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October retreat

Lanzarote retreatsPosted by mona lanjri Sat, October 13, 2018 01:36:50
Hello dear friends,

We've just finished the october retreat. The weather was very lovely which means in fact very hot with very warm nights just as last year when I finally decided to buy a mobile airco because of the terrible heat in our room (south off course ;-)

Please enjoy the pictures below..

One of the first days of the retreat we were so happy to meet these beautiful creatures of nature. It was a real gift, they were crossing the road, we could almost touch them, they came all down from the mountains continuing gently to the goat farm.

In the meanwhile our little Oscar was so unhappy to hurt himself badly (an open wound in his neck) = vet visit and this horrible thing around his neck for more than a week and (grr) antibiotics.. till now we couldn't find out how it happened. Luckily he's better now, good old Oscar is back ;-) jumping and running... On the photo below he needed a bit of love and understanding...

When we meditate, we off course go Jeep driving in the sand ;-) and then walk down to be as near as we can to the water (what an exercise ;-)

The magical colors of Los Hervideros, one of the island most beautiful sites...

A meditation near to one of the 'natural pools' with stunning views...

Oh, euh, no we don't need to meditate all the time, do we ?

One of Cesar Manrique's favorite spots were the mountains of Famara.. It nearly turns into a mystic place when the clouds move on over the mountains.

We had a nice walk to one of the most stunning beaches from the island called Papagayo with clear blue water and sandy beaches. The whole site is protected by Unesco.

Another fabulous walk till the 'center' of a volcano, I couldn't ever describe the feeling you have when you enter in the crater...


Another walk around a Volcano named 'Montana Roja' I suppose you will ask yourself why? ;-)

And then there were... dolphins... As an additional excursion and for those who don't suffer from sea sickness off course, we now propose to go on 'dolphin' or 'whale' spotting'. As they have a large 'playground' you are never sure to meet them but this time we were extremely lucky to see a lot of them, playing around the boat, jumping and following us, it was an incredible experience which words could never ever describe...

You are already so lucky to see them, you try to make this one shot of the sunset and you are so blessed to have one of them jumping in front of you, making this sunset even more special...

See you soon... Wednesday the 17th i'm leaving for Belgium, looking forward to see my belgian friends !


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S'art'samPosted by mona lanjri Sat, October 13, 2018 01:21:49
3 new ones...

I added salt, honey and lava sand. Do you like them?

I still have to learn an AWFUL lot, but I'm working hard (mmm what's in a name;-) on it ;-))))

Big hugs and see you soon !

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Arrecife, capital of Lanzarote

Life in LanzarotePosted by mona lanjri Sat, September 08, 2018 16:25:57
Arrecife is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city full of culture and history. The name derives from the Spanish for reef and refers to the volcanic rock formations that lie out to the sea and protect the harbour.

Arrecife was a small fishing village in the 15th century until it grew and became the capital in 1852. Today it's well known for shopping with lots of streets and boutiques.

Arrecife has also its own beach, Playa del Reducto, with golden sand and beautiful water.
Lanzarote's most famous artist, Manrique, landscaped most of the island, except Arrecife which developed before his time. So it's the only place where you will find high buildings...

Although it's nice to visit Arrecife and feel the energy of a city (so different from our calm Playa Blanca ;-)


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S'art'samPosted by mona lanjri Sat, September 08, 2018 15:54:49
I am so happy to (finally) finish some of my work and so happy to share it with you !

At this time I am quite busy with other things... -administration ;-( - but I hope that @ the end of September I can continue exploring painting...

Hugs to all of you !

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New retreats after the holidays

Lanzarote retreatsPosted by mona lanjri Sat, September 08, 2018 14:47:00
We are really looking forward to meet our new guests in the coming months.

As you know we still discover new spots since we have the Jeep, passing nearly everywhere on the island.

At morning it's time to have breakfast and 'ressource' ourselves in quiet places near to the ocean, mountains or volcanoes. We enjoy meditation, breathing, music...

After lunch we start visiting the most beautiful spots of the island. And off course there is always time for a swim in the meanwhile.

Hope to welcome you once, who knows ?

