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Nicole Griffin

Dreaming of Yoga + Culture Retreats

One of my goals for 2018 is to lead an international yoga retreat.  Ever since I studied abroad in Ankara, Turkey in 2007, I have been obsessed with sharing my deep appreciation for the cultures of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  My affinity for the region runs deep as does my stubborn desire to positively influence perceptions of it.  I started a blog while I was still in business school called Because I Love Sand.  Here, I explored topics that I felt would make the region seem less scary, intimidating and unfamiliar to friends and family back home.  I wrote about pomegranates, princesses, and Phoenicians and attempted to translate the charm and wonder of the Middle East and North Africa.  I have not updated it in almost four years, but it is a project that I still feel extremely proud of.   Read More

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