Namaste Friends,

Today I am laying in my very exquisite bed at the Panjim Heritage Inn in Panjim, Goa it’s the first time in two weeks I’ve had enough Wifi to upload images and write my newsletter.

I love it here, though if it weren’t for the Patil family I think getting around would be a real challenge. I have been fortunate to have their support and company while here. Many of the guidebooks and travel bloggers recommend places that are just awful, which is no surprise to the seasoned traveler.

If it weren’t for the Patil’s, I may have been subjected to every tourist trap imaginable. Often Indians recommend things they think Americans would like, ex., ketchup and french fries and less spicy food. They are often suprised that I prefer food the way they prepare it. I wonder if many western travelers require food and experiences that don’t fall far from their usual experience, which is odd to me, why bother travel if you only bring your world with you.

In any case I’ve been saved?.

While away, in America there have been bomb threats on leaders of the Democratic party and tragically yet another mass shooting at a Jewish temple. From here America looks like a violent and backwards place. Ironically, I was worried about being safe here – while most Indian’s won’t eat a cow let alone shoot up a school full of children or people in worship. You might think it unpatriotic to make a statement like this, but when I travel abroad I end up explaining and apologizing for my country and it’s current President. I come home to a very divided country with very little confidence in my ability to be an agent of change, even so I will make whatever efforts i can through meditation, Yoga and plant medicine.

The first ten days of my trip were spent in the jungle outside of Belgaum where I was learning to identify the 60 most commonly used plants of the Westerns Ghats. It was a lot to take in. The next trip will be about learning to make medicine in traditional blends. I can’t absorb any more information but I have seen Ayurveda in practice within a family raised in the tradition, so I feel I have a better understanding of how it’s implemented in modern Indian society. Therefore, I can now apply it to my life in NYC.

Now that my son is almost done with college I am considering traveling for a full year. The below Yoga training may be my last for a year or two, unless I am able to host from a remote location. If you are considering joining me please register soon.

If planning to join me in Costa Rica, please reach out upon receipt of this email. I would like to secure some deposits as soon as possible.

I’ll be back to teaching on November 7th and look forward to connecting with you then.

With Love,
Colleen Lila


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



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


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