Esalen Institute in Big Sur is a portal of progressive thought, education, healing, and more. A look inside the haven that attracted...
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San Francisco’s chic green boutique
How yoga maven Ann Barros became the creative catalyst in an enlightening Hollywood tale
One high school reunion and a bundle of memories spawn a bunch of headscratching. Welcome to Human Memory 101
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The cryptic-looking temple on Fair Avenue has mystified Santa Cruz residents for decades. Believe it or not, it’s even stranger than it...
The environmental case for vegetarianism
You’re not alone on that cosmic mood swing. JZ Knight returns to Santa Cruz and tells you why.
Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens head to the altar for the fourth time in one unforgettable—and eco-tinged—performance art wedding
For centuries, only men have been allowed to wear the big spiritual pants in the Catholic family. Not anymore.
A local skeptic goes on a cosmic quest for a reason to believe in astrology
One scribe’s misadventures with Ambien, the world’s freakiest sleep medication
She made quantum leaps with the indie hit ‘What the Bleep Do We Know?!’ Now, JZ Knight, the woman the channels Ramtha,...
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An editor’s trek through his family’s past unearths a rarely reported World War II saga and the importance of embracing heritage.