The J.O.Y. Codes Journey – Magical Bolivia 2021

J.O.Y. Codes Magical Bolivia
the “Journey Of YOU”

April 11 – 22, 2021

12 Days, 11 Nights

Sorata * Lake Titicaca * Copacabana * Tiwanaku * PumaPunku * LaPaz

Explore a deeper level of WHO you really are as Pachamama holds loving space for you in one of her most sacred lands on our dear planet. Take this SoulJourn deep into yourself… with a very small group of 6 Soul Si-Stars as each of you spends time connecting with Pachamama,  guided and supported by your American spiritual group leader as well as local Aymara guides.

I (Adele Good) have been called to Bolivia on three separate occasions and could not deny the importance of following this guidance.  Each trip was very special… sacred in my connection to Pachamama in different ways and each has contributed significantly to my spiritual growth and relationship to Mother Earth.

I have done everything we will do in this Bolivian J.O.Y. Codes Journey at least once and sought out the nicest places and people to work with that I could find.  Bolivia, especially most of the Bolivia we will explore, is not touristy… not yet!  This allows us as visitors to see the beautiful local Aymara people, as the women especially still wear their traditional costumes as part of who they are, and have not been highly influenced by the ‘outside’ world.  Yes they carry cell phones, although most are not smart phones, and they live a fairly simple life… a very hard life, yet most seem deeply happy and certainly honor their connection to Pachamama.

The time we will spend in Sorata and Lake Titicaca will be very magical.  I spent a month in each last May-June, living on the Isla del Luna (Moon Island) on Lake Titicaca for a full moon cycle. I doubt any other American lady has done this as I was quite an anomaly living among the beautiful families, most of who were born on this island and stayed as protectors.  I can’t wait to return with friends as Viviana and Roberto (my Aymara hosts for the month I lived there) are such beautiful people and I can’t wait to show them off!  I spent June 2019 in the mountains of Sorata, knowing I had been called to bring groups of ladies here in the future and searching for a place at a lower altitude to adjust and spend time with Pachamama.  This is where we will hold a sacred retreat, spending 3 days with Justo, an Aymara Chamakani, a person who sees the vibrations of the spirit in man. You will have the opportunity to work with Justo individually if you choose, as well as his wife, Swedish Lina, who practices the Rosen method, which she learned from Marion Rosen, a massage for body and soul. These treatments will compliment the J.O.Y. Codes work we will be doing.

After our time in the mountains and on the island, we will explore the fun town of Copacabana, home of a famous Black Madonna and surrounded by ‘Inca’ ruins.  From there we will visit the famous Tiwanaku and PumaPunku, then end up in LaPaz for a few days, hiking the most magical place I have explored, where I got so many messages from Pachamama, that the explanations are still coming to me. 

This trip involves a lot of gentle hiking, nothing extreme, although the hour plus up to Lake Chillata has a few steep areas, and we will have 2 guides with us to hold our hand at these short passageways (not scary, just steep for a few steps).  I am 63 and have not been in a gym in years, so as long as you can walk on slopes and some stairs, you should be able to handle all of the walks.  We will take them slowly, which is safer and gives us a chance to absorb the unique energy, sounds and spirit of the land.

This is a very off the tourist path SoulJourn, and I am very blessed to have been totally guided to share it with a small group of ladies.  Please look over the itinerary, and if it is in alignment with where you are in your spiritual journey, let’s talk to see if this might support your next steps!

Magical Mountains of Sorata with snow covered Illampu overlooking the valley

Day 1 – April 11 – Sunday – Arrival in LaPaz, Bolivia – Night in Sorata

Upon arrival in LaPaz, you will meet our beautiful group of Soul Sisters to be driven a few hours on a magical path to our quaint eco-lodge resort near Sorata, a small a warm-weather colonial town with magnificent views in the Bolivian Andes, northwest of the city of La Paz and east of Lake Titicaca.

One of the Altai Oasis garden cottages near the stream where we will spend the first 5 nights of our magical journey.

We will check into our garden rooms at Altai Oasis Eco-Lodge, a simple yet lovely resort property in a valley outside of the town of Sorata.

Mountain stream runs through the Altai Oasis property.

This afternoon we will spend quietly sitting by the serene mountain stream

Garden pool for a bit of R&R as we relax in nature.

or take a dip in the pools while relaxing as we connect with Pachamama, get acquainted with each other and drink local tea to help easily adjust to the higher altitude. 

Altai Oasis living area and restaurant.. warm, cozy and comfortable.

Welcome Dinner at our resort restaurant, rated “Best Vegetarian Food in South America”.

