Namaste,

We have moved into Vata season, governed by the elements, air + ether. It is at juncture in seasons and in life, that are we are most vulnerable to creating imbalance in our bodies.

Like the planet, our bodies hang in delicate homeostasis, there are many external factors that can disrupt this balance. These external factors are termed parinama samyoga- temporal factors which include: passage of time, seasonal changes, life and cycle changes. It is during this time that it is most important for us to follow a diet that decreases the accumulation of dosha before it enters deeper layers of tissue, this diet is alleviating or in sanskrit, prasama.
In Fall this diet is primarily based in local seasonal, organic vegetables like squashes and green leafy vegetables that are rich, unctuous, and deeply grounding, such as root vegetable. Ayurveda is the oldest continuously practiced medicine that remains relevant and current as it is faithful to the rhythms of the planet and the smaller rhythms of the individual seeking to bring the individual into harmony with the larger rhythms of the surrounding world. The primary aim is to avoid disease states, in Ayurveda the term disease state has a much broader definition than in western medicine. A disease state, according to Ayurveda is a state of imbalance that began as the accumulation of too much of one or two elements in the body. The way to overcome accumulation in the body id through the, Three Pillars of Health.

The Three Pillars of Health:
Ahara-diet
Vihara-lifestyle
Ausada- herbs


Sancaya-? Prakopa-? Prasama-?


SEASONAL CHANGES:
Dosa Spring Summer Fall/Winter
Vata ? ? ?
Pitta ? ? ?
Kapha ? ? ?

In Ayurveda states of disease all classified in stages, alleviation becomes more difficult as we progress through the stages of disease.

Six Stages of Disease:
Sancaya: accumulation
Prakopa: aggravation
Prasara: dissemination
Sthanasamsraya: localization
Vyakti: manifestation
Bheda: differentiation
Stages of disease manifest in the order listed above. The aggravated doshas move through the bodies channels, from the center to the periphery. The two mobile dhatus are rasa (plasma) and rakta (blood).

Vrddhi-increased state, Ksaya-decreased state. In the prasara stage we can see the dosha vrddhi signs, we can see some systemic manifestations of the dosa, ex. extreme dryness of the skin, blackish coloring. If we do not get balanced in the prasara stage we move into sthanasamsrayastage, the angry dosha moves along in rasa and rakta settle into a vulnerable place in the body called, khaivagunya= kha-space, vaigunya-impairment/defect. A Khavaigunya can be a genetic predisposition, a previous injury or an area of continued abuse of neglect in the body.

In vata signs of an increase appear as emaciation.
ABNORMAL STATES OF THE DOSAS, DHATUS & MALAS:

Vriddhi Lakshanas: vata- emaciation, catabolic process on the body, it doesn’t build it depletes.
Temples hollow
Veins
blackish/grayish/ashen discoloration in the skin- circles under the eyes
Joints prominent
Dehydrated
Abnormality, tics, tremors, roll shoulders, turn head, antsy, quivering lips, spasms/fine tremors in the muscles, heart palpitations etc. end of the range, epilepsy, Parkinson’s
Constipation- painful, dry, hard, infrequent, ease of transit and/or frequency changes. Bowels should move every day, it’s not ‘optimal’ to move bowels less, output and input should be balanced, toxins getting reabsorbed, water is getting reabsorbed. Three different herbal remedies to get them to do this is probably not best, bloating discomfort, passing gas are signs they need help.
Loss of sense, poor taste perception, loss of feeling, tinnitus,insomnia -vata governs the 5 senses, if it’s eyes but the eyes are red then it could be pitta and vata, two dosas involved.
Meals and sleep, three hours before bed
Excess talking is a vrddhi lakshana of vata, content irrelevant.
Higher mental function- confusion, not really understanding things, cognitive impairment, not fully understanding things
Joint and muscle pain- warm sesame, mahanarayan oil, castor oil
Emotions- anxiety, fear, restlessness (physically and mentally) impending doom, self conscious, people are judging them,
Ksaya Lakshana: of vata- when vata is ksaya
Aversion to talking
Loss of appetite
Hyper salivation
Tired
Depression

