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A deep listening

Posted on: June 17th, 2017 by anurati

An interview with Aziza Noguchi – director and founder of IQD  – the Institute of Dynamic Stillness in Brazil, teacher and Cranio-Sacral Integration Therapist.

«It is not my doing», she says, «it is just Grace». Aziza’s eyes glow when she talks about her work. Or maybe it is more accurate to call it her life, than her «work». 

The Health
We often use the word «health» to mean «not sick» or to not have any bodily problems. In the Cranio-Sacral Integration approach, «health» is used in a different way.

Let´s say a person with a chronic disease is dying, Aziza explains, There is no way that the person will recover the health in the sense that he will not die. So, how to die in a healthy way?

This is the most extreme example. The disease is there. Death is coming. But still the person can feel their Health and their perfection and go peacefully through the transition. Being connected with that «something» which never dies. With that «something» which was always there.

This is our possibility all the time. We don´t have to be dying to experience it. This is what we are offering. How to feel your perfection and your possibility to live your life in this moment, whatever your organism is going through. Whatever disease or symptom is there, whatever you feel or meet Health is always there, supporting everything.

Health is what is holding all dualities. Health is sometimes even creating an imbalance so that the organism can function in the best way. Sometimes disease is a way of giving balance to a person.

In this case, maybe something else first needs to be supported in that organism. Afterwards, maybe the disease can be resolved.

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How does Cranio-Sacral Integration therapy work?
Clinical results in Cranio-Sacral Integration therapy come from learning how to cooperate with the biodynamic/embryological forces. This brings a very deep balance and health, because it reconnects the client with the original matrix of the Health which is perfect. The Health is always there, regardless of the condition of the client.

To communicate with it, we need to be neutral and develop a perceptual skill being able to see and feel the original matrix, and the perfection of it, through our senses.

That is what this training is about we learn how to bring our perceptual senses back to the original Health, learning to recognize and support these forces at work.

The biodynamic forces which create the embryo and which keep the Health in the embryo are not something the embryo does. It is just a happening.

We learn how to observe, to communicate with, and to perceive this happening. This takes a very deep sensing, listening and seeing a perceptual skill that is unveiled during the work with those forces.

 


“We recognize where the healing forces are coming from, and we bring our attention to that source, instead of to the conflict/problem. From that source the best resolutions will come.”

 

Where we have our attention
So it is not going against any symptoms, Aziza shares, it is not seeing any disease as something bad: «let´s get rid of that», «I don´t want to feel this». It is an acknowledging of what is and then bringing the attention to the Health, instead of to the conflict.

We bring the attention to co-operate with the best part of us.

When we first taste this, we start to bring this awareness into everything, into our lives: Where is my attention? Is it in the positive, or in the negative?

Is my mind still in the duality, or can I go into that which holds the duality without any conflict at all?

We recognize where the healing forces are coming from, and we bring our attention to that source, instead of to the conflict/problem. From that source the best resolutions will come.

Its not a doing
Whatever comes is a gift, says Aziza. The healing that happens is not our doing. Even the courses I am teaching are not my doing. I cannot take any credit for it. That makes everything very special.

It is a paradox. Because it is such a big thing, and it is not our doing. So what can I say? When we realize this, it makes the work even more special.

 

I think it will be wonderful to be in an energy field with so much love, that´s all that we need, right?

 

Coming to Dharma Mountain
For the first time, training in Cranio-Sacral Integration Therapy is happening at Dharma Mountain, Norway. The training is in 5 modules, and the first, called «Finding the Health», starts in August. Aziza is excited to come to Dharma Mountain to share her work. I think it will be wonderful to be in an energy field with so much love, she says, that´s all that we need, right? We can just inhale the atmosphere, or we can bring another dimension it, more of a healing aspect. Everything is there already. This is just another door.

Cranio-Sacral Integration Therapy is about the anatomy, physiology, and the healing forces. Everybody is already in contact with this. In the training we simply learn to recognize it better.

Aziza is very humble, and very grateful to be able to share this work – to have this as her life.

Through meetings with some teachers and masters I could find true Health, she says; That is my blessed job to help others in that direction as well.

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Interview and photo of nature by Savini Aspholt

untitled_027Savini has been involved in the work around Swaha’s retreats for many years.
She enjoys writing and photography, and loves to dive into the depths of her own soul and of the forest.


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More about Aziza, her path and Biodynamic Osteopathy:
Aziza works in the cities of Florionapolis and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Here she runs clinics giving treatments to children in need, at a very low cost. It is her passion to work with them, and one of her main specializations is working with autistic children.

The results of her training courses are spreading in Brazil. It has been used with very good results in one of the main hospitals in Latin America – Hospital das Clinicas in Sao Paulo, in the treatment of psychiatric patients. It is used in hospitals in Florianopolis, in many institutions & private clinics and in a non-governmental organization for children with special needs.

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Finding her way
As a young adult, Aziza worked for five years as a dentist in Brazil.

In truth, she was not happy with her life nor with her work – nor with the conventional patterns of relating. She felt an urge to help people, not only on the physical level, but in their totality as human beings. Her father had died when she was 12 years old. In the time since then, questions about life & death, and a deeper perception of life, had been strong in her.

Aziza understood that to be able to help others, she first had to help herself.

This call brought her on a personal and spiritual journey which led her to travel to India, to Osho´s ashram in Pune. Here, she found her spiritual womb.

As she express it herself; «Aziza was born a meditation-lover with pleasure to study and appreciate the mystery of the human body».

She ended up staying in India for ten years.

It was in the ashram in Pune, in 1993, that she participated in her first craniosacral balancing training. She started to give sessions, to assist in the courses and workshops – and later to teach workshops herself. In 1997 she started to come back to Brazil, giving courses.In 2004 she started to give her first complete training there.

For many years Aziza went on looking for more guidance, studying with different cranio-sacral schools and teachers around the world. She created a unique curriculum and founded the Institute of Dynamic Stillness in Brazil, alongside the Association which supports this work.

As the years passed, she still felt that something was missing in her way of treating clients and teaching students. Then she met Dr James Jealous, an American Osteopath, and creator of Biodynamic Ostheopathy.

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Finding her teacher
Coming to Dr James Jealous for the first time in 2006, Aziza quickly realized that his teaching was very different from all the others teachers she had met before. (see below)

Dr James Jealous gave her permission to go on teaching in her Institute in Brazil, based on the Principles of Biodynamic Osteopathy rather than the biomechanical approach she had previously taught. She developed her own training, so that people without a medical background can learn to work successfuly, based on the principles of Dr James Jealous, who only teaches MD’s, Osteopaths and Dentists.

What is biodynamic Osteopathy?
The Principles of Biodynamic Osteopathy envisioned by Dr James Jealous, rescue the traditional principles from Dr Still, creator of the Osteopathy medicine and the final work of Dr Sutherland, creator of the Cranial Osteopathy, together with the study of embryology from Erich Blechschmidt.

Jealous’s concept of “the embryo” as ever present in the living organism is a key of Biodynamic Osteopathy. The embryo, as an archetype of perfect form, serves as a blueprint for our body’s ability to heal itself. The forces of embryogenesis become the forces of healing after birth.

www.jamesjealous.com for more information


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Read more about the training that is happening 29th August – 2nd September at Dharma Mountain here.


 

 

Dips for samosas

Posted on: January 4th, 2017 by anurati

Spicy Shallot Sauce
150 ml hot water
10 dried red chilies
80 ml finely chopped shallots (or red onion)
1 tsp sugar or honey
1/2tsp salt
3-4 cloves garlic

Soak the chilies in the hot water, covered, for 1-2 hours.
Drain, keeping half of the water.
Puree all the ingredients plus the reserved water in a blender.
If you want a chunkier sauce, puree only half the shallots, and stir in the rest after blending.

Date-Tamarind Sauce
1 tbsp fresh tamarind pulp, seeds removed, or 1 tsp tamarind paste or concentrate (or to taste)
10 dates, pits removed, chopped
60 ml brown sugar or jaggery

Whisk the tamarind in 300 ml water in a saucepan. (It using fresh pulp, it might be easier to break it down in a smaller amount of water first.)
Add the dates & brown sugar, and boil for 10 minutes.
Let cool a bit, then puree in a blender until smooth.

Yogurt with Black Salt
120 ml Yogurt
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp black salt (a dark colored salt with a sulfurous smell, can be found at international markets).

Whisk all the ingredients together.

 


WakeUp_cover_Recipe_book_These recipes are in addition to Mint Coriander Chutney that you find in Dharma Mountain’s recipe book, called “Wake Up! Fresh morning recipes”. Next time you’re at Dharma, pick up a copy!

The Art of Sourdough

Posted on: January 4th, 2017 by anurati

So, here comes a long and dreadful article about sourdough….. NO! ……for those of you who are interested in this ancient way of baking breads, it will be like a fresh summer breeze… but still, it takes a little time and patience to get started with this way of making breads, and we need to understand why it’s good to use sourdough.

Sourdough is nothing new, it’s an ancient way of preparing grains. In those days they intuitively knew that grains was not a superfood for humans, but by treating them the right way they became digestible and were used as an accompaniment to other, more nutritious foods.

Sourdough is bread made from the natural occurring yeast and bacteria in flour.  The bacterias break down the gluten in the flour, and also neutralise antinutrients like phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors, so that the actual nutrition of the flour is more available for our bodies.

Many of us have sensitive bellies – so by making sourdough breads we help our bellies have an easier life 🙂

We have been making sourdough breads for the retreats in Dharma Mountain since this summer.

Making your own sourdough starter
To make sourdough bread you need to have a starter – a sourdough starter – this you can make yourself or you can get one from somebody who is already making sourdough breads.

It is a process to make your own starter but once you have made it, you have it, and can feed it and keep it alive, so you dont need to make a new one for every time you want to make breads.

To make your own starter takes about 4-5 days.

Day 1 : Mix together 100 g wholemeal coarse rye and 100 ml raisinwater.

Raisinwater you make by soaking a handfull of raisins in 200 ml cold water for about half an hour. Leave the mix in a glass jar with a lid on top, but don’t close the lid, let some air come through. Leave the glass at room temperature for 24 hours.

Day 2 : Add 100 g fine spelt and 80-100 ml cold water to the mix from day 1 and leave it in a glass bowl, at room temperature, for one more day, covered with a linen towel or kitchen towel.

Day 3 : Add 100 g fine spelt and 80-100 ml cold water to the dough, let it sit another 24 hours. The dough will double in size during this time.

Day 4 : Divide the starter in two, throw away one part, and the other part you mix together with 200 g fine spelt and 150 ml cold water.  When this mix has bubbles and also has doubled in size, you have a sourdough starter ready. Now you can start to make breads, pancakes, waffles, cakes and so on….

To keep the starter alive you need to take care of it as it is an alive thing 😉 

To do that you need a clean glass with lid. And a spoon.

Take 2-4 tbsp starter and add to the glass – mix together with 1,5 dl coarse rye or spelt and 100 ml water – mix this with the spoon. The starter should be firm, not too loose and not too hard.

The starter can be stored in the fridge but then you need to feed it once a week or so. And when you want to use it, take it out from the fridge, feed it and leave it a few hours on the counter, until it starts to bubble, then you can start baking with it.

If you have it on the counter you need to feed it every second day.

It’s not only bread you can use your sourdough for – you can also make pancakes, waffles, cakes, crackers and so on……pizzas and pies too….

Sourdough Pancakes
5 dl fine spelt
2 tbsp sourdough starter
4 dl water
-mix these 3 ingredients together in a glass bowl, cover with kitchen towel and let ferment for 8-12 hours

Then you add:
4-6 eggs
100-150 gr melted butter
½ tsp salt
-mix it all together.

Fry thin pancakes on medium heat in a non-stick pan.

Serve with maple syrup, butter, honey or jam – or make sour pancakes with, for example, cheese and avocado, cream cheese and smoked salmon.


WakeUp_cover_Recipe_book_In our recipe book “Wake Up! Fresh morning recipes” you can find a very good sourdough bread recipe + much more. Next time you’re at Dharma, pick up a copy!

Homemade yogurt

Posted on: January 4th, 2017 by anurati

Ingredients:
1 liter of raw milk (store bought whole milk also works)

2 tbsp of natural, unsweetened yogurt


Instructions:

Heat the milk in a pan over medium heat to just below boiling, stirring occasionally to avoid scorching.

Remove from the heat and let the milk cool down to around 45ºC (or until you can keep your finger in it while you count to 8).

In small bowl, combine a cup of warm milk with the 2 tbsp of yogurt and mix until the yogurt has dissolved into the milk.

Pour the thinned yogurt into the warm milk and whisk very gently (you just want to spread the thinned yogurt all over the warm milk).

Cover the pan with a lid and wrap it in a blanket. Let the yogurt set undisturbed for at least 6 hours (or overnight) in a warm place without any currents of air.

Transfer the yogurt to a container and put it in the fridge to cool down. It will keep for up to 2 weeks.

 

 


WakeUp_cover_Recipe_book_In Dharma Mountain’s recipe book, called “Wake Up! Fresh morning recipes” you can find yogurt made from skimmed milk and much, much more. Next time you’re at Dharma, pick up a copy!

Wake Up! Fresh morning recipes

Posted on: December 31st, 2016 by anurati

Our first cookbook is out! It’s dedicated to the beginning of the day, whenever that is for you…

Dharma Mountain has for the two last years been part of a project with Innovasjon Norge. We got funding to rebuild our kitchen, and also got money to print a cookbook.

But how to make a cookbook? None of us have done that before, we just had to jump! Luckily many friends wanted to be involved and all with different talents. We made a list of who does what – but during the weeks, we changed roles, did things we have never done before, played and had fun!

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The book is in gratitude to our Beloved Swaha who wakes up our sleepy hearts and to our Mother Earth who gives us so much to enjoy!

Behind this book is also;

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 …much laughter and joy!

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…much awareness and creativity!

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….many happy bellies!

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….moments of chaos and clarity!

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….some excitement and relaxation!

 

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….mystic handcraft and surprises!

 

Finally the book launch day is here and the book is ready!

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Happy contributers and happy buyers! We hope you will enjoy it too!

Waking up can be a joy!


 

WakeUp_cover_Recipe_book_ You can pick up a copy next time you are at Dharma Mountain.

 

 

 

 


anurati Dharma Mountain Meditation and Freedom Resort

 

Anurati works at Dharma Mountain. She loves to dance, listening to birds and being in the flow and joy of creativity. 

 

 

Raw Chocolate Ganashe Cake

Posted on: December 4th, 2015 by anurati

Simple, creamy and delicous – try it:

Base
100gr almonds
70gr dates
1/2 tsp salt

Filling
1+1/2 avocados
70 gr raw cacao
50 gr coconut oil
100gr coconut sugar
1 vanilla
pinch salt

Soak the almonds for 4 hours or more, drain them. 
Blend the almonds and add the dates until it becomes a mass (if is too dry add some coconut oil).
Line the pring pan with clean film and press the dough. Place in the freezer to harden.
Place all the fillings ingridients in the food processor until smooth.  Spread it over the dough. Freeze for 1 hour.

Enjoy!

The Way of the White Clouds

Posted on: August 20th, 2015 by anurati
“A white cloud is a mystery, it moves everywhere.
All dimensions belong to it.
Hence I call my way
the way of the white clouds.
-Osho-

 

“A white cloud is the poetic symbol
for a man of freedom,
a sannyasin.”
– Vasant Swaha –

The Way of the White Clouds
was the name of the retreat with Vasant Swaha during this summer at Dharma Mountain. Here are one collage and two poems that were created during the retreat.

Under elven er det gull
by Veena

Det er bare
Jeg
Som vet det

Jeg satt
Helt stille
Lenge

Så lenge at elven ble
Lei
Av å bruse seg
Sliten elv
Stoppet

Og jeg
Kunne se
Helt til
Bunns

Where are you going?
by Mallika

We are not going, we just are.

But you where just here, and now you are not here.

Such is our nature. We are there, then we are not there. But we don’t go anywhere.

We have no intention.

No direction.

No desires.

We take form, we exist, then we dissolve.

Now you are here again, just a moment ago you where not.

Such is our nature.

But where do you go?

We don’t go. We are moving with the wind, dancing with existence.

Don’t you get scared?

We have no mind, there is no fear.

Can I come with you?

Yes, when you become like us, then you will also move like us. Dance with us.

How do I become like you?

You already are like us, you have just forgotten.

How can I remember?

Don’t worry about that, you are already starting to remember.

How can you know?

We know. You are having a conversation with the clouds

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“The whole work is to get rid of that which is unnatural.

When you become natural, then everything is flowering,

blooming by itself.

It is not a doing,

you just have to create the right garden, the right soil.

Then surrender happens spontaneously,

out of you own seeing,

out of your own understanding.”

Vasant Swaha​

(collage by Sujan)

DD Comics – What is healthy?

Posted on: July 18th, 2015 by anurati

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Is your relationship with food mental?

Thinking about all the opinions – what we’ve heard, past experiences which may not be relevant to our bodies today. This can make the act of eating tense and difficult. Everything is so much more complex than we can ever figure out! Even our scientific discoveries are simplistic, dissecting everything into observable fragments. When I start to think about it, it’s really hard to know what to eat anymore.

So I want to start feeling more than knowing. I want to become more present and guided by my intuition. To remember the whole of me – fear and obsessive thinking can poison me far more than what I eat.

And when I’m happy, relaxed and grateful for the sustenance of the earth, it feels like whatever I’m eating is fit for gods.


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Deva Dasha lives in Norway in a patch of mystical mountains populated with nature spirits, dwarves and moose. Her interests include smelling, laughing, loving and being sensitive with an open heart. She wishes peace to all beings in the universe.

Writing Together

Posted on: July 10th, 2015 by anurati

How to jump into the flow of writing

Writing doesnt need to be a lonely affair.

Some friends who like to write met one evening in my house. We decided that each one should prepare one task on what to write about.

We started out with free writing for five minutes, to get the words flowing and empty out.

The rules for this teqnique are very simple:

• Dont think.

• Dont stop. Keep that hand moving.

• Dont look at what you write, while you are writing.

• Dont hold back.

• And when you touch something that burns inside, go there.
We read out loud what we had written. We gave feedback if we felt to.

One had prepared words on small pieces of paper. We picked words and used them as a starter for poems.

I am amazed of how much came out of this evening, writing together. I am happy to share some of the poems that came:

(they are in Norwegian… so if you don’t understand – then you just jump and write yourself :-)) 

 

Hunden som snakka seier ingenting etterpå

Hunden som snakka

seier ingenting etterpå.

listar seg framfor alle.

Tilbake søv katten bak stolen

I dag.

Og brødet går seg vill

mellom koppar og kar på bordet.

Kvar vår lukkar ho døra innst

Under sofaen

Og gøymer seg der

Vel eit år.

(Pracheeta)

 

Daude ord

Ord, seier du.

Ord som skal falla ned på papiret mitt som lauv, seier du.

Dei fell vel ikkje ned, orda, dei vert skrivne ned dei,

av pennen her i handa mi.

Ord, seier du, som skal forma seg til setningar,

til forståelege setningar med samanheng og ei meining.

Skal seie deg det, det er inga meining.

Med nokon ting.

Inga meining med eit einaste ord.

Ord er som sommaren i fjor,

sola då varmar vel ikkje deg no.

Ho brann då ho, i fjor.

Og det er ikke no.

Ikkje eit einaste ord er no.

Dei er berre minner i gamle brev frå han til ho.

Dei var i går dei.

No er dei  berre ein gamal draum,

som ei bukse utan saum.

(Pracheeta)

 

Hver gang han omfavner

Mitt hav

Snakker vannet. Og regnet

Renner

Opp.

Under snøen

Våkner

Tryggheten

I morgen finnes

Oss

I fjor var alt utenfor vinduet

Nå venter jeg ikke mer

(Veena)


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Leena is an author and meditation teacher. She will have course in writingmeditation at Dharma Mountain 26.-27. September 2015.

 

Rhubarb Drink

Posted on: June 19th, 2015 by anurati

Rhubarb’s in season.

Colorful, tangy and fresh,
a taste of spring.

