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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.

Nature of us

As someone who clearly depends on what nature has given me and who was always willing to study all my given aspects of being alive, even opening up to all the unborn forms hidden in still invisible layers, I react to the need of people to manipulate, misuse and deform nature for their own financial benefits.
A lot of what happens in the human mind comes directly from the separation: humans and other animals.

We have created a gap and live a protected life and in doing so we lost the essence of our own being. This became the cultural norm of humanity. We became dependent on controlling our direct environment with clothing, houses and temperatures and many external communication systems.

Where is our inner world and the deep connection with this living force? This was the reason for me to turn away from what WAS to what IS! Putting a question mark on the future that promises whatever our own mind or “the experts” are able to create.

The leaf that Angela brought in, gave me the inspiration to photograph half of its surface in order to show these warm energy veins that formed as it worked itself into existence. I thought they looked just “LIKE” people wandering through the light-giving woods.

“LIKE”, a wonderfully overused word connected with the fantasyland of our imagination. The stories the yogis told in an attempt to describe their inner experiences with the help of visible outer world examples, as well as the writers of all religious books spread over humanity, Indians, Eskimos, Aborigines, Muslims, Christians and even scientists.
We all are tempted to describe the internal revelations that seem to pop up from nowhere! This clearly is the main reason why I practice this inward-directed search, finding my own internal awakenings. And I would encourage anyone to do the same: BE HERE NOW, for this will give you more and more courage to live with out the fear of the future.

These veins in a leaf are also your veins and by living a life of internalized connection with our world, we are able tho live life fully

Anantasana. DVD by victor.

With several paintings and drawings I describe the deeper meanings and levels experienced in my own yoga practice.
It is all in service of becoming more clear about the energy body and the life-force that expresses itself in many different species we find all around us . This dvd will be made available through on our product page.