VITAL GATE – ALL INFO – **CHECK**

—–HOW IT WORKS

You show up and have fun!! wake up, connect, tune into your destiny line, get deep support from the VITAL TRIBE, enjoy the BALI YAH energy in a safe and nurturing space! That’s it! actually, that’s only a small fraction! There is way more behind this idea! – get a space (might be either private or shared room) and have the time of your life! We do high energy activations as well, breathing, sound, movement, body activation, energy training, mantras and much more! It’s all open and free at this stage – it’s cocreated by whoever is there

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WHAT ARE THE INTENTIONS?

  • Create a fun high energy community that is affordable and sustainable for all those who want to come.
  • Create high energy practices, targeted weeks.
  • Create a community model that can easily duplicated somewhere else without major effort. By community model I mean ways of living together, practicing, communicating that really work and allow us to vibrate at our highest potential.
  • Create a set of practices that takes us to sustainable energetic resonance without major effort. In other terms raise our vibration to enter and stay in the bliss zone.
  • Experiment with energy techniques and find out the best practices to activate us as individuals and as a tribe.
  • Experiment with raw nutrition, superfoods and other ways to maximize our energy level through nutrition. We have a raw kitchen to prepare simple dishes.
  • Experiment with and ground further the complete VITAL TANTRA life mastery system. VI ITAL TANTRA is a complete path of life optimization that I initiated 2 years ago in the Himalayas. Most of what I practice or teach evolves around these various spiritual and personal mastery techniques. VITAL TANTRA is based on hundreds of techniques which are the result of 30 years of spiritual training and exploration. It is as well and ongoing exploration and cocreation where you bring your own gifts. VITAL TANTRA is open, free and ever evolving. None of it is fixed. It keeps evolving in organic ways.
  • Create a safe and peaceful space where you can relax and enjoy nurturing energies
  • Create a powerful and dynamic support energetic system with each other.
  • Manifest as safe space for challenge and growth in which we can stretch our limits and dissolve our limitations.
  • Create an unlimited reserve of energetic freedom in yourself and in the VITAL TRIBE

—–PAY  AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE FOR THE TOTALITY OF YOUR STAY

This gives me huge peace of mind + allows me to oversee what kind of budget we can work with. If you wait until the last minute, it’s all this energy and juice I can not use while you are here. If no payment is made as you arrive, it forces me to hold back in my generosity as well and we step out of the abundance space straight away. If you are in scarcity or greediness mode, that’s what you project on the community and everyone as well and that’s what you eventually end up getting back. Be generous upfront and we’ll all benefit from it.

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9 AM GATHERING

This is an opportunity to check how everyone is doing, express gratitude, connect, see if anyone needs anything, feedback on the practices and the place.

Use as well this morning 9am gathering to make your payment to VITAL GATE if you didn’t pay yet for the totality of your stay.

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CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE IN OTHER WAYS RATHER THAN PAYING A FEE?

Yes! You can contribute to VITAL GATE in whatever way you want. However at this stage, it is much easier to manage this place if everyone contributes financially within the sliding scale range. We are a vast community of therapists, coaches, body workers, tantrikas, artists, etc. We all come with great gifts to share with the community. This means that everyone will be contributing anyway. Let’s all be on the same page.

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WHAT ARE THE SPACES?
  • 5 double bed rooms
  • 2 shared rooms with 2 to 4 people per room
  • more shared rooms can be arranged if needed
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Altogether, there is space for 10-20 people to live here – 10 people comfortable – 20 if we squeeze a bit
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SHARED OR PRIVATE ROOM?Wit the sliding scale system, the more you contribute, the better and more private your space

Here is an example:

You contribute $200/month when you arrive. Some individual rooms are available. You move into a private room. Someone else arrives and contributes $400/month. You move to a shared space. The person who contributed more takes the private room.Also, we’ll give to 2 people, like a couple or 2 friends wanting to share a room, rather than single use.

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WIFI?
Yes! Not totally reliable, especially when rain or storm kicks in.

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CAN WE COOK MEALS?

No, this is a raw kitchen. There is no stove and no cooking gear in the house. But you do have an organic restaurant just 2 min away with a very vast delicious menu.

