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Our first ordination retreat

Subhadramati (above) was on the team for the first women’s three month ordination retreat which took place this spring at Akashavana. Here is her description of life on retreat. Out on the terrace a couple of women are sewing a … Continue reading

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Vajradevi Moves On

This month marks a big change as Vajradevi comes to the end of her work for Akashavana, now that the building project is on the edge of completion. I want to celebrate her and all that she has achieved. I … Continue reading

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Building Update, September 2006

The last few weeks in Matarranya have seen the Shrine Room shoot up from its foundations where the vajra we planted lies within a metre of concrete. Vijayasri and Isla cleared the pathway between the retreat centre and the shrine … Continue reading

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Follow-up on moksabunny

Vijayasri called in on our friends near Valencia after Moksabunny had been with them a few weeks. He was looking very trim and had lost all his factory farm fatness. He had become fitter and energetically evaded capture each night … Continue reading

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Ordinations in Scotland

The following women were ordained in Dunkeld, Scotland on the 30 July, 2006 Public Preceptor Padmasuri Clare Barton-Harvey becomes AMITAJYOTI. She whose light is immeasurable/boundless. (Private preceptor Ratnavandana) Dot McGahan becomes SURYAMATI (long “u”). She whose mind is like the … Continue reading

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¡Adios Aranya, Hola Akashavana!

Since the purchase of our properties 18 months ago now we’ve known that a name change for Aranya was on the cards. The name Aranya was originally suggested by Vidyadevi before the start of the fundraising in 2000. It literally … Continue reading

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Building Update, 23 July 2006

July in Matarranya has been hot and work outside has been put off in favour of mortaring walls and scrubbing beams inside. The community house is really starting to show the results of the hard work put in by volunteers … Continue reading

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Moksabunny, a visitor to Akashavana

Living in rural Spain, speaking the language as a 5 year old child might, not knowing how a range of things are done – from de-registering a car after you’ve rolled it down a 20 foot bank and written it … Continue reading

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Stabilising the Earth Ritual for the Akashavana Shrine Room

We silently walked along the path from the retreat centre house to the future shrine room. The path skirts the hillside, through carrasco bushes and pine trees. On our right was a drop down into the green valley fed by … Continue reading

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Building Update, July 2006

The retreat centre has a roof! Amazing the difference a roof can make, transforming a building site into a viable building, with outdoors and indoors. And it has guttering! I never dreamed how excited I could get about guttering, but … Continue reading

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