Monday, March 28, 2011

A Scenic Respite

On Saturday the Vegan Meetup Group traveled to Yogaville which is a little over an hour south of Charlottesville. 

I honestly had little knowledge of Yogaville and being a fearless explorer, decided it sounded like an interesting trip.  I was familiar with the Health Food Store/Grocery that is run by this organization in Charlottesville, Intergral Yoga.

I was elated to find some unexpected breathtakingly beautiful scenery and landscaping.  It was a lovely day even though chilly.

Yogaville is basically a place of meditation, learning, and acceptance of all religions.  There is a lovely Lotus Shrine that celebrates religions of the world and provides a peaceful room for meditation.  They also have lodging and a warehouse onsite where they publish related books, and a small farm.

Sculpture inside Lotus Shrine

We enjoyed a vegan lunch and went on a small tour of the 800 acre retreat.  Yogaville offers Yoga training, Vegetarian Cooking programs, and Farm internships.  We opted to sit and listen to readings while eating our lunch in silence.  It really helped me eat more slowly and the readings were very positive and thought provoking.

There were thousands of Daffodils in bloom along with lovely pink flowering Cherry Trees.  In a way, I was glad I did not research our trip because there were little surprises around every corner.


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