Vrddhi Pitta:
yellowish/reddish discoloration of the skin/stools/urine/eyes- ranges from a little to a lot (yellowish eyes ? jaundice)
Hot red angry,’itis’, superficial inflammation of the skin, pittas are more reactive by nature
People with allergies tend to shy away from herbal and topical interventions because they tend to react to things.
Increase body temperature and burning, feel they are burning up, they feel parched and thirsty, always thirsty
Disturbed sleep, predominately vata or pitta?
Fainting, vertigo, dizziness
Weakness of the sense organs particularly the eyes
Bitter taste and sour belches
Emotional state, angry, irritable, road rage, criticism (explosive), fighting with people



Ksaya Pitta:
Dull complexion
Slow bowels
Decreased body temperature

Pitta provides the home for fire and water etc. therefore if pitta is high in pitta the aggravation will be higher. Pitta is hot, sharp, oily, light, liquid. When pitta agni is too hot the food will be burned and not absorbed. Digestion is too sharp the absorption is poor.

Vata will tend towards irregular agni vishama, vata is cold, rough, dry, hard, light, mobile. If vata eats too much cold food or someone with a vata imbalance eats too much cold food the agni will become cold…sometimes they can digest the food and sometimes they cannot.


Location:
Peter’s Skill Area
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
New Paltz, NY 12561
Tuesdays in August, 2017


Dates: July 13th, August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd .
Time: 9:30-5 (approx.)

The High Xposure guides have undergone extensive training and teach regularly to people of all ages and ability.
No experience in climbing is necessary, our guides regularly introduce people to the sport of rock climbing. This will be a top-rope climb (meaning you’re tied in and can’t fall far) in the range of 5:5 – 5:8 (kinda easy 5:8 slightly challenging) located at the Shawangunk range near New Paltz, NY, ‘The Gunks’

All levels are welcome!

*PLEASE NOTE* weekend dates will be made available, weekend rates are a bit more pricey $$

**Private group adventures can also be arranged with a minimum of 4 people per group. Group rates vary depending on peak or off-peak (weekday).

For more information -or- to register please contact Colleen at:
colleenlilayoga@gmail.com
Before Summer Rain

Suddenly, from all the green around you,
something-you don’t know what-has disappeared;
you feel it creeping closer to the window,
in total silence. From the nearby wood

you hear the urgent whistling of a plover,
reminding you of someone’s Saint Jerome:
so much solitude and passion come
from that one voice, whose fierce request the downpour

will grant. The walls, with their ancient portraits, glide
away from us, cautiously, as though
they weren’t supposed to hear what we are saying.

And reflected on the faded tapestries now;
the chill, uncertain sunlight of those long
childhood hours when you were so afraid.

-Rainer Maria Rilke


YOGA & COOKING RETREAT IN IBIZA, SPAIN
Ibiza, Spain | May 1-6, 2017
w/ Colleen Lila & Cassandra Purdy.

Join me and my dear friend for an exquisite week of Yoga, Meditation, Ayurvedic lifestyle and cooking on the outrageously gorgeous island of Ibiza, Spain.

Explore the secret beaches, orange and carob groves, enjoy mountain views onto the turquoise water of the Spanish Mediterranean.

Don’t let 2017 pass without an adventure. You deserve it!

Daily Yoga | Dharma | Pranayama
Daily Cooking Classes | Healthy fine dining
Dinacharya – Ayurveda daily lifestyle practices
Herb walks in the mountains- medicine making
live music | dance | exploring | massages | swimming | relaxing | trunk show

A beautiful finca (villa) will be our home base for daily yoga and cooking classes. Gaia Weaving activities will include: Yoga of Cooking daily workshops in clean food, as well as herbal preparations from foraged native plants such as: wild rosemary, fennel, calendula, aloe and herba santo. The week will also focus on Yoga, meditation and a study of the Spanda Karikas, as well as, Ayurvedic Lifestyle techniques with Colleen Lila.

