We have arrived!!!
We have arrived at the retreat center in Korat!
I am very hot in that photo. 🥵
The group united at the airport in Bangkok. We exchanged names, hugs, and travel horror stories. We have people from NJ, PA, AZ, GA and CA and I don’t think any of us are prepared for the forever bond we are about to create as this experience unfolds.
The bus ride from the airport was four hours but we made two pit stops at 711 for snacks and bathroom breaks. They had a whole isle of chips flavored like seaweed, shrimp, and calamari. They had cup o’ noodles you could just add hot water to and voila lunch, and reminded me of 4Shea at Bridgewater State College, but I think they have that at every 711.
There were many many stray dogs that I could see out the van window and it broke my heart when I made eye contact with them knowing all they wanted was a treat, a hug and a home, and I want so badly to be able to give that to them.
The retreat center is something straight out of my yoga fairy tale (you don’t have those?) and radiates tranquility and revitalization. The fresh air immediately brought me back to life after my 40 hour journey that not surprisingly depleted my enthusiasm for life.
There are ponds with lily pads sporadically placed and benches under trellises with canopies of bright colored flowers.
There are statues of dieties, frogs, ducks, elephants, and a few sort of creepy ones of kids. (What ARE they looking at?)
There are palm trees, Jackfruit trees and papaya trees.
Bright bright flowers, everywhere.
I love a good hollowed our log.
My room is a little piece of heaven and I know I’ll spend the majority of the time on the balcony, meditating, writing, and enjoying the beautfoul view.
We had breakfast at 7am. Toast, eggs, fruit, and hot soup. I ate two bowls of hot soup and melted into myself. The flavor was unlike anything I have ever ordered from a Thai restaurant in America. Nim’s mother and aunt are our chefs, so we know the next five days the foods going to be as authentic as authentic Thai could be.
We met for our opening ceremony and a yoga practice before lunch. We had very specific instructions to NOT go to sleep until night time. I fell asleep waiting for my massage. 🤷🏻♀️
We all introduced ourselves and said a few bits about our relationship with yoga. I read from Journey to the Heart. The entry couldn’t have been more appropriate for the group on the first day of the retreat.
“Being committed to your growth is enough and the rest will reveal itself to you in time.”
I am so excited to be here, to comfortably reflect and take it all in, to exchange stories with my new friends and learn why the universe needed to bring us together.
I’m about to be cliche AF and wear my #blessed tank top. Hey, if you got it, flaunt it.