By Steve Bateman.
Papaya, Porridge, Omelette and Yoga….
It’s 5:30 in the morning on the fourth day of our yoga retreat at Basunti, when we are woken, feeling discombobulated and resentful, by the shrill, piercing call of an extremely loud and persistent bird outside our window.
What creature can that be?
Looking out, I spot […]
Anne Bateman’s poem – Duncan Hulin & Andrea Guest retreat – here it is, with images. Many thanks, Anne, it’s all there.
This is the real world
Letting go, closing your eyes
The early morning sun warming your skin,
The dawn birds, a wall of sound, pulsating energy.
Following your […]
We’ve been at Basunti for a few days now.( I’m not actually sure of the day of the week any more!)
It is great to be here. It is really hot and the pool and lake are welcome counterposes to our week of travels.
Nothing seems to change. David, Izzy and staff continue to make […]
Basunti’s next painting retreat will be lead by Dorothy Morris. This is a 14 day painting holiday, suitable for professional and amateur artists, who will have the opportunity to draw onto Dorothy’s experience in painting and batik making techniques, together with touring and exploring different parts of North India.
The Tour: You will be […]
By boat to a wedding across the lake, a beautiful journey with only a few goats and a troupe of monkeys for company.
Was greeted by the usual riot of colour and noise, with sometimes three different sources of music all happening at once.
What an irresistible opportunity to photograph people, shapes, colours, attempting to […]
I arrived at Basunti in the dark, straight from Amritsar airport and yet to see any of India in daylight. I was warmly welcomed by Izzy, co-owner/creator of Basunti with her husband Dave, who showed me to my lovely room. I then crashed into bed without a second thought for where I was. When I […]
This old man appeared out of the mist last night with over two hundred sheep and goats. He had just walked all the way from Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, and is going to spend the next six weeks camping on the meadows below Basunti, where he can be seen from the yoga […]
This seasons carrot chutney is ready to be cooked; 20kg carrots, 6 kg onions, 6kg tomato, half kilo fresh green chillies, 400 grams garlic, 400 grams ginger, one kilo […]
Although I know my downward dog from my one-legged king pigeon pose, I’m relatively new to yoga.
Yet even almost breaking my nose while attempting a handstand wasn’t enough to take away the enjoyment of attending a 10-day yoga retreat in the Himalayan foothills.
I decided to explore a remote location on the other side of the lake, as the day was overcast and cool, perfect for slashing your way through the undergrowth and climbing steep ravines. The cooler weather also means that the snakes and numerous creepy crawlies are less likely to be around, having gone deep underground […]