(For full course details contact : colleenlilayoga@gmail.com)

Retreat Cost: $1100- $2200.*
private luxury suite: $2200. per person
single private room: $2000.
couple’s private room: $1600 per person
shared room: $1700.
camping/veranda: $1100. BYOT
off-site: $1100.

To register, please send a non-refundable $300 deposit to Colleen: colleenlilayoga@gmail.com

$100 off if you book before January 1st!

*flights not included

SOME HIGHLIGHTS WILL INCLUDE:
An afternoon of advanced yoga at Atzaro resort
An evening yoga/meditation session on Moon Beach with live sitar and tabla player
Sunrise meditation on the Cala Xaracca beach, followed by breakfast picnic, swimming.
sea salt collection on the south shore (for sea salt body scrub and culinary salts with rosemary, lavender and thyme)
meditation and dharma talk overlooking the mythical Es Vedra.
daily short cooking lessons covering detoxifying and energizing drinks and meals. Healthy and tasty treats such as, aloe/lemon/honey smoothies and (vegan/GF) chocolate coconut chia mousse, true Andalusian gazpacho, superfood powerballs and much more!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Lila Tandava Teacher 300hr. trainees will receive 30 credit hours in philosophy, meditation, Yoga lifestyle and asana

RETREAT HIGHLIGHTS:
An evening stroll through the D’alt Villa (Unesco World Heritage site) in the old Ibizatown port , followed by dinner in a great restaurant.
A visit to the famous Las Dalias hippy market on Saturday.
Sunset at Benirras beach, drum circle, swimming, candlelit dinner picnic.
Sunday market in San Juan, live music, artisan vendors, great shopping.
final night fiesta dinner at the villa, surprise live entertainment.
hike in the hills for yoga and meditation on overlook, w/ tea and snacks.
private shopping adventure at bohemian mecca for unique couture at Ashalak
ADD-ONS:
tarot reading/astrological chart by celebrated French astrologer and San Juan icon Noelle Ruzsancik.
an empowering striptease, burlesque class with American, teacher and dancer, Thalassa.
sea kayaking around Portinax harbor, visit to lighthouse.
numerous styles of massages can be booked on request at villa with the island’s best practitioners.

“Besides the political impact of our food choices there is the also the opportunity for mindfulness. Mindfulness is one step and intention is another. Part of Gaia Weaving is the idea of knitting together our inner and outer world, putting a cohesive sense of philosophy and lifestyle into practice. We all have our weaknesses and blindspots but as we evolve, we strive to be consistent.”
-Cassandra Purdy



NEW DATES & FEATURED WORKSHOPS FOR THE UPCOMING 200hr. TRAINING

Weekend 1 September 9-11: Adhikara-Step Into the Forest of Insight, the Philosophy and Practice of Yoga

Weekend 2 September 17-18: Anatomy & Physiology

Weekend 3 October 14-16: Ride the Wave of Consciousness

Weekend 4 November 5-6: The History & Origins of Yoga, Chakra Texts with Christopher Tompkins (this weekend is open to the public $150/per day. All Yoga teachers receive a 60% discount)

Weekend 5 November 19-20:Surrender False Identity and Step Into Your Highest
Friday December 4th Body Assessment and How to Apply it! 4 hrs. with Laurie Nemetz

