For our recent India Retreat, I had it all mapped out. Tightly organised, planned to within an inch of its life. I could breath when it was finally all taken care of. We had 36 people booked in the beginning and one disaster struck after another for people and so many had to cancel. This was not great obviously, for all involved. And I couldn’t figure out WHY the heck this was happening? We might have one or two cancels on a Retreat, but never this many.
Then, on my birthday, a few weeks back, the venue where we were to spend a week, cancels in the monsoon rains. I got an email about how we couldn’t stay. Now finding accommodation in high season for (now) 25 people is not easy. Finding accommodation that ticked all my boxes; solitude, beauty, nature, clean, luxurious, yoga room, quality Ayurvedic treatments, somewhere to swim, fantastic food etc. Care was hard enough the first time around and took months of research. Now suddenly it was off the table.
So I breathed, took it all in my stride. Joking, I fucking did not! I panicked. Most of the people coming had never been to India and one had never travelled overseas. They were counting on us to take care of them and now we had nowhere for them to stay. Options were revisited, emails and phone calls with my beloved friend Pankaj who was on the ground in India helping us where had. And he had a solution. One of the earlier places we looked at, Veda Life, perched
Pankaj got in touch with them, explained the situation to them, and they agreed to miraculously honour the rate we were paying at the other venue. They didn’t have anyone staying the entire week we wanted it. I had to laugh out loud at my own panic. I do know now that something better is always pushing through from the universe when I angst that ‘something bad is happening’. Each and every time, I turn around and sigh and go,
So, fast forward and we trek up the mountain in convoy in our cars and it took everyone’s breath away. I mean the last place was to be lovely, but this place was insanity. The staff were the loveliest I have ever met, I fell in love with each and every one of them. The views, the serenity, the energy, the weather, the food
Sent with love,