Your Best Alert System

At Olive Retreat we teach our clients to work on their body awareness to find out what is healthy for them, and we use yoga as an evident tool to get it back. We had it as small kids but lost it. The healthier you get the more in touch you get with yourself. At … Continue reading Your Best Alert System

Water Used to Produce Your Products

Meat from all land animals and dairy is probably the most water (and air) consuming product you buy. For 1 kg of cheese it is about 5000 liters. The water 'cost' for a cotton T-shirt is just above 2500 liters and for a laptop to be produced 20 000 liters of fresh water is needed. … Continue reading Water Used to Produce Your Products

the beautiful process of our lives

in this painting i see a woman whose wounds and suffering are causing her to cry, she was inspired by a national conflict in one region, carries identities from others, and yet, in spite of her pain, the mixtures of her form, she has not given up hope, for this i ask why, and wonder. … Continue reading the beautiful process of our lives

be empowered by your originality

In linguistics a sign is something that points to something else, and in some way, shape or form, everything is a sign, everything points to something else by virtue of its existence, we therefore always live in interpretation, making sense of signs, understanding say, smoke to indicate fire, clouds to indicate rain, harsh words to … Continue reading be empowered by your originality

Geckos are huge, really

it’s normal to see the universe from our human perspective, where geckos are small creatures, and we, relatively big, but small at the same time, if standing near, say an elephant, or under a giant tree. one day this gecko egg dropped at my feet, and i sat down on the grass and marveled at … Continue reading Geckos are huge, really

Napping is healthy

In Spain the siesta is an essential part of the Spanish lifestyle. In countries more concerned about their corporate lifestyles than their health, a mid-day nap is seen as a luxury and, in some cases, a sign of pure laziness. But before you have the 4th coffee, or you feel guilty about that weekend snooze, or … Continue reading Napping is healthy

When in Istan, do as the Thais do

When I'm not living in Nong Kae Thailand, I live in Istan, Spain, both are small villages sort of nestled in mountains, sort of near great seas, quite similar in many ways, and in others, quite different. In Nong Kae I go to the temple almost every day, to meditate, not that I'm 'religious' in the … Continue reading When in Istan, do as the Thais do

Lose “weight”, and gain everything

We’ve been taught to add pieces to our lives, and exhibit these pieces on our bodies, in shelves in our homes, on walls, too, and even the floor. At these items we have acquired we are told to point and say, look, this is me here, and that is me, there, see how far I’ve … Continue reading Lose “weight”, and gain everything

gone today, here tomorrow

this painting came by surprise, as does so much of our lives, just when we've finalized our plans, someone appears, or disappears, something we hadn’t counted on, something we couldn’t have. for us at Olive, because change is the only constant, surprises are the status quo, whichever way they should fall, into our living rooms or … Continue reading gone today, here tomorrow

kindly running

Life was feeling pretty hopeless at this point, I was so far behind I was ahead, The lovely lady in green behind me, I followed until the hill below us, Confirmed the theory of our gravity. I didn’t even try to win because I knew I couldn’t, Not cross the finish line first, win, which … Continue reading kindly running