As the rich tapestry of human heritage, the many cultures of our world provide micro-worlds of their own that nourish the soul and the senses with beauty, vibrant color, delicious and unique tastes and intricate scents, textures, beats and melodies. Traditional cultures are all 'natural,' and co-exist with a myriad of challenging environments. Additionally cultures are filled with wisdom and knowledge. It is one of the privileges of our time to be able to discern and combine the best practices and wisdom from traditional cultures with the best of modern thinking. At MaaViva we believe this begins with respect. We then must cultivate the capacities to discern what is valuable to preserve and enhance in all cultures.