I suppose an annual update is better than none at all. Much has changed though much is the same.

I’m still on that vegan lifestyle, still feeling healthy and strong. I’m still in a trailer at Lindencroft Farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Uno is doing well here; since the Red House this has been the longest I’ve stayed in one place with him. It may be the best place for a cat to live in the whole world, at very least in the top ten. Most of my clothes are the same as last year (got some new t-shirts, socks, and undies), still riding my Long Haul Trucker, and I still get to play some music here and there.

Otherwise this year has brought many changes. I’m practicing and teaching yoga almost every single day now. I really love this new job, it is so challenging and fulfilling. I’ve got a ways to go still to pay for my training (thanks Bank of America!) as this yoga scene doesn’t pay too well at first, but I really love my new job and haven’t a single regret about it. I was so fortunate to be able to begin teaching here in Santa Cruz right out of the gate which I can still hardly believe. The timing was just right and my home studio Village Yoga was able to give me six classes per week, an incredible blessing as this town is lousy with amazing and experienced yogis. In the Fall I picked up another two classes each week at a hidden treasure, Ease Mountain Yoga in Ben Lomond where I live. Juko Holiday, the studio owner, has been so conducive to my growth as a teacher, encouraging me and providing the space for me to expand my teaching repertoire. Now I am teaching one Vinyasa Class (Beginner’s Flow) and one Yin class there each week, something I never dreamed I’d be doing this time last year. The planets aligned for me to take over the Monday Night Yin class at Village Yoga as well, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be teaching multiple styles. Again, so scary and challenging at first but at the same time so rewarding. So along with attending classes nearly everyday and my work trade for rent at the farm I’ve been able to stay pretty busy.

I’ve been taking 2-3 Vinyasa classes each week with the force of nature that is Puja Chance, and it has enriched my practice beyond measure. Finally got those handstands down, so I can die happy now. And special thanks to Torrey Trover, another force of nature, she really resonated with me and I was hooked on her Yin style from the start. I am so excited to be attending her first Yin Yoga Teacher Training coming up in a few weeks at Mt. Madonna (B of A, making things happen).

On a more personal level, for the last month or so I’ve drastically cut back on my cannabis and alcohol intake, two things I’d been indulging in pretty freely for the last decade or so. It’s not easy! But if you’re like I was and are pretty high all the time I just want to encourage you take a step back and examine your patterns. I think shaking things up a bit and getting out of your comfort zone is always good, especially if it’s difficult. Often the things that are hard for us are things that will benefit us the most, or at least that’s what I read in all of these Yoga books. The great thing about cannabis, and probably alcohol too: less is definitely more! So the last month or so has been a little intense, I’d been bottling up my emotions for a long time there so I guess I was overdue to actually feel some feelings. It’s definitely not fun to be sad in the moment, but it sure feels good when it’s over. About two months prior to that my sweetheart of four years and I parted ways, I’m so glad to say that we’re still friends. That was also rough but I just want to publicly proclaim how grateful I am for the years that we spent together, and for all the memories we have both “good” and “bad”. They’re all good memories now. She really helped me to grow, I only wish I might’ve grown a little faster for her sake, but I think everything is as it’s meant to be so again: Love and Gratitude.

I suppose that’s enough for now, let’s see if I can’t get back on here again before New Years.

Still failing at regular updates.

I’ve been gardening a lot this last year or so. I moved onto the farm where I was working in Ben Lomond last June and I worked there a few days a week. It’s really more like a humongous garden: a couple acres of terraced hillsides, hoophouses, row crops, raised beds, fruit trees, trellised hops, CSA box variety veggies.. it’s a very special place.

Another large chunk of my time I’ve been spending working for my buddy Covey at Rewild Designs helping to perform all manner of awesome landscape transformations around the Santa Cruz area. We get to work with a lot of native plants, vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and other fun stuff like that.

I have some newish music up at my Green Waves page, and another recording project which I’m very excited about should be up shortly. I had the tremendous pleasure and honor to work with my good friends at Rat Palace Records to record a 4-song EP mostly live and mostly to analog tape, which for me was a dream I’d wanted to realize for most of my career as a musician. I’m very happy with how it’s turned out and can’t wait to get it finished up and available to share.

At the moment I’m living in Santa Barbara for one more month where I am attending a teacher-training from evolation yoga called the HotTT. It is based on Bikram’s 26-posture series and has been a really great experience thus far. Included in this 500-hour training are certifications in Synergy Partner Yoga and Rainbow Kids Yoga, both of which I am very excited about!

If I’ve learned anything this past year it is that we can benefit greatly by letting go of our attachments and living every day to the fullest with love, compassion, and gratitude. Obviously I’m getting pretty into this yoga stuff, but I do really think they are on to something. We are all riding this out together on this spaceship planet and we are all on the same team here, so please just try to be nice to each other and enjoy the ride! I promise I will try to do the same. Until next time, namaste.

Once again, it’s been years!

Still in Santa Cruz, still hanging with my girlfriend. Uno is still healthy and happy. Still have the van and still playing music. Still toying with the idea of a bike tour, but where does the time go!?

I worked on a different small farm for a while when I was in my RV in Ben Lomond, then I moved into a house closer to Santa Cruz. I got laid off from the small farm and then I worked for a sauerkraut company for awhile, but I got laid off from there too!