Weekend 6 December 9-11: Embrace the Divine Within

Weekend 7 January 6-8: Sequencing & Therapeutics

Weekend 8 January 21-22: Crossing the Threshold; student teaching

TEACHER ENHANCEMENT WORKSHOPS
July 19th 10-5 pm, Yoga and Rock Climbing** with Colleen Lila and High Xposure in New Paltz, NY for details email Colleen at: colleenlilayoga@gmail.com
July 30th 2-4 pm, Get Your Sexy Back, Yoga and Menopause** with Ellen Patrick
September 18th 3-6 pm, The Shoulder Girdle: Anatomical Understanding of Arm Balances with Laurice Nemetz
September 25th 3-5 pm, Connecting the Dots with Brigit Moynahan
October 22nd 2:30-4:30 pm, assisting and Hands On Adjusts with Iris Cohen
October 23rd 2-6 pm, Pre-Natal for the Non-Pre-Natal Teacher with Kelly Devi
October 29th 2-5 pm, Living Your True Purpose** with Joyce Schroeder
October 30th DIWALI CELEBRATION!!
November 5-6 The History & Origins of Yoga, Chakra Texts with Christopher Tompkins
November 12th 2:30-4:30 pm, Props to Props: Supporting Your Practice with Props with Laurie Jordon
November 13th 3-5 pm, Precision lignment with Caroline Martinez-Zuber
November 18th 3-5 pm, Yoga Ball Tune Up** with Darcy Bowman
December 4th 3-6 pm, Body Assessment and How to Apply It with Laurice Nemetz
January 14th 2-4 pm, Workshop with Tao Porchon-Lynch
TBA, Intro To Yoga Therapy with Ellen Patrick
**These workshops are NOT included in The Teacher Training price, but can be attended at a discount for TT students,
Whether you want to become a teacher or just deepen you practice, teacher training is a beautiful way to transform your life to create more possibility. In teacher training you will not only learn how to teach Yoga, you will also explore your own unique inner landscape through meditation, breathwork and contemplation. In this training we will delve deeply into diet, lifestyle, ethics and what it means to become a community leader.

You will learn:
How to sequence and teach
How to assist and adjust
How to recognize and modify injuries and illness
Yoga anatomy and physiology
The history of Yoga with Christopher Tompkins
Yoga philosophy and meditation
Chanting and breathwork (pranayama)
Receive one-on-one mentoring to help set your focus and uncover and refine your teaching message
The business and ethics of Yoga (understanding common pitfalls, how to avoid politics and the diluting of Yoga by staying true to your authentic self)

Investment: $3,500
Financial Aid is available through Yoga Alliance, apply for Fall by AUGUST 5TH !!!!: yogaalliance.org

To learn more about this training, please call Colleen Breeckner (cell: 203-313-4281) or email colleenlilayoga@gmail.com



Greetings Friends,

I just got home from a week in Florida hosting my Yoga, SUP and Surf retreat vacation with Jesse Raymond of Soultree Surf. We had an amazing adventure with our guests. The second day right after launching our paddle boards from the put-in we were surrounded by a pod of dolphins that stayed with us dancing and playing all around our boards for what seemed like over and hour. It was so amazing, I wish you were there! We’re planning a few more of these trips. I am considering summer because the ocean is warm and it’s fun to surf. We will definitely host one in the Fall. Please reach out if you’re interested.

Starting this July, Yoga & Rock Climbing adventure retreats in ‘The Gunks’, New Paltz, NY. This year we will include gourmet lunches and herbal walk. Followed by Lila Tandava 200 hr. YTT at Tovami Yoga in Mamaroneck, NY details are below.

I am ready to kick this summer off right. Have a great Memorial Day weekend! See you in class.

With Love,
Colleen Lila

SEASON # 9!!!!!
Yoga & Rock Climbing Day Retreats

SUMMER 2016
w/ Colleen Breeckner & Professional Climbing Guide’s from High Xposure

Investment: $185 (this includes park entrance fee, climbing, lunch.


Location:
Peter’s Skill Area
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
New Paltz, NY 12561

Time: 9:30-5 (approx.)

