Dare to Live Workshop for Women, with Drucilla Desabrais


Dare to Live! A Workshop for the Inner You

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Drucilla Desabrais

Main Street Communications is delighted to host ‘Dare to Live’, a workshop in Canada featuring presenter Drucilla Desabrais, which is designed to help you discover and access the deep, inner you that is longing for expression.

In a safe, supportive, loving atmosphere, you will be guided to reawaken the intuitive self that may have been marginalized at an early age and to explore, heal, and release feelings of loneliness, abandonment, grief, shame fear, guilt, anger, or sadness. Making room for JOY!

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to:

  • Deepen your self-knowledge
  • Move beyond your limits
  • Expand your capacity for harmonious, loving, fulfilling relationships
  • Rediscover the deep joy and meaning in your life

The workshop is primarily experiential with discussion and group participation. 

Drucilla Desabrais will lead the workshop. She is a gifted facilitator, currently living her dream in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where she has resided for more than a decade. Her approach to her work is refreshing. She focuses on truth, honesty, and simplicity and leads with a delightful sense of humor. Her life exemplifies her passion and love for living her truth every day.

From Drucilla:

“I believe that in most of us there is an inner self that has not been fully validated or acknowledged. I believe we carry the unexpressed feelings of this inner self into our relationships and often act out these feelings in ways that are unconscious and do not serve what we want in our lives. By validating and acknowledging our inner self we move into the place of empowerment, daring to live what we truly and authentically desire.”

Dates: July 8th @ 6:30 PM through to July 11th @ 10 PM

St Andrew’s Heritage Church Hall
22279 116 Ave, Maple Ridge, BC, Canada

Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dare-to-live-workshop-tickets-16846969740

Testimonial from “Steve”

I am the wrong gender to attend but I really want to share what an amazing workshop this is. It is 20 years ago that I first met Drucilla and attended Dare to Live. This workshop changed my life and became the foundation and catalyst for me to have a true loving relationship with myself, my wife and others. I came to the workshop confused, depressed and generally frustrated wanting to know why being such a nice person I still struggled with relationships and anger. I had a strong case of “what’s wrong with me syndrome”.

I have taken many workshops since, several from the big names and if you ask me to pick one that had the most profound lasting effect on me, it was Dare to LIve. This workshop was also the catalyst that brought me to an amazing career in the personal leadership field.

So, stop what your doing, find the time, find the money and register. Most workshops promise to change your life. This one does! If anyone has any questions I would be pleased to answer them.

Stocking your fridge while on vacation in Puerto Vallarta


We are often asked where to get groceries and beverages while in Vallarta.  While there are many opportunities to pick- up food, snacks and beverages, here are some of our tips: If you are staying on the South Side of Vallarta (also known as the “Zona Romantica” (Romantic Zone), “Olas Altas” (Los Muertos Beach) and sometimes even Old Town (the oldest part of Puerto Vallarta) is actually “Centro” (Downtown) but the South Side is charming, quaint and often mistaken as being the oldest part of the city).

Most of our vacation rental units are centrically located and very close to a myriad on small “tiendas”  (shops), convenience stores, grocery stores or “mercados” (Markets). If you want one stop shopping, we suggest:

 “Los Mercados” on Aquiles Serdan: (between Ignacio Vallarta street and Constitucion) less than two blocks from the Molina de Agua. Inside Los Mercados you will find Mikey’s Deli, a shop with prepared foods, butcher meat, sandwiches made to order, fresh breads, dairy items and cheeses, salads and imported goods and pantry items.  Also inside of Los Mercados you will find Don Fresco, filled with fresh produce, grains, nuts, seeds and herbs and spices…. K’ rico:) is the coffee shop with juices, smoothies, pastries and beautiful cakes, tarts and locally grown and roasted coffee.  Cork & Bottle is the shop for all of your adult beverage needs with fabulous wines, liquors, beer and bar supplies. Upstairs is a Paint-your-own-Ceramic studio which is the perfect place to unleash your creativity and make a custom designed souvenir.


OXXO and Kiosko are Mexican Chain Convenience stores that stock beverages, beer, alcohol, ice, juices, milk and soda. Plenty of snacks, candy, cookies, snack cakes and some basic pantry items can be found here.


Farmacias Guadalajara– open 24 hours and located on Insurgentes and Lazaro Cardenas. A good place to pick up cereal, dairy items,  Mexican pastries, bread, even sliced deli ham and any personal items you need, shampoo, insect repellent, medicines, diapers, etc.

