Back on home soil after a breath taking retreat in India. A trip of a life time for all, an experience like this is very hard to put into words. Each and every moment was heart opening, surrendering to the unknown, connecting deeply with new and old friends and allowing ourselves to access a deeper part of our hearts was magical.
This retreat was all about allowing, letting go, being and connecting. Our hearts were open which allowed us to be vulnerable, vulnerability attracts honesty, honesty attracts soul connections.
Eight days on our Indian adventure all of our senses were heightened, the smells, the noise, the heat, the smiling faces, the colours it all blends into one (we are one). Fresh Coconut and fruit stalls on the side of the streets, tuktuk rides through the busy streets, blessings at temples, long strolls along the promenade, conscious conversation, twice daily mediation practice and morning and evening yoga, what more could you ask for really.
For many of our guests on the retreat it was their first time visiting India which made this trip extra special. They had plenty of time to explore the South of India to take in the culture. They had heard stories from afar, India is definitely a country you need to visit for yourself. India reveals your truest nature and shows you how divine everything and everyone really is.
We made a new friend in the city of Vellore. The softness, the gorgeous big smile, the heart felt hugs and innocent eyes everyday were the same. With the presence of an angel who was so giving, she would dress us in flowers each afternoon and wouldn’t accept any money. Their life’s are so simple, yet they are all so happy, connecting with each other making Malas on the side of the road, they are always happy to see us. Traveling, experiencing different cultures enriches our soul, our group was expressing on many occasions throughout the trip how blessed they feel every time they travel and experience a new country. Each trip we appreciate life, our loved ones, family, friends, ourselves and every moment we are here in this life time just that little bit more, our feeling within of gratitude deepens every time.
We visited the temple of the mother, Matrimandir in Auroville. Matrimandir took 37 years to build. The Geodesic dome is covered in golden discs and reflects sunlight. Inside the central dome is a meditation hall (which is out of this world) known as the inner chamber, this contains the largest optically-perfect glass globe in the world. Auroville is a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity in diversity.
We spent two nights in Sripuram – Sri Narayani Peedam Ashram. Where we walked the Golden Temple, had blessings, scrubbed and washed down elephants, visited a recycle plant and a local school. The Golden Temple is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen, the whole group was completely blown away.
Visiting Mahananda Siddhas Temple. Siddha is 85 yrs old and is expected to live too 500 yrs. He can meditate by lying on fire and has demonstrated that it is possible to live without eating food or drinking water which he has done for many years now.
Sunrise Rounding at Kartikeya Temple. Rounding is a specific sequence of yoga asana, pranayama and meditation. This super powerful advanced technique will expand your meditation practice and give your body the deep rest it’s desiring.
India you were purifying and heart opening once again. Many blessings, enriched experiences and cherished memories in eight days for our beautiful group. You all moved deeper into surrender and unconditional love, it was a rich experience of India’s deep spiritual and cultural nature.
I am sure from reading this post you can feel the energy in the photos and through the expression of my words of how amazing this experience was. In this life time, I feel everyone must visit India even if it’s just once, it will open your eyes to a whole new world and way of life. Our retreat was a huge success and something I will cherish forever.
Love and blessings,