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CAN WE PREPARE MEALS TOGETHER?

Totally, salads, fresh fruits, etc. That’s something we need to plan and still develop in the future if there is a need for it.

If we decide to go for it, we will probably need to up the sliding scale rates to have a budget for that.

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CAN YOU BOOK A ROOM IN ADVANCE

No, you can’t. It just gets too complicate to manage bookings and cancellations. It will be first come first served. You check with me a few days earlier or on the same day. I’ll give you an idea of what’s available.

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IS THIS A TANTRA COMMUNITY?

The way I would define it is “Sex and intimacy friendly”. In this last year of festivals I realize that in most places, public display of love is highly discouraged. I want this to be an open space where expression of love is totally welcome. If you want to have intercourse or play with oral sex, of course choose a private space.

Relax! If that specific point worries you, I am going to rephrase it for you. No you won’t step into a naked orgy of wild people rolling on a floor. What I am saying is that if 2 persons feel attracted to each other and they naturally engage in light forms of foreplay or energy orgasmic experiences, they don’t need to go and hide to play, unless they raise it to the next level of naked wild passionate sex.

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SAFE

This is a safe place for you to relax! You won’t be pressured or pushed in directions that are not appropriate to you. Especially when it comes to sex and romance, women and men can often feel pressured by others to engage in various degrees of intimacy. We are here to protect your boundaries! You have situation arising with anyone else in the community, you bring it up either in the morning circle or privately directly to me. This space is here to honor you as a human being! You are safe! We are here to protect your space and freedom.

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SEXUAL PRESSURE

If you are pushy sexually with anyone in the community, women or men, first you will be directly confronted and if your behavior or intentions are disrespectful to someone else’s boundaries, especially sexually, you could be excluded from the community on the spot.

We talked extensively about that with the women living at VITAL GATE right now and the urge for safety, comfort and non provocative sexual behavior is a top priority.

Here is what’s not ok:

  • Coming up with inappropriate sexual requests or demands
  • Touching someone inappropriately without their permission
  • Engaging in sexual conversations in ways that are offensive
  • Etc.
It’s just common sense.
Most people naturally know when they are crossing the line.
If you are not sure if you are being inappropriate, ask for feedback at 9am sharing

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ANY WORKSHOPS HAPPENING?

Probably yes! There might be full schedules of daily yoga, activations, celebrations, etc. All that is co created! I have already some ongoing practices but it’s really a group dynamic initiative. You would like something to happen? Ask for it or Create it yourself.

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ARE THERE SPACES TO OFFER BODY WORK OR COACHING SESSIONS?

There are a couple spaces that can be used by those who live in the community.

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CAN YOU RENT VITAL GATE FOR YOUR OWN WORKSHOPS?

Maybe. Not figured out that one yet. Simply check with me directly to create a win-win on that one. We might be a good match.

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WHAT ABOUT SMOKE, ALCOHOL OR DRUGS?

VITAL GATE is 100% smoke, drug and alcohol free. That’s a deal breaker by the way, you break that guideline, you are out. Why? After years of travelling around the world visiting centers, communities and events, this feels like an evidence to me and non negotiable with the energies we work with – Thank you so much for respecting this totally if you plan to come this way! – By the way, believe me, we have powerful ways of getting really high on bliss that don’t involve any substance use except raw chocolate, elixirs and other superfoods! – Love yah!

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RESPECT!

Open tantric community doesn’t mean going around demanding or putting sexual pressure on others.

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CLEAN STRAIGHT AWAY

Dishes, bathroom, everything! This is your place as much as mine! It’s our job to keep it clean! Especially in the kitchen area, ants and other insects get your food really fast. CLEAN STRAIGHT AWAY ALL THE DISHES THAT YOU USE! NOT AFTER YOU EAT! BEFORE YOU EAT! If you see something not cleaned, take care of it as well even if it’s not yours.

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PAY ON ARRIVAL FOR YOUR STAY

Simple! Pay in advance for the time you want to spend here

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REGISTER AT POLICE STATION FOR YOUR STAY

All you need is a photocopy of passport and a small fee. It’s easy. I will show you were to get photocopy and do that.

