Silent Sightseeing 2015

Magic happens in the silence.
A feeling of being very connected walking around together without speaking. Just being.

Silence is a doorway to the senses and to a richness different from what the world of spoken words and busyness offers.
When silent we get to use all our senses more, which leads to seeing things differently, noticing new details, being more present, breathing deeper, looking up…

Since I went on my first Silent Sightseeing three years ago, the concept has grown and the experience feels deeper and stronger.
As Bastian Overgaard, the guide and creator of Silent Sightseeing, explains, our body believes that it knows the person it is with when being silent together. When you spend time together with people in this silent space something magical happens.

More silent activities on Bastian Overgaard’s website.
See the 2012 post Silent Sightseeing in Copenhagen.

Grand Canyon – behind the view

20150328_0409b2_625x417In this second Grand Canyon post I want to show how the closer surroundings looks when walking around on the South Rim.
As a landscape architect I find it interesting how the edge is landscaped… and I haven’t seen any photos of it! So here are a few.

As a huge tourist destination Grand Canyon needs to accommodate lots of people. I find it interesting how to create a structure that can do that without disturbing the sights.

A growing paradox of the tourist industry, we all want to visit ‘untouched’ or ‘remote’ places.
How to manage that illusion with more and more tourists?
The paths and viewpoints along the rim are made as natural-looking as possible, using natural stone, and often a bit rough and cut into the stone. Pathways are meandering naturally between trees and rocks. It all works beautifully and doesn’t disturb the views.

The Grand Canyon Village is the ‘downtown’ with the most people coming through. There are buildings containing restaurants, hotels, shops and exhibition spaces. It can seem a bit as a circus, overwhelming with activities and people, but it is quite harmonious and well-made and with respect for the place and its beauty.

Grand Canyon South Rim

It is amazing.

The scale and depth of the Grand Canyon is vast, fathomless. You look and look – and can hardly see the bottom of it.
Glimpses of the Colorado River flowing deep, deep down are rare.

The changing light through the day creates an ever-moving spectacle of shadows, shapes and subtle changes of colours.
Grand Canyon on wikipedia.

Baby steps to teaching

Taking my first baby steps as a teacher is a big thing for me. All my life I have identified myself with being the quiet girl, I never wanted to speak in front of people.
20150219_0185b_800x533During the last month however I have engaged myself in different teaching situations. With some good friends who are Council Guides like myself we got the opportunity to teach a group of leaders who take part in an experiment with different kinds of leadership.

We were teaching some of the fundamental teachings from our Delicate Lodge wisdom, tools that are helpful, I would say essential, for living a balanced life.

Circalendar for the year 2015

December turns out to be a busy month each year – and my release of the new Circalendar doesn’t make things less busy, there is a lot to do: updating the website, do marketing, print the folders, getting it out to different places, receive and answer emails and questions, pack it, send it off, look for places/shops that will sell it… 

It is a lot of fun though :-)

At the same time we are in the middle of the Kiva time where it is in our nature to become quiet and more in the being state and less in the doing.
A paradox that is well-known in our culture with all the crazy christmas pressure.

Learn more and how to get it on the Circalendar page.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

The first thing I did on my day in Santa Fe was to visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. I just knew I had to go see it.
I already admired her work even if the flower paintings are not what speak the strongest to me, and I understood that there were other works to discover that are a little less known or shown.
I also wanted to do something on my own – and what a wonderful activity for my yearning spirit!

I felt such a recognition seeing her work and also very much the photos of Georgia O’Keeffe herself (by Aselm Adams amongst others), learning about her story and remarkable personality. Feeling we would have had much in common, and feeling inspired.
Seems she even had a thing with tea!
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The paintings that made the strongest impression on me this day were those depicting the nature in New Mexcico where she lived. The mountains, Pedernal and the cottonwood trees – the same environments that I had found myself in for the last week.



Santa Fe

Santa Fe feels natural and like home to me from the beginning.

It is one of the first towns that I visit in the US, this being my first trip to the ‘real’ America, the US outside New York City.

When I landed in Atlanta airport for a change of flight I experienced a kind of cultural shock meeting this ‘real’ America. Still wondering what it is about, I have gotten a taste about some cultural differences that seem bigger than I thought, between Europe and USA.

Santa Fe is a beautiful town with great atmosphere and food, one of the oldest towns in the US.  The buildings are in the traditional Adobe building style of New Mexico. Adobe is the Spanish word for mud brick, and these bricks were originally used to make Pueblos – Native American communities.

Enjoy the beauty in these photos, from mostly around the Central Plaza where the Indian market is: