The door opens, people return at last.

We re-started residential courses a couple of weeks back, after being closed to visitors for 18 months …. Actual people walking through the gate, unpacking their bags, settling in, walking the hills, breathing mountain air. Welcome back.

We’ve been so geared up for online courses we all had to refresh our minds to what we had to do to be ready to welcome actual humans
rather than virtual humans

No no no….
…..that’s not the kind of ‘virtual’ human I meant…..
I meant real humans but on the other end of a Zoom transmission. Although ……..
this guy does have a certain …. familiarity….

Lisa in the front office actually set off the fire alarms, working so hard, fingers flying across the keyboard, until the computer started to go on fire…..
schedules,
timetables,
bookings,
cancellations,
queries, questions, quibbles…..

Sally, our new cook from Australia, prepares a delicious vegetarian lunch, from…er… plants.

No! sorry,
Sally looks after all the rooms and the housekeeping,
and the cleaning,
and sweeping, and mopping,
sweetly singing the whilst.

James, our new cook, gathers vegetation for some delicious vegetarian meals for our guests during their stay……

Nope… sorry… wrong again,
He is of course the gardener
making the place look super good, soaking up the hot hot sunshine of our lush semi-tropical climate.

Here they are at last!
The cooks!
Sangita, and Sahara
cooking a delicious
vegetarian meal
from vegetables.

finely crafted recipes
from the cuisine
of ashrams worldwide,
with spices from the orient
and delicate…. (contd. page 94)

Our friend here was entrusted
with the job of duplicating the tutors’ course notes
for the entire ten days.
Here he is tearing the ashram apart
in a desperate, and ultimately futile,
attempt to find out
where he might have lost them….

‘Well can’t you just….’?

‘No! just making stuff up is NOT an option!’

Here’s Swami Satyadaya
and Tulsi, ashram manager,
responding to my request for
…….a …… meaningful
role for myself
in the proceedings

I retreat to the creative hub of the ashram, my studio, to write this blog post, and plan my immediate return to Africa.

.

Welcome back everyone. Let’s hope this is a return to some kind of normality. The last two years have allowed us to develop our skills into online teaching, both real-time courses on Zoom, and also recorded course material for self study in your own time. But above all we try to be a centre of excellence in Yoga, Tantra and Advaita, with also the possibility of residential courses.
Please be welcome to enjoy what we have to offer.

Robot photo credit: Yuyeung Lau on Unsplash

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