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Picture of Angela Farmer together with Victor van Kooten at the Eftalou Beach in Molyvos on the island Lesvos.

Connection

Dear friends and students...
I have neglected  this Blog for too long but  life has been very  full, wonderful and challenging.  
I hope now to restart and keep up this connection with you all from time to time!
Victor asked me to let you know about next year’s schedule so here goes!   
Our May and June courses this year dwindled in numbers, so we have decided to just offer one course ....in June.  
There will be a September two week course as usual and since I shall be on tour in the USA in October, Victor is offering  his own course which is exciting as so many people have asked for this.  
We shall see how all this works and are open to your suggestions and changes for next year.!

Looking forward to meeting old friends and new in this beautiful valley of Eftalou!
With love to you all
Angela

Year of the Horse

The Year of the Horse is galloping along and so are we!
Two wonderful groups attended our May and June courses in Eftalou.
The teaching seems to go deeper each time and students are ever more ready to take the dive, even if sometimes un expecting it they just topple into the 'Underground journey' and find themselves letting go of more than they imagined!
With body and senses clean and cleared, the joys of a turquoise sea, an early morning soak in the healing Hot Springs or a quiet meal under fig-trees as the sun sets over the horizon all seem more delicious and vivid as the days go by.
Family visiting from Canada and USA and then presenting and teaching at the Athens Yoga Symposium filled the time for me between courses with love and joy and in July we flew off to Bavaria and taught for Maria Kluge who had organised a six day retreat in her beautiful home Osterloh near in the foot-hills of the Alps.
It was designed for teachers of young children who live in impoverished areas and/or come from abusive homes. The core-group was from Baltimore but several others from European countries added to the international flavour. All big-hearted and wonderful people who above all loved and cared for "their children". Maria once again proved her generosity and hospitaliy were a life-changing opportunity for all.
Here from our bed-room window... bathing beauties in the garden pond..

And now we spend a few days in London in our little room on the fifth floor.. a 'nest in the clouds' above West Hampstead'.......a perfect place to rest and recover.
here is a view from the kitchen in the evening Sunshine.

And one in the early morning from our bed-room.

We are being positively crucified into the world

The practice of yoga is a playful way to experiment and discover your total dependence on the environment..
The air you breath, the water you drink, the warmth of the sun at day and the moon in the coolness of the night.
A human mistake is the wish to become independent by creating a controllable sub-environment, as this confuses the
body’s intelligence to understand the nature of transformation and weakens the immune system.

Nature is the greatest friend we have....

Yoga leading to the architipal layers

There is a lot of noise around religions these days. Does God exist or is it a Goddess who created the universe. Should we be more scientific and look at facts? I do like to draw and paint and my inner world is as important to me as the outer world around me.
So I made this drawing today and things come to me when I look at it.
The world is round, although it appears here to be flat....
It has four directions, four seasons, splitting it into four sections or like the cell division after fertilization, creating a cross.
If that is the Cosmic egg onto which the bird is brooding, then it is also the Tree of Life, onto which we are all crucified, since our nature is totally dependent on the environment of the Earth. The Tree of Life sprouting out of the digested autumn leaves of past.( in our human case being the bones of our ancestors)

The Sun and the Moon and all the universe being the power that sets it into motion, the strings of the puppeteer, the snakes that created our divisional path that allows us to live on this wonderfully rich planet.

Archetypical Awareness of Duality

Awareness needs space and a total acceptance of what we are, not only this or only that. But all the colors of the rainbow. It asks for a certain detachment. The sun can't shine all the light through the thick rainclouds, yet with some space between the sun and the rain falling , we become aware of the colors of the appearing rainbow.
Adam and Eve walking as one with trees and creatures in paradise were told not to eat the fruits from the tree of good and evil, the tree of duality that would throw them out of this state of unity. But the energy that gives birth to everything demands this consuming of duality!s fruitfulness and so the snake sitting in this tree tempted the humans to eat and become able to see two sides of everything. ( I found it always silly to see paintings depicting the shameful state that came over them with some accidental arrival of leaves in front of their genitalia, whereas we are teaching the rooting down into the earth, for we are still a hundred percent part of nature).
The sin is the inescapable blessing of living on this planet. The snake in the tree of life is the healing symbol of the energetic force that moves around the spinal energy, widening and narrowing , inhaling and exhaling.
An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.