On Thursday I arrived at Yoga Borgo.
It was a journey from Assisi by two trains arriving at a small station called Selci-Lama.
From there, I was met and driven up the hills to an incredible retreat centre that was formerly a 12th century monastery. The retreat is in the hills at the joining of Umbria and Tuscany.
I had originally heard about Yoga Borgo through my yoga teacher Howard in Wellington.
I gradually met everyone and have settled in to my lovely room, doing daily yoga, amazing vegetarian meals, spending time with delightful yogis and writing. The retreat has stunning views and walks. It’s inspiring and peaceful here and the perfect backdrop for writing. This is the view from where I’m writing from.
This week I have been writing chapters of my book about my first breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, chemo, recovery and then second breast cancer diagnosis, surgery and chemo. Those were gruelling times and the writing has been gruelling too.
I have been feeling quite affected by writing about those three years of my life with intensive treatments and side effects. It is as if I lost those years of my life but I am alive and here and burning bright.
Each day I write for around six hours and then have 1.5 to 2.5 hours of kundalini yoga at 5.30 or 6.30am. It is the perfect balance. I have also been sending my draft chapters to mentors Serena, Sandra and Mary. Thank you.
The retreat centre is run by Sada Sat Singh and Sada Sat Kaur. I am really enjoying my stay here – thank you to you both for your warmth and hospitality. I am also enjoying the company of all the others who’re training to be kundalini yoga teachers and those who’ve already done the training.
I’m here for eight days and then travelling to Rome with new yogi friends.