September 16, 2018

The Great Mystery ~ 

We live in it everyday, and every day we must summon our courage to continue down the path. Things occur, take us by surprise, a sunrise lifts our spirits, a dying whale sinks us down. We lose a friend. We celebrate a new career path We complete a goal and climb yet another mountain. We wound. We heal. Birth, Life, Death.  Our lives occur in countless cycles. This decade we are here doing this job with these people, and We all strive to live our truth. We open our hearts again. 

I see this as trusting in our life,  what...

February 2, 2018



A year since the amazing opening on Feb 5, 2017, SYL's lease was not renewed. Unapologetically, our city of Seattle is ch ch ch changing ~ dramatically & quickly. As rents sky-rocket, the means to maintain independence and freedom are limited. Hence, I am cast off into the winds to find new grounds to seed and sow. I believe in the ever evolving harvest of personal empowerment and embodiment. With this BIG CHANGE comes sadness at the old passing away, but great anticipation and excitment by the amazing invitations that have called ON THE ROAD!...

January 2, 2018

"Seeing small beginnings is clearness of sight" Lao Tzu
 

Fresh, untouched. A blank slate. It's a New Year!
Living powerfully & soulfully in the flow of life is all about seeing clearly.
We all feel the collective potential of this annual ritual of "newness" but how much of what you are creating this year is coming from your heart?

We all want to be happy and in alignment with our life path. Yet our hopes, dreams and goals are often clouded by doubt and sabotaged by our inner demons. Despite our best intentions, we all want to "see" into what is...

December 14, 2017

"All things are meltable, and replaceable. Not at this moment, but soon enough, we are lambs and we are leaves, and we are stars, and the shining, mysterious pond water itself.” 
― Mary Oliver, Winter Hours

 Andy Goldsworthy Touching North, North Pole 1989

FIRE & ICE

I am riding that edge. Watching the beauty of California be stripped bare...fires in my home town of Napa, flames wiping across the home of my creative muse, Los Angeles. Deep burn. Dark ash. I am feeling chasms of grief as homes are burned and lives are shattered. Dancing in the f...

October 17, 2017

Now is the time ~  With such depths of global anguish and suffering sweeping our planet & wounding our people ~ hurricanes, firestorms, earthquakes, massacres ~ we must awaken our spirits and hear the call to action. We are being shocked wide open. Now is the time to stand for all people. Now is the time to bring ourselves into alignment and heal the earth.

Having just returned simultaneously from from my mother's memorial service, followed a day later by the raging fires in the Napa & Sonoma Valleys, I am raw with grief, both my own a...

September 6, 2017

On Navajo Land, we were greeted by Chief Alex Turtle and other Questers. We set up our main camp with stove, water, tent and sleeping pads, soon to be distant luxuries. At midday, I set off onto the land where generations of tribal members have made their quests. It was 90 degrees. 

As in many things understood from native perspective, the symbolism of life is woven into everything. A hummingbird, creature of joy and strength, kept buzzing my lodge. I took that as a good sign.

Quest Days 1-4

I sat for four days, struggling with monkey mind...

August 29, 2017

It has been an incredible journey of preparation. On Navajo land sacred time unfolds and I am on a river that is flowing towards my questing time.

My lodge build is in two days, where I will spend four days and nights with out food or water. Door facing East to honor the rising sun. Prayer ties at the four 1/2 corners in the SE, SW, NW, NE. Lodge of pinyon pine and juniper, cut and tied by my hands. 

We just finished our sweat lodge to prepare us and set our prayers in motion. 

I hold this journey with humility and fear.  And give my trust that I wi...

August 27, 2017

Day 1 ~ Hot Springs Ranch

I rose this morning at sunrise. Golden light spilling across the yellow and green sagebrush. Sleeping out on the front porch of the bunk house, ready for a soak and first light yoga. The task at hand is to pick 20 bundles of Great Basin sage for my Vision Quest on Navajo Nation. 7 sticks in each bundle honoring our planet and our life~ the four directions, mother earth, father sky and one's self. These will be placed around my blanket, miles out on reservation land, where I will spend 4 days and nights in meditation and p...

August 10, 2017

What in life are you aiming for?

Whether targeting your outer goals or your center within, practice & refinement are essential to hitting the mark. Yoga teaches us this simple & elegant truth. By repeatedly returning to our mat, we are asked to reflect & refine our awareness, pinning it down to a singular point in time; hitting the center of the soul with mindful accuracy. 

 Warrior Woman

For me, this means living in my creative flow, as it is where I am operating for the highest good and actualizing my greatest potential. The challenge is t...

Eagles still fly across the skies of the Northwest. Sitting sentinel on a 520 Fwy telephone pole, or sweeping over the treetops of my house, the “urban” eagle inspires us to find grace in our day to day rhythms, whether commuting or communing with the natural world. Their flight also beckons us to rise above our mundane awareness and lifts us up to higher planes of existence.

Inspiration is intoxicating ~ A fire to be fueled into a steady windless flame that keeps our creative life force glowing. So present and yet so elusive unless we cultivate o...

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Doing my best to keep it real in this virtual world!

In beauty,  
Gianna

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