River Tales Retreat (26/07/15)

August 10, 2015
by iAdmin

iPoetry hosted a group of thirty nature lovers in a one-day retreat like no other at the Bank of Chouwen River, Nahr Brahim area.

Mariana Nader, a young hiking guide from the Association of the Protection of Jabal Moussa (APJM) lead the hike and the group followed down to the river.

Trail : Chouwan Cultural Trail
Level: EASY (2km)
Duration: 1h30 hike
Start Point: Chouwen entrance
End Point: Chouwen entrance

Itinerary:
The hike started at the Chouwen entrance where an APJM kiosk and its facilities were available for all hikers. Easy walk downhill along a trail that crosses over Chouwen river, then over Adonis river through an ancient stone bridge, the group reached the Ottoman site of Chouwen. Back on the same trail to Chouwen entrance.

Description:
“The trail is a true remote hike into wilderness, and yet is peppered with several cultural landmarks including two abandoned farms of the Ottoman Period surrounded by agricultural terraces. Next to the first abandoned farm is an olive press. Further down towards the lake, one can observe two water mills where the ancestral mechanisms of wheat grinding are still visible. A partly reconstructed stone bridge linking between the cazas of Jbeil and Kesserwan, will allow the visitors to cross the historic Adonis River (Nahr Ibrahim). This trail offers an overview of the economic infrastructure and typology of the Lebanese farmers in the 19th century.”
— Source: www.jabalmoussa.org

Activities near the river bank and the Ottoman Bridge:After everyone had fresh salads and cold sandwiches,  the yoga session started at 2:30 p.m. Yogis enjoyed a smooth sequence as they practiced yoga on the old bridge. The sound of the river flow was so alive. And mother nature was surrounding everyone with fascinating green views and a wonderful breeze.

The group chose to leave the writing session as an option for anyone who wanted to write a diary or a memoir by the river bank. They wanted to play cards! But this time, card playing was different. They were divided into groups and each group had a different set of cards that show a smile on one side and its meaning on another. Each member had to be an expert on the type of smile their card presented. And the guessing game started!

From 12:00 noon till 5:00, time whizzed by and everyone started hiking back up to the main road towards the bus that took the group back to Downtown Beirut. We were glad that everyone had a great fresh rejuvenating weekend on the last Sunday of July!

See you all in August~

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lunch time

lunch time

yoga flow

yoga flow

iWriter Aya Cheaito, co-facilitating Art of Smiling session

iWriter Aya Cheaito, co-facilitating Art of Smiling session