Just back from our annual Fall retreat. Many thanks to those who could join us. Sprit Fire is amazing. Not an austere event by any means! in between focused classes and workshops we feasted on gourmet vegetarian food, Much of it organically grown on site. Yes, there's coffee in the morning, and decadent snacks in between classes. It was a joy to teach, we had a great group.
Namaste! Everyone wants to know how the retreat went! Thanks for all the encouraging notes. From the amazing feedback, I would say that our Fall retreat at SpiritFire was a great success. The weather was perfect, each day the foliage turned more vibrant. Meals were astounding, and the rooms very comfortable. I really like how every detail was watched over and cared for by the staff. This allowed us to really focus on the depth of our practice. Having our morning Yoga practice and meals in total silence (Mauna) added a richness and texture to our presence at SpiritFire. The hikes were breathtaking, our Mantra practice cathedral-like, and our celebratory fire circle warmed us inside and out. The act of spiritual retreat is ancient, and even more applicable in our times, To retreat is to step back and gain perspective, a clearer view of how we've been living. Through practices of awareness we measure that against how we'd like to be living, and resolve to create the appropriate changes. Leaving behind the old, we reintegrate back into our lives, holding space for practice, for presence, and to bring the essence of our retreat back home. We're already planning next years retreat, same place, same weekend! And we're looking at a Spring Retreat to Ananda Ashram, Where I've [...]
Namaste! Thanks so much to all of you who attended the Yoga and Meditation Workshop over the weekend. Your presence at these events makes them possible. It was so nice to see Ani Desal so well recieved. I've been getting great feedback and we're looking forward to the next workshop on November 22'nd at Yoga and Nia for Life, 12:30pm. Following Meditation and Yoga class will be live music/Kirtan featuring Prajna and guests. I'm very excited to co teach with these very talented people. I'm heading out soon to our Fall Retreat, a great group of people getting together for a weekend of practice and renewal. After retreat, I'll be spending a few days at Ananda Ashram. I've arranged some excellent substitue teachers to cover my classes next week. I've heard good things about this film, thanks to Danielle for the pointer: I'll see you in class soon, Om Shanti John