Green Therapy

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The thing that stands out the most 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 a wonderful balancer of our mental, emotional and physical energies; renewing and restoring us when we feel depleted; revitalising us when we are feeling physically, emotionally or spiritually drained and 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 your 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 oneself and others.  It is also the colour of prosperity and abundance, making us feel secure, supported and free, as well as inspiring creativity, productivity and vitality.

How amazing is Nature's Green

Thank you mother nature and Govinda Valley for giving us so much Green and Nature Therapy. 

And it couldn't be any more perfect for Milkwood, who have been with us for the past two weeks with their fantastic Permaculture and Design Certificate Course. What an ideal environment to do any course in, let alone Permaculture. Wow! And the inGreen-dients must be working, because it's Milkwood's fifth time with us and they'll be back again with us next year. 

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Gaura Vani, musician who filled our hearts with love

Gaura Vani, musician who filled our hearts with love

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.

Organic herb garden

Organic herb garden

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.

Healthy snack patties for food lovers

Healthy snack patties for food lovers

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!

New Moon Sister Circle

New Moon Sister Circle

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.

No Mother? No worries! - Kombucha made easy

No Mother? No worries! - Kombucha made easy

It’s been buzzing at Govinda as we’ve hosted Nick, Adam and the team from Milkwood for their Permaculture Design Retreat. Many people from various walks of life joined this eye opening retreat. When I heard they were teaching about Kombucha, I was a quite excited. Adam’s session about Fermented Foods was fun and enlightening. I’m going to share with you some of what I learnt about this delightful fermented beverage.

Conscious eating

Conscious eating

On the 7th of May we will be hosting Vipassana Illawarra Retreat, which is A Day of Mindfulness Meditation Practice. Spending a day mindfully includes meal times, so we thought we would share a few easy tips to help you consume your food with awareness.

'Having a voice' exhibition

'Having a voice' exhibition

This year Govinda Valley Retreat took part in the national Australian Heritage Festival. More than 1000 events are being presented from April 18 to May 21 throughout the country for the annual festival, which celebrates Australia’s historic, natural, indigenous and multicultural heritage.