Today is a day to appreciate the universe for allowing things to happen exactly as they needed to.
Today we can appreciate the things that have happened, maybe not how we wanted or planned them to, but truly as they needed to in order to forge our path through this place.
I applied to my Design program here at Kalu Yala at 3 am, on a whim from a photo I saw online, as I was preparing to go to Nepal. I hiked into Kalu Yala, (the sacred valley) in the Panama jungle two an a half months ago, and here I am.
Exactly where I've always needed to be.
We wake up to the dazzling light peaking over the mountains, illuminating the banana trees that line the organic food forest. We fall out of our hammocks or 2nd level ranchos, and start our day to the conch shell blowing for breakfast.
We work in our programs all day long, a lot of programs in the baking and humid sun. We end our days jumping in the serene río, playing, and laughing around the scratched wooden tables drinking wine out of chipped mismatched mugs. The conch sounds and we are served up locally sourced gourmet meals provided by our amazing and talanted kitchen crew who boasts almost 0% food waste. Everything is being fed to either the people, the chickens, or composted.
Electricity is limited with solar, and wifi is feeble and scheduled. Negative attitudes are sparse and mostly absent.
Every time we make the hike out of the jungle to the city, it's the sacred valley we come home to, where the drinks are never cold, and the hearts either.
We've had two events with over 150 people from The Thousands network which was basically just a huge group of 20 something entrepreneur partiers, then The Hatch Network right after that which was a week of some of the most inspiring people I've ever been around in my life including a lead NASA astrophysicist, amazing artists, photographers, and entrepreneurs. Led by Yarrow Kraner, the great connector of brilliant people.
I may not have been able to do everything I've wanted with my outdoor company plans for Hydrogen yet, but there is huge interest, and things are happening exactly as they need to.
I've been here for two months. I've hardly written, I've slept little, I haven't made as much progress with my projects as I want, and Panama shipping and material problems have been brutal. I've never felt so much turmoil and change in my life.
But I've been fucking living.
I have faced so much, and grown so much.
Some new projects are bursting through the seams in a way I can't control and some
big things are on the way.
Honestly though, more than any project, any business, any material thing, the deep personal changes that have impacted me, and everyone here at Kalu Yala have been the most life changing opportunities for growth I've ever experienced.
The raw connections happening here; to the people, plants, and the planet have been carving me away. They've been stripping away the unnecessary parts of me I thought were making me happy. Cutting out my heart and slow roasting it in the ground.
Juicy and rare, with enough for everyone.
You can ask me any questions you have, there is more to say than I could ever write, and I'll have some more to say, but I'm bringing this experience with me wherever I go.
Hopefully we can share some more,