Friday, October 31, 2008

Inipi Sweat lodge

Well I experienced my first sweat lodge. It was really not as bad as I thought it would be even tho experienced workers here said that it was one of the hardest and hottest they had been in. I sat towards the back of the lodge in the back row so it deffinently wasnt as hot as it would have been in the front. They did 4 rounds of 20 min with 10 and then 8 rocks. We all sang while we were in there which helped me a ton!! I dont think i would have made it if it was silent. The very last round they did a pipe cerimony and released all our prayers to God. It was a really interesting experienced. It deffinently made me realise my own power and potentiall. That has been a huge aspect Ive learned here. How to learn to let go and be vulnerable no matter how painful and uncomfortable you are.Everyone was sweating buckets. All my clothes were drenched when i got out.
Everyone said they slept really well all that night. I didn't. I guess i must have been possessed or something because i kept waking up to me sitting straight up on the side of my bed with my legs over the side. That and i kept dreaming that people kept coming and visiting around my bed. They were all just standing there. That must have been why i kept waking up to me sitting on the side of my bed. I must have felt like it would be more polite to sit while they were talking rather than laying down or something. It seriously must have happened at least 6 times. It was really weird.

My chef day is in 2 1/2 weeks and I'm really nervous about it but i know ill have allot of help so it wont be to0 bad. Ive already learned how to make allot of yummy fruit and chocolate pies, crackers, milks, lasagna, pasta, soup, salads, pates and I'm still learning tons. I just hope I'll be able to remember it all.It will be amazing what I will learn after 7 more weeks!!
Well wish me luck!! Love you all!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sunday pictures

All of us!!
Me, Nicole, Perry
Hoola hoop dancing, lots of fun!!
My first raw dish!!! Pesto pasta!!
Kosan my fav chef so far
Hey everyone I'm a week 1!! Today really kicked my rear end into gear. We made a feast today. Anything you could think of we made. Norri rolls, pasta, stuffed avocados, fruit kabobs, casseroles, pattes, seed cheese, rose water ect... and on top of that we had coconut creme pie for desert. It was really good but allot of hard work. Sadly enough i didn't get any pictures of it but here are some pictures from earlier this week.

WEEK 1!!!

Well today kicked my rear end. We had a whole feast pretty much with nori rolls, pattes, pastas, cucumber dill rolls, fruit skewers, papaya, stuffed avocado ect... and on top of that we got coconut creme pie. It was really good but also required allot of work to prepare. I am hoping i can keep up. Here are some more pictures. Love You all!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Well went to yoga this morning. Everything was great. Had some really good cooking classes. Here are some pics. Love you all!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Third day in Patagonia

Gabriel and Shanti's first home
Beautiful fields
Typical dinner for us
Our group
Well everything is doing well so far. Meals here are really good but very low in sugar so deffanently craving fruits and chocolate. Rooms are very plain but comfortable. It kinda looks like it used to be a barn but /i guess it was a winery store house. Haven't really had any home sickness yet but I think my mind thinks its going home again and this is just a vacation so I'll have to keep telling it that this is home for the next little while. I think things will get easier when we start working in the kitchen this Friday.
Everyone is so loving and excepting of everyone else here. Most everyone in the apprenticeship is under 30 and there are 11 of us. I guess this is pretty unusual. They said usually its about 6 people and most are about 40. That's OK with me tho. We do allot of meditating and prayer which I think will be really good for me along with yoga every morning.
Well much love to all of you!!