Journeys & Encounters


Mexico, Yucatan Peninsula

We traveled deep into the interior of the Yucatan Peninsula searching for the finest hammock weavers. We found what we were looking for in the small Mayan-speaking town of Tixkokob. Traditional methods are used to weave cotton, hemp, or silk fibers into these incredible cocoon-like hammocks. A hammock made of the finest weave, called “crochet”, takes a weaver 5 weeks or more to complete.


Takrouna, Tunisia

An hour or so inland from the city of Hammamet are a few dwindling villages of the indigenous Berbers, or Imazighen as they prefer to be called.  Those who have resisted being lured away from their roots to live in cities still live very traditionally, many with no running water or electricity. We found our way to Takrouna, where we had the pleasure of breaking bread (just out of a traditional ceramic oven) with this wonderful craftswoman.


Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is a magical spot, and one we return to often in our ongoing study of aromatherapeutic healing arts.  The blending of essential oils is one of our central passions, and sharing them with our friends is pure joy.


Christmas at the store

A warm and charming Christmas evening at the store with our community members. This year we decorated the tree with handmade dried citrus ornaments. Cheers!


Provence, France

Here we are visiting our wonderful 7th generation textile mill in Isles Sur la Sorgue, a precious old Provencal town with a crystal clear spring fed river running right through it, and one of the best outdoor markets anywhere. Beautiful!