By Bryan Edulzura
Imagine doing Yoga stretches amidst coconut trees then stroll up and down garden terraces and wind up with an outdoor shower.
As a Yoga practitioner I could not ask for more and swear I will take time as a form of discipline to attain good health and as a form of relaxation.
This is a one-of-a-kind outdoor wellness “studio,” “art center” even a spiritual retreat center ideal for prayers and meditation initiated and run by Yoga student and organizer Ramon Jorge Sarabosing, who pioneered this Eastern-inspired exercise since 2010 in Butuan City who earlier studied in Bali, Indonesia, Australia and England.
His family owns a 10 hectare farm compose of hills and plains planted with fruit trees, and Monching, as he is fondly called, devoted most of his time there to do farm work and gardening.
Then he came up with an idea of an outdoor pocket gardens “hanging” on hillside and walking trails to come up with a productive physical activity early morning or late afternoon.
A camp site and a small cottage await guests to cool off aside from the main house called “Balay inato,” that’s more like a magazine library filled with paintings done by local artists.
“It’s still a work in progress and a long way to go and like the practice of Yoga and Eastern exercises like Body Wind Exploration, it entails perseverance and patience,” says the recently awarded most outstanding Butuanon creative writer who credits his five siblings for their support and vision of turning part of the farm in a future wellness, art and spiritual destination not only in the region but in Mindanao.
I love stretching high above and looking down below the green and the highway and walk around the “hanging gardens”. I have never experienced like this before and it’s perfect to sweat it out even the most moderate way.
Monching calls the gardens “peace gardens” each named after his young nieces, nephews and grandchildren. The name of the farm is “Zoila’s farm and Garden Terraces” in honor of his mother and the main road is named “FilSar Avenue”, from his lawyer-father, Filomeno.
There are also gardens named in honor of his grandparents, three sisters and two brothers. “I’d like to think this endeavor is our legacy to the next generations and the world,” he declares.
Monching and his siblings still has to officially open the site to the public but friends like me can’t wait to visit it for the perfect and relaxing Yoga practice and more.
Oh by the way, the place is along the national highway of BarangayTaligaman. As we Butuanons say, “Ato ini!” And yes indeed its one-of-a-kind.
Photos courtesy of Farley Samuel Liboon