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.
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.
Temperatures are dropping low but spirits were running high today amongst our retreat guests and volunteers, as Mexican was on today's lunch menu. Our Mexican theme is one of the most popular of all the meals we make here at Govinda Valley and retreat guests always get extremely excited when they see the spread laid out in our dining hall.
The sanskrit word MANTRA comes from a combination of manah (the mind) and trayate (to deliver, to protect). Mantra is a spiritual sound vibration that has the power to deliver us from the influence of the materially conditioned mind, the agency by which we identify with the material world and remain entrapped within material activity.