Any one who follows my ramblings on instagram will know that I have had a spot of really bad luck with my health over the last year, I am finally healing well and I honestly believe it is down to an increased focus on my mediation practice, a new found passion for sound baths and Kirtan, and a rekindled interest in herbalism.
On my search for courses and retreats and a lot of inspiration, I have come across many beautiful places to stay to immerse my senses and have found a few gems I wish to share with you.... the first being this beautiful place.... Shambala Permaculture in San Marcos Sierras, Cordoba, Argentina.
I have always had a thing for cob homes and earthships, with the colourful bottle windows and swirly patterns on the walls they have an etherial quality that I adore, and Shambala appears to be one of those places where I really don't think you could be unhappy or ill. Shambala is run by Nathan and Andrea here we learn about their home and workshop in their own words....
"Shamballa is our experiment in life and living. It is our home and workshop, our place to practice and express our ideas, philosophies, designs and dreams. We are holistically combining our life’s knowledge and life experiences, to reflect our vision that the ultimate work of art is us and our connection to each other and our mother earth or environment.
The places we live in, the people that we connect with, what we consume and the things we produce, the seeds that we plant, the decision making process that we make decisions by, are all guided by the vision that our lives and what we do with them, is how we affect and change our world. Redesigning ourselves, our societies and cultures as an integral part of our garden planet, not masters over it. This visionary idea will grow and grain strength. It is being manifested by people all over the earth. We are not alone.
It is up to us to create and recreate the world, in fact it is our birthright and responsibility.
We see ourselves as stewards of the land, and the designers, creators and curators of the projects on it. We take what we do seriously. From working to parting, everything is tied to our vision for life, culture and community.
The Shamballa project grew out of the shared dreams and visions of Andrea and Nathan. Our experiment continues to evolve and grow. As we grow and learn, so does our project and the people inspired by it. Shamballa is an experiment in how we interact and exist in our natural environment, how we can have a positive environmental impact as a result of our lives, societies and celebrations. We are guided by our experiences with transformational festival culture, permaculture, and deep ecology. It is from these movements and ideas the shamballa was born.
Permaculture design, ethics and principles, have helped lead the way in our homestead. Natural living, sustainability, resilience, traveling, backpacking, local economies, grassroots movements, raw food, natural building, art, organic gardening, shamanism, transformational festival culture, events like Burning Man and Boom have been some of the inspirations of our experiment."If you are interested in studying at Shambala, you can find them via their website , Facebook and Instagram