Everybody treated us like queens
To the Samata Family: Helen Keller once said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they must be felt with the heart.” Our hearts were immediately touched by the peaceful energy that emanates from the Mango Tree Residence and from the main area of Samata center. It relaxed our minds, distressed our bodies, filled us with beauty so that we could absorb the experiences we had. The warm tea that awakened our sleepy minds, and the cold one that cooled over our warm bodies in the afternoon; the tastes of the dehydrates fruits, the lady gardeners that quietly weeded the garden, the cleaning crew who greeted us with bashful smiles, the cooling water of the pool and the seating under the mango tree. Even the insects in our rooms all contributed to the peace we felt. Everybody treated us like queens, accommodating our requests, making sure we were comfortable, so that we could enjoy and benefit our yoga retreat to the maximum. We offer thanks starting straight from the man who opened and closed the bus door, to the organizers, executers, and creators of this retreat center. And to the chefs who pleased our palate’s with new and subtle tastes. And a special thanks to Alex who has given us a new meaning to the word beautiful. When we hear it, we will be reminded of the deep and gentle voice that said it and the eyes that saw it in each and every one of us.