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Joan and Will Weber’s JOURNEYS International:  Exploring the World, Expanding the Soul

When Joan and Will Weber founded JOURNEYS International 35 years ago, the term “eco-tourism” did not exist. Today the Ann Arbor company is widely lauded for its environmental consciousness and its meticulous planning. National Geographic’s Adventure magazine ranked JOURNEYS International among the best adventure travel companies on earth and set JOURNEYS on its list of top ten tour operators. 

Seeds for the Future — A Local Organic Seed Grower Explains the Importance of the Emerging Seed Movement

By Erica Kempter

Let’s stop and envision an ideal food system. One that gives us the collective ability to feed ourselves sustainably for generations to come; one that provides healthy, safe food for all. A system where most of this food comes from local, organic farms that don’t work against nature, but with it. . .

Every Day a New Adventure: Psychiatrist Nirmala Nancy Hanke,  Meditation Teacher at the Lighthouse Center, on Retirement and Conscious Living

By Dr. Nirmala Nancy Hanke | Photos by Joni Strickfaden

"Your life is a grand adventure. Take risks. Explore the unknown.

Journey forth into the great wide open without preplanned outcomes."

– from The Original Angel Cards Book by Kathy Tyler and Joy Drake

This quote certainly applies to the phase of life we call retirement. One of my friends, who retired three years ago, checked in with me recently to see how retirement is going

Animal Educators: The Creature Conservancy Provides a Home for Animals and Educational Opportunities for the Community

Zoos provide opportunities to see unique animals, but where can children and adults go to touch exotic animals and ask questions about them? The Creature Conservancy, an Ann Arbor-based nonprofit organization, provides that type of hands-on learning experience for children and adults.

Enlightened Selfishness and Ninjutsu

By Keith Copeland

What is one thing we all have in common? What are three things that trouble each of us? What are the nine ways to resolve these quandaries? In my practice of ninjutsu over the past couple of decades . . .

Yoga and Cultural Connection in the Swiss Alps

Jody Tull, owner of Ann Arbor's Be in Awe Yoga, recently led her ninth yoga retreat in Soglio, Switzerland, just an hour’s walk from the Italian border. 

Cantor Annie Rose, A Jewish Seeker

By Rachel Urist | Photos by Susan Ayer

Cantor Annie Rose will retire in July 2014. By then, she will have been the cantor at Temple Beth Emeth (TBE) for twenty years. She has trained countless bar and bat mitzvah students and created and conducted the Temple’s adult and youth choirs, Kol Halev (Voice of the Heart) and Shir Chadash (New Song). 

"No! Mine!" — Helping Children to Share

By Catherine Fischer

Our children are good! They are inherently generous, sharing, and cooperative. You’ve probably enjoyed seeing your children share and take turns easily when they are feeling relaxed and connected. You have seen how very sweet and tender they can be.

Practicing from the Heart: Lawyers as Peacemakers, Problem Solvers, and Healers of Conflict

By Angie Martell | Photos by Deborah Marcero

We are all at a tipping point. We are grappling with how to be ourselves, how to find meaning and happiness in our lives, and how to find balance in a very complex world. We meditate, practice yoga, eat healthy, and search for alternative healing methods and for our spirit’s true nature. 

On Flying: How Contemporary Circus Arts Teach Adults to Play

By Kathleen Livingston

When most people think of the circus, they conjure up the big top and the three rings of a traditional circus. A caravan rolls into town. A big collared cat jumps through a fiery hoop. A child rides on a saddled elephant’s back. 

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