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Tarun Hari Das: Reflecting On The Transcending Matters Spiritual Retreat May 6th 2023

Transcending Matters Retreat: A Transformative Journey of Yoga, Healing Bowls, and Nourishing Connections


Welcome to the world of Transcending Matters, where transformative retreats weave together spirituality, personal growth, and profound connections. Our recent retreat was an extraordinary experience filled with deep introspection, healing vibrations, and mouthwatering culinary delights. As the main host and facilitator, alongside my partner Letitia and Sister Michelle, our dedicated team ensured that every participant received unparalleled guidance and support throughout this soul-stirring journey. In this comprehensive blog, we will dive into the highlights and testimonials from this remarkable retreat, leaving no stone unturned.

The Yoga Adventure:

Tarun Hari Das Teaching Yoga

This retreat was truly a momentous occasion as it presented me with a unique opportunity to step into the role of teaching yoga. With our beloved instructor Sister Laverne unable to join us due to her recent injuries from aerial yoga training in India, I wholeheartedly embraced the challenge and approached it with enthusiasm and joy.

As participants gathered on their mats, a palpable sense of excitement filled the air. We were about to embark on a journey of movement, breath, and self-discovery together. Although initially apprehensive about leading the yoga sessions, I quickly found my rhythm, drawing upon my own practice and the knowledge I had gained from years of immersing myself in the world of yoga.

With each class, I aimed to create an atmosphere that was both invigorating and nurturing, providing a space for participants to explore their bodies, connect with their breath, and delve deeper into their personal practice. We began with gentle flows, gradually building strength and flexibility as the days progressed. Incorporating a balance of challenging asanas, mindful breathing exercises, and moments of deep relaxation, the sessions took participants on a transformative journey.

As the days unfolded, the transformative power of yoga became evident. Participants experienced a heightened sense of body awareness, finding new depths of strength and flexibility within themselves. The practice served as a mirror, reflecting their internal landscapes and facilitating self-discovery on physical, mental, and emotional levels.

The unanimous feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive. They expressed deep gratitude for the opportunity to practice yoga in such a supportive and transformative environment. Many shared how they had experienced personal breakthroughs, newfound strength, and a profound sense of connection with themselves and others.

As I reflect on this milestone, I am humbled and grateful for the trust and openness displayed by each participant. Their willingness to embrace the change and join me on this yoga journey filled me with a deep sense of purpose and fulfilment. I am honoured to have played a part in their transformative experiences, and I look forward to continuing to share the gift of yoga with future retreats at Transcending Matters.

Healing Bowls and Sound Baths:

During this retreat, I had the opportunity to utilize my own set of Tibetan healing bowls for the first time. As a special treat, each participant received a complimentary 1-hour and 30-minute bowl healing session, along with the immersive experience of group sound baths. The response was nothing short of extraordinary.

One participant, Sister Sadhana, who had been attending sound baths and bowl healing sessions for the past seven years, expressed her awe and proclaimed that this particular sound therapy surpassed everything else she had ever experienced in her entire life. Her words of praise and affirmation resonated with the entire group, highlighting the profound impact of the healing bowls on their well-being.

Throughout the sessions, the soothing vibrations of the Tibetan healing bowls enveloped the space, creating a serene and meditative atmosphere. Participants immersed themselves in the rich tapestry of sound, allowing the vibrations to wash over them, release tension, and restore balance to their bodies and minds.

The unique combination of individual bowl healing sessions and group sound baths provided a comprehensive healing experience, addressing both individual needs and collective harmony. Participants reported a deep sense of relaxation, inner peace, and rejuvenation after each session. The healing bowls acted as powerful catalysts for releasing stagnant energy, promoting the emotional release, and nurturing profound states of relaxation and introspection.

The impact of the healing bowls went beyond the physical and mental realms. Many participants shared that the vibrations resonated deeply within them, creating a sense of alignment and connection with their inner selves. It opened doorways to self-discovery, allowing for deep introspection and exploration of their own inner landscapes.

Sister Sadhana's enthusiastic endorsement of the sound bowl experience further solidified its significance. Her words echoed the sentiments shared by many others who were captivated by the transformative power of the healing bowls. It became clear that the sound therapy offered during the retreat was not only a valuable component but a standout experience that left a lasting impression.

Sister Letitia's Multifaceted Talents: Elevating Massages, Hosting, and Capturing Memories

At the heart of our transformative retreat, Sister Letitia's presence was a true blessing. Not only did she offer her heavenly massages, soothing tired muscles and releasing tension with her skilled hands, but she also showcased her exceptional hosting skills and brought her passion for photography to capture the essence of our unforgettable event.

Letitia's intuitive touch during her massages was nothing short of remarkable. Participants couldn't help but sing praises about the transformative power of her therapeutic massages. As she applied her expertise, tired bodies were rejuvenated, and a profound sense of relaxation permeated the room. Letitia's healing touch facilitated a deep connection between participants and their bodies, allowing them to experience a heightened state of well-being.

