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What's YOUR Heart's Vision?

Life is EASY!

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016

One of the many reasons I LOVE Thailand is that life is SO easy here! This Thai man makes the case so clearly and beautifully: I am now leading excursions showing people new to Thailand how EASY life can be here, so that whether they want to live here or return again and again for travels and sabbaticals, it is EASY for...

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3 of My Core Values When Traveling

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016

Here are 3 of the Core Values I have when traveling: #1 – Going Slow Often times–especially if we’re Americans–we have just a few short weeks or less for a vacation, and we want to pack as much as fun and excitement as we can into that brief time.  So we tend to travel with a feeling of a scarcity of time. This can have us focused in on ourselves and focused on getting–getting as much experiences and as many photos as we can in that short amount of time. One of the things I am going to show you how to do, if you come and travel with me or if you take my Carpe Diem! World Traveler LINK course, is how to get more time for longer journeys and sabbaticals. When you come and travel with me, it’s a requirement that we’re not in that scarcity mode.  We’re not in that mode of taking and trying to just get as much as possible from the short time that we have. There’s something that’s really magical that happens as we just trust the journey, take our time to go slow, to connect with what we’re feeling, notice who our heart is calling us to connect with, take the time to build relationships and being open to the invitations that we receive along the way. This is one of the most miraculous things that’s happened to me on my travels.  I don’t plan most of my own travels. Instead, I go slow, stay connected and follow heart-felt invitations.  That’s something we’ll be doing if you come and travel with me. I require that we’re not in that rushed state of mind.  Now, it’s OK if we start feeling this scarcity of time as we travel, and I’ll just bring reminders for us to slow down and trust. So if you’re interested in a change of pace and slowing down, de-stressing and learning to travel and live in this kind of a way, then maybe you’ll want to come and travel with me. And if not–if you want to cram as much as you can into your short vacation time as possible–then there are probably some better options or tourist packages that are better for you. #2 – Respect Many times in American culture, respect is lacking in our interactions.  Partly this is from our value of independence and individuality.  We want to be self-expressed and speak up for ourselves, but often...

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NEW – Journey With Me in Thailand!

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016

It’s Michael Skye. I have something I’m really excited to share with you! Traveling the world for the last 7 years has transformed me, my life, my view of humanity, my way of relating to people, my experience of being alive, my self-expression, etc.  And I’m so excited to share this with you. I’ve led some safaris in Africa, designed to be transformational.  And I have a new idea for adventures I can take people on, and today I’d like to give you a preview. I’m here in beautiful Chiang Mai, Thailand, where I am staying with a friend who invited me to come spend some time with him.  Much of my travels over the last 7 years have been gifts from people I’ve met along the way.. I talk a lot about the Gift Economy in my Carpe Diem! World Traveler course. … If you haven’t participated in that yet, I highly recommend you do so…  kind of like a revelation. I have to keep traveling and to show people what I am experiencing, because it’s so beautiful. So here’s my idea for a journey Thailand (and perhaps later, for other parts of the world as well). This is an invitation to come and journey with me in Thailand for a few days, 1 week, 2 weeks.  It’s designed to be a welcome into this culture that I love, this beautiful land, the beautiful people.  It’s designed to be a soft landing and a welcome–not the kind a tourist would receive–but like someone who is coming home to family. Designed to be gently transformative for you.  It opens your heart further, opens your world view, opens you up to new ways of expression, joy, aliveness, compassion… I am designing this journey to be a transformational AND sustainable. Alowing you to return here with ease… staying for months or even years at a time, if you like. Can be a second home for you, if you want it to be. The idea is you turn your next 2-week vacation into a “Gateway Sabbatical”, where you spend your time in such a way that it opens up a whole new world for you, and makes it easy to return to this place. While you are here journeying with me, I am going to give you an introduction to easy ways of connecting with the locals, Fun ways of learning the Thai language, as well as the...

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VisionForce In 2016

Posted by on Dec 6, 2015

VisionForce In 2016

Thats the view from my hotel room high above Santiago, Chile a few weeks ago. I am here preparing my return to my work. Although I am getting ‘productive’ again after a 5 year sabbatical… I am not going to give up this life of international travel! Currently my focus is on creating material and programs for men who are not inspired to follow in the footsteps of their elders or “get with the program” and be responsible members of society. I will be doing that largely through initiatives found at a new site www.riseoftheronin.com, including a new autobiographical book series called, The Ronin Diaries, and at least one daring, cross-cultural, transformational, rite-of-passage adventure deep in Brazil. I currently intend to offer one co-ed iStand in 2016, the first in six years! I would love it to be a gift for the visionaries who have inspired me and given to me over the past several years of my sabbatical and others who desire to carry the work forward. If you are interested in attending or playing a part in some way, please send me an...

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Returning from My Five Year Sabbatical

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015

Finally I feel READY. After an epic 5-year globe-trotting sabbatical, I am finally ready to return to the core of my calling and my life’s work, my iStands, this time with a sense of ease and a more aligned, less heroic business plan. I’m grateful for all of my experiences on my journey and all the beautiful people I met, many of whom took me in as one of their own… there are too many to name! I was blessed with the opportunity to lead 2 transformational safaris in Africa; dance Tango in Australia and Argentina, and samba in Brazil; facilitate transformational workshops on 4 continents; swim with elephants in Thailand and a whale in Panama; attend an Ayahuasca ceremony in Brazil and a sweat lodge in California; learn to speak new languages; write (and nearly finish) 3 books and 1 facilitator manual; invest in 2 young African entrepreneurs; celebrate Carnival in Brazil, Song Kran in Thailand and a wedding in Turkey; start an Internet center at a secondary school in rural Uganda; romance very different and beautiful women from many cultures; eat grasshoppers, scorpions and kangaroo; sleep in a Maasai manyatta, a pine bark teepee, an indigenous jungle village in Panama, an African convent and on a sidewalk in Bangkok; fight backyard MMA in Santiago; explore fascinating cities such as Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Brussels, Buenos Aires and Berlin; explore traveling through Gifting and living for 3 years with no cell phone; explore my own hidden shame and experience many cultural taboos; kite surf in australia, wind surf in France, sail in in San Francisco and The Netherlands, and jet ski in The Nile and The Persian Gulf; live, break bread and travel with great friends and allies around the world… these were the kinds of things I’d sacrificed for years to get my work off the ground. I’m SO grateful for the wild journey, the deep learnings and the many connections… and now it’s time to get back to doing what I’m here to do. But this time with far less sacrifice… the whole world is my home...

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Let This Man Write YOUR Song

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014

Let This Man Write YOUR Song

I remember hearing about a tribe that has a beautiful ritual, and wishing it existed in more cultures: When someone in the village acts in a way that hurts the himself/herself or the community, they call the person to the center of the village and sing for them their song–the unique song that he or she was given at birth. In this way they remember the person, not for their destructive act, but for their beauty, their essence. And the person remembers himself/herself in this beautiful way. Well, I have a good friend and talented musician who actually creates such a song for people–a song that speaks to their soul, and reminds them who they are when they’ve forgotten. When I speak of forgetting who you are, of course, I’m not talking about amnesia, but about a kind of soul-level amnesia, where you don’t feel connected to your purpose, your vision is not inspiring, and you don’t seem to have the strength or will to keep walking your visionary path. THIS MAN, Shawn Madden will write and record YOUR song in partnership with you: A song that reminds you who you are, why you are here, and gets you humming on your life purpose again whenever you forget who you are or why you are here. I hear this is a transformational experience for people. Check it out...

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