Okay, now that my website is launched and my newsletter is finished, I'm back to my blog! I thought it was high time I posted a few photos of the place I've been staying these past weeks! The house is home to six adults, three dogs, five or six cats and lots of others who become part of the household for an hour, a day or a weekend. My hosts, Sukhmandir Singh and Sukhmandir Kaur (it's their tradition to have the same first name) a lovely Sikh couple who have been married for 30 years, are generous and kind-hearted and simply love to feed and shelter friends, family and guests from around the world. A couple of the rooms in their sprawling house are designated exclusively for Air BnB guests. Two of their adult married children stop by regularly with spouses and grandchildren in tow. On any given day, it's quite a colorful mix of people and happenings in the kitchen!
You see, my hosts designed and built this awesome house, which sits on 5 acres and had a gorgeous 360 view surrounding the house. (great for sunrises and sunsets) and raised their three kids here, and they are so happy with the space, they love sharing it with others. The interior space has skylights, cool loft spaces with ladders, a meditation room, a massage room and large gathering spaces. Sukhmundir Kaur, who designed the house, said that her intention was to create a good balance between community space and private space. Outside, there is a section of trees where there are regular bonfires under the stars, along with a deck where I like to drink my morning tea.surround by the kitties lying in the sun.
Have I mentioned how blessed I feel to have found this place?
My traveling companions and I met Sukhmandir Singh in a cafe in Santa Cruz. He invited us to his Kundalini Yoga class that he does in Monterey every Wednesday evening at 7:00. We went and afterward met his wife, who hearing that we needed a place to stay, invited us home that night. As I mentioned in a previous post, I was a bit reluctant based on how remote their property was (they live near Castroville, CA, which is in between Santa Cruz and Monterey), but everything felt so good, we decided to accept their offer to rent one of their rooms on a weekly basis.
It's been an awesome and nurturing situation and because of that, I've been able to get a HUGE amount of work done. Not sure how long we'll be here, since the entire trip is based on intuitive nudges and the ever-evolving dance of circumstances. For now, it's home.