Here is one way you can enjoy rhubarb.

You’ll need:

1 kg rhubarb

250g sugar in the raw
2 liters water
3 organic lemons, quartered
3 stalks of mint
25g ginger

Chop the rhubarb into small pieces and rinse it with cold water. Add the rhubarb, sugar, mint and lemons. Heat the water and add the rhubarb, sugar, mint and lemons. Boil it for 3-4 minutes, removing any foam that forms on the surface. Remove from heat. Let mixture sit for 15-20 minutes, then strain the liquid and discard the rest. Serve chilled.

Why I Love Sitting Meditation

Posted on: June 5th, 2015 by anurati

Why I Love Sitting Meditation

I’m sitting down, eyes closed and relaxed

I’m firmly seated

Feeling my breath

Thoughts come flowing

I let them flow

Feeling my breath

It’s calm

My eyes are so relaxed

Don’t need them now

Everything is so calm

Feeling my breath

Feeling the energy throughout my entire body

Turning inwards

Slowly

Towards my centre. My heart.

My giant, soft heart. Me.

Where there is room for everything.

Where everything may grow and blossom.

Feeling exactly this feeling

Feeling my breath

Feeling the energy

Feeling me, all of me.

Where I can be me. Where I can heal myself

My heart and me.

Feelings, energies, thoughts or memories may show up.

Some good

Some bad

It doesen’t matter

And there may not be room for healing all at once

But it is the best place to start.

Feeling my breath

Feeling my heart.


 

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Hamid lives in Tønsberg, and in Hedalen every now & then, both in Norway! He likes to arrange and make things happen around him. But sometimes, he enjoys doing absolutely nothing, while eating chocolate!

Returning to the Soil – Compost in Balance

Posted on: May 22nd, 2015 by anurati

For years a small and highly enthusiastic group of friends with a special interest for earth organisms and growing processes have been working on a garden compost system at the end of the parking lot at Dharma Mountain.

This group is very happy to share the secret behind why so many flowers, veggies and herbs manage to grow, thrive, boost, stay strong and resistant throughout the rough summer season here in our beautiful and exotic Dharma Mountain garden!

Vibhoda Holten, the spokes person of the composting team, starts sharing why its sooo good to do composting;

First of all, if you are a simple meditator working on finding the right balance in life, composting is also about finding the right balance …- in the compost!

– How can we get the right balance in the compost?

The compost is like an organism, and needs to be treated as such, because it is something living. When you set up and attend your compost, you need to find and keep the right balance between the elements of water, air and soil, like most other living creations on this planet, this makes the content of the compost.

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Outdoor compost piles at Dharma. Every year several piles are made.

 – But then… what to do if your pile of compost has gone astray…?

If a composting process goes right it doesn´t smell much. After a while you can smell how your compost is doing. In fact, it should never smell bad, and for a compost lover it has an earthy pleasant smell when the process is in balance.

 If your compost turns too wet, it will start to smell bad due to lack of oxygen. The best way of correcting this is to turn the compost and add more woodchips or sawdust to bring it back into balance.

The material high in fibers has more structure and will make the compost more loose, air will more easily come in and the microorganisms in the compost will get sufficient energy. But if it goes too loose it means its too much air in it and you can add some nutrient-rich material like kitchen waste or fresh grass.

If it goes too compact it’s a sign that its too little air in it and it will start to smell badly… then you need to find your pitch fork and turn it around and bring in some fresh air! If it reaches a too high temperature it will start to “burn”. This can happen in the beginning of the composting process. You can reduce the temperature by turning the compost with a pitch fork. 

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Vibhoda attending Dharma Mountain kitchen compost bin.

 – Where can you use the compost?

When the compost is mature – you can use it on anything that grows, like grass, flowers, vegetables, berry bushes or any kind of bushes. The best time to apply it is in May because the release of nutrients from the compost takes some time.

 – So why is it soooo good?

Composting is a practical way of healing the soil, the earth we are living on. You add nutrients, micro organisms and organic matter to the soil. You create humus in the compost, a complex organic matter, that, added to the soil, the soil will retain moisture much better, so it doesnt dry out and keeps the nutrients much better. By improving the soil, you improve anything growing from the soil.

Basically you use your own waste to build up the fertility in your own place!

And compost is something which is not possible in nature, it doesn´t happen in nature, only man can do it, but you work with nature by doing it. It can be your contribution to nature.

Should we believe Vibhoda, attending compost is also a great meditation.

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Healthy flowers grow in abundance fed with high quality compost.

HERE FOLLOWS A GOOD RECIPE OF MIXTURES TO ALLOW A COMPOSTING PROCESS: 

  • One third bulky material with a rich structure (chopped branches and tree bark, dead leaves and grass, bulky material separated from previous composts etc.)
  • One third medium to fine material (straw, leaves, crop residues etc.)
  • One third fine highly nutritious material, (household wastes, fresh grass etc.)
  • 5 to 10 % soil.

Make repeated layers of the different mixtures until you have used all your material. A good pile of compost can be 1- 1 ½ m long and 1 – 1 1/2 meter high.

When a compost pile is prepared well, the temperature will increase, reaching 50-60 degrees after a few days. The process is rapid in the beginning, with high temperature, which will slowly decrease as the composting is proceeding and the compost maturing. In the beginning it is highly recommended to turn the compost once every week in order to get air into it and keep the quality of the compost high. Also, a few weeks before you start using it its good to turn it.

Your compost pile should stay there until you see its been broken down and you can no longer see the particles. The outdoor composting normally takes 2-3 months, depending on the materials and the process.

NB: don’t get surprised if your compost is shrinking, naturally the compost will diminish by almost 50%.


VIBHODA’s 5 HOT TIPS ABOUT COMPOSTING:

  • Get started during summer season, or just start when you have enough material!
  • Composting is the best exercise; and you get outdoor fresh air in a smell good environment.
  • You learn to use and it sharpens your senses because its a bit of science and a bit of an art, and you need to be sensitive to what you see and smell and feel.
  • Attending compost is also a great meditation.
  • And last but not least – its just very facinating!

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Nandika works in the administration at Dharma Mountain. She loves writing and paper cutting. 

 

 

 

Men’s Group

Posted on: May 8th, 2015 by anurati

A men’s group has been established at Dharma Mountain. Raahi and Sumeru, two male sannyasins, have been interviewed about masculinity and what it is like to be a man.

The aim of creating this men’s group was to provide a space where men can share openly about all things manly in a trusting atmosphere. The background was the realization among several men in the community around Dharma Mountain that there was a need for such a space to be created. In December 2014 this gathering of brothers had its first meeting. Since then the men´s group has been happening on a weekly basis.

My own impression is that the men’s group provides this both open and trustful space, as well as providing a challenge. As a man you should grow in your manhood and that is best done when you are challenged to live on your edge, when you come out of your comfort zone. In a men´s group this can be done in a supportive and loving manner.

To get more feedback about what masculinity and manhood is, I talked with two of the friends in the men´s group; Sumeru and Raahi.

What is masculinity for you?
Sumeru: For me it is a powerful feeling of being present, and truthful about how I feel, even if there is fear and pain inside. For me the lack of masculinity is the most painful feeling, which is when I lose this centre.

Raahi: Being in a men’s group is trying to discover what it is to be a man. I feel I have a lot of negative images and conditioning about masculinity. I didn’t have good male role models when I grew up. So in a way I turned my back to masculinity because of my ideas about what it was be a man. But when I do feel like a man I can feel this power. It is a challenge to embrace this power, because in a way I am afraid of my own power. So for me this men’s group is a safe place to explore this power where I really can go into it.

When I wrote my sannyas application I wrote that I wanted truth. And the name “Raahi” which Swaha gave me means “traveller in search of truth”.

Could you give an example of when you were truthful?
Raahi: The best example of being truthful was in the break-up of my last relationship. It was very hard to stand up for that truth, but I had to.

Sumeru: Being truthful is about accepting your own pain.

When Raahi today told about commitment, it is true. If you really want to create and share difficult things, the trust has to be there.

The men’s group is a place to share difficult things which I need to express. It is also a place to take risks.

Are you willing to take risks?
Sumeru: Yes!

Raahi: I agree with Sumeru´s view. I really want the truth. I have to stand up for what I feel. I want to feel my power. I will get fucking mad if I feel this wishy-washiness from another man. Even in this group, a few men here are not sharing much. I am here to feel real. If I don’t feel they are real I am not able to get to know them. If I say anything in the men’s group you don’t agree with, I will welcome your feedback.

What is really important?
Raahi: To really risk, to be challenged. When you have this safe group of men, you can do that.

Is challenge a key to being a man?
Yes, living outside the comfort zone. That is living on the edge.

Thank you, Raahi and Sumeru, for your sharings about masculinity and men´s group.

Before ending this blog, I´d like to quote the Indian mystic Osho on the difference between man and woman. Osho once said something like this: “Man is the Love of Truth and woman is the Truth of Love.”

So, let us all grow in truth and love.


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Vibhoda lives in Hedalen, Norway. He is an agriculture guy, among other things, and loves eating and growing organic strawberries. 

Tofu, Noodles and Veggie Bowl

Posted on: April 10th, 2015 by anurati

We often serve this dish with brown rice instead of noodles, like in this picture. Its all up to you!

Ingredients:
1 pk ricenoodles, cook according to what it says on package
450 gr firm, organic tofu, cut in cubes
4-6 cups mixed, chopped veggies – like carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, cauliflower, leek.

Sauce:
1 can unsweetened organic coconut milk
2 tablespoons red curry paste
1 onion, chopped
1 piece of ginger, finely chopped
1 red chili, finely chopped
1 stem lemongrass, finely chopped (throw away the top of the stem)

1 tablespoon coconut sugar (optional -you could also use brown sugar or raw sugar or honey)
1/3 cup natural chunky peanut butter (creamy will work, too)
a little salt or soyasauce


In a small saucepan fry onion until well browned, add ginger, chili and lemongrass and stir around for some minutes – add coconut milk, coconut sugar and curry paste. Whisk to combine. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Add peanut butter and cook over a low heat, whisking, until peanut butter is well blended.

Instructions:

  • Heat up the oven to 225 degrees. Put the cubed tofu in an ovenproof form and drizzle with soyasauce and sesamoil. Place in the warm oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes.
  • Then cook the noodles. When cooked rinse in cold water and drain. Add a little oliveoil and mix well. Set aside.
  • Chop all the veggies and then make ready the sauce like described above. Keep it warm while you steam the carrots and broccoli (if using) in a wok with a little water. Just until tender, take out of the wok and set aside. Fry mushrooms in a little oliveoil and set aside.
  • Add the onion to the wok and fry for a couple of minutes, put back the other veggies and mix. Blend in the tofu and the noodles and stir around so its all gets well mixed before you add the sauce. Adjust the taste by adding salt or soyasauce, or a squeeze of lemon juice if you like.

Fresh coriander is delicious on top, and also some chopped peanuts 🙂

Serves about 4 people

Tofu, Noodles and Veggie Bowl

Posted on: April 10th, 2015 by anurati

We often serve this dish with brown rice instead of noodles, like in this picture. Its all up to you!

Ingredients:
1 pk ricenoodles, cook according to what it says on package
450 gr firm, organic tofu, cut in cubes
4-6 cups mixed, chopped veggies – like carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, cauliflower, leek.

Sauce:
1 can unsweetened organic coconut milk
2 tablespoons red curry paste
1 onion, chopped
1 piece of ginger, finely chopped
1 red chili, finely chopped
1 stem lemongrass, finely chopped (throw away the top of the stem)

1 tablespoon coconut sugar (optional -you could also use brown sugar or raw sugar or honey)
1/3 cup natural chunky peanut butter (creamy will work, too)
a little salt or soyasauce


In a small saucepan fry onion until well browned, add ginger, chili and lemongrass and stir around for some minutes – add coconut milk, coconut sugar and curry paste. Whisk to combine. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Add peanut butter and cook over a low heat, whisking, until peanut butter is well blended.

Instructions:
•Heat up the oven to 225 degrees. Put the cubed tofu in an ovenproof form and drizzle with soyasauce and sesamoil. Place in the warm oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes.
•Then cook the noodles. When cooked rinse in cold water and drain. Add a little oliveoil and mix well. Set aside.
•Chop all the veggies and then make ready the sauce like described above. Keep it warm while you steam the carrots and broccoli (if using) in a wok with a little water. Just until tender, take out of the wok and set aside. Fry mushrooms in a little oliveoil and set aside.
•Add the onion to the wok and fry for a couple of minutes, put back the other veggies and mix. Blend in the tofu and the noodles and stir around so its all gets well mixed before you add the sauce. Adjust the taste by adding salt or soyasauce, or a squeeze of lemon juice if you like.
Fresh coriander is delicious on top, and also some chopped peanuts 🙂

Serves about 4 people

DD Comics “Who Am I?”

Posted on: March 6th, 2015 by anurati

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Deva Dasha lives in Norway in a patch of mystical mountains populated with nature spirits, dwarves and moose. Her interests include smelling, laughing, loving and being sensitive with an open heart. She wishes peace to all beings in the universe.

DD Comics: “Who Am I?”

Posted on: March 6th, 2015 by anurati

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DevaDasha_blog2

Deva Dasha lives in Norway in a patch of mystical mountains populated with nature spirits, dwarves and moose. Her interests include smelling, laughing, loving and being sensitive with an open heart. She wishes peace to all beings in the universe.

Being in Love!

Posted on: February 13th, 2015 by anurati
by Sana

To talk about love is definitely not an easy task. But I’ll dare to share something that I’ve been experiencing and reflecting about.

Isn’t love something everyone is longing for? To find the perfect lover, to share beautiful moments together, to grow together in intimacy, to be partners in life, to love and feel loved by someone…

When we have a look around, all the love songs, all the romantic movies, the soap operas and romances, and those around us seem always to be hinting in one way or another that we can only be happy and satisfied if we are lucky enough to meet the guy or the woman of our dreams! Of course it is much easier to walk around dreaming about a romantic love affair, that we are going to find our prince around the corner, the perfect one to fulfill our dreams and needs. But it’s seems it is not that easy!

There are so many hidden reasons that drive us into this pull that in a way put all human beings together in the same boat! Everybody, in one way or another, is longing for love. But do we dare to inquire deeply into what that really means? What are we really longing for? There must be something missing, some link missing that makes love so difficult to find, to live what we are all longing for the most.

If we have a deeper look into it, maybe our focus has been wrong. Maybe we are looking in the wrong direction. But are we courageous enough to realize that?

On the other hand, if we are lucky to have a longing to go deeper in to the mystery of life, and if we have the courage to start looking into ourselves, suddenly magic starts to happen. When we start to drive our life energy back to our own hearts, with an interest to know ourselves, to dive into the mystery that we are, a different kind of fulfillment, of contentment starts to happen.. When we learn how to take full responsibility for our lives, and also for our needs, learning to take care of ourselves, slowly a new overflowing of love starts to spread from within, like a sweet warm cloud surrounding and pervading us… life reveals itself as pure love, and then every form, every person we meet, every breath is an expression of this pure innocent love. We suddenly start to be in wonder with the miracle that we are!

This definitely does not mean that we don’t want to meet anyone else, that we are enough in ourselves. On the contrary, maybe more then ever we are ready to meet other heart, we are ready to share, to overflow and expand this warmth of love. But then it’s not anymore out of a need, it’s not a begging; it’s not to find someone not to feel our wounds and to be fulfilled by his/her love. It is more about sharing, an exchange, a melting of two mysteries becoming one bigger mystery. But for this to really happen, we have to be fulfilled ourselves. And also this does not mean that the other will be there, ready, waiting for us.

Just by going deeper in ourselves an understanding can come that nothing is in our hands. We didn’t do anything to be here, it just happened. As the miracle of life, love is a miracle, and it can only happen by grace. It’s not a doing, it’s not a need, it is not an achievement. Life itself is the only one who can create the possibility of this sacred meeting. In this way there is nothing to do, nothing to achieve, it’s just to be available for life itself, the way it wants to manifest through us.

Sana2

My Master said: “When you realize that God itself had designed you, you relax”. To realize this obvious, simple truth that “I am the miracle of life” is in itself so fulfilling, so loving and magical that nothing else can fool you anymore. It’s not anybody else who can fulfill you; it’s the understanding that life itself, God itself is being lived by you. That is the ultimate contentment.

Blessed are the ones who are on the path to live this true, being in love with life itself!

 


Sana_blog

Sana is a devotee of Vasant Swaha, enjoying and exploring the way back to her true nature. She loves to share herself through Integration Craniossacral sessions and workshops of meditations. Living closer to nature is her biggest joy.

 

 

 

Being in Love!

Posted on: February 13th, 2015 by anurati
by Sana

To talk about love is definitely not an easy task. But I’ll dare to share something that I’ve been experiencing and reflecting about.

Isn’t love something everyone is longing for? To find the perfect lover, to share beautiful moments together, to grow together in intimacy, to be partners in life, to love and feel loved by someone…

When we have a look around, all the love songs, all the romantic movies, the soap operas and romances, and those around us seem always to be hinting in one way or another that we can only be happy and satisfied if we are lucky enough to meet the guy or the woman of our dreams! Of course it is much easier to walk around dreaming about a romantic love affair, that we are going to find our prince around the corner, the perfect one to fulfill our dreams and needs. But it’s seems it is not that easy!

There are so many hidden reasons that drive us into this pull that in a way put all human beings together in the same boat! Everybody, in one way or another, is longing for love. But do we dare to inquire deeply into what that really means? What are we really longing for? There must be something missing, some link missing that makes love so difficult to find, to live what we are all longing for the most.

If we have a deeper look into it, maybe our focus has been wrong. Maybe we are looking in the wrong direction. But are we courageous enough to realize that?

On the other hand, if we are lucky to have a longing to go deeper in to the mystery of life, and if we have the courage to start looking into ourselves, suddenly magic starts to happen. When we start to drive our life energy back to our own hearts, with an interest to know ourselves, to dive into the mystery that we are, a different kind of fulfillment, of contentment starts to happen.. When we learn how to take full responsibility for our lives, and also for our needs, learning to take care of ourselves, slowly a new overflowing of love starts to spread from within, like a sweet warm cloud surrounding and pervading us… life reveals itself as pure love, and then every form, every person we meet, every breath is an expression of this pure innocent love. We suddenly start to be in wonder with the miracle that we are!

This definitely does not mean that we don’t want to meet anyone else, that we are enough in ourselves. On the contrary, maybe more then ever we are ready to meet other heart, we are ready to share, to overflow and expand this warmth of love. But then it’s not anymore out of a need, it’s not a begging; it’s not to find someone not to feel our wounds and to be fulfilled by his/her love. It is more about sharing, an exchange, a melting of two mysteries becoming one bigger mystery. But for this to really happen, we have to be fulfilled ourselves. And also this does not mean that the other will be there, ready, waiting for us.

Just by going deeper in ourselves an understanding can come that nothing is in our hands. We didn’t do anything to be here, it just happened. As the miracle of life, love is a miracle, and it can only happen by grace. It’s not a doing, it’s not a need, it is not an achievement. Life itself is the only one who can create the possibility of this sacred meeting. In this way there is nothing to do, nothing to achieve, it’s just to be available for life itself, the way it wants to manifest through us.

Sana2

My Master said: “When you realize that God itself had designed you, you relax”. To realize this obvious, simple truth that “I am the miracle of life” is in itself so fulfilling, so loving and magical that nothing else can fool you anymore. It’s not anybody else who can fulfill you; it’s the understanding that life itself, God itself is being lived by you. That is the ultimate contentment.

Blessed are the ones who are on the path to live this true, being in love with life itself!

 


Sana_blog

Sana is a devotee of Vasant Swaha, enjoying and exploring the way back to her true nature. She loves to share herself through Integration Craniossacral sessions and workshops of meditations. Living closer to nature is her biggest joy.

 

 

 

Biodanza school

Posted on: February 12th, 2015 by anurati

Teacher training with Unni Heim and Biodanza School Norway. For information about the training; read here. 

Biodanza skolen

Posted on: February 12th, 2015 by anurati

Lærerutdannelse i Biodanza med Unni Heim. For informasjon om skolen, les her.

