I love hot air balloons. Their bright colors against our blue, desert sky always bring a smile to my face, and I can’t help but pause to watch them float by. This spectacular shot was taken in our backyard. You know you live in a pretty cool place if it’s hot air balloon worthy.

And we most certainly do! People from around the globe relish our stunning landscapes, world-class sporting events, unparalleled festivals and preeminent health and wellness community. But this time of year, we get to slow down and appreciate it all to ourselves. 

The Cahuilla Indians have been appreciating this land for over 2,000 years. Now the Augustine Band, one of the nation’s smallest, is honoring their past while offering their organic bounty through Temalpakh Farm. Their history is fascinating. Take a trip to enjoy a smoothie, purchase fresh goods and learn about organic farming. It’s a very special place! 

This is also a good time of year to focus on self-care and we are grateful to the many practitioners offering words of wisdom on our pages. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and several share insights for those of us who may still be struggling. 

With this edition, we hope you find much inspiration for your wellness journey and thank you for bringing us along.  

Here’s to your health (and hot air balloons!) ~

Lauren Del Sarto

Lauren Del Sarto

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