Hiking the Salkantay Trail to Macchu Picchu

One of the highlights of my Peru trip was a 5 day hike that I went on, through a valley and over a mountain pass near Salkantay Mountain. This is an alternative to the Inca Trail and is much less popular. I hiked with a group of 15 people. Because we started in the rainy …

Another update from the temple

It’s been about a month since I’ve written anything here, and I feel like it’s time to put some more thoughts into pixels here. And not just thoughts about my ceremonies, but just about life in general. So far I’ve been here for nearly two months, and I haven’t yet talked about day-to-day life in …

A summary of my ayahuasca ceremony experience

This is not a complete report of my experience, that will come later as a transcribe my written journal entries. But this is a summary of my first two weeks at the Temple. To get here from the airport, we had to take a 30 minute bus ride to a spot on the river, where …

Thoughts on life and the universe

Having so much time to meditate, read, do yoga, and ponder existence out here, away from civilization, has brought me many great insights. I’d like to take a moment of your time to share some of these insights. I don’t claim these as my own original thoughts, because all potential thoughts are already out there. …

What I learned from my Vipassana retreat

Vipassana is a science of mind and matter that can only be experienced individually, and only through the body.¬†True wisdom can not be learned intellectually. It must be experienced in the body. At the deepest level of the mind, there is a constant connection to the sensations of the body. Unpleasant sensations can cause misery …

Where have I been for the past 6 months?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. Last entry was after I finished my bike trip in October. After I got back to Portland, I hung around for a month or so, and then left for Kauai in November. I stayed there, doing a work trade to stay on 3 acres in a platform …