Biodanza school

Posted on: February 12th, 2015 by anurati

Teacher training with Unni Heim and Biodanza School Norway. For information about the training; read here. 

Biodanza skolen

Posted on: February 12th, 2015 by anurati

Lærerutdannelse i Biodanza med Unni Heim. For informasjon om skolen, les her.

Songs from the Heart

Posted on: February 1st, 2015 by anurati
Interview with Dakini and Sadhna by Anurati

Music that opens a deeper space inside of me is something very precious. It is like my whole body receives it, like a wave of energy outside and inside… Two of my friends, Dakini and Sadhna have the gift to make this kind of songs. I asked them how these songs are made.

Sadhna Dharma Mountain


“For me it feels like the song somehow already is there.”

says Sadhna –

It is just knocking on the door at one point and then it comes.
The way it unfolds can be different each time, sometimes the whole song will come, other times gradually unfolding – like just only as a melody and other time as a poem.”

 

Sadhna Dakini Dharma Mountain

“Yes it is similar to me.”

Dakini continues –

“The song just comes to me. Like the heart just wants to express itself and suddenly I can start to sing a melody or some words, a poem. It’s not like I am trying to make a song, it is just happening by itself. I love this way of sharing the space of the heart, this silence, this wisdom, through singing, through music. When I am playing my songs, if it is at home or performing for others, I always feel that they connect me deeper to my heart. I always get very happy and silent. The songs are like a reminder for me.”

Sadhna’s eyes are shining with tears when she shares about one of her songs:

“When the song “White Swan” came to me, it was like my heart was speaking to me in a way I could understand, but yet I could not understand it. The words came and I got the feeling that something was unfolding, but I didn’t know what it was – but somehow it was a clue to it. Two months later when I met my Master I understood what my heart wanted to share. When I found him, through what he showed me and what I experienced in the first retreat with him – this gave me so much beauty, inspiration and gratitude so then I could finish the song. For me – this song is a mystery – it is an expression of gratitude and longing, of the journey revealing itself, like my heart talked to me through the music – it was magical to experience this.” 

They also like to sing mantras together. But what is mantra, Dakini?

“For me mantras are love songs from the heart to the heart. It is prayers and praises to our divine nature, or heart or spirit. And to all the enlightened masters that have been helping us, enlightening us, giving us strength and courage for so long.The mantras are designed to help us go deeper in to our being by their words and sound vibration. I always loved singing mantras from the first time I heard them, they were filling me with their beautiful energy. In the beginning I didn’t know their meaning, I could just feel it. But to know their meaning makes them touch me even deeper because it is so beautiful. There are lots of science to mantras, but I’m not an expert in that – for me it doesn’t matter how many times they are repeated, it is more to touch this heart space inside and express this love through singing.”

Dakini closes her eyes and smiles, it feels like she gets into that space just by sharing about it.

Sadhna smiles to her and says;

“Yes that is why it is so beautiful to sing together, when we sink into that space of nothingness and feel that we are one – then it is just pure joy. Sometimes it is good to have an excuse to be together and then through singing it is easy to be who we are and just feeling the joy of life together.”

 

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The time has to come to take some photos to their event in Bergen next week – and I ask them to sing while I shoot – and it doesn’t take long time until they both are totally in tune with their beautiful voices, sharing the vibration of their hearts. What comes from the heart, goes to the heart someone said – and I totally agree.

 Sadhna Dakini Dharma Mountain Meditation and Freedom Resort

Listen to Dakini here.
Listen to “Hvite Svane” (White Swan) with Sadhna here.


anurati Dharma Mountain Meditation and Freedom Resort

 

Anurati works in the administration at Dharma Mountain. She loves to dance, listening to birds and be in the flow and  joy of creativity. 

 

 

 

 

 

Songs from the Heart

Posted on: February 1st, 2015 by anurati
Interview with Dakini and Sadhna by Anurati

Music that opens a deeper space inside of me is something very precious. It is like my whole body receives it, like a wave of energy outside and inside… Two of my friends, Dakini and Sadhna have the gift to make this kind of songs. I asked them how these songs are made.

Sadhna Dharma Mountain


“For me it feels like the song somehow already is there.”

says Sadhna –

It is just knocking on the door at one point and then it comes.
The way it unfolds can be different each time, sometimes the whole song will come, other times gradually unfolding – like just only as a melody and other time as a poem.”

 

Sadhna Dakini Dharma Mountain

“Yes it is similar to me.”

Dakini continues –

“The song just comes to me. Like the heart just wants to express itself and suddenly I can start to sing a melody or some words, a poem. It’s not like I am trying to make a song, it is just happening by itself. I love this way of sharing the space of the heart, this silence, this wisdom, through singing, through music. When I am playing my songs, if it is at home or performing for others, I always feel that they connect me deeper to my heart. I always get very happy and silent. The songs are like a reminder for me.”

Sadhna’s eyes are shining with tears when she shares about one of her songs:

“When the song “White Swan” came to me, it was like my heart was speaking to me in a way I could understand, but yet I could not understand it. The words came and I got the feeling that something was unfolding, but I didn’t know what it was – but somehow it was a clue to it. Two months later when I met my Master I understood what my heart wanted to share. When I found him, through what he showed me and what I experienced in the first retreat with him – this gave me so much beauty, inspiration and gratitude so then I could finish the song. For me – this song is a mystery – it is an expression of gratitude and longing, of the journey revealing itself, like my heart talked to me through the music – it was magical to experience this.” 

They also like to sing mantras together. But what is mantra, Dakini?

“For me mantras are love songs from the heart to the heart. It is prayers and praises to our divine nature, or heart or spirit. And to all the enlightened masters that have been helping us, enlightening us, giving us strength and courage for so long.The mantras are designed to help us go deeper in to our being by their words and sound vibration. I always loved singing mantras from the first time I heard them, they were filling me with their beautiful energy. In the beginning I didn’t know their meaning, I could just feel it. But to know their meaning makes them touch me even deeper because it is so beautiful. There are lots of science to mantras, but I’m not an expert in that – for me it doesn’t matter how many times they are repeated, it is more to touch this heart space inside and express this love through singing.”

Dakini closes her eyes and smiles, it feels like she gets into that space just by sharing about it.

Sadhna smiles to her and says;

“Yes that is why it is so beautiful to sing together, when we sink into that space of nothingness and feel that we are one – then it is just pure joy. Sometimes it is good to have an excuse to be together and then through singing it is easy to be who we are and just feeling the joy of life together.”


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The time has to come to take some photos to their event in Bergen next week – and I ask them to sing while I shoot – and it doesn’t take long time until they both are totally in tune with their beautiful voices, sharing the vibration of their hearts. What comes from the heart, goes to the heart someone said – and I totally agree.

 Sadhna Dakini Dharma Mountain Meditation and Freedom Resort

Sadhna and Dakini will have a concert at Café Aura in Bergen on the 8th February 2015.
They will also have a DanSing workshop on the 7th February, also in Bergen.
Listen to Dakini here.
Listen to “Hvite Svane” (White Swan) with Sadhna here.


anurati Dharma Mountain Meditation and Freedom Resort

 

Anurati works in the administration at Dharma Mountain. She loves to dance, listening to birds and be in the flow and  joy of creativity. 

 

 

 

 

Gluten free waffles with tapioca

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 by anurati

Last summer we had four chickens at Dharma Mountain – three hens and one rooster. But later in the autum, Nature showed us that only two of them where hens…

The first egg came on the 7th December – the birthday of the proud chicken owner : ) The joy of this event resulted in a happy get-together breakfast with first a No Dimension Meditation and then coffee and waffles. Maybe you would like to try out this recipe?

Recipe:
5-6 eggs (preferably fresh from your own hens)
A glass of kefir
Some cinnamon and cardamom
About one glass of of tapioca* flour
A couple of glasses of buckwheat or rice flour
A glass of milk or soy milk, or more if needed to make the dough more liquid
50-100 grams of melted butter

Use plenty of butter for each waffle when you fry them in the waffle pan so they become brittle.

One glass = approximately 2 dl

One hot tip is to use some old soured milk or sour cream in the waffle dough.

Serve with white cheese, brown cheese, jam, honey, butter or Snøfrisk.

* tapioca is a starch extracted from cassava root (Manihot esculenta). You might go to a healthstore or an international grocery store to get it.

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Nandika_blog Dharma Mountain

 

Nandika works in the administration at Dharma Mountain. She loves writing and paper cutting. 

 

 

 

 

Glutenfri vafler med tapioca mel

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 by anurati

Last summer we had four chickens at Dharma Mountain – three hens and one rooster. But later in the autum, Nature showed us that only two of them where hens…

The first egg came on the 7th December – the birthday of the proud chicken owner : ) The joy of this event resulted in a happy get-together breakfast with first a No Dimension Meditation and then coffee and waffles. Maybe you would like to try out this recipe?

Recipe:
5-6 eggs (preferably fresh from your own hens)
A glass of kefir
Some cinnamon and cardamom
About one glass of of tapioca* flour
A couple of glasses of buckwheat or rice flour
A glass of milk or soy milk, or more if needed to make the dough more liquid
50-100 grams of melted butter

Use plenty of butter for each waffle when you fry them in the waffle pan so they become brittle.

One glass = approximately 2 dl

One hot tip is to use some old soured milk or sour cream in the waffle dough.

Serve with white cheese, brown cheese, jam, honey, butter or Snøfrisk.

* tapioca is a starch extracted from cassava root (Manihot esculenta). You might go to a healthstore or an international grocery store to get it.

chiks

Nandika_blog Dharma Mountain

 

Nandika works in the administration at Dharma Mountain. She loves writing and paper cutting. 

 

 

 

 

DD Comics: “Disappear”

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 by anurati

I was listening to a successful designer speak brilliantly about how perfectionism used to hold her back, and I saw more clearly how I’ve been afflicted with it, too. I wanted to face my pefectionism and get past it. Drawing this comic, my focus was to complete it so I could share what I wanted to say, ignoring all my mind’s judgments along the way.

“Disappear” came forth because I’ve struggled with not being able to be myself when others are around. My Master Swaha points me to a space where all struggles end.

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DevaDasha_blog2

 

Deva Dasha lives in Norway in a patch of mystical mountains populated with nature spirits, dwarves and moose. Her interests include smelling, laughing, loving and being sensitive with an open heart. She wishes peace to all beings in the universe.

DD Comics: “Disappear”

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 by anurati

I was listening to a successful designer speak brilliantly about how perfectionism used to hold her back, and I saw more clearly how I’ve been afflicted with it, too. I wanted to face my pefectionism and get past it. Drawing this comic, my focus was to complete it so I could share what I wanted to say, ignoring all my mind’s judgments along the way.

“Disappear” came forth because I’ve struggled with not being able to be myself when others are around. My Master Swaha points me to a space where all struggles end.

Disappear-NEW4

DevaDasha_blog2

 

Deva Dasha lives in Norway in a patch of mystical mountains populated with nature spirits, dwarves and moose. Her interests include smelling, laughing, loving and being sensitive with an open heart. She wishes peace to all beings in the universe.

Mediterranean Fish

Posted on: December 12th, 2014 by anurati

Serves 4

900 g Mahi-mahi (“Dourado”) fish*
700 g Zucchini (cut in thick half-moons)
140 g Whole cherry tomatoes (whole)
80 g Whole Azapa black olives**
140 g Red onion, sliced
70 g Green beans, ends trimmed and cut in half
Fresh basil leaves
Fresh rosemary
Olive oil
Black pepper
Salt

Cut the fish into cubes and marinate for 1 hour (you can coat it in a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil, salt, black pepper and crushed garlic)

Blanch the green beans.

In a wok, sauté the zucchini with sunflower oil, garlic, salt and towards the end, the rosemary. The zucchini should turn golden on the outside but still be firm.

Then mix the zucchini with olives, some olive oil, cherry tomatoes and green beans.

In a skillet sauté the fish, add the mix of vegetables and at the end season with more olive oil and fresh basil.

Bon Appétit!

 

* Mahi-mahi is a lean, firm fish with a mild flavor. You can substitute another variety of fish – look for a local option.

** You can use any sort of juicy olives. Avoid cheap black olives which may have been bleached and re-colored black!

With love from Medina 

Mediterranean fish

Posted on: December 12th, 2014 by anurati

Serves 4

900 g Mahi-mahi (“Dourado”) fish*
700 g Zucchini (cut in thick half-moons)
140 g Whole cherry tomatoes (whole)
80 g Whole Azapa black olives**
140 g Red onion, sliced
70 g Green beans, ends trimmed and cut in half
Fresh basil leaves
Fresh rosemary
Olive oil
Black pepper
Salt

Cut the fish into cubes and marinate for 1 hour (you can coat it in a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil, salt, black pepper and crushed garlic)

Blanch the green beans.

In a wok, sauté the zucchini with sunflower oil, garlic, salt and towards the end, the rosemary. The zucchini should turn golden on the outside but still be firm.

Then mix the zucchini with olives, some olive oil, cherry tomatoes and green beans.

In a skillet sauté the fish, add the mix of vegetables and at the end season with more olive oil and fresh basil.

Bon Appétit!

 

* Mahi-mahi is a lean, firm fish with a mild flavor. You can substitute another variety of fish – look for a local option.

** You can use any sort of juicy olives. Avoid cheap black olives which may have been bleached and re-colored black!

With love from Medina 

Mukti Gathering

Posted on: December 5th, 2014 by anurati

Welcome to a weekend filled with meditations, music, dance, creativity and joy!

Mukti is a space where free spirits from all over the world can gather to experience and share freedom, silence, love, creativity and joy! It is a gathering dedicated to all the happy hearts who feel the call to join the inner and outer celebrations of life. Mukti is a sanskrit word meaning freedom; freedom from the bondage of the mind, freedom from the ego.

If it is your first time to visit Dharma Mountain (the location of the Mukti Gathering), it is worth experiencing in itself. A beautiful garden, a big field and a lake, all surrounded by wild forest with small paths, rivers and high mountains. All this, and fresh air too!

prem_joshua_new2

Prem Joshua & Band – Concert

Pioneers of an eclectic sound that draws its essence from the depth of India’s musical traditions as well as the innovation of contemporary Western music, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Prem Joshua and his international band are a leading light in the world of Indian contemporary music. Unmistakeably rooted in Indian Ragas and rhythms, his signature sound embraces a variety of cultures and conventions from across the world. Interweaving rhythms from Morocco with beats from London’s dancefloors, experimenting with Eastern European rhythms and jazz, and splicing together chillout and sufi verses, his search for synthesis continues to flourish at the meeting point of genres and influences.

Prem Joshua & Band – Workshop

In this special workshop, Prem Joshua & Band shares an even deeper side to their already vast musical talents. Through the immense power of music, a space is created where one can effortlessly “slip” into meditation – in the most playful way possible. Here, music remains not just on the level of entertainment but becomes a vehicle for meditation. In the workshop an energy circle is created between participants and musicians – beyond any words or specific spiritual teaching. There are no more listeners and no more performers – what remains is an almost tangible quality of silence and celebration.

kikut

Ole Magnus Kikut – Gurdjieff Sacred Dance – Workshop

Created by the mystic Gurdjieff – these posture and movements represents cosmic truth that the informed observer could read like a book. Within the precision and the beauty of the movements opens a world of clarity, love, inner strength, creativity and action… The mix of dances and movements coming from the Sufi, Tibetan Buddhist, Esoteric Christian and Pythagorean traditions, as well as those created by Gurdjieff himself. This is a journey that will take you deeper into the oneness and beauty of life.

About Magnus: From an early age Magnus came in contact with healers and teachers that showed him that it is possible to take a step into the unknown. These meetings should prove to shape the rest of his life, which until then had not been completely A4 (nor now). In the quest for ever-greater degree of freedom and insight he has got deeper into many traditions and spent longer time with Daime teachers and doing Yoga, Qi Gong and Vipassana meditation, but it was only when he came to Pune that he felt he got home. There he learned among other Gurdjieff Sacred dance and got his first Sufi Whirling skirts. Today he travels around the world to give workshops;  “When we dance together, there are no longer different nations or people just a universal consciousness that unites and shows us our highest potential.”

 

Åsmund Seip Mukti Gathering Dharma Mountain Meditaton and Freedom Resort

Åsmund Seip – Love Poetry Revolution
A Norwegian performance poet on the search for reLOVEution. Åsmund explores our relationship with our inner and outer nature, he looks at the universe in your eyes and the potential we have as natural, co-creative beings. On stage, Åsmund invites you to join him and his musicians on an intimate, raw and transparent journey – for us to come together around the fire and remember what it means to be human.

Unni

Unni Heim – Biodanza and Voice
Life is vibrant vibration. Vibration is sound, matter and a loving light. In this biodanza session we will use our voice and body to experience the natural fusion with the universal life force. Our voice vibration creates the union between matter and the loving light. And the human contact creates the grounding that we need to live this quality here  on earth. This union is bliss; timelessness – here and now.

Unni Heim, with over 10 years of experience in Biodanza, has been a pioneer in introducing this effective,yet playful technique  to Norway. Director of the Norwegian school of Biodanza, Unni gives weekly classes and offers workshops and advanced seminars, both in Norway and abroad.

Leena

Leena Nyborg  – Write Now
An intense two-hour writing workshop – where we will jump right out of the common ways to write – and dive into ourselves to create text that touches and which are alive, breathing and playful!

Leena is a author, copywriter, scriptwriter and meditation teacher. Her third novel comes at CappelenDamm right after Mukti Gathering. Meditation has been indispensable to her writing process. Her work is characterized by the presence, sensitivity and playfulness.

DJ

DJ Witch Princess  – Dancing Buddha Night
After 12 years of making dance floors around the world high and happy, DJ Witch Princess is known for her unique style of bringing world music and psychedelic trance together with a spiritual undertone. The rhythms and melodies are interwoven to create a journey into a magical space to free yourself into the beauty, joy and meditation that is dance.

Mukti Gathering 2015

Bhuvana Virginia Vasques – Samba Soul
A litlle taste of the Brazilian culture in a fun and easy workshop. You will learn how to dance samba in a short time and enjoy different styles of this fun and happy Brazilien dance. Enjoy the real Rio de Janeiro carnival samba, the smoth Samba de Roda and the sexy Bahia samba movement. You will learn how to dance samba in a deeper level, create a choreography and much more different styles of this fun and happy Brazilien dance. It is a fun opportunity to enjoy yourself!

Bhuvana is a meditator and lover of life – she loves to share her passion for dance from the country of love and rhythm, Brazil. 

Mukti gathering 2015 Azad

Calé Azad – Visual Narratives 
Pictures have become more and more a part of our lives in the last decade, but most of us only use them as single words, that can easily get lost in this immense sea of images that is in front of us today. In this workshop you will have a first insight on how to built sentences, phrases and perhaps a full book with your photos.

Calé Azad has been a professional photographer for 18 years and since 2010 have been dedicating most his time for his art projects and meditation. His images have been exhibited in festivals such as Fotofest Houston, Photovisa and ParatyemFoco among others.

maria

Maria Rommel  – Rommel Yoga
Rommel Yoga is founded by Maria Rommel. She has studied many traditions of alignment based Hatha Yoga. Maria is certified Viryayoga teacher and registered  Yoga Teacher (RYT®) in Yoga Alliance, USA and Anusara Inspired Instructor®. She is also part of Nordic Yoga Institutes teacher training team. With passion and curiosity, Maria continues to study and draw inspiration from many styles of yoga and movement. Last her work with Zen Coaching, Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga. She offers yoga and meditation with current base in Oslo and you can also immerse yourself in her yearly yogaretreats in Tuscany and Crete. See more: www.rommelyoga.no

Maria is devoted to move the practice from the mat into our daily lives. I want my students to make a deeper contact with life itself. As it is. Through yoga and meditation as a way to approach our world with realistic reverence. Yoga is an never ending exploration of the colorful palette in our so called Life. I also believe that we are yoga. That`s not just performing shapes on a mat, rather a lifestyle. “Yoga has taught me to love life, it reminds me of who I am and what truly matters.»

