2023 sees us opening to many changes great & small. Certainly the changes that have developed since the pandemic have had us all in a challenging whirl, not to mention the uncertain developments in climate and government, globally. With many choices available as to how to spend our down time, here are some of the offerings in San Diego that I have enjoyed this past year.
From previous posts, the acknowledgement of San Diego as the choice for my retirement has been a blessing. To all of you who have helped with this possibility, I am forever grateful! Please remember to see the beauty that surrounds us.
It is surprising to me that many people have never heard of the gorgeous National Parks in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, those south of Yosemite National Park. Yosemite of course is extremely famous for the wonderful views that are so often photographed as you enter that Park. 112 miles south of Yosemite are the National Parks, King’s Canyon and Sequoia. I highly encourage those of you who have not yet experienced these Parks to put them on your bucket lists.
In the National Forest lying between the two Parks is a very special Retreat facility, Camp Far Horizons. The Theosophical Society was granted a 99 year lease of this property in the 1950’s. Continuing to operate five months of the year, the Camp is without electricity or constant wireless connectivity, thus their promo “Disconnect to Reconnect”. My friend El Larson and I were happy to return to Far Horizons this year as a “Rewind” of our 2021 Retreat. We were excited and pleased to meet new faces and welcome returning students.
Our schedule included Ashtanga based yoga, chair yoga, pranayama, philosophy study, and evening Sound Bath Meditations. The 3 meals a day (inclusive) offered exceptional vegetarian/vegan cuisine. No instant camp food! The camaraderie of the group has left us with wonderful memories and nurtured new friendships. Many thanks to everyone involved; staff, volunteers, and retreatants. Please click on the photos for a larger view.
Wishing to you All beautiful closing months in this current growth filled year, 2022.
Is life somewhat back to normal? Have we reached herd immunity? There are many questions still to address. This is Memorial Weekend in the United States, I wish to offer condolences to all who are missing loved ones at this time.
Earlier this year I received an invitation from the Sivananda Yoga Ranch in New York to participate as they prepare for reopening in June. They have been fully closed for almost 2 years. Sivananda Vedanta Yoga was my first formal yoga training in 1980. I respect the organization for the integrity they maintain in their teachings. Yoga and Vedanta form two branches of the 6 formal Hindu Philosophies.
We were kept very busy and I had a difficult time with the temperatures, being the San Diego “weather wimp” that I am. Therefore the following photos are not the best examples of what transpired. But it was great to make new “karma yogi” friends and return to the exemplary practices of an Ashram. I am wishing them a grand re-opening and a great Yoga Teacher Training beginning in July. Do check out their website for more info.
Sending Love and Light to you my friends, to our country the USA, and to our Planet Mother Gaia.