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Hot friends

HotFriendsErnesto and Alexander arrived, and Anders from Sweden. He wants to be the first to swim across the Baltic sea. He studied breath control with Iceman Wim Hof, who holds 26 world records, including sitting in icewater. The cold is your hot friend he says. More energy and health, and you can learn it too!

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Wet feet

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKiki used her waterproof camera for this picture of Cristiana, our Yoga teacher, practicing in a famous cave that cannot be reached over land, only by swimming from the beach at Benagil. Healing and staying well depends on a healthy electric potential in the cells of our body, according to Dr Jerry Tennant, in his book Healing is Voltage. It can be promoted through acupuncture, exercise and by grounding, like walking barefoot on grass or in wet sand on the beach. Or swimming in the ocean, a health practice that is available every day here and becoming a new tradition for some of us.

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Extraordinary life

About being ordinaryCristiana took this one of Kiki, drawing the card Ordinariness today. With Cristiano and me, Agnese (Italy), Mylรจne (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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