Author: VCR Staff

SET YOURSELF FREE | The underwater zen of freediving

PICTURED: Exploring the kelp forest as a freediver. Photo by Max Mironov by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer nshaffer@timespublications.com There’s something about the sea that calls to the deeper side of the soul. That vast, ever-changing, always moving environment seems to pulse with the rhythm of the cosmos, in sync with the moon and the planet’s orbit. If the stars above are an Earthling’s glimpse of the universe beyond, the ocean is the medium that envelopes it all around us. Swimming, surfing, boating and scuba diving all help us connect with this primal realm. But freediving in particular allows us...

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LINKED UP | 2020’s silver lining can be found on the golf green

PICTURED: Finishing up on the 18th green. Photo courtesy of Buenaventura Golf Course by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer nshaffer@timespublications.com Gyms have suffered, theaters have closed and people are spending more time than ever in front of a screen. There has, however, been one industry that’s grown during the pandemic. “It’s been a good thing for golf,” says Anna Atwell, director of sales and marketing for Buenaventura Golf Course and Olivas Links, both in Ventura and managed by property management group KemperSports. “It’s definitely a lot busier.” It’s a countrywide trend. According to the National Golf Foundation (NGF), golf has...

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OUR FAVORITE HIKES | Staff picks for getting out and about in Ventura County

PICTURED: Carpinteria Bluffs, Trail and Seal Sanctuary. Photo by Warren Barrett by Warren Barrett, Bret Hooper, Barbara Kroon, Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer and Kimberly Rivers Warren Barrett, Sales Director Carpinteria Bluffs Trail and Seal Sanctuary carpinteriabluffs.org Recently my family has been enjoying this easy hike in Carpinteria. It’s a short walk from the parking lot at the end of Ballard Avenue (take the Ballard Exit and head toward the ocean) to the Carpinteria Harbor Seal Sanctuary aka The Rookery and the trail is absolutely beautiful, with amazing ocean views. My kids enjoy climbing on the fallen eucalyptus trees along the...

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ASANAS, ART AND AERIALISTS | Art City Studios presents Fitness Palooza on Feb. 28

PICTURED: See “Manta” by Kevin Carman and Paul Lindhard and other stone works at Art City Studios during the outdoor Fitness Palooza on Feb. 28. Photo by S. Dirk Schafer by Marina Dunbar Ventura’s Art City Studios will be holding an outdoor Fitness Palooza on Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The outdoor event will be held in the Stone Garden (aka Ventura Stone Henge) and will be compliant with COVID-19 health guidelines. Fitness Palooza is open to all ages and entry for participants is donation based. The event will include a wide range of activities, including yoga, live music,...

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY | Feb. 25, 2021

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of February 25 © Copyright 2021  Rob Brezsny   ARIES (March 21-April 19): I invite you to think about one or two types of physical discomforts and symptoms that your body seems most susceptible to. Meditate on the possibility that there are specific moods or feelings associated with those discomforts and symptoms — perhaps either caused by them or the cause of them. The next step is to formulate an intention to monitor any interactions that might transpire between the bodily states and emotional states. Then make a plan for how you will address them...

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