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Open house @ Kruitfabriek 8 x 9 / 9

International Shiatsu AcademyPosted by mona lanjri Sat, September 08, 2018 14:39:53
The Open House in collaboration with Studio World Tree is going on...right now, while I am writing this blog...

I am such a lucky person to have Hilde x Cinthia, most wonderful persons, representing Sa t'sam.

Thanks to these girls ! and wait and see which direction our Academy will take from now on as a lot of things changed since I left Belgium...

Another Open House will be organized on the 22 th of September, (14 - 17 o clock) please do subscribe if you would like to come

Place to be :
De Kruitfabriek
Steenkaai 44 D
1800 Vilvoorde

C u there maybe ? smiley

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Trip to Fuerteventura

Life in LanzarotePosted by mona lanjri Sun, August 05, 2018 23:00:53
Off we go...

For a long time already we wanted to visit the island of the 'fuerte ventura' or 'strong winds' and therefore a surf paradise....

I book online tickets for the ferry boat. Check.

I reserve a Bed and Breakfast. Check.

I have medicine for sea illness (me). Check.

We leave on Wednesday and come back on Thursday. Check by Joëlle : Ohhh nooo, I made a mistake: we leave on Thursday and come back on Friday. smiley Where is my bicycle ? I jump on it and run to the Ferry company in town... 'Don't worry' says the employee and she changes the ticket for free for Wednesday, 'but when will you come back then?' she asks... Euh.. let's keep Friday ? So it means 3 days instead of 2. Ok, this is God's plan no..???

Fuerteventura here we coooome ! Hop the Jeep on the boat, see you in a few days Lanzarote !

Fuerteventura has most stunning beaches. Long sandy beaches, if I remember well, there are 82 of them all over the island. It is a magical drive, at one side you can see most beautiful beaches and at the other side you believe you are in the desert. This is the protected natural parc of Corralejo.

Some different houses :

The main differences between the 2 islands are the distances between the villages and the colors of the houses. Thanks to the artist César Manrique all the houses in Lanzarote are white, white with brown wood, white with blue or white with green, but...white...
In Fuerteventura you have red houses, yellow, rose (yés), green, country houses and most modern constructions. It is a complete and sometimes strange mix of styles, but I like it. I like the originality of some houses, I like some of the colors that remind me the south of Spain. What I definitely don't like are the hotels in the south, the beaches are magnificent and give you the feeling you are in Dominican Republic. The sand is white and the water is transparent, I couldn't even describe it. It is wonderful. But the hotels over there and all the people running in the streets, no thanks, not for me ;-)

Fuerteventura is much bigger than Lanzarote, they have some kind of 'highways' between the villages because the distances are different. Lanzarote is much smaller, but at the other hand it feels somewhere more 'cosy' for me. My soul a little bit as I was in Morocco (it is not far off course but neither is Lanzarote, the african feeling was more present for me in Fuerteventura).

Betancuria is a wonderful place to be, and the road in the mountains is awesome. If you are car sick (as I am ;-() don't forget to take medicine, which I off course did smiley

Which road in the mountains? This road... ;-)

Some decoration ;-)

And to finish a lovely little fish...

Will be soon back in Belgium, have a lovely evening !

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Hot summer !!!

Life in LanzarotePosted by mona lanjri Fri, July 06, 2018 18:50:36
Our little neighbor girl asked us to come and see her dancing spectacle, it was a wonderful experience, all those proud little girls dancing like little stars, it was very nice to be part of that experience, although it was the 'Spanish' way ;-) the music failed a few times (it was not on a USB stick neither on computer). The lady presenting the spectacle entertained the whole place in the meanwhile, the girls waiting without the music but with a smile and a lady reading Lanzarote poems which touched my soul as much as the dancing itself...

The 'entertaining' x creative lady under the 'hotspot' ;-)

And there we go again..with light ;-)

And a wonderful poem we've listened to ; written for Cesar Manrique, Lanzarote's most famous architect and protector of the island !

Cesar Manrique @ work in his house :

One of his street creations:

And in the meanwhile it's really summer time and hoooooot hoooooot weather ....
Now we are enjoying family and friends... nearly 40 degrees in the sun and UV index ...11
C you soon in Belgium dear friends !!

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