 


Food & Pleasure:

We love healthy food at Dharma Mountain – and all meals will be vegetarian, gluten and lactose free. Breakfast will have different options.We will also have a raw food café. This is an alcohol free event. 

Take extra care of yourself during the weekend with a variety of massage treatments, available for an additional fee.

Payment information:
After you have booked your place either through the form on this page – or by e-mail: welcome@dharmamountain.com you need to pay a non-refoundable deposit of 600 NOK as soon as possible to garantiee your place. There are limited places. When the deposit is paid before 6th July you will get Early Bird (EB) price, after 6th July you will pay the Late Bird (LB) price. 

Please transfer the remaining payment by 30 July.

The deposit is included in the prices.

King Traveller – EB 3300 NOK / LB 3900 NOK (cabin / meals / program)
Camp Lover – EB 2550 NOK / LB 3150 NOK (tent / meals / program)
The first meal will be dinner on Thursday and the last lunch on Sunday. 

Vagabond – EB 1350 NOK / LB 1950 NOK (tent/program)

Only concert with Prem Joshua & Band (6th August) / 350 NOK

For payments from abroad please note that additional bank transfer fees will be covered by you.

Payment is done to our account:  

DNB ASA
0021 Oslo

Dharma Mountain AS
Account number 1594 44 22533
IBAN: NO 29 1594 44 22533
Swift/Bic-adress: DNBANOKK

How to get there?

By car it is two hours drive north of Oslo. Drive E16 to Nes i Ådal, then go 12 km along Fv223 to Hedalen.
Bus: www.valdresekspressen.no to Nes i Ådal and then taxi to Hedalen (mobile 959 50 711)
Train: Bergensbanen to Hønefoss, bus to Nes i Ådal and taxi to Hedalen.

Feel free to contact us if you have any question.

The schedule will be posted here later. Be aware that the program might change. 

Welcome to the gathering!

 

Mukti Gathering

Posted on: December 5th, 2014 by anurati

Welcome to a weekend filled with meditations, music, dance, creativity and joy!

Mukti is a space where free spirits from all over the world can gather to experience and share freedom, silence, love, creativity and joy! It is a gathering dedicated to all the happy hearts who feel the call to join the inner and outer celebrations of life. Mukti is a sanskrit word meaning freedom; freedom from the bondage of the mind, freedom from the ego.

If it is your first time to visit Dharma Mountain (the location of the Mukti Gathering), it is worth experiencing in itself. A beautiful garden, a big field and a lake, all surrounded by wild forest with small paths, rivers and high mountains. All this, and fresh air too!

prem_joshua_new2

Prem Joshua & Band – Concert

Pioneers of an eclectic sound that draws its essence from the depth of India’s musical traditions as well as the innovation of contemporary Western music, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Prem Joshua and his international band are a leading light in the world of Indian contemporary music. Unmistakeably rooted in Indian Ragas and rhythms, his signature sound embraces a variety of cultures and conventions from across the world. Interweaving rhythms from Morocco with beats from London’s dancefloors, experimenting with Eastern European rhythms and jazz, and splicing together chillout and sufi verses, his search for synthesis continues to flourish at the meeting point of genres and influences.

Prem Joshua & Band – Workshop

In this special workshop, Prem Joshua & Band shares an even deeper side to their already vast musical talents. Through the immense power of music, a space is created where one can effortlessly “slip” into meditation – in the most playful way possible. Here, music remains not just on the level of entertainment but becomes a vehicle for meditation. In the workshop an energy circle is created between participants and musicians – beyond any words or specific spiritual teaching. There are no more listeners and no more performers – what remains is an almost tangible quality of silence and celebration.

kikut

Ole Magnus Kikut – Gurdjieff Sacred Dance – Workshop

Created by the mystic Gurdjieff – these posture and movements represents cosmic truth that the informed observer could read like a book. Within the precision and the beauty of the movements opens a world of clarity, love, inner strength, creativity and action… The mix of dances and movements coming from the Sufi, Tibetan Buddhist, Esoteric Christian and Pythagorean traditions, as well as those created by Gurdjieff himself. This is a journey that will take you deeper into the oneness and beauty of life.

About Magnus: From an early age Magnus came in contact with healers and teachers that showed him that it is possible to take a step into the unknown. These meetings should prove to shape the rest of his life, which until then had not been completely A4 (nor now). In the quest for ever-greater degree of freedom and insight he has got deeper into many traditions and spent longer time with Daime teachers and doing Yoga, Qi Gong and Vipassana meditation, but it was only when he came to Pune that he felt he got home. There he learned among other Gurdjieff Sacred dance and got his first Sufi Whirling skirts. Today he travels around the world to give workshops;  “When we dance together, there are no longer different nations or people just a universal consciousness that unites and shows us our highest potential.”

 

Åsmund Seip Mukti Gathering Dharma Mountain Meditaton and Freedom Resort

Åsmund Seip – Love Poetry Revolution
A Norwegian performance poet on the search for reLOVEution. Åsmund explores our relationship with our inner and outer nature, he looks at the universe in your eyes and the potential we have as natural, co-creative beings. On stage, Åsmund invites you to join him and his musicians on an intimate, raw and transparent journey – for us to come together around the fire and remember what it means to be human.

Unni

Unni Heim – Biodanza and Voice
Life is vibrant vibration. Vibration is sound, matter and a loving light. In this biodanza session we will use our voice and body to experience the natural fusion with the universal life force. Our voice vibration creates the union between matter and the loving light. And the human contact creates the grounding that we need to live this quality here  on earth. This union is bliss; timelessness – here and now.

Unni Heim, with over 10 years of experience in Biodanza, has been a pioneer in introducing this effective,yet playful technique  to Norway. Director of the Norwegian school of Biodanza, Unni gives weekly classes and offers workshops and advanced seminars, both in Norway and abroad.

Leena

Leena Nyborg  – Write Now
An intense two-hour writing workshop – where we will jump right out of the common ways to write – and dive into ourselves to create text that touches and which are alive, breathing and playful!

Leena is a author, copywriter, scriptwriter and meditation teacher. Her third novel comes at CappelenDamm right after Mukti Gathering. Meditation has been indispensable to her writing process. Her work is characterized by the presence, sensitivity and playfulness.

DJ

DJ Witch Princess  – Dancing Buddha Night
After 12 years of making dance floors around the world high and happy, DJ Witch Princess is known for her unique style of bringing world music and psychedelic trance together with a spiritual undertone. The rhythms and melodies are interwoven to create a journey into a magical space to free yourself into the beauty, joy and meditation that is dance.

Mukti Gathering 2015

Bhuvana Virginia Vasques – Samba Soul
A litlle taste of the Brazilian culture in a fun and easy workshop. You will learn how to dance samba in a short time and enjoy different styles of this fun and happy Brazilien dance. Enjoy the real Rio de Janeiro carnival samba, the smoth Samba de Roda and the sexy Bahia samba movement. You will learn how to dance samba in a deeper level, create a choreography and much more different styles of this fun and happy Brazilien dance. It is a fun opportunity to enjoy yourself!

Bhuvana is a meditator and lover of life – she loves to share her passion for dance from the country of love and rhythm, Brazil. 

Mukti gathering 2015 Azad

Calé Azad – Visual Narratives 
Pictures have become more and more a part of our lives in the last decade, but most of us only use them as single words, that can easily get lost in this immense sea of images that is in front of us today. In this workshop you will have a first insight on how to built sentences, phrases and perhaps a full book with your photos.

Calé Azad has been a professional photographer for 18 years and since 2010 have been dedicating most his time for his art projects and meditation. His images have been exhibited in festivals such as Fotofest Houston, Photovisa and ParatyemFoco among others.

maria

Maria Rommel  – Rommel Yoga
Rommel Yoga is founded by Maria Rommel. She has studied many traditions of alignment based Hatha Yoga. Maria is certified Viryayoga teacher and registered  Yoga Teacher (RYT®) in Yoga Alliance, USA and Anusara Inspired Instructor®. She is also part of Nordic Yoga Institutes teacher training team. With passion and curiosity, Maria continues to study and draw inspiration from many styles of yoga and movement. Last her work with Zen Coaching, Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga. She offers yoga and meditation with current base in Oslo and you can also immerse yourself in her yearly yogaretreats in Tuscany and Crete. See more: www.rommelyoga.no

Maria is devoted to move the practice from the mat into our daily lives. I want my students to make a deeper contact with life itself. As it is. Through yoga and meditation as a way to approach our world with realistic reverence. Yoga is an never ending exploration of the colorful palette in our so called Life. I also believe that we are yoga. That`s not just performing shapes on a mat, rather a lifestyle. “Yoga has taught me to love life, it reminds me of who I am and what truly matters.»

 


Food & Pleasure:

We love healthy food at Dharma Mountain – and all meals will be vegetarian, gluten and lactose free. Breakfast will have different options.We will also have a raw food café. This is an alcohol free event. 

Take extra care of yourself during the weekend with a variety of massage treatments, available for an additional fee.

Payment information:
After you have booked your place either through the form on this page – or by e-mail: welcome@dharmamountain.com you need to pay a non-refoundable deposit of 600 NOK as soon as possible to garantiee your place. There are limited places. When the deposit is paid before 6th July you will get Early Bird (EB) price, after 6th July you will pay the Late Bird (LB) price. 

Please transfer the remaining payment by 30 July.

The deposit is included in the prices.

King Traveller – EB 3300 NOK / LB 3900 NOK (cabin / meals / program)
Camp Lover – EB 2550 NOK / LB 3150 NOK (tent / meals / program)
The first meal will be dinner on Thursday and the last lunch on Sunday. 

Vagabond – EB 1350 NOK / LB 1950 NOK (tent/program)

Only concert with Prem Joshua & Band (6th August) / 350 NOK

For payments from abroad please note that additional bank transfer fees will be covered by you.

Payment is done to our account:  

DNB ASA
0021 Oslo

Dharma Mountain AS
Account number 1594 44 22533
IBAN: NO 29 1594 44 22533
Swift/Bic-adress: DNBANOKK

How to get there?

By car it is two hours drive north of Oslo. Drive E16 to Nes i Ådal, then go 12 km along Fv223 to Hedalen.
Bus: www.valdresekspressen.no to Nes i Ådal and then taxi to Hedalen (mobile 959 50 711)
Train: Bergensbanen to Hønefoss, bus to Nes i Ådal and taxi to Hedalen.

Feel free to contact us if you have any question.

The schedule will be posted here later. Be aware that the program might change. 

Welcome to the gathering!

 

Let’s talk about food

Posted on: November 28th, 2014 by anurati

A few years ago I went home to be with my father who was dying of cancer. I took with me some quinoa and miso in the hope of introducing him to some more healthy options.

My dad had been an agriculture engineer and spent most of his life giving advice on how to grow plants, how to grow life.

I cooked for him what at the time was the only healthy dish I knew, quinoa and vegetables. He refused, saying he had never eaten it before and he didn’t want to try it now.

And my big shock was watching him eating Oreos biscuits in the hope it would increase his weight. I will never forget the image of him sitting, looking very fragile eating those biscuits. It shook me deeply.

I grew up in the south of Brasil where meat is the number one food. The women in my family couldn’t even think about how to cook without meat. My breakfast was black coffee, bread and butter. So I grew up and older not really putting much attention into what I was eating or how my body was reacting to it.

I I filled myself with meat, sugars, bread, coke and cigarettes.

I started to look into vegetarian, vegan and raw food, but it all looked too much, too complicated, too late for me to learn about.

So I keep pumping more and more junk into my body.

For me, the wind started to change after one of the sessions in our meditation retreat*. I remember coming out after the session to a beautiful meal and all I could eat was salad. It was natural. My body was asking for live food. My mind tried to argue and say “but you paid for lunch and there are so many nice dishes”. But my body didn’t even question. So salad it was.

When I heard there was going to be a detox group at Dharma Mountain, I knew I had to join. I thought I would starve and suffer the whole weekend. I wasn’t sure my body was going to cope. And so many old voices jumped in from a life of mis-information.

It was such a surprise for me to see that I experienced no hunger during the three days of fasting and I finished the group with much more energy than I had when I arrived.

It feels like my system has been rebooted. I don’t crave bread or pasta or cakes, but I get excited discovering new dishes and flavors.

And slowly my body feels better and better. And all happening without effort and suffering. It feels like magic.

Still smoking though, but I am sure very soon that will fade away.

Dharma Mountain Meditation Retreat Detox Retreat Juicing

Chanda

*the meditation retreats happening in Dharma Mountain and in Mevlana Garden.

Let’s talk about food

Posted on: November 28th, 2014 by anurati

A few years ago I went home to be with my father who was dying of cancer. I took with me some quinoa and miso in the hope of introducing him to some more healthy options.

My dad had been an agriculture engineer and spent most of his life giving advice on how to grow plants, how to grow life.

I cooked for him what at the time was the only healthy dish I knew, quinoa and vegetables. He refused, saying he had never eaten it before and he didn’t want to try it now.

And my big shock was watching him eating Oreos biscuits in the hope it would increase his weight. I will never forget the image of him sitting, looking very fragile eating those biscuits. It shook me deeply.

I grew up in the south of Brasil where meat is the number one food. The women in my family couldn’t even think about how to cook without meat. My breakfast was black coffee, bread and butter. So I grew up and older not really putting much attention into what I was eating or how my body was reacting to it.

I I filled myself with meat, sugars, bread, coke and cigarettes.

I started to look into vegetarian, vegan and raw food, but it all looked too much, too complicated, too late for me to learn about.

So I keep pumping more and more junk into my body.

For me, the wind started to change after one of the sessions in our meditation retreat*. I remember coming out after the session to a beautiful meal and all I could eat was salad. It was natural. My body was asking for live food. My mind tried to argue and say “but you paid for lunch and there are so many nice dishes”. But my body didn’t even question. So salad it was.

When I heard there was going to be a detox group at Dharma Mountain, I knew I had to join. I thought I would starve and suffer the whole weekend. I wasn’t sure my body was going to cope. And so many old voices jumped in from a life of mis-information.

It was such a surprise for me to see that I experienced no hunger during the three days of fasting and I finished the group with much more energy than I had when I arrived.

It feels like my system has been rebooted. I don’t crave bread or pasta or cakes, but I get excited discovering new dishes and flavors.

And slowly my body feels better and better. And all happening without effort and suffering. It feels like magic.

Still smoking though, but I am sure very soon that will fade away.

Dharma Mountain Meditation Retreat Detox Retreat Juicing

Chanda

*the meditation retreats happening in Dharma Mountain and in Mevlana Garden.

Refresh Your Body & Mind – Detox

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by anurati

3 days Juice Fast – in the wild and beautiful nature at Dharma Mountain with Karuna Detox

Fasting is for the body what silent meditation is for the mind.
A space to stop and heal. To centre and refresh.
Healing and health takes place in our body when we give it the correct conditions. Cleansing is akin to ‘taking out the garbage’ in our homes.
Constipation is akin to leaving the garbage inside for too long!
Bad moods, chronic symptoms, colds and flus are all ways the body is showing you that conditions inside need some attention.

Fasting for only 3 days stimulates a cellular cleansing of toxins, stimulates and strengthens the immune system , freshens taste buds, reboots healthy intention and raises the spirit/ mood! This is a natural effect of fasting, a time-tested ancient practice.

sho_carot


This healing event is led by Sho, the founder of Karuna Detox Retreats, leader of inspirational mind-body health retreats in UK since year 2000 in UK.

Book you place and read more here.

Refresh Your Body & Mind – Detox

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by anurati

3 days Juice Fast – in the wild and beautiful nature at Dharma Mountain with Karuna Detox

Fasting is for the body what silent meditation is for the mind.
A space to stop and heal. To centre and refresh.
Healing and health takes place in our body when we give it the correct conditions. Cleansing is akin to ‘taking out the garbage’ in our homes.
Constipation is akin to leaving the garbage inside for too long!
Bad moods, chronic symptoms, colds and flus are all ways the body is showing you that conditions inside need some attention.

Fasting for only 3 days stimulates a cellular cleansing of toxins, stimulates and strengthens the immune system , freshens taste buds, reboots healthy intention and raises the spirit/ mood! This is a natural effect of fasting, a time-tested ancient practice.

sho_carot


This healing event is led by Sho, the founder of Karuna Detox Retreats, leader of inspirational mind-body health retreats in UK since year 2000 in UK.

Book you place and read more here.

Refresh Your Body & Mind – Detox

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by anurati

3 days Juice Fast – in the wild and beautiful nature at Dharma Mountain with Karuna Detox

Fasting is for the body what silent meditation is for the mind.
A space to stop and heal. To centre and refresh.
Healing and health takes place in our body when we give it the correct conditions. Cleansing is akin to ‘taking out the garbage’ in our homes.
Constipation is akin to leaving the garbage inside for too long!
Bad moods, chronic symptoms, colds and flus are all ways the body is showing you that conditions inside need some attention.

Fasting for only 3 days stimulates a cellular cleansing of toxins, stimulates and strengthens the immune system , freshens taste buds, reboots healthy intention and raises the spirit/ mood! This is a natural effect of fasting, a time-tested ancient practice.

sho_carot


This healing event is led by Sho, the founder of Karuna Detox Retreats, leader of inspirational mind-body health retreats in UK since year 2000 in UK.

Read more about healing the body here.

Book you place and read more here.

Refresh Your Body & Mind – Detox

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by anurati

3 days Juice Fast – in the wild and beautiful nature at Dharma Mountain with Karuna Detox

Fasting is for the body what silent meditation is for the mind.
A space to stop and heal. To centre and refresh.
Healing and health takes place in our body when we give it the correct conditions. Cleansing is akin to ‘taking out the garbage’ in our homes.
Constipation is akin to leaving the garbage inside for too long!
Bad moods, chronic symptoms, colds and flus are all ways the body is showing you that conditions inside need some attention.

Fasting for only 3 days stimulates a cellular cleansing of toxins, stimulates and strengthens the immune system , freshens taste buds, reboots healthy intention and raises the spirit/ mood! This is a natural effect of fasting, a time-tested ancient practice.

sho_carot


This healing event is led by Sho, the founder of Karuna Detox Retreats, leader of inspirational mind-body health retreats in UK since year 2000 in UK.

Read more about healing the body. 

Book you place and read more here.

The Natural Way – Vasant Swaha

Posted on: November 22nd, 2014 by anurati

This retreat is only open for you who have been to a retreat with Vasant Swaha before.
For more information and booking: norway@vasantswaha.net

The Natural Way – Vasant Swaha

Posted on: November 22nd, 2014 by anurati

Dette retreatet er kun åpent for deg som har vært på retreat med Vasant Swaha tidligere.
For mer informasjon og påmelding: norway@vasantswaha.net

The Way of the White Clouds – Vasant Swaha

Posted on: November 22nd, 2014 by anurati

Summer retreat “The Way of the White Clouds” with Vasant Swaha.
This retreat is open for newcomers – with arrival date only 3rd of July.
For more information and booking: norway@vasantswaha.net

The Way of the White Clouds – Vasant Swaha

Posted on: November 22nd, 2014 by anurati

Sommer retreat “The Way of the White Clouds” med Vasant Swaha.
Dette retreatet er åpent for deg som ikke har vært med tidligere.
For mer informasjon og påmelding: norway@vasantswaha.net

Norwegian Forest Monastery Buddhist Society silent summer retreat

Posted on: November 22nd, 2014 by anurati

For booking and more information: www.skogskloster.no

 

 

Skogskloster Buddhistsamfunn stille sommerretreat

Posted on: November 22nd, 2014 by anurati

For mer informasjon og påmelding: www.skogskloster.no

Wisdom Heart – Vasant Swaha

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by anurati

This retreat is only open for people who have joined retreats with Swaha before.
For booking: norway@vasantswaha.net

Wisdom Heart – Vasant Swaha

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by anurati

Denne retreaten er kun åpen for deg som har vært med på retreat med Swaha tidligere.
For påmelding: norway@vasantswaha.net

My dream job

Posted on: November 14th, 2014 by anurati

Working at Mística Pizza was the best job I ever had.

It wasn’t so easy to tell this to my father, who wanted me to have a high-paying job and build up my career – what! work in a pizza place?? That’s like the bottom rung of the ladder.

