HAPPY WINTER SOLISTICE!

HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE!
Time to let go of all we don’t wish to have present in our lives and invite in that which we wish to fill our lives with.

This is a great time to set out intentions (verses resolutions).

“Be courageous. It’s one of the only places left uncrowded.”

INTENTION

Attention energizes, Intention transforms
Intent is desire without attachment
Intent is for the future, attention is in the present
The future is created in the present
Accept the present as is, do not struggle
The present is awareness
The past is recollection, memory
The future is anticipation
Be free from the burden of the past and the present becomes fertile for the creation of the future

“You are what your deepest desire is.
As is your desire, so is your intention.
As is your intention, so is your will.
As is your will, so is your deed.
As is your deed, so is your destiny.” The Upanishadsprayer flags

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Nice through Provence via Le Train des Pignes June 21-25, 2015

Meet in Nice and ride the Train du Pignes through Provence June 21-25, 2015 followed by the Parc du Queyras Wildflower Hiking Tour!

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The journey begins exploring old town Nice where we base at a comfortable, authentic pension/bed & breakfast. Early morning walks up the coline above town offer the opportunity to wander the town cemetery and take in the breathtaking views of the deep blue Mediterranean below. The Matisse Museum,  walks along the malecon and explorations of all the wonderful nuances in-between make for a fun filled three days.  Join us anytime between June 21-23.

On June 24 we venture north as we wind through the backroads of Provence by the historic Train des Pignes.   We arrive for lunch at the medieval town of Entreveaux where the old citadel awaits us.  From there we ride the train on through Provence to Digne-Les-Bains.

 On June 25 we drive north through scenic backroads to the Parc du Queyras where our 11 day hiking & cultural adventure begins!  Cost: each participant pays for their own food, lodging and transport.  The rest is provided as a curtesy to participants of the Wildflower Hiking Tour.

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Interview from the mountains of the Berner Oberland, Switzerland PT 1

As many of you know, I love travel, culture, hiking and of course photography.  This past summer I returned to the beautiful Berner Oberland in the heart of Switzerland, home of the renowned Eigar, Jungfrau and Monch.  One of the bergs I hiked to and spent the night at was the very scenic Obersteinberg.  It was there that I met Vicki, a 57 year old American woman from Pennsylvania who is a cheese maker with her husband. The following is the first part of an interview accompanied by photos.  Enjoy!

1.  I believe you said you’d been into cheese making for 20 years.  What were your biggest influences for entering this unusual career, especially a half world away?

VICKI:     I’ve been ON THE ALP for 21 years. My husband makes the cheese; I only give it a salt-water bath every 3 days (for the first 3 months). I ended up here because I just had this sudden idea that I wanted to work with cows. I was always drawn to Switzerland and the mountains, even as a small child.

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2.  Your days are long and full of physical labor.  What are your favorite parts and your least favorite parts?

VICKI:      I like really all the jobs, even cleaning the stall. What I don’t like is when my age and/or health problems get in the way of my work—or when there’s stress that too much has to happen in too little time. And I’m always worrying about the animals. I have this old lady sickness that they’re really my friends, and I just want them to have it nice. Which I of course don’t really understand so well at the same time, what’s “good” for a cow. 

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PART II COMING SOON!

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Mediterranean to the Alps ~ Photo presentation in Bend, OR ~ Oct. 14

Mediterranean to the Alps 

rainbow over Nice

Rainbow over Nice, France

   Tuesday October 14, 2014  

photo presentation from 7-8pm

The Wine Shop & Tasting Bar

55 NW Minnesota   

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come early & enjoy a French or Italian wine ~ show 7-8 pm  

Co-sponsored by the Bend-Belluno international sister city organization 

FREE!  

21 and over

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Magical Italy in Bend, Oregon May 27, 2014

Join us for a magical photo-journey hour exploring Venice, the Dolomite Alps, Belluno & Slovenia! 

Tuesday May 27, 2014

show is from 7-8 @ The Wine Shop 55 NW Minnesota, Bend, Oregon

come early and enjoy a glass of Italian Wine!

Magical Italy 

Journey through mysterious Venice, the majestic Dolomite Alps, beautiful Belluno & Slovenia, a country of many faces on the Adriatic Sea. Feast your eyes & soul! Come early and grab a great glass of Italian vino!

