“I Tied My Children To My Body”: The Continuing Courage of Refugees in Greece

By | 2017-09-15T16:45:47+00:00 August 4th, 2017|

“I tied my six children to my body with a rope,” the 37-year-old Syrian mother tells me from her cubicle in Elpida, a refugee center for vulnerable families in Greece. “Either we were all going to make it together, or none at all.” Fatma Al-Hasan and her six children are among the 57,000 refugees currently [...]

Love Calls Us to the Things of This World:’ Teaching Yoga and Poetry in China

By | 2017-09-25T20:57:54+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|

On the heels of a disastrous election in the United States, I got the lucky chance to travel to China, made possible by a dynamic group of Chinese feminists, some of whom I first met when teaching poetry and justice workshop in Thailand a few years ago. In China, I taught “Working for Peace, Insisting [...]

Escalating Humanitarian Crisis on the Aegean Sea: A Yogi’s View

By | 2017-09-15T16:46:48+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|

"In my dreams I am walking again," the twenty-four-year-old Syrian tells me from his wheelchair that his friends have lifted him into after their overcrowded raft arrived on the shores of Lesvos, Greece yesterday. He was paralyzed by a sniper in Syria, now one of 11 million Syrians who have been displaced from their homes [...]

The Lesvos Refugee Crisis: 5 Months in & Conditions are Worsening

By | 2017-09-15T16:47:18+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|

In April, my friends and I arrived on the island of Lesvos to soon realize we had landed smack in the middle of the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Rafts arrived daily from Syria and Afghanistan as well as Pakistan, Palestine, Iraq, and Iran. We quickly learned how to stockpile supplies in our [...]

Stop Five: Two Week Yoga Retreat, Lesvos, Greece

By | 2017-09-15T16:51:43+00:00 July 2nd, 2014|

It’s the eleventh day of a thirteen-day yoga retreat on the island of Lesvos in Greece at Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten’s yoga studio. I wake up wondering how we could already be at day eleven, the days and evenings running faster than sun-warmed honey. This is a trip of a lifetime for me, [...]

Stop Four: Yoga, Meditation, and Recovery Conference at Kripalu

By | 2017-09-15T17:28:24+00:00 June 10th, 2014|

Stop Four on this journey was the Yoga, Meditation and Recovery Conference at Kripalu in May, the fifth annual five-day event bringing together yoga and meditation to support recovery from addictions. Envisioned by nationally recognized yoga leaders Rolf Gates and Nikki Myers, this spring conference (and its sister conference in the fall at Esalen on [...]