Day 2 – April 12 – Monday – Sorata

Spend the day with our Aymara Guide, Justo and his lovely wife, Lina, who will host us for a traditional Bolivian lunch at their home in Tutuacaja, an indigenous community “between the wild river and a highest viewpoint.”

View of Sorata from Justo and Lina’s home in the Aymara community of Tutuacaja

This is a perfect site to begin our journey, where we will have a fabulous view of the highly revered Glacier Illampu, the fourth highest mountain in Bolivia.  Illampu in native Aymara language mean “Strong” and this mountain peak is considered the “Guardian of Transition.”  

Justo and Lina’s hillside home where we will have our first Aymara Cosmology Ceremony

Justo will guide a traditional Aymara Cosmology Ceremony, a Pachamama Offering Ritual to give thanks to Mother Earth, as we honor “Kay Pacha” – the “present” – this world or the conscious part of the mind.

Day 3 – April 13 – Tuesday – Sorata

We will spend today learning more of the J.O.Y. Codes – the Journey Of You and relaxing in the sacred gardens of our mountain resort. 

Illampu overlooking the valley

For lunch, we will walk up the dirt road to Cafe Illampu, where we can sit outside, enjoy lunch and have another phenomenal view of the majestic snow capped Illampu. The cafe owner, Stefan, is an Austrian baker who came to Bolivia decades ago and after visiting Sorata, made it his home.  You will have time, if you choose to have a massage or special treatment before dinner at our lovely resort restaurant. 

Day 4 – April 14 – Wednesday – Sorata and San Pedro Caves

San Pedro Caves with underground blue lake

Today Justo and Lina will take us to the San Pedro Caves, a nearby underground lake surrounded by a magnificent cave system.  Justo will share ancient knowledge of Pachamama on land and water as we move across this underground blue lake in small boats or walk across underground bridges. We will continue to acknowledge Pachamama and in today’s ceremony will honor  “Ukhu Pacha” – the “past” – the underworld or unconscious part of the mind. 

Majestic views from the Sorata Observation Deck high in the mountains.

We will then drive up into the mountains to an observation deck, where we will have magnificent views of Sorata and the surrounding area.

Charming colonial village of Sorata, surrounded by the Andes

Our driver will take us to the quaint colonial town of Sorata to have lunch in a delicious “Mexican” sidewalk cafe. 

I met this charming Aymara lady walking in the Sorata valley.
beautiful valley river between the village of Sorata and our hotel

After wandering around this colorful little village, you might choose to hike down the mountain valley to our resort, crossing a unique foot bridge in a quiet magical area of the valley or take a taxi.

This afternoon we will continue on with our J.O.Y. Codes, then spend some time in solitude enjoying the sounds of listening to the birds and stream near our garden rooms, embracing our relationship to Pachamama. 

Day 5 – April 15 – Thursday – Sorata

Chuchu Jahuira River, full of very special rocks.

We will continue to discuss the J.O.Y. Codes, walk to the nearby Chuchu Jahuira River, where we can explore some shallow caves and hunt for special river rocks as well as connecting the “Journey Of You” with Pachamama.  This will be a quiet day, allowing time for reflection and inner growth.  We will have a delicious lunch at our hotel and if you choose, you can have a massage or special treatment this afternoon before dinner.  

Day 6 – April 16 – Friday – Sorata and Lake Chillata 

Aymara farmers working in their gardens.

This morning we will drive for about an hour, up into the mountains towards the snow covered Illampu.  Our drive will take us on a journey rarely seen by tourists, through local colorful Aymara community farms and landscapes, where the ancient indigenous Aymara have protected this land for thousands of years. We will drive as far up this path as possible, then leave our vehicle and walk up to the green Lake Chillata. This is a moderate hike on a mountain path, so we will take it very slowly, in silence to appreciate the unimaginable beauty all around us.

Lake Chillata, high in the mountains yet only an hour hike after driving up the mountains. Adele saw condors here in June 2019.

The breathtaking magical lake, reflecting Illampu, is well worth the journey and the expectation of seeing condors in their natural habitat makes it a blessed experience. 

Justo will lead our final Aymara Cosmology ceremony lakeside as we honor “Hanan Pacha” – the “future” – the world above or intuitive part of the mind. We will have a picnic, spend time basking under the sun, hopefully watching the condors and for those who choose, time to walk around the small lake and explore ancient terraces and ruins hidden nearby. 

We will return to our mountain resort in time to relax and have our final dinner in Sorata.

Day 7 – April 17 – Saturday – Sorata * Isla del Luna on Lake Titicaca

Fresh spices sold at the open Sorata Market

Today we will have a chance to experience local spices, handicrafts and produce as we visit the colorful Sorata Saturday market on our way out of town.

Viviana at our ‘hotel’ dock with the boat we will explore some of Lake Titicaca from. Isla del Sol is in the distance.

