Thursday, May 20, 2010
Integral Wellness Retreat 1 at Madhuban, Uttaranchal
Madhuban is a charming Ashram in an orchard, looking down into a valley. The mountains in front cover 180 degree view and you feel that you are at the focal point of giant parabola formed by nature. I came here amidst rain at 11am and the rain intensified through the afternoon. It was an awesome spectacle to witness the symphony of nature form the vantage pint of Madhuban. The rain abated around 5:30pm and the Sun peeped out of the western sky to shower golden light on the pristine, just bathed, green beauty of the valley.
When I woke up in the morning, the first thing I saw was the picture of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo. I felt some movement to my left and when I turned my head, I saw a beautiful monkey eating fruit on the tree closest to my window. There was a simple serenity that I cant describe – a sight to behold and experience.
I started the new workshop on the 8th of May and the retreat went very well. The participation of one of the Ashramites, Sadhana, was very special for me. I am touched, moved and inspired by her journey and I am sure she is a lady with a mission and would make huge contribution to life in this country.
This si the first time I am staying in an orchard and I am enjoying the long walks and plums, peaches and berries.
On the alst day, I trekked for two hours up the mountain to meet Asterji. The view form her house was spectacular and you can see who is who of the holy peaks of Uttaranchal. She told me the very interesting history of the setting up of Tapogiri, Madhuban and Mountain Paradise.
What a great experience to be in Uttaranchal, the craddle of spirituality.