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PHOTOS: Ancestral rituals and life on Nosy Mitsio, October–December 2013

A photo album of the royal ancestral rituals that happened in our village on Nosy Mitsio and in the Antakarana sacred caves. And more photos of building our home, moving in, and the vibrant life of Nosy Mitsio! From Oct - Dec 2013. read more

Becoming His Body

During our team’s first month on Nosy Mitsio, almost every single one of them, including their children, became sick. There were always several sick at once and just as one started to get better, another one or two would fall ill... read more

Merry Christmas from Nosy Mitsio!

We want to send our Christmas greetings from Madagascar! We may be far away but our thoughts are with you. Enjoy the holiday season with friends and family! read more

As a Child

Can you imagine being born again? Everything you see is for the first time. The world is bright and the sights are strange. Everyone’s talking at you and they’re clearly excited to see you, but none of it makes sense: it all just sounds like gibberish... read more

It’s Here!

They just kept holding onto some hope or sign in the sky that this would be the day for the west wind to come. Every day, we talked about the same things: the rice is nearly finished, the dried fish have been bagged up too long, and when is the west wind coming? Some said the relentless northeast wind is a curse... read more

Opening the Door

Our inner world is peaceful, comfortable, and easy to understand. The outer world is foreign, strange, and full of unknown dangers invisible to the human eye. The only barrier between the two worlds is a couple doors and a few windows... read more

Video: Building a Home on Nosy Mitsio

On a remote undeveloped island on the northwestern coast of Madagascar, we built ourselves a home. It's made similar to the local style and with local materials. This video shows how it was built and also has a walkthrough of our home after it was finished... read more

Anticipation

You could hear them even before they got close: a handful of ladies making their way down the beach singing energetically. I ran to meet up with them as we continued on to the next village where more joined us. As we began the hour and a half trek to... read more

The Unseen World

The east wind picks up and we begin to feel a prickling in our skin. First one spot, then another. It blows harder and it gets worse. Like a small pinprick, a burning and itching sensation, a couple seconds on my arm, then the back of my head, then my leg, one scratch then another... read more

The Mess of Life

It’s quiet here, nothing but the sound of light waves hitting the shore. Everybody’s gone to a spirit possession ceremony and party. Apparently the spirit of someone’s grandfather is sitting inside of her and has made her sick for two years. The spirit needs to be called out so it... read more

New Beginnings

First impressions are crucial. People often remember how they first met someone, what they seemed like, how they acted. Opinions of other people, their character, and their motivations are often formed in the first few minutes of being around them... read more

Fading Treasures

Over and over again the waves crashed into the boat rocking it back and forth drenching absolutely everything inside: all of our team’s foam mattresses we had just bought, our supply of food, more construction materials, everything! read more

Three Days at Sea

The storm hit us out of nowhere. One minute it was sunny and cloudy, the next we could barely see 20 feet in front of us as the rain poured down from all directions. The waves rose 10 feet around us and the boat crashed into one wave and then went rushing down the next, all crowded together with no time for us to... read more

A Solution to our Troubles

We have some good news that we’d love to share with you. Many of you have read or heard about some of the struggles we’ve had with transport since we moved to the small island of Nosy Mitsio in August... read more

The Sacrifice

The chanting began as everyone gathered behind the stones. I was summoned, and one older lady came over to help me tie my traditional cloth properly around my body. Then I was told to take off my shoes. She walked with me over the burning hot sand to where everyone was already seated... read more

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