We will drive towards Lake Titicaca, where our Island of the Moon host, Roberto, an Aymara man who was raised on Lake Titicaca, will pick us up for a private boat ride to the Inca ruins on the Isla de la Luna (Moon Island), the second largest island on the lake.

Tupac Yupanqui Temple – the ‘House of the Chosen Virgins of the Sun,’

It is said that during the time of the Inca, Tupac Yupanqui Temple, an ornate building, the ‘House of the Chosen Virgins of the Sun,’ was built to house chosen women who lived a nun-like lifestyle.  We will visit these unique ruins which have a fabulous view of snow capped Illampu Mountain across the lake.

Aymara community of 25 families who live on the Isla del Luna.

Our captain and host will then continue our Titicaca boat ride, passing the local waterfront Aymara community, as we ride to the other side of the Isla del Luna to our home for the night. 

One of the simple rooms at our Isla del Luna ‘hotel’

We will stay in very basic rooms, on an island where most of the 25 local Aymara families haul all of their water from the lake up to their homes, wash their laundry in the lake and do not have indoor plumbing.  Fortunately, our humble rooms do have private bathrooms that function.

Unique stone found on the beach near the hotel.

There will be time to wander the beachfront, looking for special stones among the unique rocks which have surfaced over thousands of years in this very special body of water, the highest navigational lake in the Southern Hemisphere, which is known for much unexplained activity.

Our beautiful Aymara hosts, Viviana and Roberto

We will enJOY a fabulous traditional dinner of soup, rice and vegetables including fresh caught trout if you’d like, cooked by Roberto’s beautiful wife, Viviana. 

Llamas, sheep and shepherd down the cliff from where we will spend our Isla del Luna experience

might catch one of the local shepherds taking his little flock home for the night.

Magical sunset behind the Isla del Sol (untouched photo taken with my iPhone)

We will watch a magical sunset over the Isla del Sol and go to bed early, before it gets chilly. 

Day 8 – April 18 Sunday – Isla del Luna * Isla del Sol * Copacabana

Terraces on Isla del Sol (Sun Island)

We will leave our magical place on the Isla del Luna for a short boat ride to the Isla del Sol (Sun Island) where we will visit some of the ruins and have a delicious lunch on the hills overlooking the Isla del Luna. 

Copacabana on Lake Titicaca

Our host, Roberto, will then take us across the lake to Copacabana, a fun lake side village with many cute shops, a local market and small streets to explore.

Hotel La Cupula – considered the nicest place to stay and eat in Copacabana

We will relax for the rest of the day in the fun artistic upscale Hotel de Cupula, overlooking Lake Titicaca and the village of Copacabana. We will have a delicious dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 9 – April 19 – Monday – Copacabana on Lake Titicaca

Copacabana village with it’s interesting hills and landscape.

We will spend today exploring some of the interesting hills and “Inca” sites around this part of Lake Titicaca. 

Black Madonna in the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana

During our visit to this part of the lake, we will see the famous Black Madonna in the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana. Her shine is adjacent to a massive collection of other Black Madonnas. It is very rare to see so many from all over the world displayed in one place. Lunch and dinner will be in one of the many fun restaurants in Copacabana.

Day 10 – April 20 – Tuesday – Copacabana * Tiwanaku * LazPaz

Today we will leave Copacabana for a beautiful drive along the lake as we head towards the famous Tiwanaku and PumaPunku.

Tiwanaku Gate of the Sun

Tiwanaku, a large “Inca” complex, is famous for the Gate of the Sun, a huge monolith with mysterious inscriptions and carvings that decorate the gate. These are believed to possess astronomical and/or astrological significance and may have served a calendrical purpose.

PumaPunku famous laser cut stone formations.

PumaPunku might have been viewed as the center of the Andean world, attracting pilgrims from far away to marvel in its beauty. These structures transformed the local landscape; PumaPunku was purposely integrated with Illimani mountain, a sacred peak that the Tiwanaku possibly believed to be home to the spirits of their dead. This area was believed to have existed between Heaven and Earth.

We will have lunch and a full day as we drive to LaPaz to check into our hotel where we will enjoy a nice dinner.

Day 11 – April 21 – Wednesday – LaPaz

Valley of the Moon unique rock formations

We begin our day exploring the majestic Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) as we walk along this unexplained area of LaPaz which is said to have a similar surface to the Moon.

Valley of Animas near La Paz, ancient sacred site.

Afterwards we’ll take a long, but easy walk in the Valle de Animas (Valley of Souls) to witness Bolivia’s needle-like rock formations. The spires resemble petrified souls, which is how the area got its name. We will picnic along the way and finish our day in LaPaz, visiting the intriguing Mercado de Las Brujas (Witches Market), where traditional remedies and exotic herbs are sold. We will have our final Farewell Dinner in the city before returning to our hotel.

