Extraordinary life

About being ordinaryCristiana took this one of Kiki, drawing the card Ordinariness today. With Cristiano and me, Agnese (Italy), Mylène (France), and Iain (in front of Luisa). The way of Zen is living an extraordinary life in a very ordinary life: chipping wood, cleaning the floor, cooking food. Osho says: The whole question is of you doing it totally, enjoying, delighting in it.

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Refreshed

RefreshingA picture of our Queen of Water, on top of the recently restored fountain, and overlooking the cleaning of the natural pond, by Cristiano together with Iain (UK) and with Kiki (Czech republic) helping to take the dead canes to the wood chipper for turning into compost. There are all kinds of maintenance jobs going on, preparing the garden for the winter and for pruning and planting of trees.

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Works in progress

PalletsWooden pallets protect our driveway from being damaged by the tracks of this digger, used to install a new drainage tube. As you can see we also installed many solar panels. The helping hands in this image belong to Claudia (Spain), Christiano (Italy), my brother Roel and his wife Manna, Luisa and me and (outside this image): Iain (UK), Christiana and Sonali (Italy), Susanna (USA) and Eduardo and Rayana from Brasil.

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Meeting place of friends

Auditorium2Today we finished the cork and wall tapestry to reduce the excessive echo in the Auditorium. Celebration time, with (seated) Sebastian (Holland), Christiane (Brazil), Merilin (Estonia), Marion (New Zealand), Fabio (Italy), Kristof (Hungary), and Julie (France). This space, and three dormitories can now be booked for courses and workshops. Facilitators: Please call or email us for conditions and scheduling.

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We are what we eat

Dietfor13Enjoying another healthy and delicious lunch with friends and family in this picture, including Mariana, Elizabeth, Carlos, Dominika, Hannah, Tommy, Angel, Luke, Whitney, Pedro, Luji, Pooji and Americo. We consider food, not medicine, one of our best sources of health. Watch episode 2 of the video series Diet against Disease.

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Diet for health

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOptimizing our well-being through exercise, health food and meditation are central to the mission of the Retreat that we are about to open.  Let food be thy medicine is an old adagium, but most doctors know little or nothing about it. They prescribe procedures and pharmaceuticals. We recommend watching this video about the latest scientific discoveries and insights on this subject: Diet against Disease

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Bean Day

Bean DayThis winter we planted Fava beans. You make a small hole a few centimeters deep and stick a bean in it, that’s all. They are miraculous. They produced tons of beans. In this picture you see just part of the harvest. Now we have to peel and freeze them. Johanna who is taking care of the garden together with Jos, our Chi Kung teacher from Belgium, calls it Bean Day today.

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