This was truly a remarkable retreat. I was honored to lead it with Katie O’Connell in the mountains of Tamil Nadu in southern India. The setting is a beautiful mountain top retreat center with clean air cool nights and warm days set amoung lush green fields of tea plantations, forests and Indian villages. For thee weeks all 11 of us profoundly detoxified, rested., rejuvenated and received many powerful ancient Ayurvedic treatments. We practiced regular hatha yoga and mediation and went on long spectacular morning or afternoon walks through the mountainside. In the evening we did story telling and music and various lectures on Ayurveda and more. Culturally the surrounding village life is rich with color and people. The group also got to go to visit many villages, go to a traditional Indian wedding as well as a Safari.
The emotional and physical detox was very real and had its challenges. We had such a great group of people and all supported each other through the challenges that arose with humor and caring. As our dear friend and participant Greg Barringer wrote:
“What can I say? It is an incredible experience. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so regularly well nurtured and taken care of since being a small child. The treatments and food, as well as the Nigiris Mts have been magical. And at the same time it has felt incredibly exposing and felt very vulnerable. Much “stuff” has come up, and released. Some quite difficult to go through. I am left feeling cleansed, raw and tender, more sensitive, and yet stronger and so much lighter. ”
Ayurveda is truly a re-calibration and an opening and cleansing out on many levels. Great for treating specific health conditions and concerns as well as deeply resting and rejuvenating. I am so grateful to all the great souls who joined us ….stay tuned for next year 🙂