But Mística Pizza isn’t “a pizza place.” It’s a tastefully decorated, cozy pizza restaurant with really flavorful, colorful pizza served by a group of meditators with so much joy and playfulness.

They know how to make good pizza. But more than that, they know how to have fun.

Most of the time that I was working, I was dancing. Or laughing. Or singing. I guess combine meditation with Brazilian culture in the workplace and you get a smooth-running business with a lot of heart.

I think because we were “working on ourselves” – aka meditating – we had more awareness to avoid accidents, interpersonal drama, competition – things that I’ve encountered in other jobs. And we worked really efficiently too, though it never felt like we were in a hurry…

Mystic Pizza Mevlana Garden Brazil

My definition of a dream job is a job where I work harmoniously in a team and have tons of fun while creating and sharing something beautiful with others.

pizza

It doesn’t matter so much what I do, it’s the love and awareness behind it that is precious. Working from the heart transforms anything we do into an act of devotion and celebration. We are serving and celebrating love itself.

Deva Dasha

 

My dream job

Posted on: November 14th, 2014 by anurati

Working at Mística Pizza was the best job I ever had.

It wasn’t so easy to tell this to my father, who wanted me to have a high-paying job and build up my career – what! work in a pizza place?? That’s like the bottom rung of the ladder.

But Mística Pizza isn’t “a pizza place.” It’s a tastefully decorated, cozy pizza restaurant with really flavorful, colorful pizza served by a group of meditators with so much joy and playfulness.

They know how to make good pizza. But more than that, they know how to have fun.

Most of the time that I was working, I was dancing. Or laughing. Or singing. I guess combine meditation with Brazilian culture in the workplace and you get a smooth-running business with a lot of heart.

I think because we were “working on ourselves” – aka meditating – we had more awareness to avoid accidents, interpersonal drama, competition – things that I’ve encountered in other jobs. And we worked really efficiently too, though it never felt like we were in a hurry…

Mystic Pizza Mevlana Garden Brazil

My definition of a dream job is a job where I work harmoniously in a team and have tons of fun while creating and sharing something beautiful with others.

pizza

It doesn’t matter so much what I do, it’s the love and awareness behind it that is precious. Working from the heart transforms anything we do into an act of devotion and celebration. We are serving and celebrating love itself.

Deva Dasha

 

A True Friend

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 by anurati

So here it is again.
As sure as the King of Autumn arrives,
his companion also follows him.
I can do nothing other than welcome them both.
I can’t take the one without the other;
it is two sides of the same coin.
It is the law of nature – that night follows day.
And nature is in me;
I have forgotten about it on my way,
but starting to remember again, slowly.

In the darkness
I only come closer to myself.
The night only reminds me about
what I do not remember during the day.
There is nothing wrong with that.

This friend may be the one
I need to know most of all.
It is this friend that can teach me about myself,
who I really am.
And that is what he is – a friend.
Not an enemy, which I sometimes so easily can feel.
Just a friend who wants to show me who I am,
not who I think I am.
A true friend, a real friend.
Yes, he only mirrors everything
that has not been allowed to be seen,
he only mirrors what was not allowed
to come out into the light.
A true friend shows me everything.

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It is like I am reborn in myself,
it is like I become a mother to myself
over and over again.
And again and again
it is like I look myself in the eyes
for the very first time.

Pracheeta

A True Friend

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 by anurati

So here it is again.
As sure as the King of Autumn arrives,
his companion also follows him.
I can do nothing other than welcome them both.
I can’t take the one without the other;
it is two sides of the same coin.
It is the law of nature – that night follows day.
And nature is in me;
I have forgotten about it on my way,
but starting to remember again, slowly.

In the darkness
I only come closer to myself.
The night only reminds me about
what I do not remember during the day.
There is nothing wrong with that.

This friend may be the one
I need to know most of all.
It is this friend that can teach me about myself,
who I really am.
And that is what he is – a friend.
Not an enemy, which I sometimes so easily can feel.
Just a friend who wants to show me who I am,
not who I think I am.
A true friend, a real friend.
Yes, he only mirrors everything
that has not been allowed to be seen,
he only mirrors what was not allowed
to come out into the light.
A true friend shows me everything.

Pracheeta-bilde2_

It is like I am reborn in myself,
it is like I become a mother to myself
over and over again.
And again and again
it is like I look myself in the eyes
for the very first time.

Pracheeta

Tantra with Svarup and Premartha

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by anurati

Tantra – Sexual Deconditioning

Tantra teaches us to return to the natural inside – to start listening to your body and senses. To open up to the natural state of sensuality that flows inside of us, and to give way to its expression in whatever feels good or right to you.

As children, our nature is sensuous and life affirmative. We love to experience the world through our little bodies and through our senses. As adolescence starts, we experience a reawakening of this energy, this time with the added strength of growing towards adulthood. We start to become aware of a world of possibilities lying beyond our family boundaries. A new sense of friendship and intimacy is born. We want to experience and explore all that this new world offers.

When the innocence of the child grows into the strength of our youth, we need a new support. This time, the support is needed to help us find our own way into the world. This allows us to discover what we like, and what not, and what are healthy and what are unhealthy boundaries. We need to learn how we can approach our sexuality in a safe way, and yet give it a chance to be felt. Much of the support by the adults around us in that time has been lacking. Either it has been replaced by a denial and rejection, or by control. We have absorbed this attitude, and now, as adults, we tend to treat this youthful energy inside of us in the same way as they did. We become repressive or indulgent, but in both cases we do not really feel ourselves.

As adults, to have access to the great potential of curiosity, energy and creativity that grows in that time, we need to liberate the adolescent inside of us. In a loving and meditative surrounding, we need to explore the issues of that time and rediscover the richness of essence that is contained there. Without pleasure, freedom, intimacy, sharing, our lives are poor. To again open up to the richness of this pre-adult period, and to integrate it into our existence now, is what will bring joy to our being and an abundance to our lives.

To attend this group, you will be required to have done Primal before. This will create a safe and intimate feeling for all the participants. If you haven’t done Primal before check Svarup and Premartha’s website here.

 Premartha and Svarup
Dharma Mountain is a place full of friendliness and silence. It is beautiful to work with tantra in this surrounding, with seekers and fellow travelers.” Svarup & Premartha

Svarup and Premartha held a Primal group at Dharma Mountain in January 2014 and their vast experience, compassion and love together with the energy of the Buddha-field gave the participants a deep and healing process. We are very happy they are coming back to continue to do their beautiful work here.

Price and booking

NOK 10.800,- *

*To confirm your participation for the group, we kindly ask you to pay a nonrefundable deposit of NOK 1.200 within July 18th 2015. If you pay the deposit later than July 18th, we will charge an extra NOK 1.200,- and the total price will be NOK 12.000. Please transfer the remaining payment for the group to our bank account by 11th August.

For booking or more information: welcome@dharmamountain.com
Dharma Mountain (+ 47) 94 89 10 10.

Please pay to Dharma Mountain bank account:
Dharma Mountain AS
Account number 1594 44 22533
IBAN: NO 29 1594 44 22533
Swift/Bic-adress: DNBANOKK

Bank:
DnB NOR Bank ASA
0021 Oslo

Practical information
The group will start on Tuesday 18th August  at 1700 and end on Monday 24 August after lunch.

About the accommodation:

You will share a cabin with few other friends. Each cabin has two bedrooms, with two beds in each room. One cabin has 3 bedrooms. There will be two persons in each room. Every cabin has its own bathroom.

• Bedlinen and towels can be rented for 190 NOK
• If you want to come one day earlier / stay one night longer the price per extra night is 450 NOK.

How to get there:
You can go by car or by bus.

You take the Bus to Nes i Ådal (This line is called 161 Valdresekspressen). From there you take a taxi 15 minutes. It is easy and not expensive to share taxi with other people for the last part of the journey.

 

More about Svarup and Premartha

Premartha and Svarup are lovers, friends and partners.

They have been working together since 1986. Out of their combined experience, they have created a large variety of groups, courses and trainings. The focus of their work lies on Childhood and Sexual Deconditioning. Both are trained teachers in the Essence work. Together they developed the Childhood Deconditioning process, an in-depth individual journey of ten sessions into childhood, going backwards from schooltime until conception. Trainings in this method are offered at the major Osho centers in Europe.

They have published two books; “Twice born. Healing the past – creating a new future” and “The little Buddha and the Cosmos”.

Swami Anand Premartha is a disciple of Osho since 1979. He studied Arts in Amsterdam, and has been trained as a spiritual therapist at the RIMU, Oregon, USA. He is the cocreator of the Childhood Deconditioning Process, and offers trainings on this method in Europe. He has been leading for many years the Fresh Beginnings course in Poona, and offers groups on Primal and Tantra, relating, sexuality and the inner child in the different Meditation Centers in Europe

Ma Satyam Svarup is a disciple of Osho since 1984. She studied Philosophy and Astrology in Rome, and Psychotherapy with R.D.Laing in London, where she ran one of his therapeutic communities for several years. In Poona she has been leading the Fresh Beginnings course and leads in Europe and Poona Primal and Tantra groups, and courses about childhood, adolescence and relating. She is cocreator of the Childhood Deconditioning process. She is also trained in various Sufi techniques, which she combines with her therapeutic work.

If you want more information about the group, you are welcome to contact us.

Tantra – med Svarup og Premartha

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by anurati

Tantra – Sexual Deconditioning

Tantra teaches us to return to the natural inside – to start listening to your body and senses. To open up to the natural state of sensuality that flows inside of us, and to give way to its expression in whatever feels good or right to you.

As children, our nature is sensuous and life affirmative. We love to experience the world through our little bodies and through our senses. As adolescence starts, we experience a reawakening of this energy, this time with the added strength of growing towards adulthood. We start to become aware of a world of possibilities lying beyond our family boundaries. A new sense of friendship and intimacy is born. We want to experience and explore all that this new world offers.

When the innocence of the child grows into the strength of our youth, we need a new support. This time, the support is needed to help us find our own way into the world. This allows us to discover what we like, and what not, and what are healthy and what are unhealthy boundaries. We need to learn how we can approach our sexuality in a safe way, and yet give it a chance to be felt. Much of the support by the adults around us in that time has been lacking. Either it has been replaced by a denial and rejection, or by control. We have absorbed this attitude, and now, as adults, we tend to treat this youthful energy inside of us in the same way as they did. We become repressive or indulgent, but in both cases we do not really feel ourselves.

As adults, to have access to the great potential of curiosity, energy and creativity that grows in that time, we need to liberate the adolescent inside of us. In a loving and meditative surrounding, we need to explore the issues of that time and rediscover the richness of essence that is contained there. Without pleasure, freedom, intimacy, sharing, our lives are poor. To again open up to the richness of this pre-adult period, and to integrate it into our existence now, is what will bring joy to our being and an abundance to our lives.

To attend this group, you will be required to have done Primal before. This will create a safe and intimate feeling for all the participants. If you haven’t done Primal before check Svarup and Premartha’s website here.

Premartha and Svarup
Dharma Mountain is a place full of friendliness and silence. It is beautiful to work with tantra in this surrounding, with seekers and fellow travelers.” Svarup & Premartha

Svarup and Premartha held a Primal group at Dharma Mountain in January 2014 and their vast experience, compassion and love together with the energy of the Buddha-field gave the participants a deep and healing process. We are very happy they are coming back to continue to do their beautiful work here.

Price and booking

NOK 10.800,- *

*To confirm your participation for the group, we kindly ask you to pay a nonrefundable deposit of NOK 1.200 within July 18th 2015. If you pay the deposit later than July 18th, we will charge an extra NOK 1.200,- and the total price will be NOK 12.000. Please transfer the remaining payment for the group to our bank account by 11th August.

For booking or more information: welcome@dharmamountain.com
Dharma Mountain (+ 47) 94 89 10 10.

Please pay to Dharma Mountain bank account:
Dharma Mountain AS
Account number 1594 44 22533
IBAN: NO 29 1594 44 22533
Swift/Bic-adress: DNBANOKK

Bank:
DnB NOR Bank ASA
0021 Oslo

Practical information
The group will start on Tuesday 18th August  at 1700 and end on Monday 24 August after lunch.

About the accommodation:

You will share a cabin with few other friends. Each cabin has two bedrooms, with two beds in each room. One cabin has 3 bedrooms. There will be two persons in each room. Every cabin has its own bathroom.

• Bedlinen and towels can be rented for 190 NOK
• If you want to come one day earlier / stay one night longer the price per extra night is 450 NOK.

How to get there:
You can go by car or by bus.

You take the Bus to Nes i Ådal (This line is called 161 Valdresekspressen). From there you take a taxi 15 minutes. It is easy and not expensive to share taxi with other people for the last part of the journey.

 

More about Svarup and Premartha

Premartha and Svarup are lovers, friends and partners.

They have been working together since 1986. Out of their combined experience, they have created a large variety of groups, courses and trainings. The focus of their work lies on Childhood and Sexual Deconditioning. Both are trained teachers in the Essence work. Together they developed the Childhood Deconditioning process, an in-depth individual journey of ten sessions into childhood, going backwards from schooltime until conception. Trainings in this method are offered at the major Osho centers in Europe.

They have published two books; “Twice born. Healing the past – creating a new future” and “The little Buddha and the Cosmos”.

Swami Anand Premartha is a disciple of Osho since 1979. He studied Arts in Amsterdam, and has been trained as a spiritual therapist at the RIMU, Oregon, USA. He is the cocreator of the Childhood Deconditioning Process, and offers trainings on this method in Europe. He has been leading for many years the Fresh Beginnings course in Poona, and offers groups on Primal and Tantra, relating, sexuality and the inner child in the different Meditation Centers in Europe

Ma Satyam Svarup is a disciple of Osho since 1984. She studied Philosophy and Astrology in Rome, and Psychotherapy with R.D.Laing in London, where she ran one of his therapeutic communities for several years. In Poona she has been leading the Fresh Beginnings course and leads in Europe and Poona Primal and Tantra groups, and courses about childhood, adolescence and relating. She is cocreator of the Childhood Deconditioning process. She is also trained in various Sufi techniques, which she combines with her therapeutic work.

If you want more information about the group, you are welcome to contact us.

Pumpkin Pie

Posted on: October 19th, 2014 by anurati

– a gluten-free vegan version

Gather the INGREDIENTS

crust:
1 cup rice flour
2 cups walnuts
2 tbsp sugar or honey/other sweetener
3 tbsp ground flax seeds (linfrø)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

filling:
2 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (**see how to make it below)
1/2 cup natural cane sugar or brown sugar or other sweetener. If using honey, use about half as much. Taste the filling before baking and adjust the sweetness to your liking.
1/4 cup full-fat coconut cream – remove the rich, creamy part of coconut milk that has separated.
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tbsp arrowroot powder -or- cornstarch
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
pinch of ground cloves

*Adjust the spices to taste if you like more or less of something.

**to make pumpkin puree:

Use a sweet variety of pumpkin (not the variety you would decorate on Halloween). Cut pumpkin(s) in half, lightly grease the flesh, and put face-down on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven until soft (160°Cfor 40-50 minutes – poke it with a butter knife to check tenderness). Cool the pumpkin, then remove the skin and puree the flesh.

Time to make the cake

For the Crust
Grease a 9-inch pie dish very well and preheat the oven to 175°C.

In a food processor, process the walnuts until the mass starts to clump and release the oil in the nuts, but don’t reach the point of nut butter… you should be able to form a ball from it.

Melt coconut oil and mix with the honey. Transfer the walnut dough into a large bowl and mix with the rest of the ingredients. Using your hands, squeeze the dough over and over to combine everything very well. It should hold together in a ball. If it’s too dry add a bit more oil.

Spoon the dough onto pie dish and smooth out evenly. Press down firmly with fingers to form a crust, bringing it up along the sides. Press as firmly as you can. Prick the base with a fork several times. Pre-bake it at 175°C for 9-12 minutes (no fan), watching closely so it doesn’t burn. Remove and cool for 10 mins.

Make the filling
In a large bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and arrowroot powder (or cornstarch). Then add the remaining ingredients and whisk together, adjusting the spices and sweetness to your liking.

To bake
Scoop the filling into the crust and smooth the top. Cover the crust edges all around with tin foil (or a special crust shield if you have one). Bake for 50-55 minutes at 175°C. Place on a cooling rack for 1 hour. Transfer to the fridge to set for a minimum of 3 hours or overnight. See if you can refrain from slicing the cake until it has set in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or else the filling will ooze all around 😉

Decorate the cake with walnuts and sprinkle some cinnamon on top. It’s really nice warmed up a bit, with a side of (coconut, rice or organic soy) ice cream. Or just a dollop of whipped cream 😉

Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie

Posted on: October 19th, 2014 by anurati

– a gluten-free vegan version

Gather the INGREDIENTS

crust:
1 cup rice flour
2 cups walnuts
2 tbsp sugar or honey/other sweetener
3 tbsp ground flax seeds (linfrø)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

filling:
2 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (**see how to make it below)
1/2 cup natural cane sugar or brown sugar or other sweetener. If using honey, use about half as much. Taste the filling before baking and adjust the sweetness to your liking.
1/4 cup full-fat coconut cream – remove the rich, creamy part of coconut milk that has separated.
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tbsp arrowroot powder -or- cornstarch
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
pinch of ground cloves

*Adjust the spices to taste if you like more or less of something.

**to make pumpkin puree:

Use a sweet variety of pumpkin (not the variety you would decorate on Halloween). Cut pumpkin(s) in half, lightly grease the flesh, and put face-down on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven until soft (160°C for 40-50 minutes – poke it with a butter knife to check tenderness). Cool the pumpkin, then remove the skin and puree the flesh.

Time to make the cake

For the Crust
Grease a 9-inch pie dish very well and preheat the oven to 175°C.

In a food processor, process the walnuts until the mass starts to clump and release the oil in the nuts, but don’t reach the point of nut butter… you should be able to form a ball from it.

Melt coconut oil and mix with the honey. Transfer the walnut dough into a large bowl and mix with the rest of the ingredients. Using your hands, squeeze the dough over and over to combine everything very well. It should hold together in a ball. If it’s too dry add a bit more oil.

Spoon the dough onto pie dish and smooth out evenly. Press down firmly with fingers to form a crust, bringing it up along the sides. Press as firmly as you can. Prick the base with a fork several times. Pre-bake it at 175°C for 9-12 minutes (no fan), watching closely so it doesn’t burn. Remove and cool for 10 mins.

Make the filling
In a large bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and arrowroot powder (or cornstarch). Then add the remaining ingredients and whisk together, adjusting the spices and sweetness to your liking.

To bake
Scoop the filling into the crust and smooth the top. Cover the crust edges all around with tin foil (or a special crust shield if you have one). Bake for 50-55 minutes at 175°C. Place on a cooling rack for 1 hour. Transfer to the fridge to set for a minimum of 3 hours or overnight. See if you can refrain from slicing the cake until it has set in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or else the filling will ooze all around 😉

Decorate the cake with walnuts and sprinkle some cinnamon on top. It’s really nice warmed up a bit, with a side of (coconut, rice or organic soy) ice cream. Or just a dollop of whipped cream 😉

Enjoy!

Awakening of Love

Posted on: October 15th, 2014 by anurati

Awakening of Love is a transformative 3-day workshop that gives you an opportunity to sincerely evaluate where your life is right now.

This work is about discovering what it is you’re truly longing for and understanding the deeper issues of what prevents you from having it, so that you can make a genuine shift in your life. 

The Awakening of Love is a passionate process birthed from the Path of Love.  

Read more here.

Contact and booking: norway@pathoflove.net

 

Awakening of Love

Posted on: October 15th, 2014 by anurati

Awakening of Love is a transformative 3-day workshop that gives you an opportunity to sincerely evaluate where your life is right now.

This work is about discovering what it is you’re truly longing for and understanding the deeper issues of what prevents you from having it, so that you can make a genuine shift in your life. 

The Awakening of Love is a passionate process birthed from the Path of Love. 

Read more here.

