Mondo Beyondo is back! + better than ever.

More than 15 years ago, I started blogging about the concept of Mondo Beyondo + invited my blog readers to join in and put their lists in the comments. The invitation was this – set a timer for 15 minutes and make a list of all of the most outrageously wonderful things you can imagine happening this year. It was born out of a realization that my own dreaming was limited to what I thought was realistic what I thought I could get, what I thought I could achieve, what I believed I deserved.

It felt vulnerable for me to want more… because what if I didn’t get it, right? I figured this would somehow feel worse.

Ugh. Of course made its way into my relationships as well – keep your expectations low and just be grateful for what you get… was my general rule of thumb. I made the mistake of not asking for what I wanted and needed in relationship, which led to resentment and bitterness. 

The pain of wanting and not getting felt like too much to bear, so I cut off my desire instead. And do you know what the price is for cutting off your desire? Your aliveness. 

Discovering Mondo Beyondo was a revelation.

I started a tradition where instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I made Mondo Beyondo lists. The playful nature of it appealed to me and I loved stretching my imagination into the (seemingly) impossible – What if someone gifted me a trip to Hawaii this year? What if I fell in love? What if I found work that fed my soul and supported my family? What if I experienced ease and deep connection as I moved through the world? What if my favorite author asked if we could collaborate? What if I wrote a bestselling book + became someone else’s favorite author? And on and on… 

The process felt so delicious and not scary at all. And somehow doing it in community amplified the effects of my lists! As other people shared their desires and dreams, it made mine feel even more possible. It enlarged the playing field. 

Mondo Beyondo functions this way – we expand our sense of what’s possible, we allow deeper intuitions to arise and we put powerful intentions out into the world. We build our courage, we say yes, we trust ourselves and the Universe. It’s a little bit of work, a little bit of magic and a lot about mindset.

Mondo Beyondo is designed to:

  • Help you identify your dreams
  • Identify your core values so that your dreams are in line with your true spirit and passions.
  • Give you tools and practices for approaching your dreams in a powerful way.
  • Show you how deepening 5 capacities in your life (courage, vulnerability, trust, intuition + flexibility) can help you create the ideal conditions for dreams to come true.
  • Give you some signs to look for to know when to quit or keep going.
  • Give you practices you can do regularly to honor your dreams and make space for them.

Class begins, Monday, September 16th, 2019

Wanna get in on the early bird price?

Just enter the coupon code: EARLYBIRDMAGIC  at checkout to get the course for 99- instead of $129

Here’s what some of the thousands of Mondo Beyondo grads are saying:

Mondo Beyondo is permission I didn’t know I needed. It is encouragement I didn’t know I lacked. Mondo Beyondo is courage. It is grace. It is YES. Mondo Beyondo is starter fluid for a fire that is still burning. – Erin

“This session was my third Mondo Beyondo session and the best! I will miss your beautiful photos, art, and thoughtful words in my inbox every week. I feel that your words of wisdom about dreaming finally sunk in and so many of my dreams already came true during the class.” -Sara Jane

“I registered my husband for Mondo Beyondo as a gift when he and I were just dating. He was in a creative rut and I heard rave reviews from a good friend. I don’t know how the workshop did it, but it’s like Mondo Beyondo brought all the amazing, exciting parts of him back to life! It was just what he needed.” – Mallory

“Thank you once again Andrea for facilitating our abilities to allow the things we most dream of to happen in our lives! I’m in again!”-Beth

“Back in 2009, I made the leap to sign up for the Mondo Beyondo course and I’m here today to say it was worth every penny. That seemingly simple act of valuing my path changed me forever. After my time spent in your course, I started a blog that has turned out to be very successful and in none of the ways I anticipated. Without specifically setting out to take on this career, I’ve managed to stumble into the very place I wanted to be – daily inspiring writers and readers to create books that will touch the lives of children everywhere. It’s phenomenal. And even better, it’s not over; it keeps going. Every day.” – Danielle

The real magic of Mondo Beyondo

In this course, we teach folks to imagine what we call their Mondo Beyondo dreams – the most outrageously wonderful things they can imagine happening in their lives. For many of our students, dreams they never thought possible actually come true.

