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