In Memoriam

IMThis morning I read a page from the Tao Teh Ching for Anna the cat and all other loved ones who live on in our heart after they left the body. We erected a Memorial stone in their honour yesterday. In the shadow behind us, the flowering shrub Aloysia citrodora that we planted on Anna’s grave last week. Our Queen of Water overlooks the site, blessing it with the comforting sound of running water. [picture by Luisa]

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Anna, 2010-2018

Ana em LombosGardenOne of the last pictures of our beloved cat, Anna. Many of you have known her. She usually joins us for the morning exercises but we did not see her today. Luisa started searching the area and was shocked to find her dead at the side of the road, just outside our gate, apparently attacked and killed by a group of wild dogs. We heard them howling in the night. It is terrible. It happened before to several other cats around here, very sad that we could not prevent her to fall victim too. We miss her.

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Wood chipper

ChipperIt takes three Chippeteers to feed this machine piles of garden waste and shred it into readily compostable bio mass. We used loads of it for improvement of our vegetable garden in recent weeks. Take a look at the blog of Laozi House with many pictures of our volunteer workers and members in their daily rituals, revealing how we jump, stretch, eat, clean, dig, seed and harvest. More…. http://www.laozihouse.org/blog

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Another holiday is possible

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMany readers of our blog have visited us as a volunteer worker, helping us to prepare the house and garden. Now the time has come to invite you for a different experience. If you are thinking to go on a special kind of holiday this summer, check out what we mean by Living in a meditative retreat. Starting 1st of July you can relax, enjoy and meditate with us near the Algarve coast.

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Retreat opening

HomepageFor our retreat activities, starting June 3rd, we established a new association: Laozi House. It is not a commercial retreat but a retreat of friends. Informal, communal, sharing a luxury house like only a few can afford privately, but together we can easily maintain it. And enjoy it even more, because shared joy is double joy! Have a look at our site www.laozihouse.org and come to visit when you have the opportunity.

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Water and fire

Sauna-PoolWe inaugurated the Sauna today. Enjoying the heat. Being energized by the cold shower and pool. And then some breath and Tao practice and back for another round. We are playing with many ingredients and their opposites. Health food and fasting, deep breathing and breath retention, heat and cold, stretching and meditation, sun and ocean. Trying out our Health Retreat.

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Christmas walk

TrailWalkWalking the Seven Valleys Trail along the Algarve coast, with Anders, Alice (UK) and Flossie (HK). We wish you a merry celebration and good fortune for the next year. For us it will bring the transition from two years of reconstruction to a new adventure, a Retreat of Friends. It will offer a non-profit way to enjoy living in a retreat, long or short time, as a volunteer manager or as a member, facilitator or participant.

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