Mayan Healing with Jose Santos Tamay: I Recognize in you my Other I

The Maya are a people with rich culture, history, traditions, and a way of life that we can learn much from today. I learned more about Mayan healing as well as the culture in my interview with Jose Santos Tamay who I met at Hacienda Chichen in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. My own journey has shown how much wisdom cultures such as the Maya have to teach us about our lives and how we see them today.

Mayan Healing with Jose Santos Tamay: I Recognize in you my Other I

Celebrating Connections & Cherishing Differences in San Juan Chamula

The villagers of San Juan Chamula in Mexico's Chiapas Highlands are skilled textile artists and practice a faith that that mixes Mayan mythology with Catholic tradition. Get a virtual introduction to Chamulan beliefs, which include a strong commitment to community service & tradition that considers pine to have sacred properties. Saint John the Baptist church is a spiritual home for the devoted residents who put no price tag on their beliefs. Travel opens our eyes to both the cultural differences between us and others, as well as the bond of human connection.

Celebrating Connections & Cherishing Differences in San Juan Chamula

Divali in Trinidad: Let there be Light!

Divali in Trinidad is one of the biggest Divali celebrations in the world outside of India! Watch our video for a peek into the diversity and beauty of this festival that celebrates light over dark each year.

Divali in Trinidad: Let there be Light!

Curacao’s Jewish Heritage - the “Mother Synagogue of the Americas”

Did you know Jewish heritage in the Americas began in the Caribbean island of Curacao? Curacao Synagogue Mikve Israel-Emanuel is the oldest active Jewish congregation in the Western hemisphere.

Curacao’s Jewish Heritage - the “Mother Synagogue of the Americas”

Experiencing the Tumba Festival, Curacao

Celebrating the Tumba Festival, Curacao, is a special experience. Curacao's Tumba music was created by slaves as a way to put rumors to music and express their sorrow and frustration. Today, the energetic Tumba music carries a

Experiencing the Tumba Festival, Curacao

Interview with Marie-Lou Papazian, CEO of TUMO

Marie Lou Papazion is the founding CEO of the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies in Armenia, a free after-school learning program that serves 14,000 teens. TUMO offers self-learning activities, workshops and project labs in 14 disciplines that include animation, game development, film-making, web design, music, writing and robotics among other areas.This conversation with Marie Lou offers insight into Armenian culture of today, as well as the back story to an intriguing educational approach that has implications for all of us in terms of how we see the world.

Interview with Marie-Lou Papazian, CEO of TUMO

Michael Krauss: Linguist & Director, Alaska Native Language Center

Did you know that if less than one million people speak a language that it is on its way to becoming extinct? We spoke with linguist Michael Krauss, director of the Alaska Native Language Center from its inception in 1972 until his retirement in June 2000. In this thought-provoking interview, talking with

Michael Krauss: Linguist & Director, Alaska Native Language Center

Thomas Jefferson's Garden Retreat: Monticello's Garden Pavilion

Discover the beautiful Thomas Jefferson Garden and Monticello home, where he enjoyed a scenic and peaceful retreat on his estate in Charlottesville, Virginia. The stately plantation features an extensive vegetable garden carved into the hillside extending out from the house. In this article Peggy Cornett, curator of plants at Monticello tells us all about the rich history of Jefferson’s garden and her personal connection to botany.

Thomas Jefferson's Garden Retreat: Monticello's Garden Pavilion

The Hero of Chiapas by Patricia Ferrer

Guest writer Patricia Ferrer shares her voluntourism experiences in Mexico's San Cristóbal de Las Casas, working with "big man" Sergio Castro, known by locals as “heroe de Chiapas.” Don Sergio is a humanitarian, an ethnologist, a collector of Maya costumes, textile and artifacts, museum curator and a polyglot. Patricia takes us on his life journey, diving into the history and culture of many of the villages in which he has positively impacted.

