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A month ago I would have been at Kripalu for a senior yoga teacher training program… but as we all now know, along with so many other plans, it was cancelled. The latest news is that Kripalu will be closed for the rest of 2020.

I have felt sad, with a deep sense of loss. This was a place for community, learning, and more than anything, a retreat where mind, body and soul can be nourished, cared for and restored.

And then I realized … I am on retreat right now.

The pace has slowed down and I have had lots of alone time in the garden and spending time in the woods. There is also a routine of teaching classes via Zoom, and finding connection with my yoga students and community – not to mention taking other yoga classes and dancing along with Kripalu yogis from all over. My WordPress friends are still here, as well as my Words with Friends gamers!

I have attended online conventions and community calls with SAND (Science and Non Duality) and a weekend of celebration and learning with the global Non Violent Communication Community.

There has been a sense of embracing this cocoon and nurturing myself and the relationships with those I care for.

My next venture is taking a writing workshop in July with Roger Housden. I have never thought of myself as a writer or been attracted to write a book, but I am being drawn to flex my wings  and to see where my next flight might take me.

I feel hopeful for a changed world still. Turbulence, pain and chaos are needed before transformation can happen. It was brought home to me this past week, as we faced two powerful flash thunder storms that devastated our neighborhood. We had some damage, but not much compared with some others. The power was off for five days and even the mailman couldn’t navigate through the fallen tress and downed lines. 

The power is now back on and I am grateful to have clean hair and the luxury of hot water and air conditioning. With the internet happily available, I may spend more time back here. 

I have decided to venture out more with some private yoga in people’s gardens and porches. 

Perhaps this butterfly is ready to emerge from her cocoon very soon.

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About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life 💛

43 comments on “Update – Retreat

  1. Ah, the silver linings abound Val. Not to mention the change the universe is asking us to make. Seemingly unwanted, but beyond will be more magic.
    Enjoy your ‘wanderings’, I’m sure the cocooning process may feel a bit restrictive but when you emerge it will be a feeling of lightness, gliding through life with a new beauty within 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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  2. Lovely insight , Val and best wishes in your emergence.

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  3. I’m glad your electricity is back on and that your damage was light. Nature doesn’t seem to care about the pandemic.

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  4. That’s a long time to go without electricity in this heat. I’m glad everything is okay and you’re safe, Val.

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  5. The storms sound scary – I’m glad you’re alright. I was supposed to be at Kripalu in April, and while I was sad to not go, like you I found other ways to nourish my soul. Enjoy your writing workshop, and at least your cocoon has its air conditioning back!

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  6. Big changes and patient work are around you my friend. It sounds like a beautiful and still retreat for you and as we all know, this quiet space is where some of the best transformation is achieved! 🙂

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  7. I’m sorry to hear about the damage from storms, Val, but excited to hear about all the Yoga and Writing possibilities coming up.

    Sometimes we have to go through the ‘lows’ in life to fully appreciate the ‘highs’. Finding joy in the ordinary simple daily routine is something I think many more folk are beginning to appreciate in lockdown.

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  8. With fewer social demands, once I got used to it, I came to like the quiet time during this Covid period. A silver lining providing more inner focus, something I realized I’ve been wanting for years! A small gift against a tragic backdrop.
    Sounds like you are finding your Middle Ground, too! ❤

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  9. Glad you’re well, Val. Sounds exciting…the writing course! I’ve been writing poetry in a writing circle with Ali Grimshaw who posts beautiful poetry on her site, Flashlight Batteries. It has been an amazing experience. I wish you well in your writing! 🙏🏻💕

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  10. Glad you have your hot water and your A/C back ~ tough to deal with the loss of both in the midst of all else.

    Keep breathing.

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  11. A retreat is such a positive way of looking at it.

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  12. That was some crazy weather we had; sorry to hear you were without power for a few days. Enjoy your writing workshop!

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  13. I all has been restored from the downed trees (but alas for the poor trees!). Here’s to great things coming from this time of upheaval. I believe hope is alive and thriving right now.

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  14. Sometimes it just takes a small shift in perspective, doesn’t it? I’m glad to hear you’ve recovered from the storm and are finding connections and peace. Lovely post, Val.

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  15. Oh, how I’d love to practice “backyard yoga” with you Val. When I travel to Kauai I participate in yoga on green lawns that look over the Pacific Ocean. With eyes closed, in poses, we hear the surf and the seal’s bark and the palm trees swaying. A most remarkable experience.
    I was disappointed when I read that Kripalu would be closed for 2020. More than ever, we need places like Kripalu now. But this storm will pass, with hopefully more insight, perspective, and a tidal wave change of more thoughtfulness and kindness to all.


  16. so sorry to hear about the damage and glad to see your positivism still shining through…Congratulations on being chosen as part of my favorite blogs – around the world edition. You can find the post here:


  17. This is what I received from your post.
    The door is always open,
    the invitation is there for us
    the way knows, the way forward.
    I see you accepting new opportunities to evolve and I look forward to hearing about your adventures.
    Thank you for sharing your journey.


  18. BillboardVagabond

    The post struck a chord. Thanks and much appreciated for sharing


  19. Hi Val so glad systems are restored. Natures fury can be devastating and when calm kind too. Be safe and good luck to you🍀


  20. Oh, I’m glad to hear you are safe, and inspired by your positive perspective. I’m going to check out Roger Housden…Thanks, Val, for sharing, opening, enlightening…


  21. ☺️❣️🤗 sending you all good things Val ~ smiles hedy


  22. That is a long time to lose power in this heat. Glad it has been restored… I love your realizations about already being on retreat. It is amazing how the various communities in which we participate have evolved with the times… how so much has slowed down already and simply awaits our awareness of what has come… And best wishes for your writing adventure, Val!



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  24. I hadn’t heard of SAND before. Sounds like an interesting initiative. If I understand correctly, you become a member and then have access to all the lectures, is that right? Is there a certain order in which the lectures should be listened? As you can hear, I’m intrigued!

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