I wanted to get the whole day BK Experience two Saturdays ago but had to settle for just the afternoon because of a change in flight schedule. I got there in time for the food demo which I really appreciated. I've made cashew cheese before but Daniw's recipe is a lot more simple and her ingredients more accessible. I actually bought a kilo of raw cashews to bring home so I could start working on some dips and pasta sauces.
Having my roots in the nearby islands of Cuyo and Culion, I quickly felt at home. I was charmed by the simplicity of Bahay Kalipay and I was glad I was able to indulge in an afternoon's worth of earthing.
Lunch found me surrounded by an Argentinian yoga teacher, a German Qi Gong instructor, the resident monk, the BK teachers, folks from Australia, Malaysia, and two ladies from Manila. It was nice chatting over delicious raw vegan food.
I didn't mind my wait for my massage because I got to chat some more with the other guests and the lovely staff. I also got to play with Sinag and baby Issa who were just really amazing. The massage itself was pretty good and looking back, it prepared me for what came next.
What had the biggest impact on me was the yoga. Stripped down to what felt so authentic, my yoga experience at Bahay Kalipay ruined commercialized yoga for me forever!
We had hatha yoga at the labyrinth. All throughout the class, I was enveloped in such beautiful energy - from the trees and sunshine that came through them, the chirping birds, the beautiful sky and the light rain that came towards the end. I appreciated the teaching style of the instructor. It felt like she was really sharing a part of herself with us. I felt such a deep calm after. This state of well-being has not yet worn-off. I am able to transition to a meditative state a lot faster which is doing wonders for my prayer life.
I do wish though that we didn't have the sound of construction cutting every now and then through the peace and quiet.
My stay at Bahay Kalipay was rather short but it had a powerful effect on me. I'm going back before the year ends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the Philippines, Bahay means house, as Kalipay is the Filipino word for happiness. We have long dreamed of this, a happy house of people living in the spontaneous moment, in authentic togetherness, trust-filled in the presence of what is sacred and simple in the nature that surrounds us. As a self-sustainable community of spiritual seekers, artists, healers, teachers, and explorers of a raw food lifestyle from around the world, we share the vision of living in harmony with each other, the community, and Nature by making conscious choices towards the evolution of body, mind and spirit that honors the various levels of preparedness of the individual. This simple, unassuming center has influenced the world in simple yet powerful ways. Our intention is to support your path even after you leave Bahay Kalipay. We encourage those who wish to undergo personal transformation through a range of modalities, including Inner Dance, and its deep connection to raw food, gardening, yoga, meditation and earth consciousness to stay with us for support on their inner work. Guests can also join Bahay Kalipay as stay-in practitioners who would like the freedom to take part of and contribute to the programs according to their own flow. While our doors are always open to returning family members, we honor your journey by providing you with tools to use when you reintegrate back to your own homes. It is difficult to speak of the living memory of the thousands of visitors and residents whom have blessed the space with their love and their light. The tremendous transformation processes that have happened here are forever cast on the foundations of this place we lovingly call the Temple of Trust. We are honored by every singly presence that have graced these humble hallways of healing. We are deeply grateful. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bahay Kalipay Detox Retreat Palawan Island/Puerto Princesa