Left to right: Tarah, Don, Kate, Chris, Andy, Linda, and Taylor gather together for one last photo before the Live Be Yoga team gets on their ferry back to Vancouver.
The Live Be Yoga team headed to secluded Gambier Island in British Columbia, Canada, last week to meet beautiful Gaia instructor Kate Potter. We could tell right away that Kate was kind; she exudes a sense of pure contentment and delight. What we didn't anticipate was how warmly and swiftly she would wrap us up into her close and genuine group of neighbors.
There are no hotels on Gambier Island and we needed a place to stay, so Kate casually asked her neighbors Andrew and Linda to accommodate us. The funny thing about this near utopia of an island is that everyone gives to everyone else, without anything requested in return. Without hesitation, Andy and Linda wrote us a loving welcome note, allowed us to stay in their guest cabin, fed us beautiful meals, insisted we use all the amenities of their property like kayaks, the hot tub, the kitchen, and the beach, all the while genuinely enjoying spending time with us chatting about our adventures. We thought, "What did we do to deserve such kindness and generosity?"
Traveling so much for the tour, we've encountered countless fantastic people, but in this case we felt adopted by a new family that would always be there for us for the rest of our lives. The conversations were rich and the love was real. This trip gave us the feeling we all search for in life, the one you get when you meet those people who don't see strangers as strangers, but as potential new friends.
We spent one evening chatting with Kate and her partner Don over freshly cooked salmon, spinach pasta, and kale salad, and because there was an abundance of fresh blackberries, we just had to make fresh fruit cobbler. Hours of conversation with Kate and Don opened our eyes to what life can be, if we choose to live the way we truly desire. During our stay, we rebuilt our connection to nature and to our souls, and experienced how we could live without the pressures of technology and time. In other words, we let ourselves "check out."
Of course, saying goodbye was bittersweet. Our team packed up the pickup, perched ourselves in the back of the truck bed and bopped our way down the dirt road to the ferry dock. Everyone came to the dock with us to help us load up our gear. As we waved goodbye, Kate and Don dove into the piercingly blue water while Andrew and Linda gave us a two-hand wave. What we learned on this trip is that yoga is everywhere, whether we call it yoga or some other term. There are people who do good for no reason at all.
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