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 […]
Lucille Nesbitt-Comaskey, Jann Singh, Dorothy Morris and Allison Rudd-Mumford will be exhibiting their paintings of India.
We had the pleasure of hosting the artists – they stayed at Basunti in 2014, as part of a painting retreat and some of their resulting work will be exhibited.
The exhibition will take place at […]
Finally got around to doing the proposed trip to the well. Decided to go by the land route, as the weather has been really unpredictable and it was not safe to take a canoe out.
My truck driver friend Rajinder, heard that I was going to his neck of the woods and insisted that I […]
Today I noticed something fresh; the sound of the human voice floating freely in the air. There is little traffic, no hum of tall buildings. I hear children’s voices and women’s voices and the men, too. Calling out to each other, singing fragments of song. Not competing with anything but the birds and the wind […]
March & April marked the start of our yoga season with new teachers joining the growing family of teachers who are returning on a […]
Went out with my camera this morning, curious to see what birds I could photograph in an hour, without leaving the garden – a few of the resulting images are displayed below.
I also spotted about 30 other species that I did not have the chance of photographing.
Have asked father Christmas for an 800 […]