ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Dragonfly Community Center is a project that we are intending to slowly manifest in the coming years. It is the intention of 8 people from different nationalities and backgrounds who joined forces to create a place of retreat for people to connect or reconnect to themselves, to inner silence, to nature and to Spirit.
The Center will be run by the Dragonfly Cayla association that will propose different activities along the year – following the natural cycle of the seasons, for individuals or small groups of people…
It is intended to be a welcoming house for anyone whishing to make a moment of pause in their life in order to reflect, contemplate, acquire knowledge or tools to face the everyday challenges, and share life experiences with like minded people in an atmosphere of respect and trust.
Painting from Branka Rajkovic
The Dragonfly Community Center is located in the Aveyron region in the South West of France half distance from the cities of Toulouse and Montpellier in the small and secluded Cayla hamlet. The property is composed of a set of old buldings and 22 hectars of land, mainly a forest of chestnuts and oak trees. It is said to have been builded by monks 300 years ago. It has its own spring and a 360 degree view from the top of the mountain that culminate at 900 meters and serve as a place of observation to watch migratory birds.
In the futur, the Dragonfly Community Center is intending to host workshops / retreats / celebrations with different teachers / facilitators and methodologies including the Dragonfly Practices.
Regular activities will be running at the Center, including hikes, star observations, birds watching, practices of movements and breath, silence pratices…
Individuals or small groups of people will be able to book a private retreat at the Center.
WHY THE DRAGONFLIES ?
Besides the dears, the foxes, the wild boars, all the different species of birds… the area is populated by amazing dragonflies. They are a symbol of metamorphosis and of the “dream world”. Dragonfies spend most of their life under water and then come up in the air, leave their old body and spread their wings. They are considered by many traditions as magical creatures. Being on this Earth for much longer than our species, they are also a symbol of connecting to the source.
Painting from Branka Rajkovic
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LAND
Part of the Dragonfly Community Center project is to create a partnership with the land. To devellop activities and practices connected to this magical environnement. To respect and take care of all the inhabitants of the forest: the wild life, the trees, the plants, the rocks… In the morning and the evening it is a concert of birds and in the night we can see the Milky Way that crosses over from one mountain to the other. We are intending to find ways to preserve this natural environnement and help it thrive in the best ways we can.
We have been trained in different traditions and we welcome any authentic tradition or work that can help modern man open his heart, expand his consciousness and perception and learn to live in better harmony with nature and other people.
Only members of the Dragonfly Cayla Association will be able attend events at Cayla. Membership cost is 10 € per year and is to be renewed each January.
THE FOUNDING MEMBERS
Branka Rajkovic is an artist painter. Born in Bosnia she moved and lived in Sweeden for the last 30 years. She has been trained in Carlos Castaneda’s Toltec arts for 20 years.
Karmen Mur is a Bosnian-born Croat who lives in London and works as a jewellery designer. Trained as a Yoga teacher, and a Yoga therapist, she has been teaching yoga and organising yoga workshops and retreats for many years.
Elena Filya is a process safety ingeneer from Russia. She grew up in the Krasnodar Region, studied in Moscow and now lives and work in Paris. She has been trained in the Carlos Castnaeda’s Toltec tradition for many years.
The old ones
Who are dreaming us…
Guilhem Morera is the founder of the Dragonfly Practices. Originally from Marseile, he lived for 10 years in Los Angeles and has trained and then been a teacher of Carlos Castaneda’s work for many years in the US and in Europe. He is the author of 2 books about the science of the cards.
Originaly from Bosnia Darko Kekez is a professional fotographer who moved and lived in Sweeden for the last 30 year. He has been trained in Carlos Castaneda’s Toltec tradition for more than 20 years.
Tomislav is Croatian born in Bosnia. He lives and works in London. Tomislav is an anthropologist. He is an author of anthropology and sociology textbooks. He has been practicing and training in different traditions (Transcendental Meditation, Yoga, Vipassana and Samatha meditation) for the last 30 years. Tomislav teaches mindfulness and organises Samatha retreats based on Pa-Auk Tawya tradition.
Manuel Gablain is a professional musician from Poitiers. He has been trained in the arts of Carlos Castaneda’s Toltec tradition for 20 years.
THE SURROUNDING AREAS
The area is filled with mysterious statues Menhir from Neolithic times. The red earth makes a very special landscape. It is known for its beautiful medieval villages such as Combret or Brousse-le-Chateau, the story of the wild child and the international festival of sacred music of the Sylvanès abbaye.
HOW TO GET THERE ?
The closest international airport or main train station is Toulouse. From there take a train to Albi. We will come to pick you up at the Albi train station or we will arrange a carpool. Albi is located one hour drive from Le Cayla. There are also a few buses connecting Albi to Lacaune or to Saint Sernin-sur-Rance during the day. The direction is: Dragonfly Community Center, Le Cayla, 12380 Laval-Roquecezière, France
Image: the Albi cathedral
Most of the pictures on this website are from Darko Kekez and Juan Antonio Gimenez Gomez.