So we sat there at 30 and said...
"ok, now what?"
Sasha was in a fast-paced corporate existence, managing the 5-star Montage Resort and Spa in Laguna Beach, CA. One of the therapists with whom she worked sensed a need, and recommended a trip to Bali. Sasha heeded the advice and hopped on a plane.
Meanwhile, Brad was in Northern California, where he'd been for the previous 6 years-- connecting youth to the natural world. Brad spent his summers directing a camp for kids in the Bay Area and his school year in the Santa Cruz Mountains working in residential environmental education.
Sasha arrived in Bali in time for the Bali Spirit Festival, and immediately her life changed.
"I saw these people, free and smiling, and I cried. I thought I had it all, with a great job, life, etc...but this, I couldn't believe. I felt a great pull, a calling, and I knew something shifted."
Sasha left Bali and went back to her job in LA. She literally got off the plane and straight into a business suit a for a meeting with company executives. It was at this point she knew that this busy, fast-paced corporate life--for her-- was over. 6 months later she was back in Bali, meeting Brad at a secluded beach on Bali's east coast.
Brad loved his work, but was starting to feel a desire "to take it further." He was passionate about creating connections between people and nature. He could see that the nature disconnect was a critical flaw in our collective story, yet it took his trip to Bali, to feel the deeper "spiritual" undertone calling people to integrate more wholeheartedly into the natural world.
"I loved taking kids outside, but I knew they went home to parents who often couldn't share in that experience. And so they feel straight back into the confines of city life. As my own spiritual (I don't know what you call it... 'epiphany/understanding') began to 'take form' I started to see just how complex, yet simple our 'issues' are as human beings are. They are almost always all fundamentally traceable to a disconnect from nature, and each other."
After their initial meeting, their connection to each other was immediate and profound, and the decision to make the move to Bali became a mere formality.
"Pure Immersions, our work, is really just an extension of us -- our passions, curiosities and life experiences. It's not us saying, 'live like this, do this or that', but it is about bringing people together who are asking their own questions and seeking answers. Like us they will have to find their own answers. We are just hear to guide them. For us, there is no other way. We're just curious people interested in what today may bring, who keep asking questions for the answers that may follow.