Contact and booking: norway@pathoflove.net

Until my ghastly tale is told

Posted on: October 11th, 2014 by anurati

“Since then, at an uncertain hour,
That agony returns:
And till my ghastly tale is told,
This heart within me burns.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

I get such a strong reaction to the line:
“And till my ghastly tale is told, this heart within me burns.”

This line moves me intensely, and scares me even more.
I don’t want to be the one who always has this ghastly tale to be told. Just to do this, to expose myself like this, scares me shitless!

Why should I tell my ghastly tale? I have started on so many other stories, but this one seems to claim its right to go first.

I am so full of contradictions. I certainly don’t understand me, so how could anyone else do?

I was always amongst the “popular” ones as I grew up. Yet always standing on the outside, never fitting in fully.

I pretended a lot to seem “normal” amongst my peers. Haha, I ended up as a rebellious, self ironic and sarcastic youngster!

I used to discuss passionately about what mattered to me like caring for animals and our earth. Seeing the human and not the attachments around the human.

Unfairness, love, religion and devotion engaged me. I lost my so-called friends in the end over it.

I was hardly ever single, but never quite found the right one. I kept searching, got pickier, learned to be on my one. Then I found the one, and he found me. The perfect match still wasn’t enough though.

My nearest didn’t really see me and I turned to nature and animals for comfort and reassurance from an early age.

My loving grandparents took me out in the nature, and I laid down in the moss and sank into it. Disappearing, not knowing were the ground started and I ended.

How tempting it was to just stay there until the moss covered me, gently and softly.

I have this place filled with peace, love and compassion. But sometimes nightmares woke me up leaving me with a heavy black hole. Like chewing gum that is about to dissolve in your mouth.  I still have those nightmares.

To me it’s more a feeling of standing on the outside, all the time, as if I don’t manage to include myself.

Fearing it’s the others not managing to include me as I am too… something.

Maybe like a crow in the fog. There, but a bit strange.

Best to keep some distance.

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I have so much affection, devotion, love and caring compassion within me. And I don’t even seem to show it to myself.

So how can anyone else see it?

You know, I don’t want to be the professional struggler like Baba so correctly called me! Always taking the hardest route, finding the greatest drama, ending up in situations I could do without. I had to laugh when he said that, as it rang so true to my ears. And at the same time my heart howls for the same reason!

Its like a deep void of emptiness that just wants to be filled.

Baba even told me once what to do, and I didn’t realize the importance of it. What a huge mistake to make.

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Some people tell me: ”Oh, but you are so strong, you can handle this!”
Then expect me to handle this, that and the other regardless.
No one seems to see that I just feel like breaking down. Wanting to melt into a foetus position and be helpless, but taken care of.

I always get up though. Always grind my teeth and get on.

Do you recognize this vulnerability? Or is it just me? I really don’t know sometimes. Am I totally out of place? Or is there anyone else out there feeling so small, so insignificant and so pointless? And yet with so many longings and needs, expectations and dreams.

It seems like I have to start telling my ghastly tale, to still my heart and soothe it.

Maybe then I will stop being a professional struggler and be stronger in spirit and find my purpose in life.

My path is LOVE. I know that. I have always known that. I need to really listen to my heart and act from the heart. Trust my own inner wisdom.

Thank God I have found Baba to remind me, support me and help me stay strong in spirit.

I am forever grateful beyond words for that.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Baba.

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Love always, Junna

 

Until my ghastly tale is told

Posted on: October 11th, 2014 by anurati

“Since then, at an uncertain hour,
That agony returns:
And till my ghastly tale is told,
This heart within me burns.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

I get such a strong reaction to the line:
“And till my ghastly tale is told, this heart within me burns.”

This line moves me intensely, and scares me even more.
I don’t want to be the one who always has this ghastly tale to be told. Just to do this, to expose myself like this, scares me shitless!

Why should I tell my ghastly tale? I have started on so many other stories, but this one seems to claim its right to go first.

I am so full of contradictions. I certainly don’t understand me, so how could anyone else do?

I was always amongst the “popular” ones as I grew up. Yet always standing on the outside, never fitting in fully.

I pretended a lot to seem “normal” amongst my peers. Haha, I ended up as a rebellious, self ironic and sarcastic youngster!

I used to discuss passionately about what mattered to me like caring for animals and our earth. Seeing the human and not the attachments around the human.

Unfairness, love, religion and devotion engaged me. I lost my so-called friends in the end over it.

I was hardly ever single, but never quite found the right one. I kept searching, got pickier, learned to be on my one. Then I found the one, and he found me. The perfect match still wasn’t enough though.

My nearest didn’t really see me and I turned to nature and animals for comfort and reassurance from an early age.

My loving grandparents took me out in the nature, and I laid down in the moss and sank into it. Disappearing, not knowing were the ground started and I ended.

How tempting it was to just stay there until the moss covered me, gently and softly.

I have this place filled with peace, love and compassion. But sometimes nightmares woke me up leaving me with a heavy black hole. Like chewing gum that is about to dissolve in your mouth.  I still have those nightmares.

To me it’s more a feeling of standing on the outside, all the time, as if I don’t manage to include myself.

Fearing it’s the others not managing to include me as I am too… something.

Maybe like a crow in the fog. There, but a bit strange.

Best to keep some distance.

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I have so much affection, devotion, love and caring compassion within me. And I don’t even seem to show it to myself.

So how can anyone else see it?

You know, I don’t want to be the professional struggler like Baba so correctly called me! Always taking the hardest route, finding the greatest drama, ending up in situations I could do without. I had to laugh when he said that, as it rang so true to my ears. And at the same time my heart howls for the same reason!

Its like a deep void of emptiness that just wants to be filled.

Baba even told me once what to do, and I didn’t realize the importance of it. What a huge mistake to make.

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Some people tell me: ”Oh, but you are so strong, you can handle this!”
Then expect me to handle this, that and the other regardless.
No one seems to see that I just feel like breaking down. Wanting to melt into a foetus position and be helpless, but taken care of.

I always get up though. Always grind my teeth and get on.

Do you recognize this vulnerability? Or is it just me? I really don’t know sometimes. Am I totally out of place? Or is there anyone else out there feeling so small, so insignificant and so pointless? And yet with so many longings and needs, expectations and dreams.

It seems like I have to start telling my ghastly tale, to still my heart and soothe it.

Maybe then I will stop being a professional struggler and be stronger in spirit and find my purpose in life.

My path is LOVE. I know that. I have always known that. I need to really listen to my heart and act from the heart. Trust my own inner wisdom.

Thank God I have found Baba to remind me, support me and help me stay strong in spirit.

I am forever grateful beyond words for that.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Baba.

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Love always, Junna

 

Sufi – The Path of the Heart

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by anurati

Videha had two beautiful groups at Dharma Mountain during Mukti Gathering 2014 – we are very happy he is coming back to share more from the Sufi Path. Sufi is a Mystic path, and the essence that is at the heart of all religious spirits. It is the ancient wisdom of the heart, and the path of love born from that wisdom. It’s finding the true nature and realization. This group in a meditative process using different methods, like rhythm, breath, music, dance, voice, sound, poetry, to enter a state of emptiness.

This sufi group will be a deep immersion into our inner world. We will use “Zikhr” (Remembrance), an essential Sufi method; it will bring us in touch with different layers of our being. Its waves will deepen and expand the different qualities of human consciousness and take us to the silent lake of our being. Whirling symbolizes and represents man’s unity with the cosmos; it is a movement where we dissolve ourselves with a world that cannot be understood with our mind, it has to be felt with the heart. This gathering is a process of emptying ourselves, a process, an atmosphere where love and wildness flower into meditation.We will also explore the beauty of Sufi poetry and music.

This Sufi group will be a deep immersion into our inner world, an exploration of the love and wisdom we all carry in our being. A Remembrance of the joyful song, and luminous silence, of existence.

“By knowing the mysteries of our own heart, we begin to resonate with the mysteries of existence”.

Mukti Whirling Sufi Dharma Mountain meditation and freedom resort Videha
All photos from Mukti Gathering 2014


What is the intention of the retreat, the whirling, singing, Zikhrs, etc.:
• To open our being to a deeper awareness.
• To drop from the head to the heart, as a first, beautiful, and  unavoidable step to remember the Being.
• To adventure into the Garden of Lovers.
• To gather the courage to look into our true nature.
• To enjoy the beauty of all these.

 What the participants might experience through this event:
“The time has come to turn
your heart into a temple of fire.
Your essence is gold hidden in dust.
To reveal its splendour,
you need to burn in the fire of Love.”

 

About Videha
Osho disciple since 1980. Initiated into the Mevlevi Sufi Order of Konya (“The Whirling Dervishes” ), Videha integrates the Sufi Path into Osho’s vision and love. For years as a Zazen meditation practitioner, he has traveled and trained in Mongolia, China, Taiwan, Central Asia, Japan, Korea, Tibet, where he got many initiations. He is leading groups, seminars, camps and meditation retreats all over the world since more then 28 years, uniting the path of love and the path of meditation. “All the work is inspired by Osho teachings, my Master and an endless source of compassion and wisdom, an inexhaustible mine of countless Dharma teaching treasures”.

Price and booking
NOK 2900,-* (incl. dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday, the price incl. vegetarian meals and living in our cozy cabins).

* To confirm your participation for the retreat, we kindly ask you to pay a nonrefundable deposit of NOK 600 within September 30th 2015. If you pay the deposit later than September 30th, we will charge an extra NOK 600,- and the total price will be 3.500 NOK. Please transfer the remaining payment for the group to our bank account by 20. October.

For booking or more information: welcome@dharmamountain.com
Dharma Mountain (+ 47) 94 89 10 10.

Please pay to Dharma Mountain bank account:
Dharma Mountain AS
Account number 1594 44 22533
IBAN: NO 29 1594 44 22533
Swift/Bic-adress: DNBANOKK

Bank:
DnB NOR Bank ASA
0021 Oslo

Practical information
The group will start on Friday at 1800 and end on Sunday at 1800 with a dinner.
Single room additional cost for the weekend: 400 NOK
Bedlinen and towels can be rented for 190 NOK
If you want to stay until Monday the price for an extra night is 450 NOK.

About the accommodation:
You will sleep in cabin. Each cabin has two bedrooms, with two beds in each room. One cabin has 3 bedrooms. There will be two persons in each room. Every cabin has its own bathroom.

 

What is included in the fee?
– All workshops with Videha
– Accommodation for 2 nights
– Cleaning of the cabin on departure
– Hot evening meal on Friday
– Breakfast, hot lunch and evening meal on Saturday and Sunday
– Coffee and tea during the breaks

How to get there:
You can go by car or by bus.
You take the Bus to Nes i Ådal (This is the line called Valdresekspressen). From there you take a taxi 15 minutes. It is easy and not expensive to share taxi with other people for the last part of the journey.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

___

“This is love.
To fly towards a secret sky,
To cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First, to let go of live,
In the end, to take a step without feet.
To regard this world as invisible,
And to disregard what appears to be the self.
Heart, I said, what a gift it has been
To enter this circle of lovers.
To see beyond seeing itself,
To reach and feel within the breast.”

MEVLANA

~~~

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Dervish‘ is the Sufi word for sannyas. You cannot believe it unless you experience, that just by whirling you can know yourself. No austerity is needed, no self-torture is needed,but just an experience of your innermost being and you are transported into another plane of existence from the mortal to the immortal.
The darkness disappears and there is just eternal light…. It is not that the Dervish dances, God keep dancing in him. Whenever a wave of such divine rapture strikes the heart of the Sufi, it creates a wave in the lake of his inner being…. Something is pouring in him, and it is too much, it starts overflowing in his dancing and singing. …In reality, it is the wave of the ocean of God that are tossing and turning the anchor-less vessel that is the heart of the Sufi. His state is that of non-being…” 

OSHO

This is an unique oppurtunity to get a taste of the mystic path of the Sufis in the magical energy at Dharma Mountain – welcome!

Sufi – The path of the Heart

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by anurati

Videha had two beautiful groups at Dharma Mountain during Mukti Gathering 2014 – we are very happy he is coming back to share more from the Sufi Path. Sufi is a Mystic path, and the essence that is at the heart of all religious spirits. It is the ancient wisdom of the heart, and the path of love born from that wisdom. It’s finding the true nature and realization. This group in a meditative process using different methods, like rhythm, breath, music, dance, voice, sound, poetry, to enter a state of emptiness.

This sufi group will be a deep immersion into our inner world. We will use “Zikhr” (Remembrance), an essential Sufi method; it will bring us in touch with different layers of our being. Its waves will deepen and expand the different qualities of human consciousness and take us to the silent lake of our being. Whirling symbolizes and represents man’s unity with the cosmos; it is a movement where we dissolve ourselves with a world that cannot be understood with our mind, it has to be felt with the heart. This gathering is a process of emptying ourselves, a process, an atmosphere where love and wildness flower into meditation.We will also explore the beauty of Sufi poetry and music.

This Sufi group will be a deep immersion into our inner world, an exploration of the love and wisdom we all carry in our being. A Remembrance of the joyful song, and luminous silence, of existence.

“By knowing the mysteries of our own heart, we begin to resonate with the mysteries of existence”.

Mukti Whirling Sufi Dharma Mountain meditation and freedom resort Videha
All photos from Mukti Gathering 2014


What is the intention of the retreat, the whirling, singing, Zikhrs, etc.:
• To open our being to a deeper awareness.
• To drop from the head to the heart, as a first, beautiful, and  unavoidable step to remember the Being.
• To adventure into the Garden of Lovers.
• To gather the courage to look into our true nature.
• To enjoy the beauty of all these.

 What the participants might experience through this event:
“The time has come to turn
your heart into a temple of fire.
Your essence is gold hidden in dust.
To reveal its splendour,
you need to burn in the fire of Love.”

 

About Videha
Osho disciple since 1980. Initiated into the Mevlevi Sufi Order of Konya (“The Whirling Dervishes” ), Videha integrates the Sufi Path into Osho’s vision and love. For years as a Zazen meditation practitioner, he has traveled and trained in Mongolia, China, Taiwan, Central Asia, Japan, Korea, Tibet, where he got many initiations. He is leading groups, seminars, camps and meditation retreats all over the world since more then 28 years, uniting the path of love and the path of meditation. “All the work is inspired by Osho teachings, my Master and an endless source of compassion and wisdom, an inexhaustible mine of countless Dharma teaching treasures”.

Price and booking
NOK 2900,-* (incl. dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday, the price incl. vegetarian meals and living in our cozy cabins).

* To confirm your participation for the retreat, we kindly ask you to pay a nonrefundable deposit of NOK 600 within September 30th 2015. If you pay the deposit later than September 30th, we will charge an extra NOK 600,- and the total price will be 3.500 NOK. Please transfer the remaining payment for the group to our bank account by 20. October.

For booking or more information: welcome@dharmamountain.com
Dharma Mountain (+ 47) 94 89 10 10.

Please pay to Dharma Mountain bank account:
Dharma Mountain AS
Account number 1594 44 22533
IBAN: NO 29 1594 44 22533
Swift/Bic-adress: DNBANOKK

Bank:
DnB NOR Bank ASA
0021 Oslo

Practical information
The group will start on Friday at 1800 and end on Sunday at 1800 with a dinner.
Single room additional cost for the weekend: 400 NOK
Bedlinen and towels can be rented for 190 NOK
If you want to stay until Monday the price for an extra night is 450 NOK.

About the accommodation:
You will sleep in cabin. Each cabin has two bedrooms, with two beds in each room. One cabin has 3 bedrooms. There will be two persons in each room. Every cabin has its own bathroom.

What is included in the fee?
– All workshops with Videha
– Accommodation for 2 nights
– Cleaning of the cabin on departure
– Hot evening meal on Friday
– Breakfast, hot lunch and evening meal on Saturday and Sunday
– Coffee and tea during the breaks

How to get there:
You can go by car or by bus.
You take the Bus to Nes i Ådal (This is the line called Valdresekspressen). From there you take a taxi 15 minutes. It is easy and not expensive to share taxi with other people for the last part of the journey.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

___

“This is love.
To fly towards a secret sky,
To cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First, to let go of live,
In the end, to take a step without feet.
To regard this world as invisible,
And to disregard what appears to be the self.
Heart, I said, what a gift it has been
To enter this circle of lovers.
To see beyond seeing itself,
To reach and feel within the breast.”

MEVLANA

~~~

Skjermbilde 2014-10-10 kl. 10.35.41

 

Dervish‘ is the Sufi word for sannyas. You cannot believe it unless you experience, that just by whirling you can know yourself. No austerity is needed, no self-torture is needed,but just an experience of your innermost being and you are transported into another plane of existence from the mortal to the immortal.
The darkness disappears and there is just eternal light…. It is not that the Dervish dances, God keep dancing in him. Whenever a wave of such divine rapture strikes the heart of the Sufi, it creates a wave in the lake of his inner being…. Something is pouring in him, and it is too much, it starts overflowing in his dancing and singing. …In reality, it is the wave of the ocean of God that are tossing and turning the anchor-less vessel that is the heart of the Sufi. His state is that of non-being…” 

OSHO

This is an unique oppurtunity to get a taste of the mystic path of the Sufis in the magical energy at Dharma Mountain – welcome!

Where is the Line Between Sensuality and Sexuality?

Posted on: October 5th, 2014 by anurati

Where is the line between sensuality and sexuality? At what point is physical intimacy considered “sexual”?

In the sangha, I may find myself immersed in a 10-minute long hug with someone where we melt into each other, becoming one, time disappearing, the stars whirling around in celebration of the moment. We may look into each other’s eyes softly for a while, or inch our hands across the skin of each other’s arms or faces. We can laugh and cry together, be silly and be vulnerable.

Sometimes I worry: what if, while hugging someone, I suddenly feel sexual – for whatever reason or no reason at all? Really, my whole body is full of sensuality – sensitive and alive – can I let my energy run free?

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Yes, yes I can. And that’s the only way to go.

I’ve been struggling with my labels and distinctions. Sensual, sexual, sensitive, open, cosmic or personal, bla bla bla. Do I have to analyze everything?

And in my experience, if I’m hung up about something, anything, it will resurface and bug me. But if I’m accepting and at ease with it, then it’s just, well, natural.

The let-go has to be total, mind you; it can’t just be an idea that I “should” be relaxed. Any fear or worry and my body responds with tensions, my emotions are stirred, and I’m back in a cycle uneasiness and over-thinking things.

I’m afraid that my energy could start to feel invasive for someone else.

If that’s the case, then “I” am not really melting, am I? I might be hugging someone while my mind is taking me from the present, worrying and analyzing.

There was a case where there was sexual tension between me and a friend, anytime we were in the same room. But we could both be very honest and accepting of it, and the tension quickly became “nothing special”. Now I mostly feel this big love and friendship with this person. And when we exchange a hug, it is unique – it’s both relaxing and electric – as I can rest into it so deeply and leave my mind behind.

Think less, hug more.

Deva Dasha

All photos: Raahi

Where is the Line Between Sensuality and Sexuality?

Posted on: October 5th, 2014 by anurati

Where is the line between sensuality and sexuality? At what point is physical intimacy considered “sexual”?

In the sangha, I may find myself immersed in a 10-minute long hug with someone where we melt into each other, becoming one, time disappearing, the stars whirling around in celebration of the moment. We may look into each other’s eyes softly for a while, or inch our hands across the skin of each other’s arms or faces. We can laugh and cry together, be silly and be vulnerable.

Sometimes I worry: what if, while hugging someone, I suddenly feel sexual – for whatever reason or no reason at all? Really, my whole body is full of sensuality – sensitive and alive – can I let my energy run free?

140711-NO-RAAHI-8098

Yes, yes I can. And that’s the only way to go.

I’ve been struggling with my labels and distinctions. Sensual, sexual, sensitive, open, cosmic or personal, bla bla bla. Do I have to analyze everything?

And in my experience, if I’m hung up about something, anything, it will resurface and bug me. But if I’m accepting and at ease with it, then it’s just, well, natural.

The let-go has to be total, mind you; it can’t just be an idea that I “should” be relaxed. Any fear or worry and my body responds with tensions, my emotions are stirred, and I’m back in a cycle uneasiness and over-thinking things.

I’m afraid that my energy could start to feel invasive for someone else.

