You could be sitting under the canvas of a softly-lit bell tent with a city banker on your left, a real estate broker on your right and a full-time mother behind you, joined by any number of people from different backgrounds, of different professions, all matters of outward status forgotten. What you do and what you have don’t matter when you come together to leave the world behind for a time. The peace and joy of meditation is a great leveller. At the Mallorca Meditation Festival, reflective of the movement away from materialism in search of something more, it’s likely you’ll be surrounded by people from all walks of life.
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This most special island event, with the attraction it holds for so many, is a brilliant example of the way things are going, as people wake up to a more conscious way of living and counteracting stress and challenge.
Four days of enriching meditations, classes, workshops, treatments, music and events take place at Ca’n Corem, a heavenly renovated old farm with a natural water pool, set in an ancient oak forest. Teachers and facilitators from around the world join with the aim of expanding consciousness; an intent that could be misread as being overly serious, while in actuality the mood is playful and celebratory.
“The festival doesn’t leave anybody untouched!” says Chetana Annette, the festival organizer. “Whether it’s old experienced meditators or newcomers, the difference of the ‘before’ and ‘after’ is visible and felt by absolutely everybody.
“It’s such a beautiful experience to allow yourself to totally disconnect from the daily routine and busy mind for some days. Afterwards most of us look at our problems with a freshness and different attitude.”
As someone who has lived on Mallorca for 20 years, Chetana feels certain her home possesses a special, unique kind of energy. “There are more groups, classes and events offered on the island than ever before. I really believe that it is becoming the centre of awareness of Europe.”
How refreshing that, in an age of constant, earnest self improvement, there is a place which shows us that, instead of achievement, or looking for something outside of ourselves, the best way is just… to be.
As the great visionary meditation master Osho says: “There is nothing to be found, there is nothing that can be reached – we are already there.
From the very beginning we are that which we are going to become, so there is no need to worry about it. Relax and enjoy.”