Based on cultural archetypes such as the Greek goddesses, Filipino Baybaylan or earthly elements (earth, wind, fire, water), participants will develop intuitiveness into their individual characters.Read more
“Vita” derives from the Latin origin, meaning life.
Simple Vita is more than a philosophy. It’s a set of tools to keep you grounded. Simple Vita supports you, so you can keep being there for others. It’s so easy to have our minds run amok with all kinds of worries – financial, career, family and usually last of all, our personal wellbeing. We need to give ourselves permission to take care of ourselves whether it’s through whimsical creativity, strategic journeying to the self or practical how-to's on coaching yourself to keeping the day-to-day down-to-earth. Welcome to your simple life!
This site is a quiet space for women and men to breathe, reflect and feed their souls. We offer retreat experiences such as weekend workshops that fit into lives where women and men must balance work, families and time for themselves. Making time for You is essential. In a world where responsibilities take over, we must allow ourselves to take peaceful moments and refuel, so that we can actualize the joys of living a simple life.
How did I let October get away from me? As the season changes, sometimes all we need is a good bath. And if it’s a forest bath, even better. Since the colors have been turning, I’ve been immersing myself in our neighboring woods, and it’s been glorious! Forest bathing has been absolutely refreshing. The woods’ oils […]Read more
A praying mantis sat by our deck sliding doors for two days straight. N. initially found it hanging on the screen door, then it moved higher onto the side. Apparently it’s a symbol of patience, mindfulness, and inner stillness. Almost two months in our new home, I’ve been discovering new hiking paths, and there are […]Read more
As our parents grow older, we take on the opportunity to bring our tribe together. This past weekend was the first biennial Lopez/Torres family reunion (my partner’s extended kin) generously organized by the second generation, my brother- and sister-in-law. Thing is, when it comes to whom we are related by blood (or marriage), we may […]Read more
The last eight months have been full of transition, some anxiety, some relief, and definitely many needed deep breaths. I have been conscious of not focusing on not being able to be content until ‘when we finally settle in permanently’ as I’ve wanted to enjoy our exploration of our new surroundings. It can be a challenge to […]Read more
April is Autism Awareness Month. For those who have an autistic loved one, every day is about understanding autism. Today is my brother’s birthday. He’s 47. Since we didn’t grow up together, I don’t speak much about him. In my early twenties, I began therapy as I had much anxiety about the future and the […]Read more
Easter weekend has passed, another opportunity for reflection. My brother-in-law and his family stopped by en route to another college tour (third child), and we relished in a family dinner. Just us sitting together around the table touching base and reconnecting. I absolutely treasure these moments. Why? Because I am reborn. It’s a sacred experience […]Read more
We recently celebrated the lunar new year of the monkey along with my now three-and-a-half-year-old’s half birthday. Halfway around the sun to the possibilities that lie before her. Last week, I thought that she had given up on her naps. Turns out that she just needed an easy listening reboot to her acoustic guitar music. Now […]Read more
Our Very Jersey Holiday has my family of three in a holi-daze. Fever, body aches, and stuffy headcolds . . . oh my. As sweet 2016 is upon us, I am delighted by some holiday memories that I don’t think I would cherish as much if we weren’t in homecoming mode as now out-of-staters. Those moments […]Read more
As a parent, I’ve been mostly against promoting the myth of Santa and all of the expectation around receiving gifts. While I learned pretty early in my childhood that Santa had the exact same handwriting as my mom, I also didn’t want to pass along what has become extreme materialism to my daughter. At the generosity […]Read more
Some folks don’t like surprises. Others like me love them! And so does my three years young daughter. Like any toddler, she loves treats in the form of Dad & daughter dates along with a new Calico Critter figure. She also delights in experiences such as a new playground that she’s about to explore for the […]Read more