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Kristen O'Guin

Pahoa, HI, United States

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Overview

  • 14 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Japanese
  • 38, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • teaching mostly
  • college, spiritual education, life
  • From mainland USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Explore, adventure, evolve, love, play, grow, live healthy and enjoy life.

ABOUT ME

I love to be outdoors. I'm passionate about living in harmony with the earth. I'm into yoga, dancing, music (I sing and drum). I'm a Fire Dragon in Chinese astrology and I like that. I'm very spiritual but also very playful. I love healthy food. I'm definitely hedonistic, and in that, enjoy moderation.

PHILOSOPHY

I live my life the way I believe in as best as I can. I live gently upon the earth, I'm really open-minded... I try not to cater to the weaknesses of the ego (esp my own) and just be humble; though, I do love the good things about the ego because it's like the peacock showing its beautiful feathers... I'm definitely a child of the Tao...

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Host and couchsurf of course!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

People I've met have been very cool. Plus I don't do facebook and this is enough social network for me. :)

Interests

making music, yoga, dancing, singing, sust-'aina-bility ('aina means land in Hawaiian), cultivating my spirituality... I care about the kids in my community, and look out for them... my own continued growth and evolution is important to me... I LOVE being outside! Live music, art...I teach at a little charter elementary school (that my friends and I started), and that is important to me -- it's a school where the kids and teachers are actually happy to be there... where I live and at the school people do a lot of circus, so I enjoy being around that...

I also am a student and teacher of the sensual arts. This is a passion of mine.

Music, Movies & Books

I LOVE MUSIC!! The past few years I've started really loving conscious hip-hop and rap. I would love to be more educated on this, so please feel free to introduce me to good stuff. Jazz fascinates me... I love the classics like Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan, U2... Liz Phair has a special place in my heart b/c she's so unabashedly sexual... Let's see what else... Velvet Underground, Andre 3000, Nina Simone, Bobby McFerrin is a genius!... LOVE Eddie Vedder... this Japanese musician who calls herself Ua... Another couch-surfer introduced me to Bonobo with the song "Recurring." I was impressed to find out that they were playing instruments, I'd thought it was electronic... I really respect Bjork as a musician/song-writer... I'm a sucker for piano, and I love stringed instruments, especially ones that you pluck or strike like mandolin, banjo, hammer dulcimer... These days I really enjoy hearing things I haven't heard before, music from other countries that I'm not familiar with e.g. I LOVE making music -- I play djembe and other hand drums, a little bit of taiko, but my main instrument is my voice. A lot of my friends are DJs so I enjoy hearing their stuff...

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Going out to see the flowing lava, or swimming with dolphins... these activities are always very amazing and humbling. And of course standing under a bunch of cherry trees in Japan when the blossoms are going off, and the wind blows, and they fall all around like giant snowflakes...

Teach, Learn, Share

I love learning about other places and cultures... People have come to me a lot for advice, and I like to help people figure things out for themselves... I love learning about and teaching the Japanese language and culture, as well as the sensual arts... And sharing music always...

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Japan, United States

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