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November 15, 2010


Magic of the Mayan Cenote – Zen Nomad Adventure with Rachel Garrard, Sonja den Elzen and Blaise Misiek

Last winter I spent the time living in Tulum, Mexico.  I lived on the beach, in a tent snuggled in the mangroves next to the jungle.   I would wake up somewhere between 5 and 5:30 in the morning to sit on the beach and watch the sunrise.  Watching the sunrise, having your eyes filled with the first warm light of the day, seeing it spread its incredible live art across the sky made an incredible difference in how the day would unfold and my general sense of well being throughout it. 


I had come down to Mexico to have the space to develop my yoga teaching practice and to connect with life in general.  I met an incredible community of people who also lived on the beach, moved through their lives with intention, which also included amazing experiences, music under the stars, Temazcals (sweat lodges) with medicine people, singing, dancing, healing ceremonies, cacao ceremonies, Mayan calendar time, community kitchens of sharing whole and healthy delicious food,  and everyday honouring of the nature around us. 

A few hundred feet back from where I camped, there was a cenote,  this is a small body of slightly salty water that are surface connections to subterranean water bodies, connecting the sea from the mangroves below and resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath.  The one behind us where we often swam in the peaceful waters of was also home to a crocodile.

My friend(a photographer) Blaise Misiek, his wife, Amie, and their adorable daughter, Aria had come down to Tulum to visit for a week, and true to the magic of Tulum were drawn to extent their stay and since Blaise had his underwater camera equipment we took the opportunity to play and what we left with was magic.  I met lots of amazing people in Tulum, and a few who I know will be lifelong friends,  Rachel Garrard, a fantastic artist from New York via London, was one of them, and when we decided to do an underwater photo shoot of the zen nomad collection, we knew she would be great. A celestial wanderer with a practice of yoga and meditation that threaded through her artistic talents, as well as being a seasonal local who could understand the magic of the cenotes, it would be a beautiful impromptu adventure.



lead by an untraceable knowing
like a dream we came to be



dream of open hearts



free in Madre Terra’s healing waters



letting ourselves fall into her trusting arms



dancing below the waters with delight and mythical sparks of light in our eye



the time and space to simply be…



joyous, connected, loving, free



freedom is ours for the taking



we only have to let go



see where beauty really exists



find the edge of “reality” & the beginning of truth



then wander past,



become a seeker of your heart,



a seeker of true freedom,



in the supporting loving arms of our planet, our Mother



we choose to leave the legacy of freedom, connection, love



to our future generations, our future selves,



for we are one



all elements intertwined



we can only exist if water exists, if air exists, if earth exists,



free, clean, living organisms,



that are our lifeline,



so we dream and move in joyous gratitude, we seek



solace in the arms of Mother Earth.



one breath,
one love,
one earth.



photography   Blaise Misiek 

model/yogi/artist Rachel  

stylist/yogi/designer Sonja den Elzen

clothing Zen Nomad 

bamboo jersey Delphine dress

linen Elvin top, 

bamboo jersey ruched Sungazer yoga shorts 

linen Delphine top, 

bamboo warrior yoga pant 

bamboo Origin yoga dress, 

linen Delphine dress

Sonja den Elzen
Sonja den Elzen


Sonja is a designer, yogi and lover of nature, always in the constant transformation of living the connected life.

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**If an item does not follow this size chart a special note will be added to the product description.

Women's Size Chart

             XSMALL (2) SMALL (4/6) MEDIUM (8) LARGE (10) XLARGE (12)
BUST 30-32" 32-34" 36" 38" 40"
WAIST 24-25" 25-27" 28" 30" 32"
HIP 35" 36-37" 39" 40" 42"

***for the unisex crossover pant a small (4)woman would be an xxs  and an small (6) would be xs.


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             XSMALL (28) SMALL (30) MEDIUM (32) LARGE (34) XLARGE (36)
SHOULDER 16.5-17"
17-17 3/4"
17 3/4-18 1/4" 18 1/4-19" 19-19 3/4"
CHEST 34-36" 36-38" 38-40" 40-42" 42-44"
WAIST 27-29" 29-31" 31-33" 33-35" 35-37"


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