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The World Karma Project is a project aimed at creating and promoting random acts of kindness. “Not a charity. Not a big organization. Just a guy, trying to create better communities one person at a time” ~ Adam Quang
The project bases its actions on the “karma bank,” in which the more good deeds you do, the more goodness will flow to you. The concept of the “karma bank” originates from an ancient Chinese text called “Changing Destiny: Liaofan’s Four Lessons.” Written more than 500 years ago, it shows how destinies are changed by doing good deeds.
The latest World Karma Project takes place in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, from March 3-17, 2012.
For two weeks, visitors will travel through UNESCO World Heritage sites on a dragon boat, stay in 4-5 star accommodations, practice yoga and meditation, eat delicious meals and learn Vietnamese cooking.
Participants will be led by Adam Quang, an energetic and easy-going fellow who started training as a Buddhist monk at 4 years of age and has been practicing the ancient arts all of his life. A registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance, he has achieved the E-RYT 500 Master level. Known for his wisdom and compassion, Adam’s students consider him a guru.
The tour costs $4300 CND (+HST) and covers all expenses, excluding airfare. The fee also helps build better communities, as a portion of the costs will provide a Vietnamese child with school tuition for a whole year. This donation not only helps a child, but adds to the karma bank towards making a better world.
Why Ha Long Bay? Because of a profound spiritual experience Adam had while last there:
“When kayaking on the bay, the sky ablaze with pinks and blues as the sun dips into the sea, a junk boat sails into view. Enveloped by mountains towering over the bay, it’s a dream-like scene of startling beauty. My breath deepens and my senses expand. My hand drifts into the water and I am refreshed, more truly myself than at any other time. I let go of the boundaries that define me. Everything is vivid: the smell of the ocean, the rhythm of the waves, the warmth of the sun. I am small within this vastness, yet connected at the same time. It is a perfect moment that produces a revelation: lead others to this place which opens the soul to the world outside, and to the world within.”
If you would like to know more about this World Karma Project trip, visit www.worldkarmaproject.com
or contact Adam Quang directly at [email protected] Adam is based in Toronto, and will be in Vancouver Nov 4-6 2011: The Yoga Conference Show.
No matter where you are.
Vancouver is a wonderful city– beautiful and exciting. It feels small enough to be comfortable but big enough to always be interesting on a Friday night. And the yoga! What an amazing group of studios and teachers. There is really something for everyone here.
Unless what you need in your yoga practice is silence.
I have always been loud. I love raucous music in my classes– two of my favourite teachers at Semperviva Carolyn Anne and Reno rock fabulous tunes in their classes. I love to flow to music, linking posture, breathe, and tunes. I am an avid talker and singer and relish being in the midst of it. But recently I have been craving silence. I want to be able to feel the silence, wrap it around myself and sit with it. Give myself the space to get still and be, contact the silence that is inside me. I have never felt like I could actually be quiet within myself until now.
The search for silence in the city is an undertaking. I have always appreciated yoga studios where people are encouraged to socialize with other students, but sometimes I want a quiet room, a peaceful space. But you can’t have it both ways.
I guess this is where retreats come in for the urban yogi. We can leave the city for a little rural silence, maybe even some darkness or the odd star. Because the truth is, I’m really craving it (silence–what else?). It’s starting to make me irritable– which is silly, because the whole point of wanting to be somewhere quiet is to find my own inner stillness.
So the quest for silence continues… another leg of my yoga journey.
Namaste Gardens is an all-inclusive yoga retreat opened by local Vancouverite, Jamie Wood. It is located in the central pacific coast of tropical Costa Rica and is a perfect place to escape from the cold.
The retreat specializes in all-inclusive yoga, always emphasizing restoration and renewal, and is designed to re-align mind body and soul.
Let us take care of you from the moment you land. A driver will be waiting to bring you from the capital of San Jose to the small beach town of Herradura. Upon your arrival to Namaste Gardens you will be greeted our bi-lingual staff and shown to your beautiful accommodations. Swimming pools, hammocks, bikes and lush gardens are all at your disposal. Daily meals [local and organic (when available) ingredients. Vegan, vegetarian or non-vegetarian options are offered], yoga classes and meditation in the scenic gardens await you.
❖ Pick-up / drop-off from airport
❖ 3 Delicious meals per day
❖ Private swimming pool
❖ Snacks and fruit during the day
❖ Fully furnished accommodations
❖ Gorgeous tropical garden with private gardener
❖ Fully appointed yoga studio
❖ Private maid service and chef
❖ Air conditioning in all rooms
❖ 2 yoga classes per day
❖ 1 massage included
❖ Bikes for all guests
❖ Minutes from a beautiful beach
❖ Local phone and internet
❖ Professionally managed
They are currently hosting a retreat (March 3rd – 12th) and the next upcoming retreat is March 15th – 24th.
For more information, check out their website: www.namastegardenscr.com
*Yoga Teachers* Namaste Gardens is always looking for local yoga teachers to come down to Costa Rica and host. If you’re interested, get in touch with Jamie at [email protected]