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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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Into the Wild

Into-the-coldErnesto took this picture of us, enjoying the cool waves at Albandeira beach. Swimming is most exiting when the water is wild. Exposing the body to harsh conditions induces brown fat, which generates heat. It boosts mental focus and decreases inflammation. Makes you feel good and sleep better. We are learning the Wim Hof method from Anders and through an online course.

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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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