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.

few words are needed

few words are needed to share the joy we experienced on our recent adventure.

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DSC_0691DSC_0764DSC_0947so blessed to have spent such sweet time with so much sand under my feet!  i’ll planning my next year’s retreat already!!!!!!!!

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

the forest close to home

last night i spent a beautiful evening in the forest experiencing a drum being born.  there was a fire and drumming and singing.  such a healing circle.  this forest, full of cedar and pines, by the river is where i offer retreats a few times a year.

chantalle's birthday river 2012 003i have a retreat at there, at riversound retreat, in a few weeks.  i am so excited to spend the day there.  teaching yoga and sharing raw food and the joys of spending time in the forest.  after last night i am inspired to often “forest sitting” as part of our day.  45 minutes of simply sitting and receiving the forest.  not walking.  no writing or reading.  just sitting still and experiencing whatever we experience.

what do you think about that?