Travel as Transformation

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How can we be free and learn when our minds
from the moment we are born to the moment we die
are shaped by a particular culture
in the narrowness of "me?"

For centuries we have been conditioned by nationality, castes, class, tradition, religion, language, education, literature, art, customs, convention, propaganda of all kinds, economic pressure, the food we eat, the climate we live in, our family, our friends, our experiences - every influence you can think of - and therefore our responses to everything are conditioned.

Every since I was a small child I felt a deep-rooted connection to India and other far off lands, the mystery and exotic allure felt like home to me. The people and cultures felt both different but familiar to me - my dreams smelled of spices and sounded like a Bollywood soundtrack and were nothing close to my daily reality in the family and culture I grew up in. (I was always hoping I was switched at birth and certain now that my family hoped so as well.) I always knew I was meant for other places, people, cultures and experiences but it took some time for my outer life to align with my inner knowing/calling.

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As some of you know, I travel as far as I can, as much as I can, for as long as I can. You might think that eventually I would want to come home and get the travel bug out of me but the opposite has been true: more, longer, slower, further has the opposite effect on me - I never want to come home (except of course for seeing loved ones). I actually feel more at home in myself when traversing the globe. This has been slowly transforming me ... my inside is starting to affect my outside life.

I am now starting to scope out my favourite exotic locales with art retreats in mind, and in the  serendipitous way things come together, have joined forces with my great friend and artist, Susan Stover,  whose love and passions for textiles add another dimension to my planning. Adventures await!

Your creative guide

Michelle x