Breath is our time here
For those of you who know us, we are still here, and still learning, especially during the Covid era. For those of you who are new to our world, below is a little history.
After ten very successful, fun and hectic years of helping individuals create healthy lifestyles, and business groups create healthy businesses - via retreats, books, events, meetings, and research - events have encouraged us to revise our activities.
Presently Cristina is in Europe, and Ray is in Thailand managing the venue and its gardens toward as thermodynamically efficient a lifestyle as possible.
In addition to our online work, we love to write, books included, none of which are best sellers, but many of which have reached the hands of readers from around the world, especially "The Hippiepreneur" series, Butterflyman, and our Health Guides. Now is a good time to read any of our books, all of which were written about health and happiness for the 21st century life on this amazing earth. Working online has been a blessing, and with that in mind we created a full seven-day online detox retreat, much needed after Covid and vaccines, with videos and interactive meetings and health assessments. Otherwise, home is both Spain and Khao Tao, Thailand, where we built a modern OSHRAM and ditched a lot of the old cliches that haven't served humanity or the earth very well. It's a place where peaceful tranquility and equality to spur innovation and detoxification. We have planted miracles in people, in an herbal garden, and in over 260 trees and plants.
Why does time fly?
Cristina has an MBA in Economics from the University of Stockholm, and certificates and training in Nutrition (Sweden/USA), Orthomolecular Medicine (Spain/USA), Ayurveda (Sweden/India) and other holistic methods such as Bio-decodification (Spain), Medical Acupressure (Spain) and a Masters in Ashtanga Yoga (Stockholm/Spain/India). At Olive we live what we teach because it feels so good and it works so well. It's light, sustainable and as kind as possible, beginning with ourselves, every day and hour, as part of and not separate from evolution and our history as members of the genus homo.
In between the classes and assessments, Cristina studies with her never ending curiosity and ability to dig deeper. For the moment her interest goes to studying the source (the Vedas, and the etymology of Pali and Sanskrit), virology and the microbiome at uni(s), and working on the grand theme of her life - a book about motherhood and its low status in competitive cultures, and the consequences that brings for the health of the planet Earth.
Ray has an MA in Cultural Anthropology from Brandies University, with specialties in Anthropological and Non-Essentialist Sociolinguistics. He has taught at universities in the USA, China, Lesotho, Saudi Arabia and randomly to individuals and organizations in Spain and Thailand. He has studied meditation in Nepal, Tibet and Thailand, and familiarized himself with all the religious and spiritual traditions of the times, as well as the people who practice and believe in them.
He spent ten years working in the Saudi Government as a Communications Advisor to the Governor and Chairman of the Board of SAGIA, during which time he met many heads of states and private sector leaders, including the Chairman and CEOs of the word's largest and most profitable companies, in some 40 countries. He's the guy behind the largest (still existing) conference in the Middle East and the ghost writer for some famous names.
He and Cristina wrote the Olive 08 Mind Detox Dialogue, a method which has helped hundreds of people from all over the world answer the most basic questions about themselves, by first learning to question the most basic answers. In only seven days we can guide a rigid, cemented idea into the sparkling flow of a creative life.
Chief Health Explorer
Cristina has a lot in her bag of tricks, but most relevant in this context is her expertise in nutrition, Ayurveda and OM. She founded O·live in Spain in 2011, after jumping off the wheel of stress, and leaving management roles in the telecom sector.
Ray joined Olive in 2012, after decades of experience in academia, government and the private sector, and in over 40 countries. He's the questioner, the guy behind the scene who sees everything, but shares it only when pressed.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics.
In brief, when energy is transformed, as in doing pretty much anything one does in life, some energy is always lost, i.e., wasted, and the natural tendency of any isolated system over time is to degenerate into a more disordered state.
That means, there are health costs to every action, but also that some actions are less costly than others. A vegan diet is the most energy efficient start to the most energy efficient and therefore healthy lifestyle one can imagine, and best solution to degeneration into more disordered states. (read about the second law of thermodynamics)