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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Grounding Retreat 2021: As You Wish

Our 15th autumn Grounding retreat will be luscious, flexible, and easeful. We’ll be trying something radical: there are absolutely no requirements. I will offer a simple menu of delicious resources. You are welcome to enjoy whatever feels right for you, in whatever way your own heart guides you.…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Hiking Cerro del Mono, Monkey Mountain

It was magnificent. Important spoiler: there are no monkeys on Monkey Mountain.…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Umbrella Downwind Regatta, Redux

I spoke too soon with my post about the magnificently absurd charity race here last week, as several more people have shared their documentation. Here's a little more art about it!…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

The Umbrella Downwind Regatta

Now THIS is my kind of race: The Umbrella Downwind Regatta. You can use any floating platform under 14' (4.2 meters), a paddle for a steering tiller or to fend off boats to prevent impact but not to paddle, and some kind of jerry-rigged sail, usually an umbrella.…

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Our story

Hello! We're James and Kristie Dahlia Home. In 2017, we quit our jobs, sold our house in San Francisco, moved aboard our 40 foot sloop Rejoice, and prepared to sail south with no set destination or schedule. Getting Free is the story of how we let go of our comfortable life in a city we loved for the wild uncertainty of the sea.

We each came to San Francisco and our work there in pursuit of freedom, for ourselves and for others. Kristie studied with poets, monks, and mages and offered this back to the world with her hands and her voice, becoming a healer, teacher, and minister-of-sorts. James helped give birth to the web, which held the promise of providing new ways for us to come to a better understanding of ourselves, one another, and the world. We found each other in the Black Rock Desert in 1997. We found amazing co-conspirators, worked hard, partied harder, and loved hardest.

Then we spent too much time in office buildings and hospitals, on crowded highways and busses. Beloved friends and lovers died. Many of the things we had once found freedom in now seemed to bind us. The modern devotion to convenience-above-all started to look like an existential abdication to us.

One day in 2010, we got on a sailboat.

In sailing, we found a forcing function for becoming the kinds of people we want to be. It demands simplicity, preparation, kindness, and awareness. It requires a deep commitment to both self-sufficiency and the world community of seafolk. It turns our attention to the sky and the sea and our boat and one another, and most of all to the world around us. This world is full of places where science and spirit intersect on the water, and we're going to go explore them. We hope you'll come along!

James and Kristie Dahlia on Rejoice

Where in the world is Rejoice ?