In addition to her exceptional massage abilities, Letitia's hosting skills shone brightly throughout the retreat. She effortlessly attended to the needs of our guests, ensuring their comfort and creating an atmosphere of warmth and inclusion. Whether it was assisting with logistics, offering a listening ear, or providing valuable guidance, Letitia's genuine care and attention made everyone feel seen and supported.

But Letitia's contributions didn't stop there. She took on the role of our official retreat photographer, capturing precious moments that would forever hold the energy and memories of our transformative journey. With her keen eye and artistic flair, she skillfully immortalized the retreat's essence through her photographs. Participants were thrilled to have tangible mementoes that would forever remind them of the profound connections and transformative experiences shared during our time together.

Letitia's multifaceted talents truly added an extra layer of depth and beauty to our retreat. From her elevating massages that rejuvenated weary bodies to her exceptional hosting skills that fostered an inclusive and supportive environment, and her keen eye as she captured cherished moments behind the lens, Letitia's contributions were nothing short of exceptional.

We are deeply grateful for Letitia's presence and the impact she had on the overall retreat experience. Her dedication, skill, and genuine care played an integral role in creating a space where participants felt nourished, supported, and free to explore their personal journeys. Letitia's contributions were truly invaluable, and we can't wait to see how her unique talents continue to elevate future retreats with Transcending Matters.

Sister Michelle's Culinary Delights: A Feast for the Senses

Amidst the transformative journey of our retreat, a delightful symphony of aromas and flavours wafted through the air, emanating from the kitchen where the talented Sister Michelle worked her culinary magic. Her expertise and passion for creating culinary masterpieces elevated the retreat experience, leaving participants eagerly anticipating each and every meal.

Sister Michelle's dedication to catering to the diverse dietary preferences and requirements of our participants was commendable. She skillfully crafted a menu that embraced vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and raw options, ensuring that everyone's needs were met. The inclusion of such a wide range of culinary choices showcased Sister Michelle's commitment to providing nourishment for the body and soul.

As lunchtime approached, participants were treated to a delightful array of soups that warmed their hearts and satisfied their palates. Each bowl was a testament to Sister Michelle's creativity and attention to detail, as she expertly blended ingredients to create flavours that danced harmoniously on the taste buds. From hearty vegetable medleys to creamy, comforting broths, the soups were a testament to her culinary prowess.

One notable aspect of Sister Michelle's culinary offerings was the absence of bread during lunchtime. Instead, she focused on crafting soups that were brimming with wholesome ingredients, allowing participants to fully immerse themselves in the nourishing flavours of the carefully selected vegetables, herbs, and spices.

This intentional choice further highlighted Sister Michelle's commitment to providing meals that were not only delicious but also aligned with the holistic nature of the retreat.

The dining experience became a joyful celebration of flavours, as participants gathered around the table, eager to sample

Sister Michelle's lovingly prepared meals. Each dish was a masterpiece, a labour of love that infused the retreat atmosphere with an extra touch of magic. The meals nourished not only the body but also the soul, creating a sense of community and gratitude as participants savoured every bite.

Sister Michelle's culinary talents were truly exceptional, and her dedication to providing nourishing, flavorful meals left an indelible mark on the retreat experience. Her commitment to catering to diverse dietary needs, her creative approach to menu planning, and her ability to infuse each dish with love and care were evident in every mouthwatering bite.

Testimonials of Transformation:

The heart and soul of Transcending Matters lie in creating a safe space for participants to explore sensitive realms and engage in life-altering conversations. With the right tools and supportive building blocks provided, each participant felt empowered to open up and delve into their personal journeys. Testimonies flooded in, highlighting the excellent guidance, unwavering support, and transformative experiences that unfolded during the retreat. Participants left feeling supercharged, ready to embrace life with renewed vigour, self-esteem, and a deep sense of self-love and appreciation.


As the days unfolded, this Transcending Matters retreat surpassed expectations, solidifying its place as a transformative journey of self-discovery and connection. From the invigorating yoga classes and healing bowl sessions to the elevating massages and culinary delights, every aspect of the retreat was met with outstanding recognition. The heartfelt testimonials from participants stand as a testament to the transformative power of this retreat, leaving no doubt that each one departed with a renewed sense of purpose, self-love, and a new feeling of connection with self.

Personal End Note:

Reflecting on this retreat fills me with immense gratitude and fulfilment. Guiding participants through transformative yoga sessions and witnessing their growth has been an incredible honour. The addition of Tibetan healing bowls and the exceptional contributions of Sister Letitia and Sister Michelle enhanced the retreat's transformative experience. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to create a meaningful and holistic journey for all participants.

Tarun Hari Das

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