Bougainvillea is a very popular plant in Kenya and lends it’s bright colors to almost any terrain.
Mary Coulson, the “Lady of the Woods,” and one of the people who inspired my life.
I actually took this photo in my room after returning from Restart. Here is the infamous red kikoi featured in “La Tzigane.”
This picture (and others like it) were taken in the mirror above the sink in my Gilgil apartment. I often would look into this mirror, inquiring into the reflection I saw.
The bush terrain around Restart is alluring in it’s own way.
The main building of Restart. Dances, fashion walks, and all sorts of shenanigans happen here.
The children at Restart keep each other entertained with all sorts of hand games.
Rolling, light-touched crests and falls of the Rift Valley.
My dad and Kim the Taxi jumpstart the broken down car that will take me to Gilgil.
Football (soccer) is a huge part of the lifestyle at Restart. Here are the boy’s cleats all lined up.
An acacia tree with Lake Naivasha in the background.
A motorbike speeding along in a grove of giant acacia trees.
A little girl asked me if she could use my camera and took this picture. I don’t think she had touched a camera before, but the result was amazing.
The view from outside my apartment.
Farmland on the drive from Limuru to Gilgil.
The precipice of a road winding down the foothills of the Abedares into the Rift Valley.
A corner of many curious little lines of shops that line many rural Kenyan roads.
One goat, two goat, white goat, brown goat.
There are so many beautiful flowers around the campus of Restart.
A lonely flower blooms on the fence of Restart.
Mary’s dining room.
The old Restart truck, also known as the “royal carriage of Langalanga.” From the back of this truck we always had scenic and interesting tours of the city, including the time a man on a motorbike threw a chicken at us.
“Think not what you are… But what you can become.”
A wrong dive.
Maize growing next to the highway.
Mary’s house, drenched and caressed by vines and indigenous flowers.
The Sanata women’s group designs all sorts of beautiful and eclectic pieces.
Restart Africa also features a medicinal plant project in which the knowledge of healing herbs is preserved.
A rainbow of thread.
Hanging laundry outside my apartment on the second floor.
Christmas presents for the children at Restart!
A pop of color caught by the morning sun.
The giant orange Restart bus, used for field trips.
One of the gates on the way to Restart. Normally cows bask in the sun in the adjacent pasture.
An early morning outside of Mary’s driveway.
We all reach for something, but what is it?
An acacia grove standing alongside the road.
A petrol station at one of the little towns along the highway.
The view from inside the Restart Bus.
Who knew that empty water tanks could be so much fun?
Birds on a line.
Nicole aligns with the universe as colors come together in a whimsical moment of time.
The sun suddenly illuminated Nicole, giving her a halo. This was taken during one of our very bumpy rides in the back of the pickup truck.
On one of my last days at Restart, it rained so hard that even the second-story floors were flooded.
A broken window, a twisted identity.
The campus of Restart is very well-thought out, providing lots of green space for children to play on.
An acacia next to the road to Restart.
The skies are grey over the rolling farmland of the Rift.
Elie and Sarah walk to Restart.
“I LOVE RESTART”
Some of the jewelry that the women in Sanata make.
Jacaranda trees are very common in Nairobi and across the Rift.
The clouds sweep over the Earth.
Some amaranth and raisins for breakfast!
There are beautiful flowers in each and every corner of the world.
Listening, watching, wondering.
A little boy stands before a volleyball game.
The sink in my apartment.
Nicole, Elie, and Sarah laughing as some of the little ones tumble through the grass.
Green dragon under moon.
Madonna and child.
Many everyday objects spring to life as playmates.
More arts and crafts by Sanata.
A shoe made by Sanata. They even custom-made me a pair for my little pixie feet!
A yellow fever acacia tree.
Part of the quote on the wall in the main room of Restart, which echoes the founding philosophy.