Just a week ago, Gaura Vani flew from America to take part in kirtans and yoga workshops in Sydney. Together with Jules Febre and Jivamukti yoga school he led an amazing weekend retreat, filled with love and joy.
Gaura Vani is a musician, known world wide especially in the yoga communities. He answered few questions for us about his experience of Govinda Valley and few tips for staying healthy in mind and body.
Food plays a critical role in providing fuel for the body as well as nourishment. It is important that we feed our bodies foods that are free from pesticides and other harsh chemicals that can cause adverse effects to our health. At Govinda Valley, we maintain an organic garden which features vegetables such as kale, spinach, lettuce, pumpkins and also contains a variety of herbs.
Just like the seasons, Govinda Valley is ever changing, and with winter well on its way we are dedicating this time to showing a little more love to the property grounds. Fallen trees are currently being cleared out to make space for the new greenery that will arrive in spring.
At Govinda Valley, our kitchen wizard Vijay makes a delicious toasted muesli for breakfast. Sure, there’s porridge and fruit salad and yoghurt – sometimes there’s even vegan pancakes – but this muesli is something else. At the end of this article, you can find the recipe so you can make this for yourself at home.
Here at Govinda Valley we follow the teachings of Ayurveda to bring ourselves and our guests into balance. In general terms we achieve this by practising yoga daily, engaging in kirtan (meditative chanting) and abstaining from unhealthy habits and substances.
In every household it happens that you prepare too many veggies for one meal than needed. Then you leave it in the fridge and think what can be done with it. If you find yourself in similar situation with too many carrots, zucchinis or broccoli you can easily put them together with some chickpeas or chickpea flour and spices and get these wonderful tasty patties for a snack or your dinner!
Some of you may be curious as to what volunteering at Govinda Valley is all about. Okay, so we host retreats and there's an emphasis on yoga, meditation and being close to nature. Without trying to build any specific expectations, I can safely say after being here for almost a month that there is a lot more to Govinda Valley than meets the eye.
Every 29 days, when the Earth, the Moon and the Sun are positioned in a line, women all over the world come together to focus their energy on their sisters through meditation and sharing of experiences. The new moon is an integral part of the monthly moon cycle, especially for women. It symbolizes new beginnings and is an important time to reflect on past goals and to set new ones for the future.
During a recent Milkwood Permaculture Retreat here at our valley, we were treated to Adam and Nicks’ awesome Beginners Kombucha Recipe. Brewing this delicious health tonic has never been simpler. Here is the recipe so you can all have a go.
The thing that most stands out at Govinda Valley is the captivating and vast amount of Nature’s Green within and surrounding the property. Virtually every which way you look, you can’t help but be mesmerised by this incredibly therapeutic colour (in all different shades) and you very quickly realise it's definitely no coincidence that our planet is predominantly filled with it. And then of course mixed in with the Vitamin N (Nature) and medicinal qualities from the abundance of forest that envelops you and you have the perfect prescription for your mind, body and spirit.
Green is known to be a relaxing and emotionally positive colour, that inspires calmness, relaxation, peacefulness and harmony. It is the great balancer of our mental, emotional and physical energies; renewing and restoring our depleted energy and revitalising us when we are physically, emotionally or spiritually exhausted. As you gaze into the Greenness, it's as though the colour draws you in; hypnotising you into its healing energy - calming and soothing you, like a lullaby for the nervous system - a natural sedative and stress-reliever, that gently guides and restores you back to well-being.
It’s not surprising too, that Green is the colour of the heart chakra - igniting feelings of love, happiness, empathy and the nurturing of ourselves and others. It is also the colour of prosperity and abundance, making us feel secure, supported and free, as well as fostering creativity, productivity and vitality.
How amazing is Nature's Green – totally in love…
Thank you mother nature and Govinda Valley for giving us so much Green and Nature Therapy Permaculture and Design Certificate
And the environment couldn't be any more perfect for Milkwood's fantastic and their fantwho have been with us once again, for the past 2 weeks here again for the next 2 weeks with their fantastic Permaculture and Design Certificate Course. What an ideal environment to do any course in, let alone Permaculture. Wow! And the ingredients must be working, because this is Milkwood's 5th time with us and they'll be back with us again next year.