Now I found some work I can do at home from the computer, which is great because I really love where I live. We’ve got a pretty good garden going this year I’ve been able to spend some time in. Here are our 3-sisters mounds, surrounded by peas and beans that will climb the fence:

Now I’m living in an RV in the redwoods, probably not for much longer (anyone want to buy an RV?), and working on a new farm. Probably won’t be making a big bike trip anytime too soon, though it does still sound like fun. Been playing music here and there which has been good. I think I’m going to move into a bigger place after the New Year, definitely looking forward to that. I’m getting ready to trade in my van (a ’63 Ford Falcon) for something a little more fuel-efficient like a small truck, wagon, or hatchback (still gotta lug that bass around). Lots of changes to make, actions to take, where to begin!?

Oh wow, a full two years since my last update! Thank goodness for Twitter, you might have though’t I’d passed away.

It has really gone by quickly, my 5th veganiversary was just earlier this month! I’m so happy and thankful to say that it has been nothing but an amazingly positive experience.

I’m in the Santa Cruz area now, working and living at a farm. I’m still riding bikes, though not nearly as much as before because I’ve got no commute! I bought a sweet old van last year too (I think I might have tweeted some pictures of it), so I can use that to go to town for groceries and stuff. I have to admit, it feels pretty good to ride purely for enjoyment.

A big project I’ve been working on the past few years has been songwriting, and I’m really happy to say that just yesterday I was able to upload some songs I’ve been recording over the last few months. It’s called Green Waves, and can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/greenwavesmusic

In other vegan news, I have to give a shout out to my amazingly awesome girlfriend of almost one year now! She is vegan too, an amazing cook, musicican, friend, and all-around inspiration to me. I’m typing this from her room where she’s allowed me (and Uno) to move in and take over her desk with an impromptu music studio while I’m on vacation from work. Love you babe, you’re the best!

So I’ve got some big plans for the site… I want to go on a huge bike ride! Big surprise? I met a guy once on a ride who was going to all 50 states (48? I’d wanna do 50..) and I haven’t been able to shake that idea ever since. I’d love to rep veganism the whole way with a sweet jersey or even a flag (I wonder if Uno would like to ride in a kiddie trailer.. hmm, might need a catsitter) and would really love to raise some money for charity! So I’m gonna look into Kickstarter and some other avenues for fundraisisng, but I’m thinking this could maybe really actually happen? So stay tuned for that. Also if you have any insight, ideas and/or advice for this type of thing I would love to hear it (if you are Josh Hooten, you may be hearing from me in the near future)!

Some more bike trailer stuff!
Bass and drums.

Here I am loaded up to head down to the Avila Beach Farmer’s Market for the Cal Poly Organic Farm.

It’s a pretty nice spot to work.

So that was probably the biggest and furthest unassisted haul I’ve done. It was a doozy for sure, but fun (especially in retrospect).

Well now I’ve got this sweet electric motor kit from E+ Electric Bikes on my bike, which is a whole nother story. It’s a trade-off in many ways, but overall I can definitely do a lot more work with it. And though it has its fair share of unique frustrations, mostly it’s a much faster (funner?) ride. Here it is loaded up with veggies from Wormy Acres Farm.

Here’s another garden update, you know you love them!

Looking backwards.

That barley turned out pretty good.

Also I got a sweet new bike trailer! I’ve been using it like crazy, continuing my weekly voyages up to Wormy Acres Farm. Just today I did my first bike delivery of CSA shares for the Cal Poly Organic Farm. My co-worker Theo took some pics.

I liked this one:


Action shot:

Also, sourdough cheeze pizza.

Yum!! I’ve really been enjoying artichokes this year. I just boil them with garlic, salt, lemon juice, and a bay leaf. I leave on as much of the stem as possible and dip them in some kind of sauce. So far I’ve eaten them with Goddess dressing, spicy peanut sauce, and my popcorn sauce mixture (sriracha, nutritional yeast, shoyu, and melted Earth Balance) all of which were pretty darn good.

Let’s see what else…
Oh here is Uno, he has been doing just fine.

I’ve been using my bike trailer like crazy, making weekly trips up to Wormy Acres Farm hauling compost one way and veggies the other. I’ve also been doing restaurant deliveries for the Cal Poly Organic Farm.

And here I’ve got it loaded down with musical stuff.

I’ve got a 5 foot Heavy Duty Hybrid Cargo trailer on the way from Tony’s Trailers. It should be here on Monday, I’m very excited!

That’s about it for now, until next time.

Alright here’s another garden update. Things are getting better and better!

Here’s one of the artichokes and some lettuce which I’ve eaten a lot of.

You can barely see the little flower here.

I’m really stoked about this long planter I made by pulling the old beds away from the fence so you can walk all around. Bottom to top there are; chives, sage, kale, beets, popcorn, a tomato, and random beans and stuff mixed in.

Here are the the other artichokes and the banana tree, understandably suffering a bit in their new conditions. Sorry guys I know it’s rough, you just have to tough it out!

Here’s another planter I made from the old popcorn bed (last Fall). Now there is some some stevia at the top, strawberries at the bottom, with beans and summer squash planted in the middle.

Here you can see the main attraction where we moved the bricks around to make some paths (as opposed to here a year and a half ago). There’s all kind of good stuff planted around there: broccoli, kale, collards, beets, carrots, potatoes, squash, beans, tomatoes, herbs, flowers, we really packed it in!

Our little compost are got an upgrade as well. Pretty simple, just some hardware cloth connected with zip ties. But it seems to be working pretty well, definitely better than before.

And here’s the barley I planted in the front yard in February. Barley makes beer!

I embarked the other day on what I hope will be a wonderful lifelong journey with my new skillet, courtesy of a family member the X-mas holiday. What better way to kick things off than with a scramble? This baby had broccoli, beet greens, carrots, onions, garlic, etc.

Here she is on a nice fluffy tortilla with salsa. I added avocado as an afterthought, definitely the right move.