07:45am – Power Drink of the day
08:00am –9.15am Morning Yoga (Earth)
09:30am – Breakfast + Smoothy
10:30am – Free time
Trekking in the marble mountains
Towards the end of our retreat, we will explore the imposing Danang Marble Mountains, which emerge in the central plains of Vietnam and are only two kilometers from Hoi An.
Its beauty and charms are hidden inside, being protected by statues of millenary Buddhas. Its mysterious labyrinths lead us to mystic sanctuaries and pagodas, to giant caves of marble and crystal.
One of the most surprising is the cave of HUYEN KHONG, a large cavity lit by natural fissures that are unlimited sources of light.
The aroma of incense, the darkness and the murmurs of voices in different languages, the prayers and the sacred songs will take us immediately into a distant and exotic world that will surprise us with its powerful energies.
Visit to the Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum Hoi An
“During our visit to the museum of precious heritage art gallery, we had the pleasant opportunity to speak with Réhahn, a French photographer based in Hoi An and cataloged as one of the most recognized photographers of recent years, a contributor to National Geographic and the BBC, among others.
Around a tea, Réhahn tells us that he has always been passionate about Vietnam’s ethnic groups, especially those who are disappearing, traveling the country on a motorbike to know them and share more deeply with them. For him, is important take the time to know his stories and rituals, his culture and his feelings.
Amazed by his photographic work, his sensitivity and his vision, we were even more surprised by the collection of ethnic costumes that was showed, a living expression of 54 ethnic groups who laboriously work for about a year to create them. Unfortunately, very few of them, the oldest Hmong and Dao, have maintained these practice, which has given us a margin of only 10 years to believe that this legacy will disappear. It is an honor to be present at the exhibition of the latest ethnic costumes of some communities. Réhahn tells us about his anecdotes, about the colors and the meaning of the costumes, about the whole process of creation, from harvesting cotton to coloring with natural pigments such as indigo and other natural sources. Allowing us to take a journey beyond photography, a journey into the most authentic expressions of Vietnamese culture.”.
Hoi An Lanterns Festival
On full moon nights, the lights of the city are turned off and suddenly colors show emerges, hundreds of lanterns and candles are lit everywhere, we breathe a mystical air through a ritual that will bring good luck and fortune. According to the legend, it would be the Japanese who left their lamps to the doors of the houses and that would eventually start one of the most representative customs of Hoi An. During the journey in the old part of the city you can see the passersby join to this ceremonial act. And in this unique atmosphere you can close your eyes, connect with your most genuine intention, light a candle and deliver your light to the waters of the river, well called the river of life, Thu Bon. The lights scatter the water like stars in the night and Hoi An is full of songs, prayers and perfumes, of a peaceful and unique atmosphere that you will never forget.