Invoking Space and Spirit into Staff Homes

by Annabelle Sangye Yoo, Donor Relations Coordinator

 

I already knew that I would be moving into the Trailer Park beyond Lake Shunyata when I joined the staff at Shambhala Mountain Center a month after my first visit. I knew that a cluster of ladies were living there with plans to create a pacific paradise–wildflowers, hammocks and gardens on the hill. Each April, core staff move from their winter abodes in Rigden Lodge back to housing sprinkled all over Shambhala Mountain Center. In addition to making more room for program participants, this affords core staff the unique opportunity to live close to the land. I knew that I was excited.

When I arrived, Ian the Travel Coordinator helped me to drag the 2 large suitcases I had brought with me from New York City through knee-deep snow and we used our hands to dig out the front door. Upon shoulder-blocking the door open, the musty smell of a room that had been closed for months hit us. I spied pieces of lumber, a dingy couch, some cans of old paint, and the power was out. I quickly accepted the invitation to stay in Rigden Lodge until I could get the trailer into inhabitable shape.

Annabelle in her trailer

Close to a month later, I am happily installed in my breezy, sweet, light-filled trailer.  In between work hours and on the weekends, I invested several coats of paint and considerable elbow grease into the trailer and some resourcefulness into finding furnishings around the land. There is a lot of joy in creating and caring for one’s own space–perhaps more than if it is presented, ready-made.

Much of the housing on the land is quickly eroded from weathering the harsh mountain elements and the Facilities staff is hard-pressed to keep up with the materials and resources needed to keep employees and guests in safe, comfortable housing.  We have a Development fund specifically designated to the upkeep of Staff Housing to which you can contribute. If you would like to donate goods or services in-kind (construction materials, paints, furnishings, native plants), my email is donorservices@shambhalamountain.org or by phone at (970) 881-2184 x 386

Reawakening Amazing Inner Places

by Erica Kaufman

This year I traveled quite extensively in India. So much teaching…and of course I learn from each student. Regardless of their spoken language, I learn from their ways and this helps me to teach accordingly.

Erica teaching yoga in Bangalore

 

I teach the eight limbs of yoga, they are portals into the intuitive home. Life is a journey and the eight limbs of yoga are a beautiful guide into intuitive clarity.

Erica sitting with woman

That journey is of central interest in my life, and in teaching Lila Yoga.

I am here, solo and not. I am sometimes alone but I am not lonely. As I relax into new-ancient rhythms, I experience the home of GENEROSITY.

I will explain:

Generosity flows naturally, when we understand the inter-connectivity of it all.

Tat Tvam Asi. We are That…That which Is…
No need to horde…impossible to hold onto anything…what could we hold onto?

When we live sensitive to this,

it breaks down defensiveness and possessiveness and Generosity opens.

Generosity of Spirit, Love, Patience, Time…

We have within us/around us/between us, an endless source of these qualities.

No need to ration. Fear of loss from Giving looses potency

when we realize the true nature of Generosity.

Home unfolds wherever you are.

I am here. I am there. I am home.

 

 

Erica and GuruKnow a home so deep that land does not matter, a familiarity so clear that wherever you go you feel the strength of curiosity, respect, and joy. As you meet new friends, join new families, and feel the give and take of interconnectivity, know that you have blessings within you of excited ease.

 

I invite you to join me for the Lila Yoga Retreat: Accessing the Brilliance Within.

Our weekend will explore the boundless joy of gratitude, the ability to feel thankful to BE.

Please join me for a Lila Yoga Retreat June 28-30.

Love Blessings Faith

OM NAMA SHIVAYA

~ Erica ~