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Picture of Angela Farmer together with Victor van Kooten at the Eftalou Beach in Molyvos on the island Lesvos.

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Dear friends and students...
I have neglected  this Blog for too long but  life has been very  full, wonderful and challenging.  
I hope now to restart and keep up this connection with you all from time to time!
Victor asked me to let you know about next year’s schedule so here goes!   
Our May and June courses this year dwindled in numbers, so we have decided to just offer one course ....in June.  
There will be a September two week course as usual and since I shall be on tour in the USA in October, Victor is offering  his own course which is exciting as so many people have asked for this.  
We shall see how all this works and are open to your suggestions and changes for next year.!

Looking forward to meeting old friends and new in this beautiful valley of Eftalou!
With love to you all
Angela

Year of the Horse

The Year of the Horse is galloping along and so are we!
Two wonderful groups attended our May and June courses in Eftalou.
The teaching seems to go deeper each time and students are ever more ready to take the dive, even if sometimes un expecting it they just topple into the 'Underground journey' and find themselves letting go of more than they imagined!
With body and senses clean and cleared, the joys of a turquoise sea, an early morning soak in the healing Hot Springs or a quiet meal under fig-trees as the sun sets over the horizon all seem more delicious and vivid as the days go by.
Family visiting from Canada and USA and then presenting and teaching at the Athens Yoga Symposium filled the time for me between courses with love and joy and in July we flew off to Bavaria and taught for Maria Kluge who had organised a six day retreat in her beautiful home Osterloh near in the foot-hills of the Alps.
It was designed for teachers of young children who live in impoverished areas and/or come from abusive homes. The core-group was from Baltimore but several others from European countries added to the international flavour. All big-hearted and wonderful people who above all loved and cared for "their children". Maria once again proved her generosity and hospitaliy were a life-changing opportunity for all.
Here from our bed-room window... bathing beauties in the garden pond..

And now we spend a few days in London in our little room on the fifth floor.. a 'nest in the clouds' above West Hampstead'.......a perfect place to rest and recover.
here is a view from the kitchen in the evening Sunshine.

And one in the early morning from our bed-room.

The birth of a root vegetable called mankind

Do you feel the warmth of spring opening you up? All around us in our valley buds open under the sun warming the earth. Now we notice and smell the changes that come upon us...we the people are not different from potatoes and hyacinths, specially when you get into the habit of rooting down and branching out, as we do in our yoga practice. The deep earth that feeds all our needs after we have been created and together with that warmth of the sun, makes sure that we grow and are kept in shape. Spring time that opens it’s dark door to reveal the new creations that were always present and waiting to spring alive. As we fully depend on nature, we can say that we are just another root vegetable.

A very Happy and supple New Year

From the valley of Eftalou,where the sheep are enjoying the fresh new grass thanks to an overdose of rain.
The strong winds bring cold air from the snowy mountains of Turkey and then suddenly changing to the warmer southern dessert wind...
Some days a bleak sun breaks throug the branches of the surrounding olive trees.
Quiet times, restful times where all gets restored and prepared for those Greek summers
With many good wishes for a wonderful year, angela and victor

We are being positively crucified into the world

The practice of yoga is a playful way to experiment and discover your total dependence on the environment..
The air you breath, the water you drink, the warmth of the sun at day and the moon in the coolness of the night.
A human mistake is the wish to become independent by creating a controllable sub-environment, as this confuses the
body’s intelligence to understand the nature of transformation and weakens the immune system.

Nature is the greatest friend we have....