Recently I visited Maia Earth Village on Palawan island, in the Philippines. What led me here was a synchronistic series of events where I had no idea I would end up living 'off grid' for a few days living on just coconuts and fruit. (It's not as difficult as it sounds!)
Even more unexpected was the fact there was a gathering of people from across the world 'converging' at Maia to discuss how to create successful sustainable living practices through various disciplines.
The event was called the Emergence Convergence, a bringing together of organisations and initiatives focused on sustainability, transformative medicine, disaster relief and personal transformation through something called Inner Dance.
We'll cover more about Inner Dance in another blog post, but it's very powerful transformational tool, developed by Pi Villaraza the co-founder of Maia and Bahay Kalipay a yoga and detox retreat based on Palawan.
It was amazing to see the event unfold, in the beautiful surroundings of Maia, completely facilitated without running water and powered only by solar electricity.
Sadly I had to leave mid way through the event. Thankfully I managed to capture a sound meditation that morning with a group of amazing people on the hill tops overlooking the earth village.
We sat meditating for almost an hour as the sun rose, with spontaneous music from singing bowl, flute, steel tongue and improvised vocals all being created in the flow of the morning mist.
Find a comfortable spot and make sure you listen all the way through, the vocal harmonies are truly mesmerising. Also ignore any sneezes and coughs, this was the early morning after all 🙂