it is that time of year again

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I love water.  And especially the salty Ocean!  In two weeks I will be swimming in the Ocean off the island of Barbados.  I am getting super excited!  I love many things about my raw food yoga retreat!  I love teaching the daily yoga classes.  I love the warm days.  I adore drinking fresh young coconut water!  The incredible avocados and papaya and mangoes are extraordinary.  But my absolute favourite part of the trip is swimming.  Swimming after getting all hot in the sun!

Someday I would love to swim with you.

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such a lovely adventure

this morning a friend, when she saw me standing in my kitchen all tanned and rested from my retreat, said that going away can help us deeply return to ourselves.  and this is what i have found.  going away has helped me sink deeply into parts of myself that i sometimes forget.  while away i remembered my ability to do nothing.  in the sun.  or the shade.  just resting with the earth.  i remembered how to be.  while away i also remembered my beauty.  and more than remembering i experienced it.  i felt it deeply as the sun kissed me and as the ocean hugged all of me. beauty being a wholeness not simply muscles or bone or skin.

we had such a fabulous time together on our adventure.  so many laughs.  so much sharing.  so much incredible food.  some of the most potent time, for me, was eating dinner  with the ocean breeze blowing, the waves crashing, insects singing wildly and four women sharing stories.  all kinds of stories.  deep deep sharing.  it was a powerful time of seeing and being seen.  for me that is what yoga is all about.  connecting deeply with ourselves and with others.

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oceans of love and healing.  xo chantalle

more water!

barbados retreat 2012 and halloween 252with all this heat in ontario right now i am thinking about water.  lots and lots of water.  i want to dive into it.  and cool myself off.  but i know this heat won’t last. and when the cold and dark days come i will long for more heat.  and more water.  in november i will be ready for the heat of bardados.  i will be ready for the ocean.  (although i think i’m really ready for the ocean now!!!)

join me!!!!!!!!  and let’s book our plane tickets!!!!!!

barbados retreat more pictures 2012 245love chantalle