The importance of language in defining your offering
Pearl of Wisdom
At Hale Pule on Kaua’i, our courses in Ayurveda are called “Intensives” or “Immersions” rather than “Retreats”. What we do here is structured for a good reason. In Ayurveda we have ‘dinacharya’, which is the daily routine of self-care that determines your health. With this we create a structure to support learning and growth that promotes wellbeing in our participants in a format that they can implement in their daily lives. A useful analogy is to think of a pendulum that has a resting place in the centre. If you sign up for a boot camp to whip yourself into shape, you may temporarily lose weight and get stronger (swinging your pendulum to one side or the other), but will eventually find yourself back where you started (with the pendulum in its resting state at centre). The only way to make long-term, sustained change is to gently shift your centre over time. This is what we do in our intensives. Eating fresh organic foods with Ayurvedic preparation, taking asana practice at certain times of day, taking a stroll after meals and sleeping and waking at consistent times are just a few of things we do. Naming our offerings as “Intensive” or “Immersion” provides students with an accurate picture of what they can expect. An opportunity to bring balance while diving deeply into life.