Hope and guidance for the well being of all at the zenith of summer we invite you to Metta Earth for a wonderful weekend retreat…
Hope and guidance for the well being of all, a Yogagaia Journey with Hasita Nadai, who brings zest, playfulness, and reconnection to the wild intelligence of the cosmos. With yoga, the story of the universe, and the beauty of the gardens, farm, and land of Metta Earth Institute, Hasita inspires hope and guidance for the well being of all. Read more
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Teachings of Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme | Art Work: Yoko Shimizu
Mark Kelso the musician and Yoga teacher suggested the name Yogagaia
Conception: Agathe Nadai & Alex Beaulieu | realization: Alex Beaulieu
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Take a look at pictures of Cheneil…
Yogagaia invites you to have a look at pictures of Cheneil taken during a few of our journeys. Cheneil (wikipedia/italian) is a locality belonging to the municipality of Valtournenche (Valle d’Aosta). It is a place of particular naturalistic beauty, landscapes of mountains, larches and broadleaves, located in the italian alps. There is the Sanctuary of Clavalité, from where you can enjoy the stunningly beautiful view over the Matterhorn and the Grandes Murailles as well as over the adjoining peaks. These mountains have many stories to tell us about their origin and evolution through millions of years. They harbor many human dramas as well. One of these, the story of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, is a human drama with heroes and victims. Meet the inhabitants of Cheneil and get to know their lovely families, and all their pets, including horses. The homemade food is exquisite Northern Italian Cuisine. It is one of the few Valle d’Aosta villages not reachable by car.
For centuries, there was no real village here until the beginning of the 20th century, with the construction of two hotels. Finding itself along the trail that leads to the summit of the Grand Tournalin, Cheneil was crossed and remembered by the great names of mountaineering, like Edward Whymper.
Images worth thousands of words, pictures of Cheneil tell about how much of a magnificent environment it is for relaxing, meditating, hiking, practicing yoga and so much more. Over 200 kilometres of hiking trails, from those at high altitude to those for families or walkers who just want to stroll and relax, surrounded by countryside and silent woods, following well-signposted trails featuring breathtaking views, just a stone’s throw from Cervinia and Valtournenche town centres. The Cheneil valley (which can ‘only’ be reached on foot or with the help of a lift) offers tourists a timeless natural environment, characterised by the unspoilt countryside of this valley, featuring dense fragrant woodland and the scent of verjuice.
Gallery of pictures of Cheneil…
THE TASK OF YOGAGAIA IN THE 21ST CENTURY:
The task of Yogagaia is to heal us from our cultural estrangement from Earth and its Life Community. For this reason, its aim is to guide us toward a new paradigm: moving from an anthropocentric view of the world toward an ecocentric view.
The naming of geologic eras marks irreversible planetary catastrophes that threw off the living balance of Earth, notably meteor impacts and the volcanism likely triggered by such impacts. As a result, now is the first time that a single form of life of ours has acquired the power to inflict a catastrophe at a geologic scale and that is already affecting every part of the planet: ocean, atmosphere, soil, and life. As a matter of fact, no human community, and no ecosystem will be spared from such menacing effects, as this is truly a global phenomenon.
However, there is a choice, as Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme affirm: If we humans continue passively along the course we are on, we will effectively have chosen to move into a Technozoic Era. Therefore we will rely exclusively on technological innovations to keep saving us from ruination caused by previous technological innovations. Or we can actively, spiritually, choose to move into an Ecozoic Era, in which humans will live in a sustainable and mutualistic relationship with the full community of life.
The Ecozoic Era (as named by Thomas Berry) begins when we start to experience the planet not as other but as me. It begins within each and every individual who lives with the full and heartful awareness that their actions, no matter how mundane, how minor, deeply affect the wellbeing of the planet, and that these actions ripple out into the very Kosmos.
The Ecozoic Era is birthed in those who know that nothing is separate, that we are all interdependent, that our skin is not a boundary but an interpenetration in space. The Ecozoic Era begins when the Yoga Teachings are integrated in our daily life, when body, mind and spirit are experienced as one with the Universe.
Given these points, absent support from the wider culture, none of us allured by the Ecozoic will be perfect in our actions. Until a cultural transformation ensues, none of us can fully live in harmony with the full community of life. With this in mind, it is important to always be mindful of our Divine Self.