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10 Days Vipassana Retreat in Kelseyville, California

10 Days Vipassana Retreat in Kelseyville, California

Like many alternative adventurers of our time, after quitting my job I set out to travel the world to find enlightenment. Starting with Rishikish in India and continuing to other meditation retreats throughout the country, I later attended a three-day Vipassana... read more

Why You Should Take a Solo Backpacking Trip

  July 11- July 15, 2016 Why you must do a solo backpacking trek… I think it is different to backpack versus just go on a hike. You need a day when you are walking and you still are in the real world (or in a dream).  The second day is when you actually start... read more

Caye Caulker and San Pedro, Belize

December 2015 Family trip to Belize.  Booked our flights the day of by randomly finding which central/ south America city/ country has the cheapest flight.  A lot of trial and error.  Nothing was planned, we met someone in our layover who told us what his plans were... read more

Midburn Israel 2016

No explanation needed… Well a few fun facts: Went there without tickets since they were impossible to find online, but I figured if that’s what I’ve done twice for burning man why wouldn’t it work here.  No one recommended to do this but one... read more
Weekend Vipassana Meditation, Ein Dor, Israel

Weekend Vipassana Meditation, Ein Dor, Israel

Picture by Illana Just got back home from Tovana, a weekend vipassana meditation retreat.  Almost three days in silence – Jesus! My brain exploded with thoughts!  Crazy literally I thought of every moment in my life.  Is this how it’s suppose to be? Like... read more

Gay Pride Parade Tel Aviv, Israel

It was a wonderful time supporting gay pride in Israel!  We danced, we sweated, and then we jumped in the sea to cool down.  It saddens me that no more than a few weeks later there was a shooting in a gay bar in my home country.  It is like we are taking one step... read more

Climbing Mount Kiriganga, India

4/18/16 It was rough,  there were 5 tea shop on the way and oh so many waterfalls!! I love waterfalls! It rained a little, the steep mountain was slippery.  My sister isn’t used to these types of hikes so we stopped a few times but I urger her to move on before... read more

Snow Peak Trail & Upper Yosemite Falls, Yosemite, California

  Amazing trip with the bff Julia!  We hiked it right before I left on my world travels in March.  The first day we arrived around noon and headed to climb the Snow Peak Trail around 2PM.  We made it to the top and back down way before sunset.  It was a total of... read more
Help my friend in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Help my friend in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Hello friends! My sister and I met this amazing soul in Colombo, Sri Lanka when we had a layover there.  Jagurazack Razack is a very genuine and sweet man.  He is a took took driver and a gem stone trader, about 26 and has the heart of gold.  He picked up a sweet old... read more

Home of Hope Bangalore, India

  This was an emotional but wonderful experience.  I began to volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos as a spiritual care volunteer.  The Chaplain informed me that they will be traveling to India to volunteer and I should join.  My sister and I were in... read more

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I am Maria( Masha) Kouzmenko

I want to spread peace & love upon the humans, animals, & mother nature as I mindfully explore this planet.

I may not be able to save the world, but I can make a difference 🙂

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