They wouldn’t have worked on their own. So we did them all. It took time. It was hard. But the end products were so much better. They had purpose. They had vision. They had layers.Eight months in advance, we planned the India trip. Two weeks before we left, we bought the fixer upper that would become Casa Om Potomac. Then we set off. We went to New York and picked up Jared & Tony. And with a stop in Moscow, we headed for Hindustan.
We took 25 people with us through Rishikesh, Amritsar, Dharamsala, Delhi and Agra. I showed them all the places I loved to explore when I was a kid. We meditated with monks, stretched with swamis, chanted kirtan with masters. We explored the spiritual sites from Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism. It was epic. It could have been the trip of a lifetime.They left. Our next job began. We went to Jodhpur. We rode horses and camels and explored old fortresses. But mostly we went shopping. We came back from India with full suitcases and a shipping container to follow. Then we got to work.We did demolotion and tear outs. We did painting and drywall. We did road building and deck making. We built a building. We dreamed big dreams at night and hustled all day. We offered blood, sweat and tears to the project. We prayed… hard. We got cheated a few times. We battled torrential rains, super hot days and later wind and the frigid cold. But mostly we made new friends. We watched the river. We hiked and practiced yoga and sat by the fire. Ten months later, we opened. And now the Casa Om Potomac story begins.