“Feeling is the most elaborate form of thought.”
Feel f’ Real
In feeling is found the path to the original you. Anything along the way that has brought you away from that Origin is a disequilibrium, or disruption, or disease or some other dis-function. The way back is feeling, but not only feeling as in feeling a feeling, but really feeling it in you, in your nature, in your body, increment by increment on the path back home to health. This is the ultimate form of meditation, ongoing, daily, alive.
Feeling is, in fact, the most elaborate form of thought. This is what it’s all about here, a continual practicing of it, in our yoga, meditation, cooking, talking, exercising, building, walking, researching, thinking, being, etc. And all those moments of activity create Karmentum. They make up who you are, or at least how you are perceived, and then who you are, and then who you are perceived as, and then who you are.
Give us sec to explain.
Simplified, the concept of Karmentum can be considered evolutionary memory manifested as the I, in which case it’s most effective to see ourselves as memory and our bodies as the most corpo-real form of it. You might not remember your great grand father, but your body remembers him quite well. If you have his nose you can even see and feel it. Go ahead, touch your past.
We exist in many forms, depending upon your perspective, and many of them are so abstruse that it can be questioned as to what extent they are “us” or we are them, like the microbiome for instance. We have 10 times more cells from microbes than we do human cells. Who are we, really?
We are 7 billion-billion-billion atoms,[vi]
We are 37.2 trillion cells,[vii]
We are 70,000 to 90,000 protein parts in every cell,[viii]
We are 10 million biochemical processes happening every second, in each of the 37.2 trillion cells,[ix]
We are 100 trillion bacteria,[x]
For every gene, we are 100 bacteria genes.[xi]
Do we even exist? Or are we just national parks of smaller things. Well, here is where you learn to answer that question by feeling, and for real, or in other words, we learn how to acknowledge and feel, truly feel, all the versions of us, i.e., all our feelings. The good, the bad, the happy, the excruciating. All of them, all are necessary and all of them are legitimate, both in our cells and in our minds. You are not a mistake, or is any version of you.
Your feelings are part of you and your part of the 13.8 years of evolution, and exist whether you want them to or not, like a force that is beyond your will or doubts surrounding that. Feelings have been instrumental in the evolution and survival of the species, so ditch the let go, and other cliches. You can’t anyway, and you don’t want to. Here is why:
“Feeling is the most elaborate form of thought.”
We’ll explain why you want to grab on to those feelings and feel them even more to get healthy, but also how to distinguish between those you are better off cultivating, and those that are perhaps not worth any additional investment. We call it the Mind Detox Dialogue, and combined with many other amazing methods we have learned from both old and new sources, you’ll get a dose of the latest available, and without any contrived molecular structures.
We don't discard the impetus. We rather observe it. Supported by a deep body detox and informative dialogues and modes of thinking that help you find creative ways to bring your health home with you and take it everywhere else you go. That’s called Feel f’ Real (make what you want of the f’) and you can do it whenever and wherever you want and you will feel freaking real doing it.
When the word is mightier, the healing is greater.
The Feel f' Real method builds awareness in you, by you. We focus on taking your health to the next creative level so you can discover and release your truth(s) through creative acts such as art, entrepreneurship, activism, industry, education, family, etc. Whatever your creative outlet is, we support it.
"I have learnt so much about myself: started to listen to my body again, question the opinions I have picked up along the way, reengaged with my love of music and literature..."
At a Feel f’ Real retreat you will learn to feel and express what before you couldn't, and in doing so heal the deepest of wounds.
Feel f' Real is bringing it out and putting it into form. Observing and understanding. Giving birth to the active and creative person we all are but sometimes need to rediscover.
It’s not a question of right or wrong, but a question of what you feel. All feelings are important, so let them come. Only the actions springing from those feelings exists to be framed in a historical context as good or bad, or appropriate or not. Think. Where did many of the great NGO's, mind blowing books and positive historic changes come from? Probably out of feelings of pain or suffering. So, don't let the feelings go, don't forget them. Rather bring them on and let them burst out through your creativity. If you wish we get on the One month Feel f' Real Program to coach you into action following the retreat.
Whatever your reason for coming is, all expression is healthy, so join us and Feel f’ Real at an O·live Retreat. Who knows where sleeping under the stars, stretching your Vagus nerve, eating pea flowers and watching sunsets on the mountain will take your creativity and inspiring ideas. Who knows to where waves and jungle noises will lead you.
Hope is Indefatigable
"But it felt right, and yet I didn't know why. It looked right, but I didn't know why. In those moments I didn't know, I could only FEEL, and what I felt was a small, very slight tingle of hope."
This is an excerpt from the book Butterfly Man launched in 2018, and written by Ray (aka Emile Raymond). It's a mixed genre work in which John McInroy who came to Olive in 2016, captures his suffering and feelings of frustration and emptiness. It's a good example of how huge suffering and pain can be turned to even greater healing and ultimately action to deal with the source of the pain in the first place.
O·live has helped people to change the following areas:
Human & Social Entrepreneurship
Change towards a Helping Culture
Compassionate School Curriculum
Human & Animal Care & Rights
Creative Writing & Publishing
Caring & Helping teaching (kids and adults)
Equality of Gender, Race, Religion & Lifeforms
Cleaning beaches of plastic
"Old Ropes are best Yanked Free of"
'Creativity is the greatest act of rebellion.' We owe the world our miracles, our creativity, our unique take on experience and the crystalization of that into something beneficial for ourselves and others.