But here’s the thing: In the end, it’s not just about our dreams coming true. It’s about who we are becoming in the pursuit of our dreams. Are we becoming the most alive version of ourselves? The bravest, most authentic expressions of who we are?

That’s how our dreams serve us. They tell us who we are and who we are becoming. They pull us toward a version of ourselves that inspires.

The first time I heard the word Oaxaca.

The first time I heard the word Oaxaca I was in the 6th grade. My best friend and her family had just gotten back from there and I still remember the feeling in my body when I heard them say it – Oaxaca. It inspired a kind of yearning for me, a curiosity, a resonance I couldn’t explain. I decided then and there that I would visit this magical place one day.

In my mid-twenties, I decided to craft my own personal artist retreat and found a Spanish language school in Oaxaca where I could study for a couple of months. I was placed with a family there and for 11 dollars a day, I had food and housing and spanish classes! My digs were far from luxurious (I seem to remember sleeping on a cement slab with a bit of foam on it!) but I loved it anyway. The city astounded me – the zocalo brimming with life, the artisans everywhere, the color color color that filled up my artist heart.

Apparently, Oaxaca has always captured my spirit… because, now, all these years later, Laurie and I are cooking up a special insider trip to Oaxaca this October! We plan to gather a small group (6-8 of you max) for the usual deliciousness – Wild Writing, photography, artisan studio visits, cooking classes/food tours + other surprise delights.

The hotel is beautiful and has a pool!
😉

This means that you will be part of our recon mission and will get a super intimate experience with us! We plan to offer a Oaxaca trip in the future with a much bigger group, but this is our discovery mission with you.

Dates are: Sunday, October 6th- Friday, October 11th, 2019

Our hotel is just 15 minutes from the Oaxaca airport.

NOTE: We only have 2 spots available!

We have 1 private room available at 2,600 which includes 5 nights stay, 2 group dinners, writing and photography workshops, all excursions + other delights. We also have one shared room available at 2,200.

As usual, the non-refundable deposit is $500

If you are interested, please nab your spot and pay your deposit by August 30th, 2019.

We are SO EXCITED for this.

Please come with us!!!
Andrea + Laurie

P.S. If you want to get inspired, the blogger Eva Kosmas Flores captured some amazing photos of Oaxaca (below) and some of the things we will see. Seeing her photos made my heart explode with excitement for this trip.

 

CSP #46: Brave New Medicine with Cynthia Li

CYNTHIA LI, MD, received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She has practiced as an internist in settings as diverse as Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco General Hospital, and St. Anthony Medical Clinic serving the homeless. After an autoimmune illness left her housebound for 2 years, she dove into the root causes of her illness, and returned to medicine as a very different doctor. Currently, she has a private practice in integrative and functional medicine, and serves on the faculty of the Healer’s Art program at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. She lives in Berkeley, CA, with her husband and their two daughters.

 

[Video] How creative magic feeds my aliveness.

For summer, I wanted to create an experience of pure joy for you! Something easy…. (it’s summer after all!) and fun. Something that will get us out into the world + wake up our creative spirits.

Here’s what I came up with:

A series of delicious prompts on the themes of ease, joy and creative magic.

  • Ease: Self-compassion, cultivating a mindset of ease, letting go of struggle. 
  • Joy: Creative photo prompts that will wake you up to the beauty and color in your world.
  • Creative Magic: These prompts are my favorite of all! These will be mini-adventures and activities that are designed to delight you + also the world. They are joy-filled and all about creative play. We will do things like install fairy doors, have bubble flash mobs + create silly selfies.

