September is the month of the mushroom. Get outside and explore the forests, meadows... pavement cracks!
While Dave and I are busy collecting this years specimens I thought I’d share my post from a year ago.
The day mushrooms guided me on a walk in the woods...
On November 16 2019, Dave and I ventured to Portugal to experience life off the grid in relative isolation, unaware that in a few short months that isolation would no longer be quite so voluntary. We recently released a mini episode of The Psychedelic Suitcase podcast and YouTube video documenting our 37 hour journey from Odeceixe to Lisbon, through Frankfurt and London and finally arriving in Toronto.
The podcast starts of with a conversation we had while on a walk with with Jason Collier, Camilla Begotto and their 3 dogs. Jason and Camilla are two long term residents of the off grid animal rescue where we stayed, who became not only friends but family. We discuss life there, why they are choosing to live a psychedelic life and why they were drawn to live unconventionally.
The episode ends with Dave taking you on our journey from COVID lockdown at Batequim to our eventual return home to Canada, a mandatory 14 day quarantine and a return to the new normal.
You can find a link to the podcast episode and YouTube video below.
Since being back in Canada... with everyday access to television and being thrown into the new normal, finding simple moments of beauty and calm has felt so much more difficult.
Feeling ungrounded, I put together this video of sights and sounds, beautiful moments from my time in Portugal to remind myself of the power of mindfulness and the value of simplicity.
Lessons learned while travelling aren’t always obvious at first. It takes time to fully process the experience and integrate them into your life.
Moments are precious.
Stop, close your eyes and listen... what do you hear?
Open your eyes, and don’t just look, see.
**These clips were recorded for the sounds first and visuals second
— Please watch with the SOUND ON. Thank you.
Dave and I sit down with one of our hosts in Portugal, Jo Twinflame. Access the full podcast episode, show notes and behind the scenes footage by clicking the link below.
A SHORT VIDEO OF OUR ADVENTURES IN PORTUGAL BEFORE THE COUNTRY WENT INTO ISOLATION.