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.
Dear Friends and Family
Back in Eftalou...we are enjoying a quiet time to rest and 'unwind' ....whilst..
My time in California was both full and fulfilling! The teaching was exciting with many old friends and new ones all receptive to the way this work had deepened and is evolving.
A weekend with Julia in her beautiful place near Sebastapool and Tamara's healing work,
Here is the bed in the room I was given at Hotel Whitcomb during my Pre-Conference workshop and Presentation at the Conference for Yoga and Psychology in San Francisco.
I chose to sleep on the floor as the bed was too soft and what to do with all those pillows???!
My base was with Kate and Eric in their stunning home high up in Mill Valley where the sea mist climbs over the hills like the long fingers of a dragon in the early mornings.
Time with Tia, David and Lisa fun and joyful....... and although due to flight delays and lost connections that stretched my return journey to three days, finding Victor waiting for me in Athens airport at 3.30am and hearing that his test showed he was cancer-free and no need for Radiation.... all tiredness vanished in a moment!
Sending you all love and gratitude
I know. There is a fear for visiting official holiday resorts and places in the warmer countries, since there were many attacks on tourists lately. Now that the Greek islands became places where humanitarian aid is practiced on a daily basis, instead of the endless talks within the EU of how to deal with this "problem" based upon economic calculations and keep the refugees out, we see that tourist agencies have cancelled flights! Is this the results of the breaking news? Breaking lives? Breaking holidays?
We are happy to be here on Lesvos and part of the "Open Arms Policy", for it is in line to what we teach!
It is unbelievable to see so many people in Molyvos during the winter and upto now... I know there are fears in Lesvos that during the coming season the usual tourism will not show up and many charter flights has already been cancelled, but look at nature, look at the sea! It is all there, as if nothing has been written about the arrival of people risking their lives looking for a chance to find some peace! All the work that is done to make them feel welcome as they reach the shores of Greece, has been made into a disaster by the attitude of the EU
The willingness to fight a war against a now turned common enemy, in someone else's country seems to be accepted. The people who escape the bombs and destruction, are not accepted.
There are some films and articles that show that meeting refugees and communicating with them, is a life changing experience for both parties.
We are happy to be here and glad to see that many of our students have been happy to be here also, doing our classes as well as enthousiasicly helping with many jobs they found.
With lots of LOVE, victor
What more can we do? Besides working into our own deep cellars to clean them out of all our misconceptions about: religion, science, countries and borders...Borders...Separations.....This belongs to this and that belongs to that....and yet all we tried to find is a reason of why we are here in this wonder of creation: the WORLD...still inseparable. There where science meets religion, politics and poetry, diving down into nothing and coming up again: our living mythology: life.
Have a wonderful New Year.