Post-Pandemic Anxiety

Here in France, we are at Step 2 of our De-confinement. The curfew tonight moves from 19h to 21h. All non-essential shops will open again. Restaurants will open again to receive customers on their terraces. Many of us are rejoicing at this much longed-for freedom, but there are just as many of us who are …

Travel Journals Revisited

Why you should (now more than ever) keep a one when you can travel again #SavoirVivreVignette France is gradually opening up and I am getting enquiries about retreats more and more frequently - and even a couple of bookings. I don't think traveling will ever be the same again. I intend to savour every second …

Voluntary Blindness

I woke up early this morning. It is -1°C here in the south of France. According to the weather forecast, it is going to be a sunny day. Whether the sun will be reflecting of the frosted fields in an hour, remains to be seen, it is still pitch dark outside. I have been preoccupied …

Accidental Mindfulness

There is something about sunrises, isn’t there? Here in the south of France, they can be spectacular, especially on a frosty winter’s morning. I had fed the hungry hordes and was standing at my kitchen counter; with a steaming cup of coffee in my hands. Suddenly, while I deeply inhaled the deliciously-additive aroma and looked …

It All Starts With Coffee…

Getting up in the not-so-sunny south of France during the winter might not be as challenging as it is in Antarctica, but it has its inconveniences. Especially, if you have a hungry horde, or more specifically, a hungry herd, traipsing through the mud, making as much noise as possible, from sunrise every morning. I had …