I’m reaching out today to acknowledge how challenging this spring has been and this past week especially has brought deep feelings to the surface. How can we put words to how we feel when feelings don’t have words? We care enormously about what is going on in our world, and especially right now on our own American soil. We have a deep scar on our collective soul and our feet are to the fire. We are waking up to how socially unjust and unacceptable racial profiling is and how painful it is to see what is happening with our own eyes, not to mention, what we haven’t seen and how long it has been going on. There is nothing sane about violence.
My mission with Culinary Adventures is and has always been to connect to other cultures with curiosity and open mindedness. When we face the unknown, it becomes less threatening and less dangerous. When we are able to speak and meet each other eye to eye, even if we don’t speak the same language, we feel our shared humanity and our defenses drop.That's when a real conversation can happen.
All people are welcomed to sit at my table regardless of color or orientation. It's enlivening! We need to make room for creative diversity, to focus on inclusion so that all voices of expression can be heard. How else will we turn the wheel of inspiration and insight?
"There is only one race, the human race." Jane Elliot
Our programs and retreats are not designed for intolerance. It goes against the nature of the experience. We need to listen to the storytellers, the resonance of their voices to deepen our understanding of life through the art of food and culture, our most common ground.
Travel is also an opportunity to go beyond and connect with a more authentic way of living, to re-stitch something that got lost or was never learned- especially through food. This experience fills perhaps an empty well, something we are truly hungry for, infused with taste, beauty and joy.
Spending an unexpected Spring at home in Colorado has afforded me an opportunity to put my hands in the earth, to plant seeds and grow flowers and reflect on what’s important - family, friends, living in a just world, and caring deeply about what’s mine to do to create equanimity with every step and every breath.