Day 12 – April 22 – Thursday – Departure from LaPaz

Today we say our farewells as each of our Soul Si-stars leave to return home or continue travels feeling blessed with the pure spiritual energy of our transformational Bolivian journey-of-a-lifetime.

Program Includes:

  • 11 nights shared accommodations (6 at Eco-lodge in Sorata, 1 on Isla del Luna on Lake Titicaca, 2 in Copacabana and 2 in LaPaz)
  • Land and Boat transportation from LaPaz Airport on April 11, inclusive of returning to LaPaz Airport on April 22.
  • All group meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner from arrival to departure
  • Aymara Shaman guide for 3 days of Pachamama Ceremonies as well as local guides for tours of most ruin and hikes
  • All fees and visits to ruins, caves and local markets
  • Everything in the Itinerary as noted

Not Included:

  • Flights in and out of LaPaz, Bolivia (El Alto International Airport, LPB Airport)
  • Separate airport transfers and hotel bookings
  • Tips, sundries and bottled beverages, laundry and spa services. (Tip suggested $70 – $100 for resort staff, Shaman and professional local tour guides). 

The J.O.Y. Codes

The concept of The J.O.Y. Codes – Journey Of YOU is a process which addresses the Mind – Body – Spirit – Heart – Community Connection. This is a system to simplify living a JOYful life… to discover who you are, how you show up in this world and what truly brings you JOY!

The overall big mission of The J.O.Y. Codes is to support the residents of Mother Earth as we shift into a higher vibration.  This may sound like an insurmountable goal, although since we are all connected, it makes sense that each one of us plays a part in enhancing ourselves to support this big picture.  By doing so, as we increase our positive energy, we naturally help others raise theirs.

The five aspects of The J.O.Y. Codes have been designed to create inner harmony and peace, using specific concepts to enhance the Mind – Body – Spirit – Heart – Community Connection.  These Codes, some of which Mother Earth gifts us with directly, include concrete tools which:

  • raise us into a higher vibration as we gain confidence in our ability to create our full reality
  • teach us how to access our inner wisdom as we learn how to ask for inner guidance and how to move forward with what we discover 
  • give us the confidence of making decisions for our greatest good, in which the outcome is a deeper connection to our higher self and self love 
  • help us use words more effectively and be more conscious of our mindset
  • tap into knowing our passions with a wonderful process to delve into what really brings us JOY and how to incorporate that into our daily lives
  • connect us more directly to Spirit 
  • open our hearts to give and receive JOY as we connect with like minded life travelers
  • keep that channel open as we delve into living a lifestyle of JOY

Let’s let our inner J.O.Y. get stronger to support others on their journey… helping all of us.. on all continents, in all walks of life.

Adele in June 2019 at Chuchu Jahuira River.

ABOUT YOUR FACILITATOR

Adele Good is an adventurous traveler who spent much of her life time exploring sacred sites all over the world. Her mission is to help connect cultures around the planet while sharing the mysteries of ancient civilizations. 

As a successful business owner for almost 40 years, she has facilitated workshops and seminars since 1996 which evolved into personal development, self-discovery programs to support clients in a multitude of ways, including health and inner growth.  

After naturally reversing several life threatening diseases, Adele created a healthy lifestyle which supports her travel and mission as a Professional Speaker, Coach, Author, Certified Passion Test Facilitator and Energy Healing Practitioner. 

She left the US in July 2014 to live in Bosnia while excavating the largest pyramids on Earth and extensively explore sacred sites in Europe, then moved to South America to live in Peru and Brazil while continuing the discovery of our ancient planet.  Since then, she has lived in South Africa and Thailand which allowed her to investigate the surrounding sacred lands of Cambodia, Borneo, Malaysia, Indonesia, The Philippines and Singapore, then returned to live again in Bosnia, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, while planning sacred J.O.Y. Code Journeys to each of these ancient culturally rich countries.

Adele designed The J.O.Y. Codes Journey – the Journey Of You, using the skills she learned and deep wisdom she accessed as she created her own JOYful life.  The J.O.Y. Codes are a culmination of her own personal work and the seminars she has held for clients on five continents. She has created a blessed life of living her passions which include travel, discovering ancient sites and sharing her gifts of J.O.Y. along the way. The J.O.Y. Codes Journeys will be held in various sacred places around the world, with time for exploration of the inner-self as well as surrounding ancient sites. 

