Mongolia

201708MongoliaI didn't know the sun could kiss the earth a thousand different ways until I came to Mongolia.

I just finished 12 days in the Gobi desert cooking for a group of yogis with no access to internet or phone for 12 full days. I lie there was a three hour gap when we moved from one camp to the other where we had network access and could call loved ones.

I rarely freelance cook on Retreats unless I am running them but have been doing so with one company called Reclaim Yourself Yoga Retreats and Holidays run by Jools Sampson. The Retreats I cook on are based in weird and wonderful places like Iceland, Zanzibar, Mongolia and Norway. The yoga is run by Jivamukti Extraordinaire Emma Henry (one of the best in her industry).

The USP - Get people out of their comfort zone, experience as much as possible in a authentic way that includes giving back to the original community.

ABOUT THE RETREAT

Mongolia is one of the most remote places in the world and you will be immersed in an ancient culture that has seen little change for centuries.
First we went to the Gobi on the Trans Mongolian Railway into the expansive desert with its huge skies, powerful sunsets and friendly camels. Then we headed to Khan Kentii, a lush wilderness reaching all the way to the Siberian border.
We explored with desert hikes and camel treks, ride horses through lush forests and raft on the Tuul river. We spent blissful, healing time in our yurt sauna and relax with a massage. All the food was created by myself and the brilliant local Mongolian team.

Meditation and an evening kirtan deep in the desert around a campfire, the Gobi location is magical and other worldly.
Then we headed by jeep to for 4 nights at our second yoga retreat camp in the Khan Kentii, possibly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
It feels like you have been placed in a Lord of the rings book. Located on the Upper Tuul River which meanders gently through the vast meadows of wildflowers and surrounded by lush forested hills.
Along with daily Jivamukti yoga with Emma Henry, we spent our days here hiking, riding horses in the wilderness with a local herder, as well as rafting and kayaking on the river. Blissful time the riverside yurt sauna is an experienced not to be missed.

THE FOOD
The challenge lies in delivering amazing vegan food in an environment that can go through 4 seasons in one day. Deliveries that happen only on 3 occasions throughout and communicating with a team through guides and the love and passion for cooking.

It is one of the hardest Retreats I have worked on but one of the most rewarding ones too. My heart was stolen by the nature of Mongolia, the people, the relationship they have to their animals and the opportunity to experience stillness in full. I found my way back to my heart by cutting out all the noise that we are so used to in todays society. We don't realise how much until it is so quit you can hear yourself breath. I will be back in 2018 and would love for the daring to join me.

For more information: https://reclaimyourself.co.uk

 
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