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SHEETS, PILLOW, TOWEL

Yes, I have them here! Do laundry before you’re off.

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KEEP ALL YOUR BELONGINGS IN YOUR PERSONAL AREA

It’s simple. Don’t leave your stuff around. It gets quickly cluttered. This means specifically

  • Don’t leave your food in the cooler or fridge – These are all for community use – Why there isn’t just enough space for 10 people to use them
  • Core area – Don’t leave your stuff around – The whole area must be cleared of all personal belongings
  • Bathroom – Closets are for community towels and more – again, leave one towel and few items that might need to be dried and remove them as soon as they are dry – Use a small toiletry bag for your bathroom needs
  • Shared rooms – same story – if 4 people stay in one shared room, it just quickly gets packed with your belongings – store them! – Keep the space free!!!

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CLUTTER FREE

CAN YOU USE THE SPACE AS STORAGE

No, you can’t. A few people already asked me. I see this space as a sacred temple. Let’s keep it that way.

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BEFORE YOU DEPART

  • Check with me, don’t just leave
  • Wash you towel and sheets
  • Clean your personal area
  • Take all your personal belongings

—–CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY IN WHATEVER WAY FEELS RIGHT TO YOU

Buy fruits and veges, bring your own talents and offerings to the tribe, clean, fix things, be supportive, offer great feed back, etc.

—–CLEANING

A cleaning lady should be coming every 2 days. This doesn’t mean that it is not your responsibility. It’s our job to keep the place as spotless as possible when she arrives. If something needs to be done, do it straight away.

—–MOTORBIKE PARKING

Bring your bike to VITAL GATE, especially during the day! The parking on the path are for the restaurant and the gardens.

—–BE KIND WITH LOCALS

Smile, make connections, drive slowly on the path. They are our extended family.

—–NOISE LEVELS

No house in the direct surrounding but music carries really far. I tested it. So keep it on the soft side. Same with body work, emotional release, dynamic meditations and tantric practices. Keep it on the subtle side. If we go full volume, we’ll get in trouble and freak out everyone.

—–MUSIC

If you play music, everyone at VITAL GATE hears it and is forces to go into that space with you. My suggestion is to use headsets both on your ipod and laptop. We’ll play music when we have sessions and nice soundscapes to chill in the evening.

—–10 MIN BATHROOM

We have 2 bathrooms! Not much yet! Shower, shave, do what you need to do and make it quick, especially in the morning! Thanks! Will try to set up outdoor shower space outside soon!—–

OFFICE SPACE?
Yes! Comfortable space for 3 people! Use this space if you must work on laptop heady stuff.

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LAPTOPS?
Use them in the office space or eventually in your private space. No laptops in the kitchen or central gate area.
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CLOTHING OPTIONAL?
I love the idea but with farmers in the rice fields around VITAL GATE, they might get offended. We can still be quite free with that within the house, sharing shower time and in spaces that are not directly exposed to outside look. What do you think about it? Is nakedness offensive to you? Would you like freedom or contraction around that? See how I phrased it? 😉 I know I am already taking sides a bit. I am flexible with that and if nakedness is too much for your eyes, I will go with whatever the overall feeling is.

—–LAUNDRY?

Yes! We have a washing machine

 

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HOW IS THE KITCHEN SET UP
We’ve got blender and food processor, simple fridge, and more space in coolers in case we want to make simple raw dishes for 10 people.
The kitchen is not equipped for cooking dishes. No stove and no pots and pans. So don’t even think about it! 😉
We are experimenting with high energy detox drinks, simple raw energy mixes boosters for breakfast and much more.

I tend to buy ginger, lemons, fresh herbs, fruits, veges, etc.—–

AIRPORT PICKUP?

Yes! I can connect you with a good friend of mine who will come to the airport and pick you up.

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TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

You are responsible for your own well being in all aspects both physical and emotional. Stay safe. Take care of your needs.

