DEC 10 Deadline for the Holiday retreat!

If you want to come spend a quiet introspective time in Maine with us WED is the deadline to let us know! Otherwise we look forward to our full season starting in May! (teacher training in June)

Columbus day Week Oct 5-13 – JOIN us for Fall Foliage Yoga- Walks and More!/ Dec 26- Jan 3 for Winter Wonderland Holiday Retreat

Fall is a beautiful time to experience the colors of New England while doing yoga, taking a sauna or booking a massage with healing healthy meals in between! Come experience this time of transition..as the seasons change…

OR step away from the crowds and into the quiet solitude and comfort of our Winter Holiday Retreat DEC 26- Jan 3IMG_0544IMG_0513

Winter Retreat Snowshoeing at Sewall House

Winter Retreat Snowshoeing at Sewall House

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Still Time for Summer Fun and Fall Foliage in Maine through Columbus Day!!

We went to the Sewall House for a “girls vacation” and it was a wonderful venue to reconnect and reinvigorate our friendships.  It gave us a wonderful set of shared memories (and even a new vocabulary with which to talk about them).

The food was a big, amazing part of our experience. Not only was it delicious, plentiful, and healthy, but it was also educational and even inspiring. The chefs sat and ate with us at every meal and many of our conversations ended up being about what we were eating, how it was made, what flavors compliment each other, etc… (who knew you could do so much with cashews!?! Turmeric in a fruit smoothie?!? Strangely delicious).  We learned so much and all were inspired to go home and be more creative and healthy with our cooking!

Donna and the other instructors were a delight – so warm and welcoming! We felt like we had joined a family by the time we left.  The yoga is a little different than the standard fare taught at most studios.  The exposure to different types of yoga and their different techniques and perspectives was an enjoyable part of the experience, and we all left intrigued to learn more.

Also, Island Falls is a BEAUTIFUL area! The town has many delightful walks and little special spots. There are many hikes within walkable distance, and several worthwhile day trips within an hour. We had a blast!

Lisa, Rachel, & Beth

 

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We believe food is important to and as part of your practice!

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Come Retreat With Us This summer! Recent moments! Writing workshop Aug 8-10 Next training Aug 21- Sept 11!

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Teacher Training June 2-23

We are pleasantly surprised by the requestsIMG_4933 for winter bookings- this winter Amrita(Donna) has been teaching in NY City but wishes she could be in two places at one time as her heart is always definitely at Sewall House!

Please do keep us in mind for retreat and always ask- we do our best to accommodate you whenever we can in our small personalized offerings.03 05&19 14 WritingNYC

If interested in Training in JUNE please go to our training page- application and information there..

summer retreats for SURE! Book ahead with us for JULY and AUG..try our new online booking system!

and if in NY do join us in class or for a tea..or the writing workshop-see above! We hope to offer the writing workshop with Maria again this August..IMG_1910IMG_0969

 

COZY HOLIDAY RETREAT DEC 26- JAN 2 JOIN US!!

Our annual winter holiday retreat offers yoga twice daily in small personalized classes, home-made healthy yummy cleansing vegetarian food, sauna, massage, a library of wonderful yoga/selfgrowth and non yoga books for your enjoyment by the fireplace, private room and wonderful winter walks, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Our regular reasonable prices/ see our pricing page- all inclusive packageIMG_0477IMG_0532IMG_0513JDnyEWL04jC-NI4JO4UOJs5LPe6ytNPmcSG72yJbuPU,klO9RWM2SW6NCZywJk-ToOJRKr_afOiUqjGrfJb1ASw, only massages are extra,

What is Selfless Service in Yoga? Karma Yoga or Seva – how do you think about it?

This is my last article for Inner Tapestry, which did not go to Press. The topic given was Selfless Service. I decided to make it a little more personal. For 13 years I have gratefully been asked to write on various topics. Here is the last article- let us know what you think! Thank you!

“If You Have Much Give Of Your Money, If You Have Little Give Of Your Heart”

DON’T CONFUSE YOUR PATH WITH YOUR DESTINATION. THE PATH MAY BE ROCKY BUT IT ’S GOING TO LEAD YOU TO AMAZING PLACES”

In 1997, at age forty one, on a wing and a prayer, I approached the three elderly relatives who had inherited our historic family home, where my great aunt had lived until she was one hundred and one. My decision to offer to purchase the house, which had stood empty for eighteen months, was a sentimental one. My humble roots stemmed from a small unknown town in northern Maine. The town was beautiful to me as my mother had seaped a love for these roots into me with summers in a rustic lakeside cabin reachable by no road, far from the suburban pressures of Connecticut city life. Maine offered lessons of nature, including healing. The family home had been originally inhabited by my aunt’s father, my great grandfather William Sewall. He had been the nature guide to a young Theodore Roosevelt for three consecutive fall expeditions, which included climbing Mount Katahdin.  An unlikely lifelong friendship evolved between the two. My great grandfather had been of service to Theodore Roosevelt, the privileged young college student so eager to know more about nature and the people that lived simply among it. The second time my great grandfather was of service when he was called upon to move West and build the ranch where a grieving young Theodore needed his supportive presence.

Nearly 150 years later my staff and I continue to serve others with this belief in the healing attributes of natures’ beauty created here where once lived a small slice of American history. Where can we be of service to others in their life journey and what opportunities arise? How can we create a legacy or carry on another, such as this one, that we are passionate about? Who knows what wonderful lessons lie with the risk of selfless service (called seva or karma yoga in yoga).

