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Bianca Velez

pilates professional ~ studio and retreat owner ~ nature mama ~ passionate about things wild also @findthemidlinepilates Similar users

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Somewhere on the delaware, summer of 2012 #babysfirstrivertrip #delawareriver #catskills #notquitecatskills #sullivancounty #babiesfirstrivertrip


Can’t help feeling like she’s talking right to me 🌕🖤, that #mooninsagittarius


One more for tbt, because I forgot to post this one~ and because my girls got super powers ✨✨💛


Nettles. One night, after this last storm~ or mini tornado that knocked out amenities, I was looking at the dishes and feeling frustrated. As I’ve mentioned before, I like the idea of #homesteading, but I don’t actually know how, or what to do. The river water was high and brown with sediment from the storm, and this time there was no snow to keep our goods cold, or that we could boil for water. Francesca wanted to play, and I knew I could use the time outside. We decided to forage for #stingingnettle , and F has been obsessed with digging up wild onions. She grabbed her pail, and I promised to cook those up too. Spending time on the land, I forgot all about the struggle. We watched the fish jump, heard a beaver family kerplunking in the water. When we got back inside, I knew exactly how I was going to wash the dishes, and how I would handle our lack of water. Total clarity #easypeasy , problem solved. I wouldn’t say those days on the whole -felt easy, but they were honest and truthful. Revealing, of course, exactly what we take for granted, what it feels like to be without it; what it takes to live without convenience. That it’s just a shift in perspective, and that we’ll be just fine - knowing exactly what to do. 💚🍃 #foraging #stingingnettles #wildfood #knowwhattodo


I had meant to post these pics before a small tornado came through our area last week. It knocked out our electric, and other systems, it again left us to try our hand at mini homesteading. It was much different this time, and in some ways felt a little more challenging without the snow. All good things to know, we were lucky to escape some of the more severe damage from the storm. Tornados aside- I’ve been amazed by all the green. There is a green that is light, almost fluorescent; that I just don’t ever remember seeing before. I’m not sure if it’s a sense of coming out of a long winter, but everything seems to be singing, brimming. We’ve cared for some baby birds, made acquaintances with a local baby fox, and nearly tripped over the sweetest fawn (last pic here if you swipe). Things are feeling good. a #halelujah kind of good. Like the sun has come out on life, and there’s magic on the horizon


Came down to the river, to find my spot blown out. There was still a lot to be excited about🍃💚 #ratherhuntgather #morels


Aside from fishing a lot, and getting skunked often at the beginning of the season~ I have been working a great deal on my business. While I try to keep this feed about my daughter and I , our adventures and the things we do, I did want to give some mention to my work, because I am incredibly, passionate about where it’s headed. It’s a feeling like finally being able to see the forest through the trees, as my past 17 years of study have been culminating into a single project. I’ve been teaching Pilates and guiding people in their body for over 10 years now, my undergraduate studies in Spirituality, World Religions and Culture, graduate work in psychology, human development and social intervention; and long time allegiance to the environment, sustainable development and many years study of shamanism, healing, and meditation. I am proud and excited that to find many years of study coming together in one vein, and the feedback I’m receiving about this work is more than I could have hoped for or dreamed of. The basic idea is that I have created a program that connects mind, body, spirit, and nature, but it’s also way more than that. If your curiosity is peaked find more at @findthemidlinepilates


You F, this great love, it is everything. Happy Mother’s Day, to all who Mother💗, and to Mama Earth 🌏 for all she gives and all she provides.


Plenty of reasons to like fishing for #shad, I think for many a lot has to do with the fight of it #awkwardphoto #delawareriver #flyfishing #springtime


Sat back watching the #shad trees in bloom last night, knowing that it was a day on the river that will never be forgotten. Grateful for the blessing of life, for strong miraculous women, and spirit that weaves throughout this land, connecting all of us. To anyone who may ever read this post, I love you ❤️


Well, that was anticlimactic, #stormnostorm . A few weeks back I was feeling like I wasn’t quite ready to leave the slowness and the introversion of Winter. But I am ready now. So excited for the first weekend of Spring. Here are some throwbacks to last March. Happy weekend, happy #fishing, hope everyone has an amazing time getting out💚🍃 #springready #happyspring Xo


17 ago Moonhawk adopted me Hopi and taught me many things about the world, and medicine. One thing I learned was to make medicine pieces. These pouches I have been making recently are an extension on what he shared, I truly love making them. They give me an opportunity to express my deep love for people close to me. Each stitch is a prayer. They are a meditation for someone else’s joy, happiness, protection, for their wellbeing. I am grateful for this practice, it gives a way to lay down our own stories and wants, and think purely on the needs of someone else. #makemedicine #everystichaprayer


Thank you, March Blizzard 2018. I’ve always had a thing for the idea of homesteading, and dream of living off grid. My decision to move be here, has in many ways, been a step closer to the persistence calling to live a more natural life. I like books about survivalism, learning about fish habits, and wild eatables. March Blizzard 2018, you sure did take us close, and I am grateful for all that we learned. With no electricity, heat, running water, phone lines, or Internet everyday was an adventure of learning to do things differently. Francesca and I had a good time, making our own outdoor fridge, spending each night by candle light, heating up snow to make water for washing dishes, and everything else. We learned a lot about water, and just how much of it we use to do do EVERYTHING. Run the waste system, wash our face and hair, how much it takes to wash the dishes... Living night life by candle light felt good, we slept better, being out of communication in many ways felt good too. Many other parts of this journey were hard- such lugging enough water up from the river, or producing enough water from snow. We got good in the end at learning to live this way. Each day we could think of a new way to do things a little easier, and learned how to reduce waste, and reuse more. These we’re great lessons for both of us. In the end, our stone house lost too much heat, so we left town for a few days. Being back in our home feels good, and I am excited to take many of those lessons with us, particularly tonight- by candlelight. We are still with out phone lines, and internet, but it’s good to be reminded of all these little big things we take for granted, and what it feels like not to have them.


#tbt because these made us laugh


Then I see her spirit unfurl on the river banks; in the country air, she changes. The wild in her meets the wild outside, and in those moments it is so clear, this is childhood, as it should be


Sometimes, you didn’t realize you were getting a little cooped up. #picnic #play #magicplace


We’ve been missing you beauties ❤️❤️


Love the fog

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