The Hero of Chiapas by Patricia Ferrer

Q & A with Bonnie J Gisel, Curator of LeConte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite National Park

Are you a nature lover? Then you'll find a kindred spirit in Bonnie Gisel, curator of the LeConte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite National Park, author, and John Muir scholar. In this thoughtful Q & A, Bonnie explores the sense of awe and inter-connectedness that Nature inspires, the Divine Order of life, and the importance of having meaningful relationships.


Q & A with Bonnie J Gisel, Curator of LeConte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite National Park

Salvation Mountain, Leonard Knight's Monumental Labor of Love

Welcome to Salvation Mountain, where we met Leonard Knight, a Vermont native who moved to California to spread his love of Jesus through art. His Christian cartoon spreads over multiple acres of dunes and keeps on growing. Discover how Knight came to know God, what drove him to create Salvation Mountain, and how he fought for his missionary mountain against all the public backlash.

Salvation Mountain, Leonard Knight's Monumental Labor of Love

Cyprus Landscape: Eons of Inspiring Awe By David Pearlman

Guest writer & archaeologist David Pearlman shares the Neolithic parts of Cyprus, a country which he has called home for almost 40 years. He shares an age-old rumor that what attracted Cyprus’s initial colonization was the presence of the island’s attractive beaches. David reveals the secrets shared by locals of non-touristy spots of spectacular beauty such as Ayios Yeoryois tis Peyias and the Avakas Gorge. Let him give you a glimpse of an off-the-beaten path piece of paradise!

Cyprus Landscape: Eons of Inspiring Awe By David Pearlman

Cyprus: Byzantine Museum of Paphos, and the 7 St. Georges Taverna of Geroskipou

The heritage and iconography of Cyprus' Orthodox Christian makes for a fascinating lens through which to explore the small island nation. Making a visit to the Byzantine Museum of Paphos, and the 7 St. Georges taverna of Geroskipou, we discovered insights into some of the conventions of iconography, and the influence of the Orthodox Christian faith on the cuisine of Cyprus.

Cyprus: Byzantine Museum of Paphos, and the 7 St. Georges Taverna of Geroskipou

Kaie Tanner, Estonian Choral Conductor, on Song & Identity

Meet Kaie Tanner, an Estonian choral conductor and manager, who offers an up close & personal view of the role of music in Estonian culture, and what its like to lead a choir of thousands! Expressing their national identity through song has been an Estonian tradition for as long as memory serves–-the Estonian Literature Museum contains more than 1.5 million pages of folk songs and there are continual competitions and festivals around the country. The country’s “choir culture” is flourishing, with music continuing to serve as the force that unites Estonians as they enter the third decade of their fledgling democracy.

Kaie Tanner, Estonian Choral Conductor, on Song & Identity

Cyprus: Iconographers Father Kallinkos & Myrianthi Constantinidou

Experience the Orthodox Christian heritage of Cyprus through two of its eminent Iconographers: Father Kallinkos, a 90-year old monk considered an icon in some quarters, and Myrianthi Constantinidou, a young mother who also practices iconography. Learn about the rich history of Cyprus Iconography and the significance behind the paintings. Get insight on the conventions of the Byzantine Macedonian school of icon painting, the unique techniques of these two artists, and a glimpse into why they were ‘called’ to this vocation.

Cyprus: Iconographers Father Kallinkos & Myrianthi Constantinidou

Shenandoah Skyline Drive: Almost Heaven

Come on a journey on Shenandoah Skyline Drive, a breath-taking 105-mile road through Shenandoah National Park that traverses the peaks and valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. This road trip is full of scenic overlooks, encounters with nature and the opportunity to reflect on the personal ties we forge with a given landscape. Meet local Claire Comer, a ranger with Shenandoah National Park, who shares her family's historic connection to

Shenandoah Skyline Drive: Almost Heaven

Happily Succumbing to Hygge in Skagen

The phenomenon known as hygge is considered the spiritual foundation of Denmark. How hygge is defined is personal and hard to pin down. Join BCD in a quest to understand the meaning of hygge through a visit to Skagen, a former artist’s colony at the northernmost tip of Denmark. Skagen is home to the Rabjerg Mile, an expanse of sand dunes 12 stories high, and a 1.5-mile headland called the Grenan that is the dividing line between the Baltic and North Seas. Meet some locals who share their concepts of hygge!