If that’s the case, then “I” am not really melting, am I? I might be hugging someone while my mind is taking me from the present, worrying and analyzing.

There was a case where there was sexual tension between me and a friend, anytime we were in the same room. But we could both be very honest and accepting of it, and the tension quickly became “nothing special”. Now I mostly feel this big love and friendship with this person. And when we exchange a hug, it is unique – it’s both relaxing and electric – as I can rest into it so deeply and leave my mind behind.

Think less, hug more.

Deva Dasha

All photos: Raahi

The Art of Doing Nothing

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 by anurati

…is the name of a book I bought more than ten years ago, in big bookstore in the downtown of Oslo. This title drew my attention, the simple beautiful photos, the simple way of living. Could that also be me? Today this title came to my mind.
 
Now I live most of the year in the countryside, my life is much more simple – but I see that it is really an art, because every time an empty space opens, I fill it. What I fill it with has changed a lot since I bought the book. But still the habit of filling is there.
 
Just now, this evening I turned down my sweet neighbours’ invitation to join them for a fun game night, but I felt my body needed to rest. After ten minutes laying down on my sofa, listening to a quiet song, I open my eyes and look at a plant and see how it stretches itself towards the light of the sunset. I jump up, grab the camera, I want to save it.

Dharma Mountain Meditation and Freedom Resort

For what? Wasn’t I supposed to rest? The “rest” is over for sure. Was I getting closer to an empty space in my rest and in that space I automatically fill it? Is it really so clear? I start writing.
 
The art…
I lay down again and try again. Thoughts from what happened today, not so much words, but images of people, of eyes, of smiles, of actions. Then thoughts about tomorrow come. Then after a while I am only watching the breath and then a change in the breathing rhythm happens. It goes deeper, slower. I hear only the music and imagine the whole body is listening to the music. Images come and go, but less thoughts. Feelings come to the surface, one so strong that tears come to my eyes. Love. I’m feeling the energy that moves inside my body. I go deeper.
 
Then; something stops. I realize when doing nothing – the being appears. And what a feeling, what an absolute luxury of all luxuries to just rest in myself, how can nothing feel so good? I feel like laughing about all doing when doing nothing excels it all!
 


The next day the woman next door who is packing to leave the valley for the season, knocks on the door, “Hi, I found your book, I borrowed it from your flat in Oslo a long time ago – you want it or shall I bring it back to your flat?” I take the book and feel life is really aligned sometimes or maybe it always is, we just don’t notice it?

Anurati 

Dharma Mountain Meditation and Freedom Resort

The Art of Doing Nothing

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 by anurati

…is the name of a book I bought more than ten years ago, in big bookstore in the downtown of Oslo. This title drew my attention, the simple beautiful photos, the simple way of living. Could that also be me? Today this title came to my mind.
 
Now I live most of the year in the countryside, my life is much more simple – but I see that it is really an art, because every time an empty space opens, I fill it. What I fill it with has changed a lot since I bought the book. But still the habit of filling is there.
 
Just now, this evening I turned down my sweet neighbours’ invitation to join them for a fun game night, but I felt my body needed to rest. After ten minutes laying down on my sofa, listening to a quiet song, I open my eyes and look at a plant and see how it stretches itself towards the light of the sunset. I jump up, grab the camera, I want to save it.

Dharma Mountain Meditation and Freedom Resort

For what? Wasn’t I supposed to rest? The “rest” is over for sure. Was I getting closer to an empty space in my rest and in that space I automatically fill it? Is it really so clear? I start writing.
 
The art…
I lay down again and try again. Thoughts from what happened today, not so much words, but images of people, of eyes, of smiles, of actions. Then thoughts about tomorrow come. Then after a while I am only watching the breath and then a change in the breathing rhythm happens. It goes deeper, slower. I hear only the music and imagine the whole body is listening to the music. Images come and go, but less thoughts. Feelings come to the surface, one so strong that tears come to my eyes. Love. I’m feeling the energy that moves inside my body. I go deeper.
 
Then; something stops. I realize when doing nothing – the being appears. And what a feeling, what an absolute luxury of all luxuries to just rest in myself, how can nothing feel so good? I feel like laughing about all doing when doing nothing excels it all!
 

 
The next day the woman next door who is packing to leave the valley for the season, knocks on the door, “Hi, I found your book, I borrowed it from your flat in Oslo a long time ago – you want it or shall I bring it back to your flat?” I take the book and feel life is really aligned sometimes or maybe it always is, we just don’t notice it?

Anurati

Dharma Mountain Meditation and Freedom Resort

Yummy Potato Salad

Posted on: September 19th, 2014 by anurati

Potato salad with home-made mayonnaise

1 kg potatoes

100 ml mixed oils (olive/sunflower)

(Don’t use only olive oil, because the taste of it will be too strong)

1 eggyolk (yellow part)

1/2 ts dijon mustard

1/2 ss vinegar/lemonjuice

1 ss chopped chives

Start by mixing the egg with mustard in the food processor. Little by little, put in the oil while foodprocessing, slowly, so it does not separate, but not too slow.

After half the oil, add vinegar, salt and the rest of the oil.

Peel the potatoes, cut them into dices, and steam for 10 minutes. Add salt in the water.

When the potatoes are cold, mix everything together.

Enjoy!

Dharmapotato salad  Mountain Meditation and Freedom Resort

Yummy Potato Salad

Posted on: September 19th, 2014 by anurati

Potato salad with home-made mayonnaise

1 kg potatoes

100 ml mixed oils (olive/sunflower)

(Don’t use only olive oil, because the taste of it will be too strong)

1 eggyolk (yellow part)

1/2 ts dijon mustard

1/2 ss vinegar/lemonjuice

1 ss chopped chives

Start by mixing the egg with mustard in the food processor. Little by little, put in the oil while foodprocessing, slowly, so it does not separate, but not too slow.

After half the oil, add vinegar, salt and the rest of the oil.

Peel the potatoes, cut them into dices, and steam for 10 minutes. Add salt in the water.

When the potatoes are cold, mix everything together.

Enjoy!

Dharmapotato salad  Mountain Meditation and Freedom Resort

My name is Aishani

Posted on: September 12th, 2014 by anurati

I  sat peacefully and listened to my Master. Suddenly I felt a new energy inside.

Such powerful energy.

Wow. I liked it. The power said:

“Do not hide anymore! Stand up for yourself!”.

It was so clear that I wanted to change my legal name to my sannyas name.

The energy was so strong, it felt so good, so right. It was just to act on it. There were no doubts, no thoughts, and no question. Go for it!

A delicious flow to just follow. I felt strong. The energy was very welcoming.

The day had come. I felt so excited. It will happen today. A friend was with me and she was so happy for me that I dared to follow my heart. We laughed, some tears of gratitude came and we shared our happiness. We were off to many government offices to undertake the practicalities around this official change.  First, I got a new driving license. Next step was to visit the police station. I felt some nervous energy inside. Will she say something? Will she comment on this?

I walked slowly in, gave her my paper. She studied the paper and looked at me and said: “What a beautiful name you have got”.

I was so surprised. A humility appeared and out of me came a very grateful, “Thank you”.

I got a new passport. Only one thing was left. To visit the bank. Also here I met a beautiful lady. She took a picture of me and gave a nice comment about how beautiful the picture was. “I will send you a new bankcard in few days” she said.

I danced out of the building.

I was so happy and satisfied. My name is Aishani.

Aishani

 

My name is Aishani

Posted on: September 12th, 2014 by anurati

I  sat peacefully and listened to my Master. Suddenly I felt a new energy inside.

Such powerful energy.

Wow. I liked it. The power said:

“Do not hide anymore! Stand up for yourself!”.

It was so clear that I wanted to change my legal name to my sannyas name.

The energy was so strong, it felt so good, so right. It was just to act on it. There were no doubts, no thoughts, and no question. Go for it!

A delicious flow to just follow. I felt strong. The energy was very welcoming.

The day had come. I felt so excited. It will happen today. A friend was with me and she was so happy for me that I dared to follow my heart. We laughed, some tears of gratitude came and we shared our happiness. We were off to many government offices to undertake the practicalities around this official change.  First, I got a new driving license. Next step was to visit the police station. I felt some nervous energy inside. Will she say something? Will she comment on this?

I walked slowly in, gave her my paper. She studied the paper and looked at me and said: “What a beautiful name you have got”.

I was so surprised. A humility appeared and out of me came a very grateful, “Thank you”.

I got a new passport. Only one thing was left. To visit the bank. Also here I met a beautiful lady. She took a picture of me and gave a nice comment about how beautiful the picture was. “I will send you a new bankcard in few days” she said.

I danced out of the building.

I was so happy and satisfied. My name is Aishani.

Aishani

 

Pure spelt bread magic

Posted on: August 6th, 2014 by anurati

This summer retreat we were served this delcious bread every breakfast and sometime together with soup for dinner. It is healthy and very filling – and is perfect lunch on a mountain-trip….

The bread is made from spelt flour, compared to ordinary wheat, spelt has a higher fat content. It has a higher percentage of unsaturated fatty acids, as well as higher a vitamin and mineral content. According to studies, spelt is more easily digestible than wheat. Because of the excellent water solubility of spelt, the vital components are more easily and more quickly absorbed by the body. This means that the digestive system does not have to work as hard, so that spelt is more easily tolerated by many people.

Spelt bread recipe
(this recipe makes four breads)

1 kg white spelt flour
500 g wholemeal spelt flour
200 g barley flour
200 g wholemeal rye flour
200 g spelt flakes
250 g oat flakes
1,5 dl sesame seeds
2 tbsp sea salt
1,8 liter water
5 g yeast (the size of a pea)

Mix all dry ingredients together, use a sieve when adding the flour, to increase the volume of the breads. Dissolve yeast in a small amount of water. Mix yeast solution with lukewarm water (33°C). Mix the liquid with the flour to make an homogenous dough. The spelt dough has to be a bit soft or wet, so it can’t be kneaded. If you add too much flour, the breads will be too dry. There is also no need to stir a lot, because spelt is more delicate than wheat. Cover the dough with plastic and leave it to rise at room temperature for 8-10 hours. Before baking, mix in 200 g of white spelt flour. Then scoop out the dough into four greased bread forms. A tip is to have wet hands when working with the dough, so that it doesn’t stick so easily.

Put breads into preheated oven at 50°C, leave for 15-25 minutes to rise. Then increase temperature to 180-200°C for 60-70 minutes (time and temperature depend on your baking oven). When finished baking, the bread crust should be brown and crispy. Take breads out of the forms immediately, and leave to cool down without a cover, preferable on a wire rack. The breads can be frozen, but keep well in room temperature for 3–5 days.

Finally, you can enjoy your own home baked spelt breads! Yummy!

Organic spelt flour
You can get both conventional and organic spelt flour. However I highly recommend the organic spelt flour, even though it is more expensive, because the conventional spelt has been crossbred with wheat to increase yields and hence lost many of the beneficial qualities of pure spelt. The organic spelt grown in Norway is from the Swiss spelt variety called ´Oberkulmer Rotkorn´ which is considered among the purest of the spelt varieties.

More about spelt
Saint Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179) who was a mystic and abbess in medieval Germany, describes quite impressively the special health benefits of spelt as compared to other edible grains. In her book “Physika” she says: “Spelt is the best grain… It is rich and nourishing and more delicate than all other grains. It gives the one who eats it a strong body and healthy blood. It makes one happy and cheerful. Whenever people eat it, either as bread or in another form, it is delicious and easily digested.”

So now – are you ready to try it yourself?

With love from one of the bakers,
Vibhoda

 

Pure spelt bread magic

Posted on: August 6th, 2014 by anurati

This summer retreat we were served this delcious bread every breakfast and sometime together with soup for dinner. It is healthy and very filling – and is perfect lunch on a mountain-trip….

The bread is made from spelt flour, compared to ordinary wheat, spelt has a higher fat content. It has a higher percentage of unsaturated fatty acids, as well as higher a vitamin and mineral content. According to studies, spelt is more easily digestible than wheat. Because of the excellent water solubility of spelt, the vital components are more easily and more quickly absorbed by the body. This means that the digestive system does not have to work as hard, so that spelt is more easily tolerated by many people.

Spelt bread recipe
(this recipe makes four breads)

1 kg white spelt flour
500 g wholemeal spelt flour
200 g barley flour
200 g wholemeal rye flour
200 g spelt flakes
250 g oat flakes
1,5 dl sesame seeds
2 tbsp sea salt
1,8 liter water
5 g yeast (the size of a pea)

Mix all dry ingredients together, use a sieve when adding the flour, to increase the volume of the breads. Dissolve yeast in a small amount of water. Mix yeast solution with lukewarm water (33°C). Mix the liquid with the flour to make an homogenous dough. The spelt dough has to be a bit soft or wet, so it can’t be kneaded. If you add too much flour, the breads will be too dry. There is also no need to stir a lot, because spelt is more delicate than wheat. Cover the dough with plastic and leave it to rise at room temperature for 8-10 hours. Before baking, mix in 200 g of white spelt flour. Then scoop out the dough into four greased bread forms. A tip is to have wet hands when working with the dough, so that it doesn’t stick so easily.

Put breads into preheated oven at 50°C, leave for 15-25 minutes to rise. Then increase temperature to 180-200°C for 60-70 minutes (time and temperature depend on your baking oven). When finished baking, the bread crust should be brown and crispy. Take breads out of the forms immediately, and leave to cool down without a cover, preferable on a wire rack. The breads can be frozen, but keep well in room temperature for 3–5 days.

Finally, you can enjoy your own home baked spelt breads! Yummy!

Organic spelt flour
You can get both conventional and organic spelt flour. However I highly recommend the organic spelt flour, even though it is more expensive, because the conventional spelt has been crossbred with wheat to increase yields and hence lost many of the beneficial qualities of pure spelt. The organic spelt grown in Norway is from the Swiss spelt variety called ´Oberkulmer Rotkorn´ which is considered among the purest of the spelt varieties.

More about spelt
Saint Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179) who was a mystic and abbess in medieval Germany, describes quite impressively the special health benefits of spelt as compared to other edible grains. In her book “Physika” she says: “Spelt is the best grain… It is rich and nourishing and more delicate than all other grains. It gives the one who eats it a strong body and healthy blood. It makes one happy and cheerful. Whenever people eat it, either as bread or in another form, it is delicious and easily digested.”

So now – are you ready to try it yourself?

With love from one of the bakers,
Vibhoda

 

Summer Dynamic

Posted on: August 1st, 2014 by anurati

This morning I felt religious.
I came back to Dharma Mountain two days ago, after two weeks away, and I went in for the morning meditation. I was amazed to find people still doing Dynamic meditation every morning, the whole room full of people, going on for the 24th day. What is going on here? I went away to have summer vacation with my kids, in the small house we live in in the south coast.

When I left Dharma I had joined nine days of Dynamic, and I was determined to go on with the 21 days – no matter how many teenagers and visitors and god-knows-who were coming to our house. I did it. 21 days. And this is what I learned from it:

1. Not even Dynamic can wake up a teenager at 7 in the morning.
There are several advantages of not having small children, the morning hours to myself is one of them. They are still not aware I did this meditation for 12 days. But also with other people around, friends and neighbors, I found I don’t have to be alone in the house to do Dynamic. I did catharsis in silence – but the music was on and the “Hoo!” were with sound.

2. Dynamic can be done everywhere
When people are sleeping everywhere else in the house, why skip Dynamic? The toilet room was still available. It is small, narrow and with a low ceiling, so I had to adjust, yes. But in this room I discovered that totality has nothing to do with outer circumstances.

3. Dynamic is a way to survive family holidays
Before I used to think it would be impossible to do Dynamic in the middle of my family life. Now, I start to think it will be impossible to have family holidays WITHOUT it. All the frustration, irritation and old patterns that would come up and gather during the vacation, and was bound to come out somewhere, got an outlet. My patience with kids have never been greater. Wow.

But this morning, I felt religious. I came into the Satsang room and saw all the people, even after completing the 21 days, was still going on, ready and eager. The energy was determined, inspiring. In the jumping phase, I felt so free and playful. These words came to me, “I am free.” And not only me, all of us. It was like we all were jumping and our energy was lifting an old, dusty blanket of confusion, resignation and giving in, we were lifting it. It was disappearing like fog in the sun. And I was in awe, for this, that this is happening, here, now. We are free. Hallelujah!

Leena

* Dynamic meditation is an 1 hour meditation created by Osho –  it is a fast, intense and thorough way to break old, ingrained patterns in the bodymind that keep one imprisoned in the past, and to experience the freedom, the witnessing, silence and peace that are hidden behind these prison walls. Regarding to the process of 21 days Dynamic Meditation, Osho says: “It takes at least seves days to settle, then another seven days to feel the new dimension, then another seven to be completely at home.” 

Summer Dynamic

Posted on: August 1st, 2014 by anurati

This morning I felt religious.
I came back to Dharma Mountain two days ago, after two weeks away, and I went in for the morning meditation. I was amazed to find people still doing Dynamic meditation every morning, the whole room full of people, going on for the 24th day. What is going on here? I went away to have summer vacation with my kids, in the small house we live in in the south coast.

When I left Dharma I had joined nine days of Dynamic, and I was determined to go on with the 21 days – no matter how many teenagers and visitors and god-knows-who were coming to our house. I did it. 21 days. And this is what I learned from it:

1. Not even Dynamic can wake up a teenager at 7 in the morning.
There are several advantages of not having small children, the morning hours to myself is one of them. They are still not aware I did this meditation for 12 days. But also with other people around, friends and neighbours, I found I don’t have to be alone in the house to do Dynamic. I did catharsis in silence – but the music was on and the “Hoo!” were with sound.

2. Dynamic can be done everywhere
When people are sleeping everywhere else in the house, why skip Dynamic? The toilet room was still available. It is small, narrow and with a low ceiling, so I had to adjust, yes. But in this room I discovered that totality has nothing to do with outer circumstances.

3. Dynamic is a way to survive family holidays
Before I used to think it would be impossible to do Dynamic in the middle of my family life. Now, I start to think it will be impossible to have family holidays WITHOUT it. All the frustration, irritation and old patterns that would come up and gather during the vacation, and was bound to come out somewhere, got an outlet. My patience with kids have never been greater. Wow.

But this morning, I felt religious. I came into the Satsang room and saw all the people, even after completing the 21 days, were still going on, ready and eager. The energy was determined, inspiring. In the jumping phase, I felt so free and playful. These words came to me, “I am free.” And not only me, all of us. It was like we all were jumping and our energy was lifting an old, dusty blanket of confusion, resignation and giving in, we were lifting it. It was disappearing like fog in the sun. And I was in awe, for this, that this is happening, here, now. We are free. Hallelujah!

Leena

* Dynamic meditation is an 1 hour meditation created by Osho –  it is a fast, intense and thorough way to break old, ingrained patterns in the bodymind that keep one imprisoned in the past, and to experience the freedom, the witnessing, silence and peace that are hidden behind these prison walls. Regarding to the process of 21 days Dynamic Meditation, Osho says: “It takes at least seves days to settle, then another seven days to feel the new dimension, then another seven to be completely at home.” 

Yoga retreat

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by anurati

For mer informasjon: www.yogasentrum.no

Yoga retreat

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by anurati

For more information: www.yogasentrum.no

Norwegian Forest Monastery Buddhist Society silent retreat

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by anurati

For more information: www.skogskloster.no

Skogskloster Buddhistsamfunn – retreat

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by anurati

For mer informasjon: www.skogskloster.no

Green Marvel Soup

Posted on: May 8th, 2014 by anurati

When the belly is relaxed the whole body relaxes… From the Holistic massage group this week, we would like to share one of many delcious meals.

1 onion, chopped
2 zucchini, chopped
500g frozen (or fresh) peas
1/2 bunch coriander
soy sauce
yogurt
enough veggie stock for desired consistency

Method:
Fry onion in little oil until they have some color.
Add zucchini and fry until they have a little color.
Add peas and heat until defrosted.

Add the stock, bring to a boil and leave simmering until vegetable are cooked through.
Then blend everything to a smooth soup.
Bring to taste with soy sauce.
Only add the coriander last and blend it one last time.