Yoga & Rock Climbing Day Retreat Dates:

July 12, 19 & 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23

The High Xposure guides have undergone extensive training and teach regularly to people of all ages and ability.
No experience in climbing is necessary, our guides regularly introduce people to the sport of rock climbing. This will be a top-rope climb in the range of 5:5 – 5:8 at the Shawangunk range near New Paltz, NY

All levels are welcome!

*PLEASE NOTE* weekend dates will be made available, weekend rates are a bit more $$

**Private group adventures can also be arranged with a minimum of 4 people per group. Group rates vary depending on peak or off-peak (weekday).

For more information -or- to register please contact Colleen at:
colleenlilayoga@gmail.com

(m) 917-696-3571
www.colleenlilayoga.com


There’s a lot of talk in my circles about being, ‘on your path’, while we seek to be authentic we often find ourselves making conditioned choices that aren’t in alignment with our longterm goals or our vision for humanity as a whole. These choices can include a variety of excesses; such as, over spending, excess consumption (drinking, eating, shopping), gossip, exaggerating/lying, avoiding, sabotaging, judging, assuming, etc. All of these habits are driven by our shared existential anxieties; separation, difference, and fear.

I personally feel that the farther away we are from support systems that nourish and inspire us the more we consume unnecessarily and the earth and our spirits groan beneath this consumption.

There are many deleterious effects of a material based culture that reach far beyond our bank accounts. Child labor, pollution, landfills and illness -are obvious, the more subtle effects of a materially based culture strengthen illusions of hierarchy and difference, encourage labeling, judging and spiritual bankruptcy.

Living spiritually doesn’t mean giving up pleasures entirely, but rather it means appreciating and not hoarding. Spiritual lifestyle doesn’t require that you dreadlock your hair or forgo your favorite salon, believing that spirituality requires aestheticism is a misconception perpetuated by dualistic philosophy. Ultimately it’s another symptom of the existential angst that separation from source engenders.

The hungry ghost person is never filled roaming the earth seeking to fulfill an unquenchable void.

Creating a uniform be it, unkept, ‘groovy’ or ‘polished’, only temporarily satiates our ego and the angst ridden feeling of separation through a creation of tribe, ‘likeness’. We are alike, they are different. Really it’s all boring bulli$^*t…

When we are really deluded it makes it impossible to see beyond the surface into anothers heart. Tribes are formed around religions, as well as ideologies. The process of identity formation should be fluid and should progress toward intimacy rather than isolation and tribe mind.

Therefore, connection is imperative for us to individuate in a meaningful way. Being that this is our shared reality, it helps to have a spiritual friend and community who know your personal goals and can be of support on the path of authenticity. This community is not separate from or better than, it has no dress code, it asks that we feel into life affirming practices that nourish and sustain us because it serves our soul and actually quenches us on a soul level.

This is a really longwinded way of introducing Gaia Weaving. My vision is to create community around earth ethics that sustain and empower us to live more freely through authenticity and grounded experiences by cultivating true community.

I am currently putting together workshops for the Winter and Spring, please let me know of your interest. We will be offering these workshops locally.

Stay tuned for dates and please reach out!!

Subjects covered in
Gaia Weaving include:
basic permaculture practices
ecological garden design
composting
the art of companion planting.
herbal, salves, soaps, teas and tinctures.
eating for a healthy gut biome
fermentation, SCOBY (making kombucha tea), yogurt and kefir from cultures.
food combining, learn food myths and proper methods.
bread making
farm to table basics -the benefits of eating with the seasons and how to get all your nutritional needs met using local foods.
meditation,Yoga and the Yogic philosophies which support self reliance, autonomy and regenerative lifestyle practices.
relationship, team building and leadership skills
how to lead an ecologically minded lifestyle -to weave a green legacy for future generations!
Life Coaching


Permaculture + The Yoga of Cooking + Herbal Home Remedies + Yoga + Philosophy/Meditation
with Colleen Lila Breeckner, Cassandra Purdy & Ben Falk of Whole System Design

Thursday, September 10th – Sunday, 13th
Mad River Valley, Vermont

This series of workshops is developed to weave our spiritual lives into our daily lives in practical and resourceful ways. Level I is the first of five levels designed to enable you to take control of your world through the knowledge of permaculture practices, meditation, Yoga, global medicine, nutrition and other wellness practices.

