Greetings from Sitio Gloria, a spectacularly beautiful retreat center in the jungle several hours drive outside of San Paolo, Brazil where some twenty-five of us have been holed up with Francisco Kaiut for the first ever Kaiut Yoga Carnaval Retreat taught in English.
Today is day seven of our eight day retreat and, although I have been trying diligently to keep my engagement with the internet to a minimum this week, as our precious and other-worldly time here draws to a close, I am stepping back into cyber-world to send this message in the hope that I can share with you at least in some small measure what this experience has been like.
Our daily routine has been simple: Early morning breathwork/meditation practice, breakfast, three hour morning yoga practice, lunch, afternoon rest, three hour afternoon yoga practice, tea, light dinner, occasional after dinner Q&A with Francisco and then off to bed.
Yowza, you might be thinking, that sounds pretty intense and, indeed, it has been intense, but it sounds more daunting than it actually has been. We are in a magical place and the lush natural beauty of the setting enhanced by the exquisite artistic sensibilities of architecture and furnishings, the beautiful and healthful food prepared by a warm and friendly staff, the gentleness of the climate, whether on warm sunny days or in the midst of frequent downpours, have generated the perfect alchemical mix to create a safe, nurturing and altogether delightful container for our yoga practice. Within that container it has been possible for Francisco to guide us masterfully, drawing us all slowly but surely to incredible depths in our practice, depths which would not be possible to touch in hour long classes occurring in the midst of our everyday lives back home.
My intellectual understanding lags so far behind my intuitive understanding that any description I can muster seems to capture only the barest outer layer of the full experience. Bearing that limitation of language in mind, [Read more…] about Notes From the Jungle