Emiliano Zapata Market (Mercado Emiliano Zapata) is located in the colonia (neighborhood) Emiliano Zapata which is also south of downtown Puerto Vallarta on Camichin and Lazaro Cardenas streets, about six blocks away from the beach. In and around this traditional Market you will find;  “carnecerias” (butchers), “fruterias” (Fresh Produce markets) a “cremeria” (dairy shop), a “tortillaria” (Tortilla shop) and little shops selling everything under the sun.

fresh products

Ley’s is the Mexican Chain grocery store located on the edge of Downtown Vallarta. It is on Avenida Mexico a few blocks before the start of the Malecon (and Hotel Rosita) Ley’s offers everything from dairy, produce, a deli (hot and cold Mexican items) a bakery, cleaning products to pretty much anything else you can imagine. Be sure to check out the second floor for clothing, personal items, sunglasses, jewelry, tools and make-up.

Tienda Ley

Farmer’s & Handcrafts Markets

old town farmers market

There are many Farmer’s & Handcraft Markets around the Bay of Banderas. The original Old Town Farmer’s Market is the oldest and probably one of the busiest of the markets in the area.  Located at Parque Lazaro Cardenas and Pino Suarez (streets) on the South Side of Vallarta. This is an outdoor market held every Saturday from November until May and offers a diverse group of Vendors who “Make it, bake it, or grow it” locally. Treasures you will find range from jewelry, to custom made clothes, swimwear, purses and bags, salsas, dips and fresh baked breads and baked goods (some Gluten Free), to handcrafted cheeses, soaps and lotions to art and sausages.  This market also has a few local growers who harvest what is ripe and ready to sell. Bring a bag and be ready to sample, dance (live music weekly) and enjoy a Saturday. Open from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm (Saturday only).

Besides these centrally located shops and markets, Puerto Vallarta also has WalMart, Sam’s Club, Soriana, Comercial Mexicana(AKA Mega) and a Costco. If you are looking for anything in particular, please feel free to email us and we can try and help you locate what you are looking for.

Mexico City by Maria O’connor

Pictures from Condesa taken December 9 2013Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – I have been a full-time resident of Puerto Vallarta for nearly twenty-five years, almost half my life! Although I work full time, I have tried to take advantage of vacation time and long weekends to try and explore other parts of this beautiful country that I call home. Puerto Vallarta is ideally located as a jumping-off point to discover other parts of Mexico. We have all major luxury bus lines at our disposal and finally, some new options for domestic flights that will not break the bank.

Mexico City is magical – one of the largest cities in the world, it is a meeting place of old and new cultures, a hub of activity, a culinary mecca and a stunning canvas upon which Mexico’s vibrant history is painted. It is extremely accessible, very safe and you will never run out of things to do. There are activities for every budget and enjoyment for every age.

I try and visit at least twice or three times a year. Continue reading

Puerto Vallarta…improvements


Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – According to a recent report in the Vallarta Opina, the Federal Government is willing to invest $500 million pesos in the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta.

With this line of investment, the Jalisco Ministry of Tourism (Setujal), in collaboration with City Council executives, has devised several high impact projects meant to revive the most important tourist center of the region.

State officials are currently working with the city’s director of Infrastructure and Municipal Government Services, Héctor Chaires Muñoz, to Continue reading

Vallarta Beach Crawl

I don’t do the Vallarta Beach Crawl often; however, it’s fun to expose first time Puerto Vallarta visitors to a small variety of easily accessed Banderas Bay beaches that they may not get to otherwise and they do always seem to request a repeat expedition in following visits. Over the years, I have fine tuned a route. 

Karen's Place, BuceriasTo be honest, this crawl is really about eating and drinking so, depending on hunger levels, we sometimes start at Karen’s Place in Bucerias for a late breakfast.A long time favorite of both visitors and locals, Karen’s Place is on the beach in front of Costa Dorada Suites.Karen has lived here for many years and she knows how to operate a restaurant.

The ambiance is thoroughly pleasant, the food is great and there is a choice of Continue reading

Mexico’s Health Care Ranked 5th Worldwide On Global Retirement Index

Healthcare in MexicoMexico’s outstanding combination of great weather, magnificent beaches, world famous cuisine, fascinating culture and world-class real estate have made of it one of the best places to retire in the world. But you already knew all that, what you might haven’t heard before is that it also has one of the best health care systems in the planet.

Amazing, right? Well, according to the Global Retirement Index 2014 published by InternationalLiving.com, Mexico’s affordable and top-notch health care is Continue reading


935642_10200200778477823_1468660947_nCucumbers are cooler than you think – Wow!  Who would have thought?