Happily Succumbing to Hygge in Skagen

The Best of Armenian Culture Presented by Locals

What's the best window into a culture? Its people! BCD firmly believes locals are the experts on their country and that's who to ask for recommendations! Here's 22 Armenians with their take on what they consider the best of their culture!

If you are Armenian, we'd love your opinion! Add a comment with your favorite dimension of Armenian culture!

The Best of Armenian Culture Presented by Locals

Vancouver Island Offers Lessons in the Power of Connection

Tofino and Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island’s west coast offer lessons in the inter-connectivity of life and the hishuk ish ts’ awalk philosophy of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, who have called the area home since Time Immemorial. In this belief, every being is accorded respect for its own unique value and contribution to the greater good. This sacred ideology is rooted in the spectacular cultural landscape and embodied in local enterprises like Tofino Botanical Gardens, the Wickaninnish Inn and Sobo restaurant.

Vancouver Island Offers Lessons in the Power of Connection

A Secret World of Transformation at Pointe-a Pierre Trinidad

Pointe-a Pierre, Trinidad is a Wildfowl Trust and an NGO dedicated to environmental education and the conservation of wetlands and waterfowl. Meet Trinis Molly R. Gaskin, President of the Trust, who shares her observations on Amerindian beliefs and

A Secret World of Transformation at Pointe-a Pierre Trinidad

Arn Chorn Pond, Founder of Cambodian Living Arts

Arn Chorn Pond is the founder of Cambodian Living Arts, an organization he established in 1998 to support the revival of traditional Khmer performing arts and to inspire contemporary artistic expression.

Arn Chorn Pond, Founder of Cambodian Living Arts

The Burren (Video)

The Burren is one of the world's most unique, intriguing and rich cultural landscapes. Located in Clare and Galway counties on the west coast of Ireland, the Burren embodies "the power of place" as defined by BCD, possessing substance and spirit, and manifesting expression and connection. Take a meander through the Burren with this 7-minute video, and feel its mysteries and charms!

The Burren (Video)

Ireland's 'Fertile Rock', the Burren: Q & A with Burrenbeo Trust Co-Founder Brendan Dunford

Brendan Dunford is the co-founder of the Burrenbeo Trust, a landscape charity dedicated to connecting all of us to our places and our role in caring for them, and based in the Burren in County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland. If you've not heard of the Burren, its one of the most intriguing, mystical and inspiring places on the planet, and Brendan offers his take on the why and how of that in this Q & A with BCD. Burrenbeo engages with local and visiting communities, old and young, to generate a sense of informed pride in their heritage and landscape. The Trust develops and share knowledge of best practice in active community stewardship, place-based and community-based learning.


Ireland's 'Fertile Rock', the Burren: Q & A with Burrenbeo Trust Co-Founder Brendan Dunford

Eco Tourism Pioneer Lucy Fleming on Belize & Life as a Spiritual Practice

Thinking of traveling to Belize? The Cayo District in the western part of the country borders Guatemala and was once the heart of the Belizean Maya world and is still rich with pre-Columbian archaeological sites. Cayo encompassses two thousand square miles of jungle and is one of the most vivid environments on the planet. It is hard to imagine anyone who has a better grasp on the attitude that is needed to adapt to and be in harmony with this kind of full-on, in-your-face life force than Lucy Fleming, one of the world’s eco tourism pioneers, who settled in Belize in 1977 and, with her husband Mick, founded Chaa Creek Lodge, today one of the best-known sustainable tourism enterprises on the planet. In this riveting interview, Lucy reveals the Belize she has called home for more than forty years, and shares some powerful personal experiences she's had that are sure to inspire you. . Buckle your seat belt and get ready for an adventure!


Eco Tourism Pioneer Lucy Fleming on Belize & Life as a Spiritual Practice