A calling to Ayurveda
During the application process, I was pleased to learn that Durga Farms at Hale Pule was a community that was living Ayurveda in all aspects (physical, spiritual and mental). I felt relieved and grateful to go to a place that combines spiritual growth and land stewardship, one that would allow me to step out of my comfort zone to connect to more conscious living. I couldn’t wait to be a part of a focused program of living that allows me to connect to my body, the land and community.
I found all of those things to be true when I arrived on Kaua’i. Right after the first two weeks, I extended my initial three-month commitment to 11 months. This was the challenge I was looking for – an endeavor that asks all of me, not just the part that wants to look good.
Training in Ayurveda at Hale Pule
I’ve learned during my time on the farm and in training with Hale Pule that everything I do in life is about my intention. I’ve also learned that one of my greatest challenges is my self-defeating and self-limiting attitude. This can get in the way of my ability to fully absorb the teachings, but the teachers don’t let it slip by! They provide support with energy management tools, guided meditation, Yoga and guidance to live the teachings every day. My fellow farmers teach me the value of authenticity and clear communication, while the land itself reminds me that there is always hope, no matter what happened in the past or what kind of unpredictable weather conditions show up.
Finding connection to Self with Ayurveda and Yoga
Hale Pule means “House of Prayer” in Hawaiian, and I’m thankful to say that there is no other better place to experience a transformation from darkness to light, from untruth to truth, and from death to immortality.