ELEMENTS FOR A GLOBAL MIND IN A UNIVERSAL BODY | Tara Judelle
There are infinite blogs you can read about why traveling to a new place will change your brain, keep you young, agile, adaptable. I realize after the constant travel of the past 9 years, that there are things about a journey that are challenging, disruptive, effortful, even confrontational. So why continue to create journeys that are so far away?
First, I want to say it is a pleasure and an honor to conceptualize transformational experiences. A thousand years ago when I was a director/writer/filmmaker, transformative experience was my dream. I realized I could do that much better and faster through the lens of yoga, than through the expensive and often more effortless reward, experience of filmmaking. To create a landscape for transformation the requirements must be different from the requirements for a mere vacation. To do that we must investigate places, and imagine how the place might offer a container for potentially life-altering experiences. When I find such a precious place I keep it close to my heart and return again and again.
The second thing is the difference a facilitator makes. Having facilitators who themselves have been through journeys of transformation and integrated the experience is a must for authentic alchemy to occur.
And the third thing is the willingness to engage with the experience.
Samata Holistic Retreat Center in Goa is the place I have selected in India. I have taught two retreats here as well as a one-month training. Created by Ayurvedic and Tibetan medical healers, an ethno-botanist, traditional Chinese medical practitioner, and a visionary, this international team created in Samata a non-profit that would fund a foundation that harvests endangered medicinal herbs in the high Himalayas, but also one that models future centers that have closed-loop systems to give back.
Nestled in a village off the beaten path, Samata has one the most phenomenal bio gardens in Goa that not only serves the chefs of all the top restaurants but also the vegetarian food we eat prepared with Ayurvedic love by the kitchen staff. The treatment possibilities range from Abhyanga, ayurvedic facials to Shirodhara (Traditional ayurvedic treatments) to acupuncture, and moxibustion. The staff here are models of living intentional lives dedicated in service to healing, on every level. The food, the care, the smiles, and the heart supports that.
My lifelong friend, Marc Holzman, and I have co-taught retreats and trainings over the last 11 years from California to Spain to Greece to India. We choose to teach together because we have witnessed one another’s challenges and growth. Our pact is dedicated to helping one another and those in our spaces change.
Together we will lead a 10-day retreat focusing on The Universal Body. Using Ayurveda and Embodied Flow to inspire our co-teaching Odyssey, we are ecstatic to finally take a group to India together, and to allow the time to sync into the remembrance of what we are, in our essence, which is comprised at the most basic levels of the same elements that make up the constitution of the earth, the stars, and the cosmos.
Our days will start with meditation, a light snack, and then morning asana. In your free time, you can go to the beaches of Goa, or on cultural excursions around this phenomenal mash-up of India with Portuguese influences and a long history of being a destination for yogis and outliers in search of freedom along the banks of the Arabian Sea.
Our space is limited, but our love is not.
I hope you’ll join us.
300h Advanced Training
Join us for one of our Embodied Flow™ Advanced Modules in Paros, Greece this summer.
Body– July 17-28, 2019
Mind– July 30- August 10, 2019
Expression– August 12- 25, 2019
200h Foundation Training
I’m thrilled to be back at the Yoga Barn in Ubud, Bali to offer the Embodied Flow™ 200h Foundation Yoga Teacher Training, this September 1 – 28. 2019.
Join us for this transformational journey!
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