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


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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