  Presented by Hilloah Rohr, European Cultural & Hiking Guide and Photographer.  
 
Free to the public!  21 and over 
For more information:  www.hilloah.com or email hilloah@hilloah.com
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2015 Pre-Tour: Nice, Gorge du Verdon, Provence backroads exploration

Join us for an unforgettable adventure June 19-25, 2015 followed by the Parc du Queyras Wildflower Hiking Tour!

The journey begins exploring old town Nice where we base at a comfortable, authentic pension/bed & breakfast. Early morning walks up the coline above town offer the opportunity to wander the town cemetery and take in the breathtaking views of the deep blue Mediterranean below. The Matisse Museum,  walks along the malecon and explorations of all the wonderful nuances in-between make for a fun filled three days.

Venturing north as we wind through the backroads of Provence by shuttle, we arrive for lunch at the medieval town of Entreveaux where the old citadel awaits us.

The next three nights are spent at a scenic hotel over-looking the plunging river running through Moustiers-Saint-Marie, just west of the Gorge du Verdon.  The little chapel tucked into the high rocks over-looking the village inspires awe, the shoppers will love wandering the maze of stores throughout the village and then the highlight is exploring the Gorge du Verdon, known as one of Europe’s most stunning gorges which runs 25 kilometres long and up to 700 metros deep and boasts a deep turquoise color.  Next we drive north through scenic backroads to the Parc du Queyras where our 11 day hiking & cultural adventure begins!  Cost TBA.


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A big thank you to all our Balance Yoga Retreat Attendees in beautiful Riviera Nayarit, Mexico!

From attendee:

Thank you so much for your wisdom and practice during your retreat and my what a treat!!!!!!!!!!   It was FABULOUS and an honor to be with such a yogi sage. It is indelibly planted within me.  You will see me again.  Thank you also for all the resources you’ve shared.

What a fabulous group joined together this year for a magical week on our yoga deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  We explored a wide variety of life enhancing tools including our base of support, alignment, intentions, our habit energy, stopping, mindful speaking/listening, breathing & meditation.  A big thank you to our wonderful hosts at the exotic Tailwind Jungle Lodge.  Watch for our retreat again next year in the first week of March!

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Mediterranean to the Alps ~ photo-journey in San Pancho

Mediterranean to the Alps 

a benefit for educational scholarships at EntreAmigos   

Friday February 7, 2014   

doors open at 4:30 ~ show 5-6 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the beaches of Nice, France to the hiking trails and villages of Le Queyras, Parc Regional, France……to the Giant pale mountains of the Dolomite Alps and to magnificent Chamonix Valley nestled under the Grand Dame, Le Mont Blanc!  Join us for this hour of tales and travel and support the children’s educational scholarship fund at EntreAmigos.

 

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Happy Holidays & a Prosperous New Year full of Travel!

One of the favorite quotes of a friend of mine stems from Mark Twain:

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful year of exploring new horizons physically, mentally and spiritually!  

Happy Holidays & New Year
Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo
Feliz Navidad y Feliz Año Nuevo
Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année
Happy Trails,
Hilloah
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Dolomite Alps Hiking Tour ~ July 1-11, 2014

GET READY FOR JAW-DROPPING SCENERY!

July 1-11, 2014

  • stay in comfortable hotels and pensiones
  • private rooms – double occupancy
  • breakfast/dinner
  • transport during tour
  • visit a new vista daily
  • cultural sites along the way
  • Venice & Belluno extension tours available
  • can be designed to meet the difficulty needs of your group

The Dolomite Alps in Northern Italy differ from the rest of the Alps.  These limestone giants offer an array of landscapes from elegant spires to sheer walls to giant peaks.  The contrast of limestone with alpenrose, fields of wild flowers and evergreen forests makes one want to break out in a verse of “The Hills are Alive”!

Add incredible hospitality and scenic mountain hotels to the environment and it’s the best of all worlds.  Just imagine hiking all day in the midst of some of the best scenery anywhere in the world and coming back to a hot shower, view room, Italian cuisine & wines and a good nights sleep.  You’ll return home fit, rested and wanting to do it again!

 

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