Daglio – A Fantastic Meditation Retreat for Children
Enjoy Ana Bianca‘s impressions about Daglio – the truly fantastic meditation retreat (as a scamp for children and parents) that is offered annualy in Italy, near Cabella Ligure, by dedicated volunteers from Sahaja Yoga Meditation. She wrote this feedback when she was 15, right after returning from her vacation abroad. Most of the photos she took from there are shared in this article. Enjoy!
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After two weeks of my stay in Cabella, I spontaneously decided that I’d go to Daglio. I only had about 1 minute to decide, but I knew I was up for an adventure to unfold. The view and serenity is unimaginable.
I was awe-struck because it felt like I was once again in Dharamshala. The whole place was surrounded with mountains and valleys and the vibrations were amazing. Someone even told me that Shri Mataji Herself said that it really was like Dharamshala. At Daglio, I taught music, mostly the harmonium and some new bhajans, and also Nature art.
It was simply art, but only using things you found outside in the wilderness.
Slideshow with Nature & Bonfires from Daglio:
Two songs that they really loved were “Bathe in the water” and “Raining on the rock” (an Australian bhajan I’ve learned at Cabella few days earlier from my new friend Praveena).
Whenever they would practice or sing them at the meditations, it would spark up so much joy.
Unfortunately (for me), or fortunately, it would usually start raining after each song was sung.
In nature art we built people out of wood, nuts, leaves, flowers and whatever else we could find outdoors.
It really got the children in touch with Mother Nature and awakened their creativity even more.
One day, one of the girls found 4 stones in the Cabella River that made a faultless Shri Ganesha .
They fit in together so beautifully.
What I really loved about Daglio was that I felt like a little child again..
I could play and hide in the forest, climb up trees and tree houses. I felt young again (not saying that I’m not young).
I did feel like I was in Dharamshala again.
“I really hope more people in America know more about Daglio, because it is a fantastic camp for young and old.”
Article and Photos were provided by Abi from Burlington that is 15 and who loves practising Sahaja Yoga meditation.
Dharamshala is in India at the foothills of Himalaya; Abi had the opportunity to study there for a few years in an international school under the auspices of Shri Mataji – the founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation. At that time all teachers were also practicing meditation and children meditated daily (even conducting guided collective meditation from a young age) and the school’s standards had a strong academic foundation. Special place and special times indeed!
Shri Ganesha – described as a child with an elephant head that is one with the subtle energy divine principle/deity that is rulling over Mooladhara (our 1st) chakra and who represents the perfect innocence and the always present child within us.