"In being creative we have a chance to imagine and craft something no one else can claim responsibility for, and this requires dismissing all the previous claims.
The courage in this, should there be any, is that we no longer have anyone to blame."
From the Butterfly Man: "By MAGIC I mean a man pulls a rabbit out of the hat and everyone is amazed and no one knows how he did it, but one thing is clear. Where before they were silent, bored, sleepy, tired, lost, worried, frustrated and sick, they are now staring amazed at the scene before them, and the scene before them, is, quite simply.
The scene is, look around you."
Integrated feelings felt for a clear purpose
Meditation for Real Feeling
Mediation is the fast track to the unencumbered self, to an inside, tactile view of our own Karmentum. It's healthy, yes. It boosts our immune systems, sure. It raises our energy levels, of course. It helps alleviate or eliminate the fear and/or anxiety or depression that living in the old world brings. But better than all that, it leads us directly into our dreams.
We go into the creative self with a variety of pro-active focussed and creative meditations, all designed to help us see through the illusion of separation and the illusion of ancient form, and modern fear.
"The concept of Karmentum did it for me. How can I thank you enough?" - Mary
Yoga & Breathing for Real Connection
Think of it as stretching the inside and outside of you. Yoga brings your body into the creative realm in a natural and healthy way. It’s not a work-out, it’s a work-in. One soft touch of Cristina’s fingertip, merely noticeable, will spur the awakening of your cells and guide you to feel a body you were forced to leave at an early age. Her touch makes you realize what is you, and what you need to exist, really exist.
A flexible body is our natural state of being. That’s what our bodies want to be, so it’s more likely to be a boundary-breaking body, an open body, an idea body full of energy and creativity. It's more than a physical exercise. It's one of the greatest acts of rebellion. Bringing your body back to you. Own your extension in time and space. Feel it, every second, every breath, and beat of the earth.
We start the days with sunrise Yoga (but can do yoga any other time, too). All levels of experience are welcome, from beginners to intermediate and even advanced.
All sessions are followed by breathing exercises, meditation, and relaxation. Extra afternoon sessions are offered for those who want.
"Can you believe I do yoga, and I love it. I found a perfect group next to my home. None of that bullshit look good yoga, just regular yoga" — Daniel, 6 months after the retreat.
Real Food for Epic Energy
Food is the main ingredient to a pure expression of yourself, simply because you are made of its molecules. We serve a delicious, homemade, nutrient-packed, plant-based diet as nature produced it (non refined) without sugar, gluten, yeast, etc., because this is the best way to eat, and the best and most healthy detox you can get. You won't be hungry, tired or sluggish. You'll feel when and what makes you vibrant and you’ll be more alive than ever and picking up on your environment like never before. You'll glow at the end of the week if not half way through. Clearly noticeable by others when you go back home.
We teach you to read your own nature, your body, to restore and maximize your health and creativity. You will be delighted by the food, we promise. Read what the media has said.
Dialogue for Real Answers & Questions
You have questions and we have more questions. And that's what makes us so unique. We aren't afraid to question any convention, custom or habit and in that we find our best and most potent creative self.
Observe your fear.
Each day we choose a beautiful place and engage in stimulating dialogues about topics as varied as the science of nutrition to what thoughts hold us back from experiencing contentment and peace, energy and creativity, love, hate, literature, culture, the universe, you think of it, we done it.
Hectic and rad.
Old problems require new solutions and we believe in the importance of discussion for leading us to our own unique and deeper truths. One thing we can promise with all the self care over the week - you'll figure it out.
"Now suddenly it all makes so much more sense. For the first time in a long time I feel I can do things I always dreamed of." — Susan
Feel Real Exercise
We aren't after any medals. We don't compete. We feel our bodies as we exercise in amazing and natural ways. Our hearts and respiratory systems, hormones, our micro-biome, it all comes alive and not by breaking any records, but by feeling the possibilities.
We integrate exercise in all we do so that you won't even notice that you are doing it. We bike, we hike, we climb, we run, dig holes, walk, swim, whatever. Up the mountain, up a tree or two. We explore the temple on the hill, or the church in the village.
We walk around the lake to the evening market, run at the beach, or swim after morning yoga. Whatever you like is what you are going to do. We help you find out what you like and without even realizing how you’ll feel strong and healthy one day.
Real Sleep Perfection
Sleep is detoxing, more so when the air is fresh from the sea, and the mountains. The lullaby of the jungle cicadas, ocean waves and the distant village life is uninterrupted.
Thailand is the prefect climate for living and sleeping outdoors. We have created Prana Pods for the perfect sleeping experience. Every night you feel a slight breeze, and every nuance of it cascades through our high strength, lightweight design. You won't miss a breath, a sound, a subtlety. This will bring you back to your own nature, your body. Nothing stands between you and nature but a few millimeters of sturdy mosquito screen.
The inner sleeping unit slides out for amazing moon and star gazing on the many strikingly clear nights, and when it rains, slides back in. You wake up by the song of the peacocks at sun rise. The functionality of the unit allows shaded space for naps, yoga, meditating, reading, hanging out, or surfing our high speed internet.
Sunset at the beautiful beach Sai Noi, just a skip through the forest from us. Here is where we sometimes do yoga, swim, meditate, walk, our just hang out. Climb the rocks and go through the temple and you get to the larger beach in Khao Tao. Both are amazingly free, never crowded and perfect for contemplation and creative silence (except the peacocks, wild roosters, monkeys and other creatures rights activists.