La Gruta

San Miguel de Allende is surrounded by a variety of natural thermal hot springs. Some folks are able to bring this water up to their home while others have created beautiful springs surrounded by gardens. One of our favourites is La Gruta. Situated about 10 minutes outside of town on the road towards Dolores Hidalgo, La Gruta boasts 4 pools – each progressively warmer – as well as a cave and shower. It’s a gorgeous place to hang out – especially at this time of year when there aren’t so many tourists here. The gardens are gorgeous and lush and you can also get some great food, a massage and participate in a temescal experience.

Having spent several days indoors nursing a nasty bout of flu, I was eager to get outdoors and go somewhere were I could relax. Our friends Ana, Catalina, Horatiu and Susan joined us for a morning dip. Super relaxing. I felt all the icky feelings of the previous few days just wash away.

We’ve been here nearly 5 months now and yet this was only our second visit to La Gruta…must make it more of a regular thing!

La Gruta is something you just can’t miss on a visit to San Miguel de Allende!

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Mariachi’s!

Earlier this week we had a few friends over for dinner on our rooftop. It’s the perfect place to gather, eat, drink and watch the spectacular sun set.

Because it was Traian’s last evening with us, we decided to surprise him and Horatiu with and early birthday surprise….a mariachi band! Traditionally these bands come to your home and play for you for an hour which offers a fun interlude to party proceedings! We had a blast!

The more time we spend in this magical town, the more we want to stay for longer….maybe forever.

 

A weekend in the country

Last weekend our friends Alex, Laura, Sophia and Paul invited us to join them at their family home on a ranch just outside of town. The Sanctuary at Canada de la Virgen is a very special property – an organic cattle ranch, a place of rest and renewal, a place with an ancient history and a family home!

It was the first time the ranch had hosted four Romanians and our friends took full advantage of all the lessons the ranch has to offer. I marvelled at them breathing in every moment!

While it wasn’t my first visit, it came at a time when I wasn’t feeling too great and needed time and space to relax and decompress after a busy six months or so in the run up to our recent Summit. While the ‘Romads’ went out on a hike or two, I made a beeline for the most comfortable chair…which happened to be a gorgeous hanging chair underneath a huge mulberry tree by the creek and spent several hours reading, meditating and …..just breathing! The atmosphere at Canada de la Virgen is very pure and invites visitors to retreat from the world and engage with their heart and soul. While this may sound ‘woo woo’ to some, it makes total sense to me!

Here nature is more important than human in order to preserve the organic and pure status of the property. One of the great things is that it’s completely off the grid – no phones, no wifi, no TV etc. It was BLISS! While I love technology, turning it off for a couple of days was heavenly. I thoroughly recommended switching off and tuning in to yourself once in a while.

The main hacienda and surrounding cassita’s either run on solar power…or no power at all. Sitting outside eating a delicious beef brisket dinner by the light of oil lamps reminded me of life at our family home in Cladech, France. And then it dawned on me – here is a family working to keep their family home going (after recently inheriting it from their mother) just as we have been doing in Cladech. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why I felt so at home…both places share a similar pure energy.

Thank you Alex, Laura, Sophia and Paul for opening your home to the six of us. We LOVED spending time with you and learning more about the wisdom of Canada de la Virgen.

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

 

I’ve just got home after a week in Miami for our Power Question Summit. This is the second year that we’ve held our annual gathering in Miami at the gorgeous New World Center. It takes so much to put together an event like this but it’s so worthwhile when you see people having breakthrough after breakthrough as a result of a speaker’s message or an activity.

This year we took people back to basics and looked at the negative impact of fear on our personal and professional lives as well as our communities and how to move from this space to a place of freedom through practicing The Power Question – What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

I’ve seen how the practice of this question can move mountains of thought and address deep seated issues. This year I shared my own personal story of how it helped me through a very difficult family relationship. I learnt to overcome rejection and a fear of failure to let go of my past. Sometimes the act of letting go is the greatest gift of love that we can give ourselves as difficult as it can be at times!

Coming off stage after giving my speech I knew I’d moved forward and let go of another layer. But I didn’t realise that my story would impact others. One person told me how the story inspired her to address a situation with a relative, another shared how he had been estranged from his mother for many years but that he’s realised it’s not a negative. Another woman came up to me and gave me a big hug while whispering ‘I know.’ These interactions helped me to see that I’m not alone and sharing my story may help others to heal too. I’m hugely grateful for the privilege to share and inspire.

I loved hearing the stories of each of our speakers too. Arun Ghandi, Justin Dillon, Benny Tai, Sam Chaltain, Kirsty Spraggon, Carl Honore, Garry Ridge, Bob Chapman and more…each had a unique and life changing story to share. Frankly it’s going to take me some time to process it all!

Our Night of Honor was particularly special this year as we celebrated 10 years of The WorldBlu List of Freedom-Centered Workplaces. It’s humbling to see that we’ve directly impacted over a million employees worldwide in that time. All the awardees are trailblazers in their respective industries. And, I LOVED that we were able to pull off a massive surprise to celebrate our CEO – Traci Fenton. After weeks of scheming with our great friends at On the FLY Pros, I was thrilled that it all went smoothly!

Most of all, the week in Miami gave us precious (albeit busy) time together as a team – living on 3 different continents means that we don’t see each other often and the time we have together is special…I’m already missing my TeamBlu ladies! Roll on next time!

Just so grateful for each person who helped us along the way and the memories of an epic week in the Florida sun!