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Greetings from Akashavana

Sat, 3 Oct, 2020 - 17:49

Greetings from Akashavana

Sat, 3 Oct, 2020 - 17:49

Writing with sun shining high in the sky over mountain landscapes into the first floor lounge of Akashavana’s community house.  Outdoors from window edges to mountain ridges oaks and pines stand silently still - whilst indoors the smells  of breakfast coffee and sounds of crockery accompanied by intermittent tones of Mumukshu, Bodhipaksini .and Maitreyi vibrate through the air. 

Akashavana community welcomed Maitreyi’s return for a 2 - week ‘presidential’ visit early in September.   We (and our chapter sister  Karunavapi) delighted in...

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Song of meeting and parting

Mon, 31 Aug, 2020 - 15:57

Song of meeting and parting

Mon, 31 Aug, 2020 - 15:57


It’s just about a month since Amritamati left Akashavana. Somehow it feels like a lot has happened in these few weeks. Plus ça change plus c’est la meme chôse. (I don’t yet know the equivalent idiom in Español.)
Mumukshu and I said goodbye to Amritamati in Tortosa on 31 July. The date was as had originally been planned (pre Covid). The events that occurred inbetween had been nothing like the plan. I felt sadness in the parting.
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Goodbye and Thank You

Tue, 28 Jul, 2020 - 17:02

Goodbye and Thank You

Tue, 28 Jul, 2020 - 17:02

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

I​ came across this quote from Seneca recently and it resonated as I prepare to leave Akashavana after two years. Originally I was only coming for a year, but very quickly knew that wasn’t going to be long enough, as being in this quiet and beautiful land made me feel at home and supported by nature’s brilliance. One of my constant delights has particularly been sharing the land with the ibex, although there is...

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A Day In The Life...

Sat, 13 Jun, 2020 - 10:43

A Day In The Life...

Sat, 13 Jun, 2020 - 10:43

Some of you might have wondered what the team here have been doing since the lockdown began, given that our purpose for living here is to maintain the retreat centre and service the retreats, and with no retreats happening yet we have had a lot more free time. There is no normal day, but I thought I’d offer you a glimpse into our life at Akashavana at the moment.

We only keep a rough structure to our week, with a business meeting on...

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Day 53 in the Big Buddha House!

Wed, 6 May, 2020 - 13:40

Day 53 in the Big Buddha House!

Wed, 6 May, 2020 - 13:40

It’s day 53 of lockdown, I think! After some days of torrential rain last week and an amazing storm with sheet lightening that illuminated the house one evening we are today basking in the sunshine. Bodhipakshini has gone to Valderrobres to do the shop, Mumukshu is on the phone with our president Maitreyi and Satyamuni is cooking lunch. I’ve just attempted to make ciabatta for the first time, but it’s looking more like a simple loaf of bread rather than...

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From a mountain lockdown

Thu, 26 Mar, 2020 - 14:17

From a mountain lockdown

Thu, 26 Mar, 2020 - 14:17

So, here we are two weeks into the lockdown in Spain, four women who have only been living together roughly the same length of time, getting to know each other and luckily finding we laugh a lot…over Spanish practice, which recently involved learning a song which we recorded and sent back to our teacher (or nuestro maestro!)…europop still rules it seems…and also over a number of amusing video clips sent by friends around the coronavirus (sometimes humour is needed to cope with something so...

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another year

Tue, 26 Sep, 2017 - 13:42

another year

Tue, 26 Sep, 2017 - 13:42

Our year began with the preparations for the 3 month ordination retreat, and we thought all was ready when we discovered the lower water tank was completely empty, an animal had broken a pipe and all the water 20,000 litres had flowed down the hill ! Fortunately we were able to have it fixed pretty quickly and begin filling it again and also fortunately, we had another full tank ! That was enough of a heart stopper one may have thought – but Mara had...

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summer in the mountains

Fri, 4 Nov, 2016 - 09:10

summer in the mountains

Fri, 4 Nov, 2016 - 09:10

“What a beautiful, peaceful valley alternately scoured and cooked by weather patterns that clearly haven’t heard of ‘the middle way’.  My ten days there went from hot-water bottle, lumber jacket and woolly hat (all borrowed I’m afraid, my girl guide camping badge is now sadly forfeit) to coveting the shade.  So maybe I didn’t manage to embrace the cold; there was no problem, however, luxuriating in the wood-burning stove, slippers and coffee…Thank you Community for hugging us in!  I loved...

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Instant in a mug with cow's

Thu, 3 Nov, 2016 - 17:58

Instant in a mug with cow's

Thu, 3 Nov, 2016 - 17:58

It has been a busy summer at Akashavana, with a great bunch of women camping at the community to do lots of work with us. A few of them have promised to write something for this blog, and this is the first contribution, from Colette Power. The news of the uk vote to leave the EU came through when the first volunteers had been with us for a week or so. You will see the relevance.

Instant in a Mug with Cows

‘You...

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2016

Tue, 22 Mar, 2016 - 17:03

2016

Tue, 22 Mar, 2016 - 17:03

The new year is well and truly underway and the community of 3 is fully occupied with the ‘work-in’ … three weeks of working with volunteers to prepare the retreat centre for the season ahead.

So, who is in community at the moment ? Well, the resident community currently is Manigarbha, Mumukshu and me – Acalavajri. This is going to change though later in the year as Manigarbha has sadly made the decision to leave the community. She will be returning the Netherlands...