Subjects covered in Gaia Weaving include:
basic permaculture practices
ecological garden design
composting
the art of companion planting.
make herbal, salves, soaps, teas and tinctures.
eating for a healthy gut biome
fermentation, SCOBY (making kombucha tea), yogurt and kefir from cultures.
food combining, learn food myths and proper methods.
bread making
farm to table basics -the benefits of eating with the seasons and how to get all your nutritional needs met using local foods.
meditation,Yoga and the Yogic philosophies which support self reliance, autonomy and regenerative lifestyle practices.
relationship, team building and leadership skills
how to lead an ecologically minded lifestyle -to weave a green legacy for future generations!

Schedule Gaia Weaving Level I, Sept. 10-13th, 2015

Arrive Thursday by 12 PM leave Sunday by 2 PM
1:30-3:30 pm tour with Ben Falk

Morning- Yoga practice, 7:30-8:45
Meditation- 8:45-9:15
Silent Breakfast- 8:45-10:00 AM
Morning Workshops 10 AM-12 PM
Lunch (cooking demo)
Afternoon Workshop/Hike
Dinner (cooking demo)
Evening Meditation or free time

GAIA WEAVING WORKSHOP- TUITION & ACCOMODATIONS:
20 hours RYT Yoga
$435 for course
may include Lila Tandava RYT accreditation +$35
+$350 for single housing on-site
+$200 shared room at on-site
+$50 to sleep in your own tent
+$25 commuter fee for off-site accommodations


To find out more information about Permaculture and Whole System Design, please visit the website at:
www.wholesystemsdesign.com
To register for Gaia Weaving contact Colleen at:
colleenlilayoga@gmail.com



SEASON # 9!!!!!
Yoga & Rock Climbing Day Retreats
Summer 2015
w/ Colleen Breeckner & Professional Climbing Guide’s from High Xposure

Investment: $185 (this includes park entrance fee, climbing, lunch.


Location:
Peter’s Skill Area
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
New Paltz, NY 12561

Time: 9:30-5 (approx.)

Yoga & Rock Climbing Day Retreat Dates:

July 12, 19 & 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23

The High Xposure guides have undergone extensive training and teach regularly to people of all ages and ability.
No experience in climbing is necessary, our guides regularly introduce people to the sport of rock climbing. This will be a top-rope climb in the range of 5:5 – 5:8 at the Shawangunk range near New Paltz, NY

All levels are welcome!

*PLEASE NOTE* weekend dates will be made available, weekend rates are a bit more $$

**Private group adventures can also be arranged with a minimum of 4 people per group. Group rates vary depending on peak or off-peak (weekday).

For more information -or- to register please contact Colleen at:
colleenlilayoga@gmail.com

(m) 917-696-3571
www.colleenlilayoga.com


Envirotour and Eco-Retreat w/ Soultree Surf + Colleen Lila Yoga

Location: Sebastion, Fl.

Dates: May 13-15, 2016

Did you know, Sebastian, Fl. is a world class surfing location on the Gold Coast of Florida? Also known as the Treasure Coast, Sebastian, Fl. is the hometown surf spot of world champion surfer, ranked 2nd in the world, Kelly Slater (very sexy, and NOT from California).

The Treasure Coast was once a hideout for pirates who looted Spainish ships for treasure, so there’s a pirate vibe.

More wild, than strip mall…it is severely lacking in both pythons and Starbuck’s. Sebastian, Fl. is pretty and un-gentrified, maybe you can appreciate that for the natural habitat and lack of pavement it offers ;-)…?