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY

Bolivia is naturally mountainous and although some stairs are uneven and do not have handrails, you will be able to travel at your own pace. If you have serious hip or leg conditions and can not walk long distances comfortably, this journey is probably not for you. You would be able to do most of the Sorata retreat experiences, yet some of the other day activities, such as hiking to Lake Chillata and the Valley of Animas, could be very challenging and not pleasant. If you chose to join us, you would want to skip these sites or only do the easy paths. Most of the places we will go are rated Easy to Moderate… and your guides will work with you to assure your safety and comfort.

Our Hotels Along the Way

Altai Oasis Eco-Lodge in the valley below Sorata.

Sorata – Altai Oasis Eco-lodge Resort

Casual family run resort in the beautiful valley of Sorata, located in the Royal Range of the Bolivian Andes. There is a main lodge with cozy cabins, outdoor pool, beautiful grounds and restaurant with a terrace.

The valley of Sorata is a lovely colonial looking town with steep stairways and maze of narrow cobbled streets. Perched on a hillside with an elevation of 8,612 feet, Sorata lays in a valley beneath the towering snow covered peaks of Illampu and Ancohuma.

Tourists aren’t the only ones enchanted with Sorata. Bolivian writer Emeterio Villamil de Rada was so inspired by the beautiful greenery and clear rivers that he used Sorata as the setting for the Garden Eden in La Lengua de Adan (Adam’s Tongue).  He described Aymara as the language of Adam, and Cerro Illampu was the true Mount Olympus.

In colonial times, Sorata provided a link to the gold mines and rubber plantations of the Alto Beni and as a gateway to the Amazon basin.

In 1997 the Resnikowski family opened the Altai restaurant in the main plaza of Sorata, and at the same time opened Altai Oasis Coffee Shop, just a short walk outside of Sorata. After the apogee with the restaurant in the main plaza of Sorata, they decided to move to the outside of town, where they began to establish Altai Oasis Eco-Lodge.  This hotel has now developed into a comfortable and welcoming place where the best service and hospitality of Sorata is experienced. Their truly amazing cuisine is inspired by home cooking, often using produce from the fertile land of the property. The small restaurant has charm of a fine dining restaurant with views of towering massive Illampu.

We will enJOY wholesome vegetarian meals while at Altai Oasis, although if you prefer a different menu, that can be arranged, as well as vegan and adjustments for allergies.

On the J.O.Y. Codes Journey we will all have charming rooms with private bathrooms, accompanied by the murmur of the Challazuyo River, surrounded by the beautiful gardens.

TIME ZONE, SEASONAL WEATHER & ALTITUDE

Bolivian time in April is the same as the US Eastern Standard Zone, making the transition for Americans easy.

The country lies in the Southern Hemisphere, which means the weather is opposite of visitors from the Northern Hemisphere. 

April is an excellent month for an Andean adventure, before the tourist season begins! The weather in Sorata and Lake Titicaca is generally mild and pleasant with daytime temperatures averaging in the 50s°F, while night time low temperatures average in the 40s°F. Daytime temperatures in the city of La Paz are much colder, usually in the mid 50s°F in April, falling to the 30s°F at night. 

We will spend most of our journey in Sorata and on Lake Titicaca, where the nights are chilly yet the days are often sunny and warm. It is important to layer clothing, with a tank, light weight long sleeve top and sweater or jacket for the nights.  There are normally 6 hours of bright sunshine each day in Bolivia in April, so half the day is sunny and bright and feels much warmer than seen on the thermometer. We will be in Bolivia at the end of the rainy season… so bring a raincoat, just in case.  March through May (the Andean fall months) are generally sunny and the mountains and fields are beautifully green.

Be prepared for relatively high elevations above sea-level: in Sorata we will be at an elevation of 8,612 feet, on Lake Titicaca and La Paz at about 12,000 feet.  We are intentionally starting our journey with six days in Sorata to acclimate to the higher elevation and spending the first day resting as we hydrate with local tea will significantly assist climatizing.  Adele will share easy natural ways to prepare for this high altitude before you leave home as well as once you arrive in Bolivia.  Please discuss any concerns with her as there are many healthy options to consider which will make your whole journey in the Andes safe and wonderful! 

PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS

You must have a valid passport to travel to Bolivia. Please check your passport expiration date and make sure it is valid for at least 6 months after the end date of your retreat, and has at least 6 blank pages. 

A Visa is NOT required for US Citizens visiting Bolivia. (This changed in December 2019, making it much easier to enter the borders.)

Yellow Fever Vaccination is required for visiting Bolivia. (although Adele has entered Bolivia 3 times without this, just explaining she does not believe in it due to religious reasons, and has never been detained or denied access.) We will not be in the jungle, so use your discretion regarding having this vaccine. 

