Nature’s Healing Home, La Union

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Closed November and welcomed December at one of our favorite towns – La Union, the North’s surfing capital. But boards and waves weren’t on our agenda on this trip – instead, we enjoyed a little respite and learned some new things at Nature’s Healing Home, a meditation, yoga, and healing center found in a sprawling mountainside property in Bacsil. Its owner, Ms. Precy Segundo, is a certified yoga teacher who trained in the US and decided to come back home and manage the place two years ago. 

We only stayed overnight here, but the effect of the clean air + great views + clean food + gardens instantly worked its magic on calming and relaxing our city-tired brains and souls. Yesterday we woke up at sunrise for a yoga session w/ Shei Manson, an astrologer + musician from Australia who recently completed a yoga training course in India. With her encouragement I and Ranie even got to do headstands (walled) for the first time! I haven’t done proper yoga in months and was stiff as a board but overall it felt so good to spend a good hour on opening up and pushing our bodies. 

I loved our experience here, it is a very accessible and different kind of escape. I think it would be great if the place also devoted more effort to empowering / supporting the surrounding communities + its staff, aside from its guests and international facilitators. 

We did spend a few hours in San Juan and although being at the sea again was fun, I’m really not feeling La Union’s new crowded vibe. That said of course, I know that I shouldn’t begrudge the town’s gentrification as it is an opportunity for the locals to prosper (maybe?). 

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San Juan

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There’s more the Surftown than surfing. During our last weekend there, we also made side trips to Ma Cho Temple, the plaza pagoda, and had the famous Ilokano halo halo.

Surftown Sidetrip

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48 hours of pure, stress-free magic ❤

Worked on our goofys and paddles too (will share once we actually get the hang of it).

La Union, April 2016

Processed with VSCO with e3 presetSan Juan, La Union – a veritable surf town, a paradise for backpackers, and a very accessible getaway for those who want to ride waves, relax, and slow down time for a little bit, for a little while, or forever.

It wasn’t hard to understand why so many people I know (friends, co-workers, people I stalk on Instagram) have fallen hard for this place. On the weekend we headed there, the swell was barely present, but we managed to get a couple of hours of lazy waves. Next time, we’ll make sure to check out those wave forecast websites.  Continue reading “La Union, April 2016”