Blog By Jessica Campbell
If Mukesh Joshi didn’t (unintentionally) give me a black eye the first time we met, I am not so sure I would have believed him when he very quickly took me in as his family .
“You’re my little sister now,” he says to me, only moments after getting off the river where he was my first-ever raft guide to lead me down the sacred Mother Ganges in Rishikesh, India.
Always wanting an older brother, it was here, having just effortlessly floated downstream (despite the accidental paddle to the face from the passenger in front of me), I got my first glimpse into the heart that is at the core of Nanada Outdoor Retreats and PaddleIndia in Rishikesh. Locally born, and now through his two companies, I have grown to witness, observe and experience how Mukesh shares his love for the outdoors and aim to sustain nature with people of every shape, size, colour and skill-level from all ends of the earth.
“I just feel it in my heart,” he says to me, jointly walking through a local village on his Rejuvenation Retreat offered through Nanda Outdoor Adventure (named after his dear daughter). Attending both as a new addition to his family – and team – I recently joined the retreat as Nanada’s yoga/meditation coach, also offering reiki to any curious participant open to the healing touch.
Now, as they say in Reiki, a Japanese form of healing meaning “Universal Life Energy,” one must heal to be healed. Writing this trip log no longer with a black eye, but instead, a heart overflowing with love and a sense of belonging, it is with great joy I offer a reflection of what it is like to be in the reflection of a person who is on this earth to get people in touch with themselves through the touch of Mother Nature.
It’s a story of a story of a story…
Sit back and enjoy the ride.