24 July - 12 August 2017 at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram – our Eco Retreat for Yoga, Meditation and Healing
The aim of this course is to show how Yoga is deeply connected with the Nature, and how we can nourish our practice by combining Asanas and the plantation of trees. Ecology & Yoga have the same principles; one applies to our surrounding environment, the other affects our inner nature. In both situations, positive influences only depends on Care; the essential ingredient of all harmonious systems!
Without care, human can only live for basic survival and doesn’t really bear the fruit of self-evolution. Unless all of us steer our lives towards this goal, we may waste moments of real bliss. The perpetual pursue of material things gives us the feeling of meaningless existence.
What we want to explore during this unique experience of planting trees and practicing Yoga, is how to combine the Care of our Bodies and the Care of Mother Earth which is leading to a life of deep Comfort, pure Pleasure and Happiness.
Monsoon season is the best time for planting, due to the natural watering system and the favorable moist condition that takes place for about 2-3 months.
During our course we firstly want to plant fruit trees. Slowly our garden will also include different type of herbs, and will be protected by a natural fence all around the Himalaya Shanti Ashram. A natural enclosure created from the plantation of local thorny bushes – preferably flowering so that bees will bring some sweet taste to our intense work. But the starting point of this organic process will depend on supportive plantation, which will be taking place throughout the Summer.
Our day will start early with self-practice, followed by 3 hours of Asana class, which will take us to breakfast. Here starts our time dedicated to Earth and the plantation of our baby trees. After a proper lunch, we will keep working till Relaxation class and dinner. To end our day, we will take care of our community, all together by sharing some inspiring videos on Yoga & Ecology, but also time for dancing, for live music or chanting, on alternate days.
This project is not a punctual program, but we aim to bring it over the years and hopefully the fruit of our seeds will also blossom in your hands and hearts, and make you come back and/or spread further seeds all along your way!