In late October I (thanks to my gracious family) treated myself to a week in the Philipines at a Wellness Spa known as The Farm. One and a half hour south of Manila in the mountains - lies a vegan spa in the middle of a plantation/farm. Words I would use to describe this place: beautiful, lush, quiet, solitude, zen, peace, green, silent, calming, internalizing energy and recovery. I close my eyes and I can feel the peace when I imagine myself there.
I actually had a week where I took advantage of their "Detox" program. I fasted on vegetable/fruit juices, clear soups and herbal teas and supplements with complementary spa treatments for 6 days and 5 nights. Not knowing what to expect from such a program as I have never fasted in my life - I was pleasantly surprised to come out of it feeling refreshed - in body, mind and spirit.
Artistically, the "alone" time gave me a chance to really internalize that part of my spirit. I sketched, I walked around the property enjoying the various colors of greenery and photographed. My most favorite piece of this week were the many peacocks which are located around the property, including two white peacocks! They were beautiful and unafraid of human visitors as I could get up very close for photos and they would just stay put!
Here are some of my sketches and photographs:
|Sketch of the Ampitheatre - yoga and meditation every morning|
|Sketch of the Villa Yard|
|Palm Trees as seen from my Window|
|Sketch of the Healing Sanctuary Spa Pool|
|Fountains off the Mango Tree Lounge|
|The Farm - grounds and walking area|
|The Mango Tree Lounge - My Favorite Place|
Peacocks would sleep in the tree at night
|Peacock hanging outside my room|
Peace. ART. SouL.