  • Fat busting: Do you ever wonder why women put cucumbers on their eyes to relieve puffiness? The photochemical in cucumbers makes the collagen in your skin tighten, thus the lack of puffiness. Did you know that you can rub a cucumber on a problematic spot of cellulite anywhere on yo…ur body to lessen the visibility of it? Did you also know that it has the same effect on wrinkles? Wow, it makes purchasing those fifty dollar creams seem a little silly, doesn’t it? You can also rub a little bit under your kiddo’s eyes after a long bout of crying to avoid that puffy ‘I cried for an hour straight’ look.
  • Defogger: Do you get annoyed when you get out of the shower and you have to fight the fog on the mirror? Who has time for that when the kids will be awake at any moment? Try rubbing a slice of cucumber on the mirror before you hop in and not only will you get a fog-free mirror, but you’ll have a nice smell that will boost your mood.3. Headaches: If you suffer from headaches from chasing your babies all day, or had a little too much wine with dinner and want to avoid a hangover, eat half of a cucumber before bed. Cucumbers are high in B vitamins, sugar, and electrolytes, and they replenish the nutrients missing in your body to help you avoid a hang over or to beat that headache that’s been threatening to take over.4. WD-40 replacement: Did you know you can get rid of a squeak by rubbing a cucumber on the hinge? Wow, now you don’t have to tear your garage apart looking for that little can with the red straw, and the baby won’t wake up when you slowly open the nursery door to check on him.

5. Crayon on the walls: Take an unpeeled cucumber and rub the crayon off of the walls in the event that your kiddo left you some art. You can also use this technique to erase a pen mistake.

6. Halitosis killer: Take a slice of cucumber and put it on the roof of your mouth. Hold it there with your tongue for 30 seconds. The photochemical that you love for cellulite and puff reduction will also kill the bacteria that is causing your bad breath.

7. Tarnish remover: If you’re finding tarnish on your stainless steel kitchen faucets and appliances? Rub it off with a cucumber slice. Not only will it remove years of tarnish, it will leave it streak free and your hands will thank you, and your kids won’t be put at risk from a dangerous chemical.

8. Energy booster: If you’re feeling tired in the afternoon, don’t give Starbucks your five bucks. Instead, grab a cucumber. There are just enough carbohydrates and B vitamins to give you a longer-lasting and healthier boost of energy than soda, coffee, or those health hazard energy drinks.

9. Munchy madness: Did you know that European trappers ate cucumbers for energy and to keep from starving to death? If those big burly manly men can eat a cucumber to keep from starving, you can eat one as a healthy choice when the munchies hit. Slice some up and take them in a small plastic container to the movies if your theater doesn’t offer healthy alternatives to munching on butter soaked popcorn.

10. Frugal facial: Slice up a cucumber and boil it in a pot of water. The chemicals inside of the cucumber will mix with the steam. Remove the pot from heat and lean over it, letting the steam hit you. Your skin will be more radiant and healthy, and you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

11. Shoe polish: Cut a slice off of your cucumber and rub it on your shoe. It will not only shine it up, but it will repel water.

12. Pest control: Put three or four slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and place them in your garden. The chemicals in the cucumber have a reaction that pests hate. You won’t smell it, but it will drive them from your garden all year long. Replace them periodically.

13. Sunburn: Sometimes sun block doesn’t always protect your little ones from sunburn. If you have burnt little kiddos you don’t have any aloe, rub some cucumber on them. Many doctors even use cucumber to treat patients with irritated skin and sunburns.

14. Blood pressure: Cucumber has been long used to treat high blood pressure. If you have it, add cucumbers to your daily diet. There is also ongoing research into the use of cucumbers for lowering cholesterol.

15. Constipation remedy: The seeds of a cucumber are a diuretic. If you’re constipated, try eating a cucumber. If you suffer from chronic constipation, add cucumber to your daily diet.”

Molino de Agua 107

 Molino de Agua 107 Balcony

No this picture is not photoshopped – it truly is beautiful!!!  Imagine sitting here on a warm balmy evening sipping your cocktails after admiring the stunning sunset on the Bandera Bay horizon.  Molino de Agua 107 may be available for your next vacation.  Three bedrooms and three bathrooms makes this odo perfect for family groups or friends to share the spaciousness and luxury of this gorgeous beachfront condo in the best location of Downtown Vallarta

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The Dalai Lama certainly gets us thinking doesn’t he and for most of us this is a reminder to stop and smell the roses and to actually see the beauty in life that we live with each day.  Maybe a good time to think about your next vacation in Puerto Vallarta?391543_655088627838533_2057400771_n