PACKAGE PRICE 

April 11 – 22, 2021
Limited to 6 Goddess (yes, Ladies Only)

12 Days, 11 Nights

Shared Occupancy 
$3,111
If booked before October 31, 2020, save $222

Deposit of $888 
before October confirms Early Booking Discount

Non-refundable, non-transferable deposit confirms your space

After October 31, 2020
$3,333

Registration and final, full payment deadline:

February 1, 2021

Single Occupancy rooms are available for a surcharge of $444 per Person.

You may use Paypal (account Adele@AdeleGood.com) or Zelle (account Adele@AdeleGood.com) to make payments.  Add 3% for credit cards.

Contact Adele at Adele@AdeleGood.com with questions or to discuss joining this or future J.O.Y. Codes Journeys.

I Sold Everything to Travel the World

 Published in The Fine Line Magazine 10/24/17

#RealTalk | 10.24.2017

The first time I seriously considered leaving the United States to travel full-time was March 2014. I was 58 years old. Two months later, I had sold or given away almost everything I owned. Three years later, I am writing this from 40,000 feet, as I fly back from my 1,167-day worldwide journey. I am different from when I left: I am a woman who trusts herself absolutely.

I am 61 and fearless.

Looking back, I marvel at the confidence it took to cancel the lease on my luxury condo, sell my sports car, end my relationship with a wonderful man (I couldn’t ask him to wait for me), close my consulting company, and resign from two board of director positions. I didn’t have a lot of money, investments, or an inheritance to fall back on, I only knew there was something missing in my life.

I had done everything I was supposed to do: raised two sons, became a successful entrepreneur, served my community and somehow lost some of me in all of it. I was living a life that no longer served me, working to pay huge bills to have the things I thought would make me happy. But they didn’t. They just shackled me to a life that wasn’t fulfilling.

I longed to simplify. I wanted to travel.

As a spiritual life coach and an energy healing practitioner, I knew I would be able to work from anywhere in the world. Using social media, I was able to create a bit of passive income as I set out on my journey.

 I WAS LIVING A LIFE THAT NO LONGER SERVED ME, WORKING TO PAY HUGE BILLS TO HAVE THE THINGS I THOUGHT WOULD MAKE ME HAPPY. BUT THEY DIDN’T. THEY JUST SHACKLED ME TO A LIFE THAT WASN’T FULFILLING.

In July, just four months after I decided to upend my life, I said goodbye to my sons, mother, family and friends, and spent a last bittersweet night with my boyfriend. Each goodbye broke my heart. Each goodbye was a step closer to my dream.

But that’s not to say that I wasn’t scared!

The little girl inside of me wanted to stay comfortable in the life I had created. A little voice in the back of my head was saying, “What if you’re wrong? What if you don’t like it? What if this is a whole lot harder than you think it’s going to be? What if this is a huge mistake?” Still, I had to do it.

That first year, I explored twelve countries in Europe and volunteered in Bosnia excavating the world’s largest pyramids. For the next 18 months, I lived in The Sacred Valley of Peru’s Andean highlands, investigated the ruins of Bolivia, drove all over southern Mexico, and worked as a guide for a spiritual healer in Brazil. Then I spent six months in South Africa, visiting ancient structures from Nelspruit to Cape Town. I experienced miracles and unexplained occurrences. From there, I traveled to Asia, visiting six countries. I especially loved Thailand.

In the last three years, I’ve experienced so many different events and emotions. There were times that I was nearly out of money. There were times that I felt deeply alone. There were times that I looked up to realize that I was in physical danger. But there was also joy — oh so much joy.

Fourteen months into my journey, while I was in Brazil working for the spiritual healer, I met a young Swiss woman with breast cancer that had spread to her bones. She looked healthy but was in tremendous pain. She’d been told that she would die soon, so she’d come from Switzerland to see the famous healer. I guided the woman through her journey with the healer, and her health improved. Three years later, she is alive and thriving. I had many similar experiences, and though it pained me to see people suffering, it was so gratifying to know that I was playing a significant role in their healing.

I GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO STEP OUTSIDE OF WHAT WAS EXPECTED OF ME. I GOT TO ESCAPE THE RULES THAT AMERICAN SOCIETY TELLS A 58-YEAR-OLD WOMAN SHE IS SUPPOSED TO LIVE BY.

Last July, just a couple of months before I returned to the United States, I spent a month in the Thai village of Pai. It is an absolutely beautiful place, and despite being surrounded by many people, even some close friends, I felt lonely a lot of the time. Loneliness is not something I often experience, and it felt especially painful. I found myself drawn to a small bungalow owned by a beautiful Buddhist woman. I rented the house from her, and even though she spoke no English, and I do not speak Thai, we communicated through our eyes and gestures. She appeared over and over to look after me when I needed it most, appearing with an open heart and meeting my needs before I even knew I had them. It was humbling, and I had to learn to accept her gifts of food and comfort. I cried when she dropped me off at the bus station the day I left, and not a day passes that I don’t remember that there are opportunities to serve others the way my Buddhist angel served me.

