A Beginning

So, I’ve decided to start this by posting about my first ever month-long silent retreat. It was a very challenging time for this person, yet a very good opportunity to unfold into a deeper practice in the safety of amazing beings who held the space beautifully.

The retreat was called Being Dharma led by two former monastics, named Kittisaro and Thanissara, and the venue was at Dharmagiri Hermitage in Kwa-Zulu Natal province of South Africa. It was mainly a meditation retreat with yoga. I usually go to retreats with a bigger focus on yoga, or just plain meditation. So, this was something truly different – a lot more integrated and one month long! It was a good way for me to start this year’s travels to deepen my practice.

The hermitage is a beautiful space and I’m glad it’s in the backyard of the country that I’m currently living in. I really appreciate what Kittisaro and Thanissara do as their life’s work, for it helps lost (or feeling lost) beings like myself to have more clarity in the ways things are.

Here are a few pictures I took to try and capture the serenity of that space where I committed to spend a month of this life.

angelic sunset
angelic sunset
the end of the walk
the end of the walk
a clear day
a clear day
the Castle
the Castle
upper shrine and Vulture's Peak
the upper shrine room and Vulture’s Peak
a sunrise
a sunrise
meditation room
where the work is done
outdoor dining, accommodation, shrine room/ meditation hall
outdoor dining, accommodation, shrine room/ meditation hall
shadow
shadow
bench with tea cup
a good spot to contemplate and drink tea
angelic sunrise
angelic sunrise
the view every time I exit the house and the road I walk up to the common area
the view every time I exit the house and the road I walk up to the common area
sign post on the road
sign post on the road
the house I stayed in for the month
the house I stayed in for the month
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