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FEEDBACK
We will have 9am, 15 min daily gatherings as a tribe. We will extend these meetings if more time is needed to share You are welcome to share anything that comes up for you, that you feel, both positive or challenging. If you experience something during the day that you want to share, try to keep it for these 9 am gatherings so that everyone can benefit from your feed back and offer you reflection as well. When you share during this 9 am meeting, people will be prepared to listen to what you have to say. Focus on sharing both the positive and negative feedback that you might have. You can often start your sharing by telling us what you are grateful for.

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INTEGRITYIf you say you will do something, do it!—–

CONFIDENTIALITY?

This is something I am still unsure of but I will put it out there for you to reflect on. The idea is that everything that happens at VITAL GATE stays confidential. This means that you don’t go around gossiping in town about other people’s experiences. You see, this whole space can be a very empowering healing journey with lots of sharing both in formal sessions and in just daily life. The idea of a confidential space that covers everything that happens here could create safety and peace of mind that many people might need.

We are still totally open on that question and it’s something we will experiment with in the future.

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SHARE!

This experience is directed to build community! The whole point is to activate our connections and synergize as a life tribe!

  • Making food? Making enough for everyone
  • Something challenging going on for you? Share it with the tribe when we meet
  • Have powerful body work skills? Offer your touch to someone who needs it
  • Etc

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COMMERCIALIZATION FREE
Don’t come to VITAL GATE with the intention of selling or forcing your commercial offers on others. This is your home! How do you feel when a sales person comes through your door trying to promote anything? It stresses you up, right? Why? Because you need to make a buying decision or not. It is like walking through the streets and having vendors harassing you. If you have things you want to offer, great, give them to the community the way it happens at burning man in the unlimited generosity spirit and gift economy.

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EXPRESS YOUR GRATITUDE

Simple! Positive feedback! Everything and everyone appreciates love, recognition and validation! Express your gratitude as much as you can! It simply tells the invisible that you like it and that you want more of that. This is an incredibly powerful way to educate your environment and people around you! Highlight what works for you rather than pointing out to the negatives. For each “negative”, find 5 positives.

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VISITORS? CAN THEY STAY OVER NIGHT?

You meet this person in town, you develop a romantic connection and want to bring them over for the night. Of course we welcome the spontaneous expression of your love! Yes! Of course they can come and again, visitors are on the same page as anyone else. They will drink and eat with us and are naturally asked to contribute as well within the sliding scale fee.

What will happen if visitors don’t contribute is others in the community might feel uncomfortable.

You know, use your common sense and I will use mine as well.

If you are contributing the absolute minimum in the sliding scale, paying late, not contributing with food or community life and bringing visitors on top of that, it might get too much of course.

On the other hand, if you are very generous with your donations actively participate in community building life, then I can imagine that having a lover staying over one or two nights could be alright.

I am still figuring out that one. Not sure exactly what to do with it yet!

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PEACE AND HARMONY

Don’t attack or challenge people without their permission. This is a safe home, ashram, temple. We will have space for VITAL FIGHTS which are techniques to consciously conflict to activate energy. But throughout the day and outside of these practices, the overall energy is peace and harmony. This base energy is the kind of emotional security you would like to have in you own family home.

If you feel the urge to challenge anyone or have some conflicting feed back to share, do that in the daily 9 am community gathering.

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CAN YOU BRING OBJECTS, OFFERINGS, THINGS YOU NO LONGER NEED TO VITAL GATE

Answer is simple! No thanks! I know it might be well intended but these objects left behind become an obstruction in the energetic flow.

It just clutters the space.

Here is some more on that: I just launched VITAL GATE  about 10 days ago and people have started to bring objects or leave things behind.

So far I have sarong, dream catcher, pair of shoes, sticker, wooden bowl, plastic bags and more, and that’s only after 10 days. If this keeps going on for 5 months or longer, we’ll be so cluttered with objects that we don’t really need that the energy won’t really breathe any longer.

They feel like energetic left overs, not aligned with VITAL GATE at all!

It seems to slow down the vibe and obstruct the energy flow.

So please, if you want to bring something, bring fresh fruits and vegetables, super foods, juices and donations and yourself!

At this stage, this is all VITAL GATE needs.LET’S KEEP THE ENERGY CLEAN!

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SHOULD YOU GET A VISA BEFORE COMING TO BALI OR GET A VISA ON ARRIVAL?