Chef,Jesse Raymond will prepare delicious nutrient rich meals made from local ingredients in creative and healthy ways to sustain us on our paddle Yoga adventures.

Expect to play, unplug, detox, laugh and enjoy the company of friends.

This is a zero plastic eco-adventure retreat designed for the maximum exposure to the gorgeous natural surroundings of the State Land Preserve and FREE open access beaches available up and down the coast of Florida.

Your retreat will include:
Morning Yoga at the beach and nature preserve with Colleen Lila
Nourish yourself with a nutritional plant based/fresh fish diet with chef Jesse Raymond
SUP lessons and paddle adventures through the mangroves
Nature hikes and birdwatching at Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge
Evening meditation and Yoga nidra with Colleen Lila
Heal with consciously prepared herbal remedies by Colleen Lila

Not Included but available:

-surfing lessons available with Soultree Surf
-sunset plane rides over the Inlet
-airboat tours
-Thai massage/swedish massage
-herbal consult w/Colleen Lila
-personal training

Investment: 3 days for $750.discounted $600.!!

To register please contact me at: colleenlilayoga@gmail.com


Many of the people I contact on a daily basis are striving to make a difference in the world. I have had the great blessing of working within a community of well intentioned people seeking to make transformations both inwardly and externally.

I feel overwhelmed with the forces that work to undermine the efforts of the green movement. In my view these forces include marketing strategists co-opting the Yoga community and turning it into another commodity to buy, use and dispose. The only solution for ecologically minded people is to be a better consumer -buy organic, buy solar panels, buy certain brands, turn off lights, cut water usage, buy a hybrid, recycle the things you buy. All of these things, while admirable, are still falling under the model of consumption. Clearly this is not enough. Better consumption practices only address the surface and do not affect the kind of change truly needed to support future generations.

Therefore, my dear friend Cassandra Purdy and I have been developing a program in collaboration with Whole System Design to re-empower people by steering them toward a lifestyle of green regeneration. Gaia Weaving, is a program designed to equip each individual with the skills and knowledge to tap into their own wellspring, this includes; growing and making herbal medicines, healing and avoiding illness through the nutritive power of food and herbs, affecting social change through non-purchasing power, planting designing and developing a multi-storied landscape of nutrition rich food in your backyard and enabling those who want to get off the grid with the skills and community to live a life free from dependency, if they so choose. This program is offered as either a relaxing informative retreat experience or a certification program.
For those who wish to deepen their knowledge and expertise Gaia Weaving will continue in five sequential levels. Upon completion of all five levels enrollees will receive a Gaia Weaving 100 hr. immersion certificate which can be applied toward the 300 hr. Lila Tandava Yoga TT 500 RYT certification. A 200 hr. certification is required to receive this advanced certification.

TO YOU
Walt Whitman

 

Whoever you are, I fear you are walking the walks of dreams,

I fear these supposed realities are to melt from under your feet 

 and hands, 

even now your features, joys, speech, house, trade, manners, 

         troubles, follies, costume, crimes, dissipate away from you, 

your true soul and body appear before me,

they stand forth out of affairs, out of commerce, shops, work, 
         farms, clothes, the house, buying, selling, eating, drinking, 

  suffering, dying. 

whoever you are, now I place my hand upon you, that you be my 

 poem, 

I whisper with my lips close to your ear,

I have loved many women and men, but iIlove none better than 

 you. 

O’ I have been dilatory and dumb,

I should have made my way straight to you long ago,

I should have blabb’d nothing but you, I should have chanted 

        nothing but you. 

I will leave all and come and make the hymns of you,

none has understood you, but I understand you,

none has done justice to you, you have not done justice to your-

self, 

none but has found you imperfect, I only find no imperfection in 

 you, 

none but would subordinate you, I only am he who will never 

     consent to subordinate you, 

I only am he who places over you no master, owner, better, God, 

  beyond what waits intrinsically in yourself

 

– Walt Whitman

 


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