Who do you want to meet? + why it pays to share your Mondo Beyondo list.

I got to meet one of my heroes a few years ago. Okay, my HUGEST hero. There is one book that sits on my nightstand year after year as a constant fixture. While other books flow in and out, My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging by Rachel Naomi Remen remains. It’s like my blankie. I often pick it up and open it at random, reading whatever story finds me in that moment, and it’s always just the right one. I think it’s called bibliomancy and traditionally done with the Bible, but I do it with Rachel’s books. I cry every time I read the introduction to the book.

One of the reasons it pays to share your Mondo Beyondo list is that others go to work on your dreams on your behalf. They write to you and say things like, “I know the director of that program you have been wanting to apply for!” Or, “You want to learn spanish? I know this really hot Spaniard who wants to practice his English.” 😉 You know, stuff like that.

This time, it was my pal Juli who emailed me and said, “I remember that meeting Rachel Naomi Remen is on your Mondo Beyondo list. Can I gift you a pass to her workshop at Spirit Rock in May?”

Years ago, a friend told me a story about how finally, after years of wanting to meet Neil Young, he finally got the opportunity. He was given tickets to his show in Los Angeles and backstage passes. His dream was going to come true! The evening of the concert however, his back went out and he couldn’t go. He called me the next day and admitted he felt relieved. He said he even wondered if he somehow conjured up the injury so he wouldn’t have to go. There was something about meeting his hero that was terrifying to him. Neil Young might never be the same to him again.

And it’s true. You never know what you will find. Your fantasy of who that person is might be dashed. You might discover that in person they are no big deal. Just a person. You might find they are not nice or don’t look you in the eyes. You might realize that they matter to you but you don’t really matter to them (after all, they don’t even know you) You might discover they are much smaller in person where in your mind they loomed so large.

I remembered all of this as I walked toward the retreat center that morning. I saw her up on the stage and I realized that the author photo I had been staring at all these years was from ten years earlier. She had aged into a beautiful, but much older woman than I had realized. When she spoke, the first thing she said was, “I am very soft spoken, so I hope you all can hear me in the back of the room.” I expected her voice to be deeper, louder and more commanding. But she commanded the room with her quiet and her wisdom. She commanded with her presence, which was so powerful, and even in the way she moved slowly… She didn’t say a lot, but everything she said was like a precious gem.

As you can probably tell, I wasn’t disappointed. But then came the moment of truth. Should I say hello? Should I tell her that I want to have tea with her? Why didn’t I bring a book for her to sign? Is it dorky to want a photo with her?

I gathered my courage and she greeted me and held my hand while I nervously told her that her stories give me courage to share my own. I told her the thing about her book being my blankie and she laughed graciously.

When I think of Mondo Beyondo dreams, I often ask myself what the dream is that lives inside that dream. Often they are like nesting dolls, one sitting inside the other, each one waiting to be revealed. There is the dream of meeting Rachel, which is perfect as it is, and then there are other dreams that live inside– to be mentored by someone who resonates that deeply with me, to hear and share sacred stories that transform you forever and to write a book as beautiful as the one sitting on my nightstand.

Who do you want to meet?
What adventures do you want to call in?
What delicious experiences do you want to have?
What do you want to give in this one precious life?

These are some of the things you will discover in Mondo Beyondo this fall.

More details here. 

You can still enter the coupon code: EARLYBIRDMAGIC to get the course for $99! ($129)


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.