn, CA
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the last time i had been to a pow wow i was still a little girl… the native americans are just as beautiful as i remembered@ Auburn Big Time Pow Wow, Auburn, CA
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the last time i had been to a pow wow i was still a little girl… the native americans are just as beautiful as i remembered@ Auburn Big Time Pow Wow, Auburn, CA
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the last time i had been to a pow wow i was still a little girl… the native americans are just as beautiful as i remembered@ Auburn Big Time Pow Wow, Auburn, CA
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the last time i had been to a pow wow i was still a little girl… the native americans are just as beautiful as i remembered@ Auburn Big Time Pow Wow, Auburn, CA
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the last time i had been to a pow wow i was still a little girl… the native americans are just as beautiful as i remembered@ Auburn Big Time Pow Wow, Auburn, CA
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the last time i had been to a pow wow i was still a little girl… the native americans are just as beautiful as i remembered

@ Auburn Big Time Pow Wow, Auburn, CA

last july we planted a bunch of sunflower seeds… some got eaten by the local critters, others sprouted, some we ate, others we let grow… yesterday, first day of spring here in the southern half of the world, we woke up to find our first sunflower in full bloom!
#springequinox #seedsavers #sacredgeometry #gratitude

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!

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