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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry

INDIA | Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011 | Views [373] | Scholarship Entry

"Oshi, please. Uncle is waiting for us." I am sitting in a renovated immigration hall experiencing way too much time. "Oshi, please!" The lines are getting smaller, people shuffling, waiting.  A woman beside me shoos her young ... Read more >

Tags: #2011writing, travel writing scholarship 2011


My Photo scholarship 2010 entry

ETHIOPIA | Friday, 15 Oct 2010 | Photo Gallery | Scholarship Entry

We were enveloped in a disruptive blackness. Somewhere, in the Horn of Africa, our carriage rested, while inside our bodies contorted uncomfortably on plastic benches. Supposedly, this was First Class: a 26 hour train ride from Dire Dawa, Ethiopia ... Read more >
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Haramara Retreat: Days-In-the-Life-Of

USA | Thursday, 16 Apr 2009 | Views [807]

It is dark outside. Maybe 10 o’clock, maybe 11. Who knows? For all I could guess it might be 3AM or how ‘bout 9PM. There are no clocks around me, only a lace of mosquito netting cascading over the large bed like a whale’s mouth around a school of fish.... Read more >

Tags: cam2yogi, cameron karsten photography, haramara retreat, laura defreitas, lauranidra, mexico, sayulita, yogalife


Laura DeFreitas' Bali Yoga Retreat in full- August '08

INDONESIA | Friday, 6 Feb 2009 | Views [4585] | Comments [2]

Day 1: The Danu Tour I t is morning over the rice fields. Expected sounds of roosters crowing and crickets singing spread across this valley. Small birds chirp as they hover over the sawah’s (the field’s) green carpet. Geckos skitter along patio ... Read more >

Tags: bali, cam2yogi, cameron karsten photography, culture, indonesia, laura defreitas, lauranidra, yoga


Gallery: Bali Yoga Retreat

INDONESIA | Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

Yoga Retreat lead by Seattle's Laura DeFreitas
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Balinese Hangovers & The Balian’s Cure

INDONESIA | Sunday, 31 Aug 2008 | Views [1773]

Day 9: Balinese Hangovers & The Balian’s Cure D awn arose with pain and discomfort. Classic hangover amidst tropic humidity: weighty, dank and stale with arak and puke on the breath. At the breakfast I chose not to attend, stories were told.... Read more >

Tags: bali, cam2yogi, cameron karsten photography, danu enterprises, danu tours, indonesia, laura defreitas, lauranidra, retreat, yoga


Continuing Thru Bali

INDONESIA | Wednesday, 27 Aug 2008 | Views [1478]

Burning & Yearning For The Beloved ...Continued having left you in Bali, Indo after a long delay. Welcome back to A Balinese Yoga Festival! Day 5: An Afternoon Continuation N ow, some 45 days later, something is rekindled. ... Read more >

Tags: bali, cam2yogi, cameron karsten, cameron karsten photography, danu tours, indonesia, laura defreitas, lauranidra


The Scree & Sunrise of Gunung Agung

INDONESIA | Monday, 25 Aug 2008 | Views [1570]

Day 5: Gunung Agung I t’s pitch black. My knees ache. My legs are loose, wobbling with each unstable step. This is not helping in the least bit. The scree beneath my feet, the chalky volcanic rock, crumbles with the slightest pressure. I grip ... Read more >

Tags: bali, cam2yogi, cameron karsten, gunung agung, indonesia, laura defreitas, lauranidra, mountain climbing, yoga


A Balinese Yoga Festival Part II

INDONESIA | Sunday, 24 Aug 2008 | Views [1928]

Day 3: Bargaining Into Retreat A hard bargain to beat—morning coffee, tea and breakfast in Bali. At the table there is an assortment of weary eyes detached from their bones. This is us—Laura’s retreat group—most still jetlagged, hovering above ... Read more >

Tags: bali, cam2yogi, cameron karsten, danu enterprises, danu tours, indonesia, laura defreitas, lauranidra, ubud, yoga


A Balinese Yoga Festival

INDONESIA | Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | Views [1862]

Day 1: The Yoga Retreat w/Laura DeFreitas (& Danu Enterprises) I t is morning over the rice fields. Expected sounds of roosters crowing and crickets singing spread across the valley. Small birds chirp as they hover over the green carpet ... Read more >

Tags: bali, cam2yogi, cameron karsten, danu enterprises, galungan, indonesia, jelatik esthetic, laura defreitas, ubud, ubud aura retreat centre


Rescuing Personal Mysticism Across a Balinese Island

INDONESIA | Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | Views [1365]

“ T wenty five years man. I’ve seen a lot of change.” I looked across at Jack, Jack the Hawaiian, Jack the man—my idol. “Bali is beautiful to this day, but 25 years ago it was a land of mystery. And before than… I can only imagine.” “So what’s ... Read more >

Tags: bali, cam2yogi, cameron karsten, indonesia, laura defreitas, lauranidra


Gallery: Bali is Sorga

INDONESIA | Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | Photo Gallery

Bali, Indonesia
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Selamat Datang Sorga

INDONESIA | Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | Views [2196]

A ustralia ended with deliciousness. Give me a cone of organic frozen yogurt with blended mango along Mooloolaba’s esplanade and I’m more than happy. A mouthful of refreshment, tantalizing the salty tongue, and the sweetness from the sugars of the ... Read more >

Tags: bali, cam2yogi, cameron karsten, indonesia, laura defreitas


Bare Celebrations

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | Views [1410]

T here was a blinding white light. Laura readjusted her sunglasses and pushed them higher up on her face. It was not a welcomed sight, nor was it a lethal image, but it was painful, raw and innocent. Like a child fresh from the womb, the light emanated ... Read more >

Tags: alexandria bay, australia, cameron karsten, laura defreitas, lauranidra, noosa heads, queensland, sunshine beach


Good Days, Sunshine

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 13 Jul 2008 | Views [935] | Comments [1]

Rains fell on dry lands.  Three days of clouds, wind and accompanying cold kept work to a minimum.  It first arrived as a fine mist, turning the invisible into the visible; the gossamer threads of geometric designs, the fine clear beads of moisture, the ... Read more >

Tags: australia, cam2yogi, cameron karsten, gympie, laura defreitas, queensland


The Dogs of the Bush

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | Views [937]

A steady machine came tumbling out of the forest.  Gears grinded shifting to a higher speed.  Eucalyptus branches crunched and disintegrated beneath the tires.  Birds scattered in flocks.  Wallabies bounced through the roughage.  And the smell of burning ... Read more >

Tags: australia, cam2yogi, cameron karsten, laura defreitas, queensland, wwoofing


Gallery: WWOOF, WWOOF

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery

Organics in Oz
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Gallery: Australian Stretch

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 25 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

The Land of Oz
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Sydney in the Masses

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 25 Jun 2008 | Views [753]

Australia is a bout of freedom—contemplative exploration amidst leisurely activities of reading, writing, studying, more exploring, dreaming, and the likes of a dynamic introspective lifestyle suited for a Seeker. It is holiday. It is an escapade, ... Read more >

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Destinations for the Spirit

USA | Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | Views [1034]

Traveling is a choice, and it is a choice to make traveling sacred.  Travel can be more than an eye-opening experience into a new culture of relics, ruins, history and tradition.  It can be more than a destination-oriented expedition from Point A to ... Read more >

Tags: costa rica, destinations, india, meditation, pura vida, spirituality, yoga


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