About This Center
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Nestled within the jungles of a wave-fringed island, the Lotus Shores Yoga, Surf & Farm Retreat is a commune for yogis, seekers, surfers, and conscious adventurers travelling to Siargao to rest, manifest, connect, get barreled and (or) enlightened.
It was founded on the goal of Yoga, the realization of the unity of Being, often experienced in the act of wave-riding. Life at the retreat is a celebration, exploration and preservation of the sacred wisdom that yoga and surfing have to teach us about ourselves and the world around us. The commune is home to the island’s only yoga center, Yoga Dojo, and Kali Ma Cafe, a plant-based kitchen and restaurant.
FINDING THE SACRED IN THE EVERYDAY
As a space dedicated to the remembrance of our true nature, our everyday activities (eating, walking, communicating, etc.) are a continuation of our practices (sadhana) and are approached with equal mindfulness, reverence, and devotion. The intentionality behind every activity is a means of attuning ourselves to the pulsating, sacred, subtle reality present everywhere and at all times including “mundane” experience. Through the practice of witnessing every action and every experience we can recognize this sacred reality at all time, finding that we are contentment itself, happiness itself, peace itself.
LIFE AS A COMMUNE
We encourage each person to listen and respond to the promptings and needs of the body and the mind, which for modern people, often leans towards not doing, letting go, and just being. Life at the retreat is less disciplined or regimented than it is inside an ashram; each offering is an invitation rather than an imposition. The virtues of the spiritual practice (yoga) are emphasized in the intention behind our sadhana, and the way we interact with each other, with all living beings and the natural environment.
Being situated where nature is (mostly) as it has always been and life is naturally harmonious, the retreat is enveloped in a high-vibrational field. Through conscious, life-affirming action, and through the repetition and dedication of practice, this field rises and expands. More than mere possession, what we share at the commune is [one] reality that is the consequence of every thought, word and action of ours.
To preserve this, consumption of any alcohol, cigarettes, and non-vegan products is prohibited within the retreat. Loud, disruptive or unnecessary noise is also prohibited. We encourage mindful consumption of food, sound, information and experience.
STAYING AT THE RETREAT
Our accommodations were created to support a deep integration of the learnings, insights and breakthroughs that arise from the practice. It is in between sadhana when we shed our outdated ways of being and integrate the newly awakened parts of ourselves. This can only take place in an environment that encourages rest and deep listening.
Whether or not one practices, they would benefit from the closeness to nature, open spaces, and the uplifting and positive environment of the retreat.
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु - Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu - May all beings everywhere be happy and free
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Purok 5 Poblacion, General Luna Siargao, Surigao Del Norte, 8419
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