Now, I am resting. I am preparing for a new adventure. I am living in the knowledge that I went in search of meaning for my life and I found it. People often say to me, “You’re so lucky,” but the truth is there was no luck involved here. I followed my heart. Because I did, I got the opportunity to step outside of what was expected of me. I got to escape the rules that American society tells a 58-year-old woman she is supposed to live by. And I found the most important thing each of us can find in this world. I found my truest self and what brings joy into my life.

It wasn’t easy, but the unknown isn’t. There were times I was afraid and alone and wondering, What in the world have I done? That’s when I discovered I already had all the answers, I just had to listen for them.

Adele Good is a spiritual life coach and associate with Imagine Miracles. You can learn more about her at allgoodinternational.com. email Adele@AllGoodInternational.com

Adele Good – FIRST 5K OFF Bucket List!

p2150836“Feeling a bit anxious as the sun just rose out my window exposing another gorgeous day here in Cape Town… a little part of me hoped it would be pouring today so I had an excuse to stay in. As an American traveling the world alone I feel so blessed to have my health back, happy grown children and a business model which allows me this freedom… and as I strive to do new ‘Firsts’ I occasionally get a bit nervous as I realize I am totally out of my element. Having taken my first run since 2011, (barefoot on the beach) just a week ago, I heard about this nearby Parkrun and decided to check it ou. I certainly realize I am in no shape to run a 5K with a bunch of locals who do it weekly – especially with the extra 20 pounds I have challenged myself to release! So, as I wait for Uber to pick me up and deliver me to this new unknown.. .alone into an uncomfortable environment, I know I will grow and take one more step towards wherever it is I am being led. Trusting my intuition as it always leads me to magical places…. in spite of the pre-nervous jitters! Wish I had a decent pair of runners…. haven’t needed them on the beach so just realized that might be an issue….”

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The above paragraph was what I wrote on Facebook a few hours ago as I nervously waited to enter unknown territory of my first 5K and once, again, my concerns were silly!

Thanks to this angel, Barbara, who greeted me when the Uber driver dropped me off.  She took me under her wing, put me to work helping set things up and I knew I was going to be alright!

Many local communities in South Africa have a weekly 5K Parkrun – free and very well organized and attended.

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At this one, Fish Hoek Parkrun, I met several 4 year olds who had been running a full 2K for over a year, a 10 year old who preferred to volunteer and hang out during the race at the playground and many others up into their seventies who value regular exercise out in nature and have been doing 5Ks for a long time.p2150874

Although I began the course at a slow run, before the second kilometer I had shifted to a brisk walk and Barbara suddenly appeared… we walked fast together as we chatted, already seeming like old friends. Her daughter also does energy healing so we had much to talk about.

The majority of the runners were way ahead of us, some completing their third or fourth kilometer before we finished the second and Barbara reminded me we were just out for fun and it was all perfect.  She sounded like me consoling a client, reminding them everything is perfect…it is ALL GOOD!

Today is a beautiful day and we were traversing through small paths in this sacred land surrounded by special hills with caves full of 100,000 year old artifacts.

p2150873-2When I first arrived in Cape Town in September, as the Sacred Sites Tour I had been on for a month came to an end, we hiked up to what is called Peer’s Cave.  This mountainous area is full of underground tunnel systems and fascinating structures which remind me of Peru, Mexico and Bosnia. I chose to stay in Cape Town to continue to explore these sites and be in this beautiful energy… whatever the purpose of my time here, I am well aware it will eventually be exposed.

Being able to run at the base of these mountains was spectacular and certainly nothing to have been scared about just because the labels ‘5K’ and ‘Run’ were attached.

Often in life we have unnecessary fears of silly things we put into our own heads as being uncomfortable or out of our range.  And, as we all know, these fears are usually just in our head and there is nothing to fear!

Had you told me just 8 short days agop2150882 or 18 years ago, I would run through the starting gate and race through the finish line of a mountain trail 5K, I would NEVER have believed you!  First of all, 18 years ago I weighed 300 pounds and was certainly in no physical shape to run anything… and 8 days ago it had been 5 years since “bone-on-bone” knees stopped the running I began after releasing over 100 pounds.

Everything is possible and when we face our fears head on and just do whatever scares us anyway – we can accomplish amazing things!