Add some dollops of yogurt when serving the soup.

Bon appétit!

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Grønn vidunderlig suppe

Posted on: May 8th, 2014 by anurati

Når magen er avslappet slapper hele kroppen av… Fra holistisk massasje kurs denne uken på Dharma Mountian vil vi gjerne dele en av mange gode retter; “Green Marvel Soup” – helt vidunderlig!

1 løk, hakket
2 squash, hakket
500 g frosne eller ferske erter
1/2 bunt koriander
soya saus
yogurt
grønnsaks buljong

Slik gjør du det:
Stek løk i olje så den blir gyllen.
Tilsett squash til den også er lett stekt.
Tilsett erter og varm de til de er tint.

Tilsett buljong og kok opp, la det småkoke til grønnsakene er gjennomkokte.
Blend alt sammen til en jevn suppe.
Smak til med soyasaus.
Tilsett koriander og blend alt sammen en gang til.

Dekorér suppen med litt yoghurt.
Nystekt brød er også godt til….

Bon appétit!

Dharma Mountain Meditation and Freedom Resort

Seeds of energy – crackers

Posted on: April 27th, 2014 by anurati
    The nature is exploding around us, snow is melting, birds are singing again, new flowers and leaves are in a magical way appearing this year too…To feel this aliveness in nature, can reflect something inside us too – and maybe it wakes up the wish to support our bodies, to eat what makes us feel good. Just reflect how much energy there is inside a little seed, what color, shape, fragrance can come out of it. Spring is a reminder of how magical existence is.

    So if we eat seeds that have so much potential, so much energy – what does that do to our bodies? Try it out if you like. A little spring cleaning in your kitchen draws…and you might have enough seeds to make some crackers?

    1,5 dl flaxseed
    1,5 dl crushed flaxseed (use a blender)
    1 dl sesame seeds
    2 dl pumpkin seeds
    1 dl sunflower seeds
    1 dl hamp seed (if you don’t have it, use what you have or just use 1 dl less water)
    1 teaspoon sea salt
    1 teaspoon herbal salt
    8 dl water

    Mix everything together and leave to soak overnight (or for 4 hours). Flaxseeds makes it become a dough.

    If you have a dehydrator use paraflexx sheet. Use a spoon and press down the dough so it gets flat and round like a biscuit. Different shapes – looks nice and homemade.

    Dry for 8 hours at 50C. Baked with low temperature preserves most of the nutrient in the seeds.
    When it is one hour left, remove the paraflexx and turn them around. Store them in a box or glass with a lid.

    Eat as snack or add cheese, spread or dip.

    If you don’t have a dehydrator – use your oven.

    Long time to bake, fast to eat, but the moment is only now…enjoy spring inside and outside!

    Dharma Mountain Meditation and  Freedom Resort Hedalen

Sprø frø energikjeks

Posted on: April 27th, 2014 by anurati

Naturen eksploderer rundt oss, snøen smelter, fuglene synger igjen, blomster og blader springer ut på magisk vis i år også… Å føle den levende naturen rundt oss, kan gjenspeile noe inni oss og kan vekke opp et ønske om å spise noe som er godt for kroppen. Tenk hvor mye energi det er inne i et lite frø, hvilken farge, form, smak, lukt kan komme ut av det hvis vi lar det vokse. Våren er en påminnelse om hvor magisk eksistensen er…

Så hvis vi spiser frø som har så stort potensiale, så mye energi – hva kan det gjøre for kroppen vår? Prøv ut om du har lyst! Start med en liten vårrengjøring i kjøkkenskapene… og du har kanskje nok frø til å lage noen kjeks?

1,5 dl linfrø
1,5 dl knuste linfrø (bruk en blender)
1 dl sesamfrø
2 dl gresskarkjerner
1 dl solsikkekjerner
1 dl hamp frø (hvis du ikke har det bruk noen andre frø eller bruk 1 dl mindre vann)
1 ts havsalt
1 ts urtesalt
8 dl vann

Bland alt sammen – og legg i bløt over natten (eller 4 timer). 
Linfrøene binder alt sammen til en deig.

Hvis du har en dehydrator bruk paraflexx bakeunderlag. Bruk en skje og trykk ned deigen slik at den  blir flat og rund som en kjeks. Ulike former på kjeksene ser fint og hjemmelaget ut.

Tørk i 8 timer ved 50C. Ved å steke de på lav varme beholdes mye av næringen i frøene. 
Når det er én time igjen kan du fjerne bakeunderlagene og snu dem rundt og la dem tørke på risten.

Oppbevar dem i en boks eller glass med lokk.

Spis som snacks eller ha på smør og pålegg, eller lag en god dipp.

Hvis du ikke har en dehydrator bruk vanlig stekeovn.

Det tar lang tid å tørke/steke de, kort tid å spise – men hva gjør vel det?
Øyeblikket er alltid nå – nyt våren inni deg og rundt deg!

Dharma Mountain Meditation and  Freedom Resort Hedalen

Biodanza in Nature

Posted on: December 17th, 2013 by anurati

Reconnect with life trough joy, love and deep presence – 4 days retreat with Unni Heim

“The last two years this has been a big success! And it is one of the most beautiful biodanza-events you can imagine!”
Unni Heim

Being in nature brings us closer to the vibrant harmony that exists in all living beings. It helps us find back our center. At the same time it shows us that we are all related to each other; human beings, animals, plants, the wind, mother earth and the stars. When we surrender to this connection it brings us access to vital energy, and it gives us joy: – the joy of being alive.

Love is the gravity that links it all together. And for us human, it is the heart connection and the presence in our body that is the door into this experience.
The retreat takes place in the middle of wild nature with mountains, rivers, trees, fresh air and green fields.

Most of the Biodanza sessions will be in the middle of nature. Some sessions will be with music and other in total silence only accompanied by the music of nature itself.

We also have a lovely dance room in the main house where we can dance in case of bad weather and for special dances.

Who can join?
We recommend that you have previous experience with Biodanza or other forms of inner life-, relational- or spiritual work. However it is not an absolute requirement. The most important thing is that you have a desire to open up to life and relations in all its beauty! Through dance, presence in nature and human contact we open up to connect deeper with ourselves, with others and life in all its totality.

If you have never done Biodanza before we recommend that you take a look at www.biodanza.no to get some more information. And we recommend that you contact Unni so that we together can find out if this is a good place for you to start.

Maximum 38 participents.

Practical information:

Where?
We are happy to choose the beautiful Dharma Mountain in Hedalen in Valdres as our venue for a retreat.

Here you will enjoy home cooked simple and natural food, hosted by warm and caring staff.

Price & payment:
To reserve your place please pay a deposit of 600 NOK.
When the deposit is paid before 10 July, the total price for the group is 4100 NOK.
When the deposit is paid after 10 July, the total price for the group is 4700 NOK

All deposits are non-refundable.
Please transfer the remaining payment for the group to our bank account by 7 August.
Single room additional cost: 1200 NOK

Please pay to Dharma Mountain bank account:
Dharma Mountain AS
Account number 1594 44 22533
IBAN: NO 29 1594 44 22533
Swift/Bic-adress: DNBANOKK

Bank:
DnB NOR Bank ASA
0021 Oslo

Read more details about what is included in the fee further down the page!

To sign up: contact Dharma Mountain:
(+ 47) 94 89 10 10
welcome@dharmamountain.com

Program:
There will be at least six Biodanza sessions, and time to enjoy the lovely nature.

How to get there: 
The venue (Dharma Mountain) is located about 2 hour’s drive south-west of Oslo.

You can go by car or by bus.
You take the Bus to Nes i Ådal (This is the line called Valdresekspressen). From there you take a taxi 15 minutes. It is easy and not expensive to share taxi with other people for the last part of the journey.

About the accommodation:
You will sleep in holiday cottage. Each cottage has two bedrooms, with two beds in each room. One cottalges have 3 bedrooms.
There will be two persons in each room. Every cottage has its own bathroom!

What is included in the fee?
– All workshops
– Accommodation for 3 nights
– Cleaning of the cottage on departure
– Hot evening meal on the arrival day
– Breakfast, hot lunch and evening soup on Friday and Saturday
– Breakfast and hot lunch on Sunday.
– Coffee and tea during the breaks

Teaching language:
If there will be attending participants who do not understand Norwegian, the teaching will be done in English.
If English is not necessary, the teaching will be done in Norwegian.

About the teacher:
All vivencias (workshops) will be given by Unni Heim.
Unni is the director of The Rolando Toro School for Biodanza – Norway and is the founder of Biodanza in Norway.

Biodanza in Nature

Posted on: December 17th, 2013 by anurati

Reconnect with life trough joy, love and deep presence – 4 days retreat with Unni Heim

“The last two years this has been a big success! And it is one of the most beautiful biodanza-events you can imagine!”
Unni Heim

Being in nature brings us closer to the vibrant harmony that exists in all living beings. It helps us find back our center. At the same time it shows us that we are all related to each other; human beings, animals, plants, the wind, mother earth and the stars. When we surrender to this connection it brings us access to vital energy, and it gives us joy: – the joy of being alive.

Love is the gravity that links it all together. And for us human, it is the heart connection and the presence in our body that is the door into this experience.
The retreat takes place in the middle of wild nature with mountains, rivers, trees, fresh air and green fields.

Most of the Biodanza sessions will be in the middle of nature. Some sessions will be with music and other in total silence only accompanied by the music of nature itself.

We also have a lovely dance room in the main house where we can dance in case of bad weather and for special dances.

Who can join?
We recommend that you have previous experience with Biodanza or other forms of inner life-, relational- or spiritual work. However it is not an absolute requirement. The most important thing is that you have a desire to open up to life and relations in all its beauty! Through dance, presence in nature and human contact we open up to connect deeper with ourselves, with others and life in all its totality.

If you have never done Biodanza before we recommend that you take a look at www.biodanza.no to get some more information. And we recommend that you contact Unni so that we together can find out if this is a good place for you to start.

Maximum 38 participents.

Practical information:

Where?
We are happy to choose the beautiful Dharma Mountain in Hedalen in Valdres as our venue for a retreat.

Here you will enjoy home cooked simple and natural food, hosted by warm and caring staff.

Price & payment:
To reserve your place please pay a deposit of 600 NOK.
When the deposit is paid before 10 July, the total price for the group is 4100 NOK.
When the deposit is paid after 10 July, the total price for the group is 4700 NOK

All deposits are non-refundable.
Please transfer the remaining payment for the group to our bank account by 6 August.
Single room additional cost: 1200 NOK

Please pay to Dharma Mountain bank account:
Dharma Mountain AS
Account number 1594 44 22533
IBAN: NO 29 1594 44 22533
Swift/Bic-adress: DNBANOKK

Bank:
DnB NOR Bank ASA
0021 Oslo

Read more details about what is included in the fee further down the page!

To sign up: contact Dharma Mountain:
(+ 47) 94 89 10 10
welcome@dharmamountain.com

Program:
There will be at least six Biodanza sessions, and time to enjoy the lovely nature.

How to get there: 
The venue (Dharma Mountain) is located about 2 hour’s drive south-west of Oslo.

You can go by car or by bus.
You take the Bus to Nes i Ådal (This is the line called Valdresekspressen). From there you take a taxi 15 minutes. It is easy and not expensive to share taxi with other people for the last part of the journey.

About the accommodation:
You will sleep in holiday cottage. Each cottage has two bedrooms, with two beds in each room. One cottalges have 3 bedrooms.
There will be two persons in each room. Every cottage has its own bathroom!

What is included in the fee?
– All workshops
– Accommodation for 3 nights
– Cleaning of the cottage on departure
– Hot evening meal on the arrival day
– Breakfast, hot lunch and evening soup on Friday and Saturday
– Breakfast and hot lunch on Sunday.
– Coffee and tea during the breaks

Teaching language:
If there will be attending participants who do not understand Norwegian, the teaching will be done in English.
If English is not necessary, the teaching will be done in Norwegian.

About the teacher:
All vivencias (workshops) will be given by Unni Heim.
Unni is the director of The Rolando Toro School for Biodanza – Norway and is the founder of Biodanza in Norway.

Relax, have a cup of chai…

Posted on: November 29th, 2013 by anurati

Shakti’s chai

Drinking tea is something so ordinary, we do it every day, maybe even many times a day. Next time you drink tea make it a real stopping. When you drink, just drink, enjoy the moment and the cup of tea… If you can only do what you do in the moment without thinking about everything else – everything relaxes. And when you really give yourself some minutes break – a good stop, everything feels more fresh when you go back to whatever you where doing. Let your mind wait for you until you are finish drinking. So now, make yourself a big pot of chai – and give yourself many relaxing moments during the day…

This special chai receipe is based on Shakti’s spicy thick chai. It is so filling, it is like a desert…
Shakti loves to make it after Satsang, and a few lucky ones got a taste this summer at Dharma Mountain…

blog_cha2

We wish to share with you how she makes this luxurious chai (1 liter):

1/2 liter of water
10 black tea  bags (PG tea is best)
1 small bag cinnamon stick (3 small sticks)
1 small bag cinnamon (ca 3 spoons)
5 cloves sprouts
1 tsp cardamom (ground)
25 green cardamom opened and crushed in a mortar
4 thin slices of ginger
1/2 liter of whole milk
1 teaspoon of honey per cup of tea

Mix all the spices and water in a pan, and bring to boil.
Add the tea and milk to finish.
Boil on low heat for at least 10 min.
Squeeze  the “juice” from the teabags and let them swell again.
Repeat this a few times.
Strain half of the contents into a new pan – and then heat this half up again.
Add a little extra water and milk  and bring this to boil.
Sweeten with honey.
Strain again into the tea-pot or cups.

The other half in the first pan can be re-used to make more, just add water and milk and more spices if needed.

Have fun experimenting with more or less spices and honey – and enjoy!

Relax, have a cup of chai…

Posted on: November 29th, 2013 by anurati

Shakti’s chai

Drinking tea is something so ordinary, we do it every day, maybe even many times a day. Next time you drink tea make it a real stopping. When you drink, just drink, enjoy the moment and the cup of tea… If you can only do what you do in the moment without thinking about everything else – everything relaxes. And when you really give yourself some minutes break – a good stop, everything feels more fresh when you go back to whatever you where doing. Let your mind wait for you until you are finish drinking. So now, make yourself a big pot of chai – and give yourself many relaxing moments during the day…

This special chai receipe is based on Shakti’s spicy thick chai. It is so filling, it is like a desert…
Shakti loves to make it after Satsang, and a few lucky ones got a taste this summer at Dharma Mountain…

blog_cha2

We wish to share with you how she makes this luxurious chai (1 liter):

1/2 liter of water
10 black tea  bags (PG tea is best)
1 small bag cinnamon stick
(you get in the supermarked, from “Hindu” or similar, = 3 small sticks)
1 small bag cinnamon
(you get in the supermarked, from “Hindu” or similar, = ca 3 spoons)
5 cloves sprouts
1 tsp cardamom (ground)
25 green cardamom opened and crushed in a mortar
4 thin slices of ginger
1/2 liter of whole milk
1 teaspoon of honey per cup of tea

Mix all the spices and water in a pan, and bring to boil.
Add the tea and milk to finish.
Boil on low heat for at least 10 min.
Squeeze  the “juice” from the teabags and let them swell again.
Repeat this a few times.
Strain half of the contents into a new pan – and then heat this half up again.
Add a little extra water and milk  and bring this to boil.
Sweeten with honey.
Strain again into the tea-pot or cups.

The other half in the first pan can be re-used to make more, just add water and milk and more spices if needed.

Have fun experimenting with more or less spices and honey – and enjoy!

Dharma nå

Posted on: October 9th, 2013 by anurati

Baked Oat & Quinoa with blueberries from the forest

Posted on: September 4th, 2013 by anurati

 
This delicious recipe I have made a countless of times after I discovered it. The soft consistence, the combination of oat, banana and blueberries cant go wrong, and on top of it, lots of brown butter! Yes, we are talking totally comfort food here!  Dont miss out on this one! Its easy to make, and you kan keep it in the fridge for several days and have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner even if thats what you are craving, cold or heated again, because this is actually a good balanced meal with proteins, fat and good carbs..

This recipe have been used in Dharma for smaller groups – and it has been warmly welcomed for a change to the traditional porridge, this is a great alternative for the coming autumn and winter, where our bodys wants more warm food.

Baked Oat & Quinoa with blueberries

1,5 cup oat, rolled

0,5 cup quinoa

1 tsp baking powder

1,5 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp pure vanillaextract

1,8 cup rice or oatmilk

2 tbsp oliveoil

2 egg

2 ripe bananas

180 gr frozen blueberries

3 ss unsweetened applesauce

2-3 ss honey or agavesirup

 

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

 

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl – and set aside. In another bowl you put the eggs and whisk a little with a fork, then you add the vanillaextract, applesauce, stevia, honey/agavesirup, milk and the oliveoil and mix again. Set aside.

If you dont have quinoaflakes, you just use 2 cups with oat, or other flakes. It will still be delicious.

Find a ovenproof form in the size, more or less, like a lasagneform. Cut the bananas into pieces and place in the bottom of the form. Then you add the bowl with wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine lightly with a spoon. Take out the frozen blueberries, add into the mix, and combine just a little bit again, and place the mix over the bananas. Its important that the bluberries are frozen when you add them to the mix, if they are starting to defrost they will turn it all blue, and it doesnt matter to the taste, but it doesnt look that great when its all blue.
Bake for 35 – 45 minutes, depending on your oven, but it should be golden on top.
While its baking you can prepare the browned butter, you cant skip this and use “only” normal butter, because this makes a whole lot of difference!
Its very easy, and you start out just the same way as when you make clarified butter, you just take it a little longer. Put a slice of good, organic butter in a pan over medium heat, let melt and eventually it will start to divide in three layers (this should only take a few minutes).  Foam will appear on the surface of the butter, and this you take away with a spoon and discard. The milk solids will fall to the bottom, and the clarified butter is floating in the middle. Normally the process stops here because now you have clarified butter (ghee), but to make browned butter, also called Hazelnut Butter, you have to let it cook more so the milksolids in the bottom starts to “burn”, than it will become aromatic and toasty and will impart a hazelnut color to the butter. When that happens you will smell it.

You can contol the nuttiness and the intensity of the butter by varying how long you cook it before you remove it from the milksolids. This butter you can keep in the fridge and use over oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, pasta, tarts….for an extra touch.
When the baked goods are finished, let cool for 10 minutes, then drizzle the browned butter on top, dont hold back here…(its just so delicious) place yourself on the coach with a woollen blanket and enjoy every single bite 🙂

With love,

Modini

Roasted Chickpeas by the lake

Posted on: September 4th, 2013 by anurati

How blessed we have been this summer with such a beautiful warm weather. No wollen socks and raincoats needed for Satsang this year. And many meals could be joined outside, in our beautiful garden and by the lake. For those who are living here in Norway and stays here during the long winter, those days are really precious and we know to use the opportunity to have our meal outside on warm, sunny days.

This dish we have made many times now during the retreats. I found this recipe in a cookbook and there they eat it just as a snack, like we eat popcorn or peanuts…. But I thought this would be great in a wok, and Im trying to make us use more of these guys (the chickpeas), because they are so good and healthy. Chickpeas are the earliest cultivated legume and are loaded with fiber, they are high in protein and is supporting our bloodsugar levels. Personally I love them, is the legume that I use most at home. But the thing about chickpeas and almost any legume, they need to be soaked overnight or at least 8-10 hours and then cooked for some time, and many of us dont have time or forget this, but what you can is to cook up a lot while you first do it then you freeze them in plastic bags or other containers. In this way you can always have chickpeas available for a meal.. just adding some vegetables, some spices….a little rice and suddenly you have a great lunch:)

Roasted Chickpeas

1,5 cup cooked chickpeas

2-3  tbsp olive oil

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp sweet paprika

1/3 tsp cayennepepper

1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 200 degrees – mix the spices with the oil and blend in the chickpeas, make sure they are well coated with the oilmix.

Place chickpeas on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 20-25 min – make sure to stir them around after 15 min so they get evenly roasted.

Serve with your choice of woked vegetables and rice:)

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With love,

Modini

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