If you stay for less than a month, visa on arrival is fine – Quickly paying for your visa on arrival didn’t look like a hassle – I always get one before leaving to Bali because I stay longer and they give me multiple entry for 2 months at a time.

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TRAVEL LIGHT!

We are on a path about 15 min walk from the main street with no car access, only scooter, means we carry luggage + visitors on scooter – One small suitcase, bag or backpack is best – Plenty of shopping to do here – Fashion is incredibly refreshing in Ubud and I am sure you will be tempted + A few of the spaces are shared rooms with not too much storage place for luggage – you will feel way better if you travel light

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VITAL FORCE 7-8 AM

This is now a core practice at VITAL GATE – It is one hour of daily juicy activation with whoever wants to show up – Right now, it is mainly the active VITAL TRIBE joining in but if you don’t live at VITAL GATE and want to come just for morning activations, you are welcome to do so – If you can, bring some fruits, nuts or juices for breakfast or some donation so that everyone contributes.

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SAFE SPACE!

I know, I already said this earlier but I will say it again, rephrase it, fine tune it. For the last 3 weeks, except for myself it has been mainly women at VITAL GATE – With 3 men suddenly planning to join the tribe, we quickly realized that the need for safety in the women who live at VITAL GATE is very high – This is our home – You want to be able to relax without needing to protect yourself from sexual pressure, ongoing needy flirty attitudes, or inappropriate non requested physical touch – In other terms, we were concerned by the space getting invaded by sexual neediness – So, as a conclusion here is what came up – Inappropriate sexual behavior or sexual pressure is a deal breaker and you will get kicked out of VITAL GATE if you show disrespect – What is inappropriate? Keeping on pushing when a woman gives you “no thanks” signals, Touching someone in ways that are inappropriate, too explicit ongoing sexual conversations, etc – Of course, I trust your common sense – Don’t freak out, ok? 😉 This is not big brother watching you! Everyone intuitively knows the difference – Be receptive and listen to the signals that women give you – There will be space for dynamic and direct reflection during our daily morning sharing – You can relax – 90% of the men I know are sensitive and my guess is that you are already respectful in the way you behave towards women – Maybe 10% of men out there will cross the line here and there in ways that are soft and non aggressive – Now, there might be a couple of men out of 100 who continuously cross the line and offend women through their pressure, demands, conversations, inappropriate touch – They do that consistently without any intention to change – Not good over here – If this situation arises, we will take quick action and kick you out on the spot or after a one time warning – By the way both men and women can be sexually inappropriate or pushy – So, these guidelines apply to both men and women! – VITAL GATE IS A SAFE SPACE! – You can relax! – We are totally committed to these values! We will do whatever it takes to keep it that way!

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ONE DAY TEST DRIVE

To follow up on the SAFE SPACE idea, we just launched another simple concept which is that every new person coming to live here is on a 24 hour test drive. This is to make sure that you come in a spirit aligned with what we do here. We will have time to quickly interview you and ask you simple questions about where you are at and what your intentions are – This gives us all a safe bumper zone allowing us to reassess our invitation to live together – My guess is that in 99% of the cases, you will be spontaneously and warmly welcome in the community – In some isolated cases there could be a deal breaker like substance use or again, sexual pressure on a VITAL TRIBE member that makes it simply too challenging to have you around – If that happens, we would simply gently but firmly say good bye and direct you to other accommodation options.

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VITAL TRUTH

Another set of emerging practices are the VITAL TRUTH approaches – Often dialogue and group coaching based – The target is to be real, true, present and grounded. Will share more about these soon.

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NON COMMERCIAL AGENDA

At this stage VITAL GATE remains a non commercial adventure – The aim stays to create a conscious community model that can easily be duplicated – The sliding scale fee covers the basic costs to run the place – It covers rent, infrastructures, assets, some food, kitchen gear, bedding, etc. – By the way, this could evolve to a more commercial structure if it is needed – It does feel though that the energies we are invoking in the core of this VORTEX are keeping us in check – Commercializing our intentions would definitely shift the vibration here – I am open either way – I am real and extremely receptive to what we are guided into – We are in total service to a plan that is way vaster than ourselves.

