Refreshing with Nature

  The question I have is when I am walking along the beach shore or near large trees, why do I have a general sense of well being?   Triggered by an extraordinary sight of a majestic mountain, a splashing dolphin or a simple ordinary moment of hearing a nearby bird song, we feel a deep sense of calm. There is abundant natural beauty in this part of the world.  Walking tours, especially small group tours, provides pockets of experiences of pleasure. This is one of the best things to do in Santa Monica. It is one of the best things [...]

A Walking Tour in Nature

Why a walking tour in nature? John Muir, the naturalist, spent his entire life focused on his environment it seems. But his writings reveal something else. “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” When I go out for a walk, whether it is a with a small group tour, or on my own, I have this experience of merging into the greater whole, all the activities around me, birds singing, the light falling on a flower, the wind touching the sleeve of my [...]

The Gift

The Gift of an Experience There is something special about being given an experiential gift. It is different from a person giving you an object. An experience goes deep within us, memories are created. Many years ago, I was gifted with a trip to see the Monarch butterflies in the mountains of Michoacan, Mexico. That experience is as clear as if it happened yesterday. I was very present in the moment that day and later it left me with the most amazing collections of memories. Nature is constantly gifting us, we only have to open ourselves to her beauty. There [...]


LAWALKANDPAINT has started….hurray! A few friends said they wanted to see what I was cooking up, all this talk about me putting together this new project, involving nature ,watercolors and groups of kindred souls. So we set off for our adventure on an incredibly sunny warm LA day. Mid – morning, Del Rey Lagoon and The Pacific alive with action in all its splendor. Birds frolicking, taking off in big flocks and landing with all their grace, other looking around for breakfast. Young children swinging in the distance, and the Pacific Ocean crashing onto shore. In a relaxed fashion, we [...]

How to experience Los Angeles in a new way

Relaxed? Can you imagine LA with no traffic, no old rumbling tour bus, just shopping for more stuff? When you do LA my way, we walk, there are beautiful art materials to use, demonstrations on how to create different painting effects. And then,at last, your special spot. There you will spend time creating your little masterpiece. No experience needed, just a willingness to discover delight. We gather again, over a picnic prepared by a local restaurant to talk, share and connect. I grew up in a local beach town, about 20 minutes south in the middle of a surfing culture. [...]