Our country continues to be full of surprises! Yogaville is an approximately 700 acre place in the wild backwoods of Virginia. One must drive a distance South from Charlottesville to get there. The hard surface roads tend to get smaller as one gets further away from civilization. Virginia was no letdown! The surprise of Yogaville came quickly as I approached the facilities. It was a beautiful diamond in this woodsy country. The buildings were very well thought out that encourages peace and a tranquil heart. Yogaville is loaded with teachers and masters of higher learning ready to help wayfaring strangers discover their quiet spirit.
I spent one night at the facility. It was a great opportunity to learn what humanity can do to help others discover their inner being. We all need to eventually locate the true map to ourselves. No matter what we are or where we are, we can always improve who we are
! Yoga has the ability to calm a nervous world seeking higher ground. I paid my seventy bucks to check this place out. My friend Suzy in Sedona convinced me to stay a night. I kept expecting something different until I discovered that the people of Yogaville gently show one to turn our spiritual head towards ourselves! The seventy dollars included meals, so, I ate and retired to spend a few moments resting from the bike trip. I met some people at dinner who suggested I go to a spiritual meeting down the street. I decided that if I were to actually understand these people, I must step out and take part. I walked to the meeting at 08:00 PM and found some loving humans. They asked if I would like to share some poetry and sing while they played music with guitars, an electric piano, hand drums, and several other instruments. The night was dedicated to the love of God. The idea was to become living instruments thanking God with our songs of praise. It was a lovely night. I was satisfied with what I had found. I knew I would be ready to leave Yogaville with a better understanding of their purpose. The next morning I hiked down the Lotus Shrine. This is where their Yoga master is buried. It is a beautiful shrine, but was closed for visitors. I took a few pictures and decided I was ready to make my all important "TURNBACK" toward Arizona. With great hesitation, I left Virginia. It had been so much more than I was ready for. Mimi Elliott Hirsch was the consummate host and I will miss her family for a long time-especially Abby.
Goodbye Virginia! You were amazing!