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9 AM SHARING

That’s another simple practice that is essential and strong at VITAL GATE – We have 15 min for that and we go in circle asking a simple question like “How are you today?” – Yes, that simple! Easy, right?

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FOOD

We are now preparing meals and shopping together – We simply take spontaneous turns and everyone has been contributing more or less equally in grocery shopping – This is such an ideal format – You have no idea!!! – It is by far the best way to do it as a community rather than having to regulate and micromanage it! Everyone feels responsible which is ideal! – So far the natural rhythm is to have morning detox and breakfast together – We started making and eating lunch together as well – At this stage, everyone is out for dinner on their own adventure – This feels natural, spontaneous, fun, generous and easy so far! – Let’s make it a sustainable practice – If you come to VITAL GATE, approach this space with that spirit of contribution and generosity in mind – This means that you might prepare a meal every couple of days and spend maybe $20 every 2 days on some fruits and vegetables – I tell you! SIMPLE AND EASY!

At this stage, if everyone spends about $50/week on food, we can easily manage for breakfast and lunch – That’s about $7/day per person or $200/person/month.

If you were eating in town, in cafes and restaurants, you would easily spend way more than that on just breakfast, lunch and detox drinks – Probably 2x to 3x more, so doing this as a tribe is a win-win for all of use if we stay conscious, present and don’t fall in greedy patterns.

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PEOPLE FIRST!

As VITAL GATE is expanding in comfort, chill spaces and coziness, the possibilities to expand, shop for fun stuff and keep investing in infrastructures and beauty are endless. For those who have a house or property you cherish, you know what I mean – I did realize again though that VITAL GATE is not about the house, place and infrastructures – This house and temple is only a refreshing canvas for a human experience! – What matters most is YOU! – You carry the beauty, the teachings, the evolutionary codes, the emotions, the humanness, the life force! – You are the core of this experiment! – By experience, by know it is easy to lose track with setting up the right priorities and values! – Well, here we go! PEOPLE COME FIRST! That’s my commitment! That’s what I stand for! Let’s unite with this core principle in mind! I believe that this is one of the essential mind sets that will make our VITAL GATE experience fun, energetic and sustainable!

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PEACE

Drop your weapons when you enter VITAL GATE. This is not a place to enter in battles with others or launch your own conquering impulses against others. Be in love, harmony and respect. This is a home, sacred temple or ashram. Don’t attack or pressure others while in the space. Everyone wants to feel safe and relaxed. We will have space for challenge and fights but that’s within VITAL TRUTH and VITAL FIGHTS facilitated practices, not as a random way of being.

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PAYMENT ON ARRIVAL

Simple – Pay for the totality of your stay before you move in

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MORNING ACTIVATIONS – WHAT IF YOU CAN’T OR DON’T WANT TO ATTEND

For the morning activations it is unrealistic to force it on people – All I can do is highly encourage it as I know for sure the incredible impact these morning practices have on anyone who attends – But I can’t force it 😉 – So you might feel some incentive to explore any discomfort around it with us but not in a forceful way, more as a gentle invitation – Also with coaching or helping people with their own lives, I feel that these activations are the very FIRST thing to do – It gives me way less juice and energy to play with when I see people resisting that first step or not wanting to engage for whatever reason – All that aspect of VITAL GATE is fine tuning and I will definitely focus more of my energy on those who invest in the process and want to play rather than those who don’t – Again without pressure – I just realize that these morning activations give us so much juice and substance to play with – I can see a massive energetic shift between those who attend and those who don’t – But I totally respect your free will at this stage as long as there is zero interference with our practices – I feel that the spirit wants us to explore these dynamics so I look forward to explore what’s the best most optimized way to play with all that when you come to VITAL GATE – I have deep respect for everything that you are!

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SUGGESTIONS? FEEDBACK? ANYTHING ELSE THAT MUST BE ADDED, REPHRASED, DELETED? TELL ME!

MAY VITAL GATE BE A PROFOUND AND POWERFUL LIFE ACTIVATING EXPERIENCE FOR YOU!

I LOVE YOU!

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