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Shunyata

An ayuverdic life

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We are at our new Wwoof residence as I write this entry. We don’t have internet easily accessible so I am writing this sitting in our room. This place is very nice and we are enjoying ourselves immensely, but we are both tired of having to live in someone else’s space. We both are feeling like we need to put our time to better use and have a space that we can truly call our own, not to mention trying to share bathrooms, hot water, and space with people we do not know at all. (Note to Manwich, Wwoofing is fun email me for more details, pathughes4@gmail.com)

Our current place is a retreat center that our host Paru runs on her own. The retreat center offers massage, morning yoga, good food, cleansings, an Ozone sauna, and a few other natural healing activities. It caters to pairs, either couples or friends, and Paru runs activities for them throughout the day. Kari is helping run the house side of the retreat, cooking, cleaning the house and Ozone sauna and doing laundry. We both work on the dishes because Paru is the messiest cook we have ever met, she makes a bigger mess than a Sawbill cook who forgot they had dinner until 4:30. I spend my days working in the garden trimming hedges, cleaning the outside of the house and mowing lawns.

Kari starts at 7:15 in the morning and I show up at about 7:45 to help with the morning tasks. Yoga starts around 8 and afterwards we eat breakfast. Then I go outside to work on my tasks and Kari takes care of whatever is on her list for the day. Lunch has been around 1 or 2 and then after we do the dishes we are done for the afternoon. Once you throw in dinner help and dishes we are working longer than normal days and it is very spread out. We have not minded much though since we are about as far away from a town as we have been. Christchurch is about 30 minutes away but the closest town is 20, so we have not been interested in making the drive for just a short afternoon.

Kari and I have both been enjoying yoga. I seem to like it more because Kari finds that it is a little boring for her (not hard enough). We have been eating what they consider very healthy, but it mostly reminds me of mom’s home cooking (unfortunately not nearly as good). Kari and I have been reading up on our Ayurveda body types and what we should try to do to balance ourselves. We have both agreed that there are things in it that can help you be a healthy person but also that as with most things it can be taken a little to far and a little to seriously by some people.

We were able to take an afternoon and drive out to a small beach in a cove near the mouth of the bay. It was a very pretty place but we are finding that we have had a slight overload on beaches; they have a lot of them here. We will be heading out of here soon down to Queenstown for Kari’s interview and then to Wanaka for a place to stay until we hear back about our jobs.

Patrick

Posted by patandkari 01:06 Archived in New Zealand

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