Yoga Sustainable Living Retreat
For people who want to develop a simple lifestyle
with the benefits of perfect health.
Having a healthy body and mind makes life and doing things much easier in this world. Establishing that foundation of health and maintaining it is the base of this retreat. The process of doing it does not require advanced poses nor ‘challenging’ yoga. The classes for learning this are the first part of each day.
Living in nature requires a dwelling place, so learning the basic skills for building one comes next. Using natural materials and developing the ability to use a hammer and saw – you learn how to build a hut, bungalow or house from the wood, bamboo that is growing around, while using a limited amount of cement.
Power system is the next step, plugging into the sun for electricity, learning how to store the day’s energy in batteries. This is complemented with the installation of inverters to be able to have lights, music, kitchen appliances and power tools. There is a diesel generator used as a backup for rainy days, or more like rainy weeks, but this is seldom required since this style of living utilizes mindfulness to conserve energy and the local weather brings sunshine pretty much every day, even if there are showers.
Food comes next as a daily requirement. From the fruit trees already planted, we gather the ripe fruit and prepare a meal, or just eat it. Then we learn to employ bio-dynamic methods of soil build-up and preparation for planting vegetables, and plant some. This can develop into permaculture technique.
In the picture at the left you see a typical native house and yard full of plants. It is easy to grow most things on this island. The next picture with the tent by the mango grove, is from one of our happy campers during a Yoga teacher training, the roof and floor to the left has become a hut. Third picture shows the original native house we built on the land, with 2 floors, a deck and an kitchen. Such a dwelling might cost about $2000 to build. The one on the far right was Zara's hut by the creek, which served her well during her training.
This retreat takes place on the island of Palawan in the Philippines at the Chakra Yoga Center, which is already set up as an example of this lifestyle. Off the grid and fully solar, the place has over a dozen buildings ranging in complexity from simple huts to a six room house. Some of the smaller buildings are constructed with the clay bricks made from the local (on site) soil.
It is a residential program with limited space (5 huts) but tenting is a comfortable way to be on the land. Many students in the past have enjoyed being that close to mother nature. The first ones to register can choose the huts.
Cost of the retreat, with food included is $2500 U.S.
For those who can truly relate to the lifestyle there is the option to lease a piece of the property, build your own cabin and have this as a home for a few years.