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?

plane tickets

i am so excited.  i bought my plane tickets for my retreat in november.   barbados!  ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  one of my favorite times of my entire year!  this is a pretty good time to get a ticket for barbados.  i think i got a pretty good price.  who wants to join me on my retreat this year.  i would love to adventure around the island with you.  we can do yoga looking out at the ocean.  we can read books on the beach.  sun or shade!  we can drink fresh coconut water every day.  and eat the pulp too!

join me?  email me yoga@albedo.net

DSC_0013DSC_0018the weather here in ontario is gorgeous.  i am on my summer holiday.  but i know what it will feel like in november to step off that plane into the barbados air and get ourselves to the ocean to jump right in!

click here for all the details and more fun photos!

https://rawyogaretreats.net/bardados-2012/

hope to play with you soon.

much love

chantalle

 

a little bit of chocolate

oh how i love to make cake and listen to the happy sounds as people eat it!  yesterday was such a day.  a retreat day!   another day in the forest with the wild flowers and the trees.  we gathered in a yurt by the river.  we listened to the wind sing against the building as we did yoga.  we spent the day thinking about what it means to love ourselves.  it was glorious.  a little bit of chocolate goes a long way!!!!!

DSC_0040the air was fresh.  the river full.

DSC_0008and we even made our own roll on perfume.  the yurt when we left smelled so good.  frankincense.  rose.  fir.  orange.  lemon.  sandlewood.  cardamom….and we smelled divine too!

DSC_0008the forest is such a healing place to be!  maybe we can go there together someday!

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so lovely to hear….

i just received this email and i thought i would share.  i feel so blessed to have been teaching yoga for almost 19 years now.  i love what i do.  and i love creating retreats.  and it is so thrilling that others love what they experience.  i hope you can join me someday too.

DSC_0054photo of sarah and catherine (two sweet gingers) in the woods

“Hi Sweets,

Thank YOU for such a wonderful day! Sorry for the late reply. I had a wonderful day with you all. A little bit of nurturing was exactly what I needed. And it started the moment I walked in the door and you helped me with my stuck coat zipper! I’m really glad I gave myself the gift of your retreat. Trying something new, recharging my batteries, and feeling a sense of communion with others – I experienced it all! The best, what I take from it most though, is the warmth of your kindness. So glad you do what you do! I always felt the love, even when ‘Mama Chantalle’ made me eat my greens and go outside for exercise! Happy I did though, it’s not every day that I get to roll down hills with new friends   Rohen and I loved, loved, loved our pizza lunch with chocolate balls dessert the next day. Still thinking about the food! Yummm!

Best,
Catherine

PS – I think you should be cloned. The world needs more Chantalles!”

all in a day

there is something so rewarding about bringing people together.  yesterday i got to do just that.  a beautiful group of people gathered in the forest by the river.  it was sunny and cold.  the snow was deep.  we played together all day.  yoga, poetry, raw food.  walking, river, snow sleeps.  and tea.  incredible forest tea.  here are a few photos from our day retreat.

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gotta love taking the day away!