At the end of the fifth kilometer, Barbara and I picked up the pace and ran through the finish line… I am thrilled!   I did it and finished in well under an hour… nothing to brag about and I don’t care – I did it!  Another FIRST off my bucket list!

Is there something in YOUR head that scares you?  Are you fearful of a challenge? My suggestion – don’t take time to think about it – and as Nike says – JUST DO IT anyway! And remember, no matter what your current physical condition or belief system, YOU DESERVE RADIANT HEALTH – INSIDE OUT!

Adele Good on What’s Below the Surface of Cape Town Waters?

p2150514Living by the ocean in Cape Town for the past month has been so exhilarating!

Lots of opportunities to experience new things including running barefoot on the  beach each morning and actually enJOYing the sensations of the wind and sand as my body seems to glide over the Earth.  Having not run since 2011, it has filled me with awe to be able to run so freely, with strong knees and lungs to support this perfect exercise in nature.  Such a win/win!

i have never lived this long by the beach – yes I have spent many vacations in the islands or coastlines, yet never with the knowingness of having committed to a place long term and feel no sense of urgency to skew my attitude – such as waking daily thinking I only have a few days left so must get out there early.  Instead, I do get out there very early most mornings as I wake refreshed as the first peep of sunlight shows itself around 5:00, then find myself on the beach around 6 to watch the sun fully rise over the glistening South Atlantic and take a walk or run at the magical place where the water meets the land.

p2150612These past few days have brought an interesting sight on the water as there is suddenly a naval ship moving around the bay morning and night.  A bit disconcerting, yet there is a naval station near by and as in San Diego, they do need to come in and out of the area to play.

What I have rarely seen peeping its top out of the water, reminding me of an alligator in the low country waterways in Charleston, was a submarine.  Yes, as many of you, I have paid a small fee to tour abandoned ones in harbors, yet this feels so different.  To see them moving around by the beaches on a regular basis is somewhat fascinating.

p2150592What are they seeing in these peaceful waters of Cape Town?  Surely they are doing reconnaissance work as they most likely are training officers and practicing strategic moves. And, I would love to be on board for a few hours to see what lives under all of the seaweed here in South Africa.  p2150313

The ocean here is either extremely calm or extremely rough – very little in between.  I imagine the life of a submarine pilot or engineer has some fascinating moments observing life under the ocean surface – whales and dolphins, huge fish hanging out by the many ship wrecks from the past century in this area, and maybe even a mermaid flips her tail once in a while to keep their attention.

As a scuba diver since 1974, I am feeing a but curious about what lies in this unique bay surrounded  by ancient sacred sites.   I am sure these submarine pilots have seen lots of interesting activity and maybe, in the months to come, I will figure out a way to be invited onboard and see for myself?  Or put on a double insulated wet suit (ugh, never fun to put on or take off) and explore the sea life under the seaweed beds from behind a mask…

Is it only me or do you too wonder what lies below our ocean waters?  Fascinating discoveries I am sure….

Fanny Pack or Packet?

p2150640As I was out for my morning run this morning, (it feels totally awesome to be be able to say that again) this young South African woman, who I have observed swimming each morning in the chilly South Atlantic Ocean, was finishing her time on the beach picking up trash.  She inspired me to reconsider the purpose of my daily visit to this beautiful Cape Town beach.

In addition to my commitment of running barefoot on the sand, (as long as it is is fun) I will include a trash bag in my “packet.”  In the US we call this object a “fanny pack” yet that is not appropriate to say in some countries around the world, especially the UK, so I now call it a “waistpack” or as they say here in South Africa a “hip bag” or “packet.”

I realized in August, when I arrived in South Africa,p2150654 I had left my “packet” in Brazil so got to go through the process of finding one at a mall and had to carefully figure out what they called it here as many locals are of British decent.  I used monitored words and sign language to show the clerks I wanted a small bag which had a waist strap and sat on my hip to carry my camera when hiking.  I am a very picky shopper when I know exactly what I want, so when store after store did not have the perfect one for my camera, extra camera batteries, phone, water bottle, small wallet, etc….. I had to keep up the “perfect packet” hunt.  Sadly I had to settle for one which did not hold my water, yet I also have a small back pack with me which carries that, some fruit and nuts and extra camera when I am out all day exploring sacred sites of this spectacular land.

I apologize for this total diversion from what I began writing, as I could not resist that interesting point which has embarrassed me a number of times when shopping to replace one of my favorite items for hiking and exploring.

p2150571So back to my initial point – after my healthy run, I have begun a exercise routine of enJOYing a short meditation on the beach and sometimes read a bit of a small old book called “Pyramid Power.”  My new routine, after this morning, will be to end my time in the sand picking up non-organic rubbish, certainly left behind by accident and putting it in the trash bag from my “packet.”  🙂