Weekend Yoga course; Magic pool, AND Permaculture course coming up!

April 10, 2008 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment

Dear friends,
Who could have thought that the Khmer New Year will come around so fast?  Once again, dusty Siem Reap is bulging with happy Khmer families spilling over from bulging pickups, while the few sweaty tourists shuffle their feet listlessly from one coffee shop to another.  The remaining hardy expats – those that have not gone to Kampot – are gearing up for couple of parties and try and find a pool that is not tepid at midday (and have not raised their daily fees to $10 – Prince D’Angkor, what the…?!).  Well, we are happy to share a well-kept secret.  There is an enchanted splash pool amidst a fairy garden, hiding behind Amansara in a place called the River Garden.  Proprietor Deb Sounders spins her magic with styles and flavors, and it is a good place to pass an afternoon or two for $5 a plop.
Anyway, as you might know, we are on a slow curve with our community centre, where Yoga and dance teachers have gone off.  BUT, Pilates is still going strong though, so you cannot complain about getting fat over the holidays – come and join Conchetta for a real core-strengthening sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays 9:30am.  And Karen will be back by teaching Yoga by next Tuesday (15.4) too.  Meanwhile, we have been using our DVD masters on Fridays 6:30 pm.  Dance classes for kids with Renee will resume first weekend in May.  And once you sweated off those calories, we wish to tempt you to put them all back on again – Vanny has added a whole line of yummy sandwiches to the special’s board…
Take note that we will be close for one extra day for the New Year, so this Sunday and Monday – 13th & 14th – there is no singing under the tree.  Apologies and hope to see you back next week.
On the bright side, for those who have not seen the flier yet., we are very happy to announce a fellow yogini’s workshop here in Siem Reap:  Isabelle from Nataraj Yoga in Phnom Penh is running a three day luxurious intensive in the Angkor Village Resort.  She has arranged a special price for fellow local yogi-buffs – please see below here.

Three 3-hour morning sessions:

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, April 13, 14, 15

7:00-10:00 am

$60

Full workshop, six sessions:

Saturday, April 12; 17:00-19:00

Sunday, April 13: 7:00-10:00; 16:00-18:00

Monday, April 14: 7:00-10:00; 16:00-18:00

Tuesday, April 15: 7:00-10:00

$110

Please contact Isabelle (her email is CCed here)

for more information or to make a reservation if you are interested in joining this wonderful retreat.

Last but not least – we have been negotiation with a Permaculture teacher named Richard Zook, who now resides in India and teaches about Asia, to consider running a certificate course here in little Cambodia.  Permaculture is an approach to sustainable gardening and building which is now highly appreciated and recognized around the world.  From Richard’s website – “What Permaculture seeks to do is to create three-dimensional designs that are site specific and sustainable. By bringing together elements (orchard, water system, farmer, cow, etc.), techniques (organic framing, natural building, etc.) and strategies (microclimate, relative placement, etc.) a system is designed or altered based on regenerative relationships. It is these regenerative, beneficial relationships that give a system complexity, three dimensionality, and thus, resiliency.”
Plans are well on their way – there are 8 paying spots for $300 each (it’s a two weeks course), of which at least 5 spots are already spoken for.  Than there are 7 more sponsored spots where we hope to invite local spirited friends to join in.  To kick start the process, Maureen from Raja Yoga has invited a friend from Macau to give a talk about Permaculture at the Singing Tree on Thursday the 24th at 7pm (but please come little earlier if you are planning to eat dinner – eat before or order for it to be ready after).  If you want to know more about Richard’s work – please see here www.ricoclime.com; if you are interested to get on the mailing list for the ocurse, suggest a candidate for sponsorship, or indeed register or sponsor, please contact Michael on singingtreecafe@gmail.com
We take to opportunity to wish you all a wonderful and Happy Khmer New Year 🙂
With Love & Light – The Tree Singers OOO
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