Here’s what you’ll discover, inside:

  • 4 weeks of written, audio + video lessons that will help you call in ease, joy and magic.
  • Prompts for creative play that will loosen our minds and open our hearts – allowing us to see the world through a different lens.
  • Secret missions of kindness.
  • Support in choosing ease as a way of being – inside whatever circumstances we are in.
  • As we welcome in ease and magic, we will ultimately connect to our joy.

The adventure begins Monday, July 15th, 2019

Bubble flash mobs, fairy doors, color-collecting + more! Plus, lots of ways to grow your self-compassion and ease this summer.

This is a Pay-What-You-Want course! So bring your friends + share away!

Suggested price will auto-fill + you can pay what you can.

My first heartbreak 💔 + Pay what you want for my new course!

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Back in college I had the big breakup. You know the one. The one that brings you to your knees, where you can’t speak for days, where the anguish is so crushing you don’t know if you’ll ever recover. It was a love-at-first-sight kind of thing — spotted each other in a coffee shop and three espressos later we were shacked up for the next two years. If there is such a thing as past lives, I’m sure we must have known each other in many. He still makes cameo appearances in my dreams all this time later.

Anyway, this is the kind of breakup I was recovering from and it was not pretty. I was crushed, crying every day, in such deep grief I didn’t know if I would survive. Right around this time I met Dan. He was funny and adorable and loved to take photos as much as I did. I agreed to go out with him because he made me laugh and forget my troubles. We played, went on photo safaris, did road trips and cracked each other up. And then, just as quickly as he had waltzed in, he left. Stood me up for a movie, had lots of good excuses, and a few days later fessed up and told me that the ex-girlfriend had come back into town and he was “really confused.”

I was just “really angry.” We broke up and I was furious that I had dared to open my heart again. Even just a little bit. I felt duped, both by him and by the Universe, and I was overwhelmed that all of my wounds that had begun to scab over were being ripped open again.

I remember flopping on the couch in total exasperation and anger, tears pouring down my face, and asking god, the room, whoever was listening, WHY DID THAT ASSHOLE HAVE TO COME INTO MY LIFE? (I think I actually asked this at full volume to the empty house) And because I sometimes played a game where I asked the dictionary a question and opened randomly to get my answer, that’s what I did in this moment. I grabbed the dictionary and asked again through my blinding tears, Why did Dan come into my life?

The word I got was nepenthe: A grief banishing drug; something that eases sorrow or pain.

My breath caught in my throat. Oh my god, I thought. Dan was my nepenthe.

He had gifted me six glorious weeks of healing laughter.
He had pulled me out of one of the darkest places I had ever gone.
He wasn’t supposed to stick around.
He was supposed to be a simple gift.

And in that moment, perhaps for the first time in my life, my heart was awash in forgiveness. All I had was total gratitude for this boy and to the universe for bringing him when I needed him most.

When we are tuned into the magic of the world, we have more access to ease and joy.
We can surrender to our lives and how they are unfolding.

This class is 30 days of prompts designed to call in ease, joy and creative magic.

  • Ease: Self-compassion, cultivating a mindset of ease, letting go of struggle. 
  • Joy: Creative photo prompts that will wake you up to the beauty and color in your world.
  • Creative Magic: These prompts are my favorite of all! These will be mini-adventures and activities that are designed to delight you + also the world. They are joy-filled and all about creative play. We will do things like install fairy doors, have bubble flash mobs + create silly selfies.

Here’s what you’ll discover, inside:

  • 4 weeks of written, audio + video lessons that will help you call in ease, joy and magic.
  • Prompts for creative play that will loosen our minds and open our hearts – allowing us to see the world through a different lens.
  • Secret missions of kindness.
  • Support in choosing ease as a way of being – inside whatever circumstances we are in.
  • As we welcome in ease and magic, we will ultimately connect to our joy.

The adventure begins Monday, July 15th, 2019 – More details here

This is a Pay-What-You-Want course! So bring your friends + share away!

NOTE: Suggested price will auto-fill + you can pay what you can.