Back in the Land of Cacti and Sun

by Courtney on December 31, 2008

Bonjour! Comment ca va aujourd ‘hui? My french is a bit rusty..

I am back in the sunny high desert, and glad to be here :) I’ve lived in places with four seasons and harsh winters all my life, and truthfully, I don’t feel deprived not having them anymore. It was nice to be back home with lots of snow for *ahem* 5 days, but that was quite enough for me. Above is a picture of my dog attempting to make it through the feet of snow. Notice the odd pile of snow on the right? That’s on top of a birdbath..

Soooooooo back in Patagoofy, in the low 70’s. Sunday evening I had the joy to attend another wedding here at the Tree of Life, another two incredibly awesome souls, wed by Gabriel. One of our chefs made a ridiculous chocolate mousse wedding cake with cherries. Just insane. One of those cakes that makes you just shake your head and say, “I can’t believe I live a life where cakes like this are made and I have a body that can taste it.”…

The TOL has also commenced building a teepee near the Inipi site here, so that’s super exciting. I really love being in a place that honors all spiritual and religious traditions, because I get to learn about all of them and experience so many different ceremonies, perspectives, etc.

Sadly, I think I caught something on the airplane flying back, because I have been sick for the last few days, for the first time in years. Essentially fever & cold symptoms. Thus, I’ve been taking lots of medicinal mushrooms, Vitamin C, and NCD Zeolite. I’ve also been taking other things that I’m just drawn to, that feel medicinal to me right now – aloe vera, saurkraut and saurkraut juice, green juice, and garlic. I’ve been eating very little, and that feels really good as well.

There is a New Year’s Inipi tonight, so I’m hoping I feel strong enough to go!

With love,


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Raene December 31, 2008 at 9:07 am


Do you know anything about raw pregnancies? I looked through Rainbow Food and there wasn’t any information, but I haven’t looked in any other books of Dr Cousen’s.

I’ve been raw for a year and 100% since May. I just want to make sure I’m getting what my baby needs (I’m not doubting the raw food, but just the variety and amount of foods). I have a tendency to always eat the same foods and not branch out.

Can you point me to a good source or article of Dr Cousen’s? Thank you.


Jaynel January 1, 2009 at 6:42 am

I noticed your comment….try contacting
Helen Rose…at
She has been through two pregnancies on a raw diet, Im sure she can point you in a positive direction.
Best of luck and many blessings!!


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