Yoga today is a split practice, on the one end a billion dollar industry of commodities and commerce  and on the other end a five thousand year old practice that can heal  prevent physical and mental ailments. It is wonderfully admirable to work for charitable organizations when you have no worries of putting food on your own table. What is more touching is to see one who has little give much of themselves to others with unconditional love. In its brightest light yoga is a practice that serves the innocent, less privileged or injured. In another light yoga has become an elitist practice with high-end clothing, equipment, accessories and studios. Thus goes the polarity in our lives. Without darkness, no light. Without soft, no hard. Without hot, no cold.

A wonderful thing happens when you begin to become of service. Life becomes interesting, more spacious. To work only for your own selfish needs feels very different, out of balance and removed from your heart. Seva allows us to experience compassion and higher awareness or consciousness.

“The dedicated every enjoy peace, purity of heart.”

Ask yourself when and how are you of service? Perhaps your life feels too full of the complexities of your own existence. Yet something amazing can unravel when we put our needs aside to help another. When we put our energy into saving a shelter animal’s life, take a day of our weekend to volunteer at a shelter, give our time to environmental causes we believe in (my past two years has been trying to raise public awareness of the Goliath destructiveness and expense to nature that industrial wind turbines create) or take time to write a note to another in need we feel the reward of unconditional love. There are many moments a day when we can serve another, from a smile to showing up to help a neighbor, friend or stranger who needs our ears, our helping hand, our encouragement- the power of a word, an eye to eye contact, a smile, a soft hand on the shoulder.

These 7 steps give us happiness as taught by Yogi Bhajan:

Note that the 6th step is sacrifice.

1-    Commitment

2-    Builds Character (“JoyceMeyer: A lot of people have a gift that can take them somewhere but not enough character to keep them there.”)

3-    Leads to Dignity

4-    Then Divinity

5-    Grace

6-    Strength to Sacrifice

7-    Happiness

“ I cannot imagine anything nobler or more national that that for, say, one hour in a day, we should all do the labor that the poor must do, and thus identify ourselves with them and thus all mankind.” Gandhi

“Duties to self, to the family, to the country, and the world are not independent of one another. One cannot do good to the country by injuring himself or his family. Similarly one cannot serve the country by injuring the world at large.” Gandhi

I started on a personal note and am ending on one- I hope this reader does not mind that I share part of her message to me as it shows the power of serving yourself and others and never knowing how you touch another. (small parts have been edited to honor her privacy but these are all her words):

“Your words made me stop and think about how disconnected I had become from life itself, with all of this wonderful earth around me, I had forgotten that we are all part of the earth and the earth is part of us.  With that being said, we all are responsible for each other in some way or another.  I work in an environment that is very hostile to my way of thinking.  My point, I have forgotten how to be “human”.  Thank you for your words, They made me stop and think of ways to start to connect with the earth again and find harmony and peace. Thank you.  Yoga is offered here in many places in the valley.  I will find a way to give myself permission to spend time with all that surrounds me.  I also (with my husbands help), am taking of my aging mother whose health is not always the best.  She developed osteoporosis and has reoccurring facture events.  So, you see I will be learning how to give myself permission to attend the yoga classes.   Thank you again.     Peace be with you always,”

When I followed up to see how she was doing:

“I have not found time for yoga.  But this last spring and summer I got walking my “butt” off.  I entered two foot races, I came in a sad last but I finished the races.  I managed to walk off a lot of negative energy and went from a size 10 to a size 4.  Anyway, I also got myself involved in “The Walk for the Cure” here in North Conway.  I am going to be involved again this year.  It is great to be involved with something bigger then me.  Yes my husband and I are still living in Moms’ basement trying to keep her safe. Growing old(for her) has not been something she has embraced as a right of passage.  I feel very sorry for her, she is missing so much of life, and it’s beautiful gifts that a person can enjoy at this time of  life.  Yes I am still working for the same company.  And I quote “it is what I do, not what I am”.  I have not picked up a recent copy of Inner Tapestry in a long time.  But when I do I always look for something from you.  You always seem to be talking to me.  And I thank you for your gift of love, life and peace. ”

IMG_5137I thank Inner Tapestry for these years of opportunity to be of service to others and hope I have touched other’s lives as this precious woman let me know I had touched hers. May you remember to do the same for yourself and others every miracle of a day.   Donna Sewall Davidge (Amrita)

 

Donna Amrita Davidge has been involved in the healing arts for many years. Donna holds a Masters in Nutrition and has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1985. Her retreat in Island Falls Maine www.sewallhouse.com offers small personalized retreats since 1997 for your healing. See our Trip Advisor reviews and join us on facebook and for our monthly e-newsletter. Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOV 16- 24 /Pre Thanksgiving Gratitude Week Is Our Next Retreat at Sewall House

Come alone or with friends/significant others/ mom or sisters for all or part of this peaceful time of the year to retreat in Maine- massage, great yoga, meditation and breathing practices, live soothing music, small classes, private room, sauna and our New England village with nice walks and bike rides, gift shops, Escape from it all! Come for all or part of the week- all levels welcome.

We personalize to your needs! ( Since 1997- teaching yoga since 1985)

Pick your days based on availability. country trailIMG_5010IMG_4976IMG_4937k-exkuEFUe7dAcR9glERy2QqOIIKg2M0gO1trLqApwM,q0_sBAvkDoNCtpgfM96CwMAwrbdhGVRIqzbCioP2yAM,N8LgPN6GqBGWCSr9jBk9ZRTZZd9zBiQ1sI7HLBRye3w-1IMG_4935lake view 3

 

 

Some Recent Summer Moments- Come join the fun and great food, yoga and people in the beautiful Maine nature

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