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A Day Full of Enjoyment... A Day with the Nature..

A Day Full of Enjoyment... A Day with the Nature....


Maria Assunta community decided to spend a day away from the routine life and to ease our heavy heart after the loss of our four sisters. So we chose to go to “Maher Retreat”.
Maher Retreat is 42 km from Pune on Pune-Solapur Highway. In this place, we relaxed and enjoyed our day in nature’s lap.We started our journey with much excitement. On the way we enjoyed singing picnic songs in our vehicle and the young sisters dancing and entertaining us. It relaxed our mind and we did  not feel the distance we travelled. As we entered, we were served breakfast.

We felt that before having our Eco retreat it was a time for an Eco outing. We appreciated the soothing greenery all around and abundant oxygen. It brought back in us the forgotten rural life style with Tractor ride, Bullock Cart Ride, pot making experience, walking through the field, and lying under the tree on wooden camp cots, unlimited sugarcane juice throughout the day.Many of us went back to our childhood experience. Most of us went boating pedalling the boat ourselves; we just forgot ourselves and enjoyed nature around.Lunch was typicalhealthy Maharashtrian Vegetarian food prepared from farm grown fresh organic vegetables & fruits.

After lunch some of us rested in the sheds while others thrilled in the rain dance, and playing in the swimming pool. We enjoyed ourselves to the maximum in the water. We were lucky to visit this place during the Hurda celebration season. At 4.30 p.m. the Hurda celebration took place, so we indulged our taste buds with Hurda and jaggery after which we were served Maharashtrian bhalepuri.

As the proverb says “All good things must come to an end”, so when the clock showed 6 p.m., though we felt sad to say bye we did so with grateful hearts to the wonderful place and started our return journey. It was an excellent way to spend quality time with the nature and with one another.

Srs. Mercy and Ceciliya