Welcome to this Happy House.
In the Philippines, Bahay means house, as Kalipay is the Filipino word for happiness. We have long dreamed of this, a happy house of people living in the spontaneous moment, in authentic togetherness, trust-filled in the presence of what is sacred and simple in the nature that surrounds us.
As a self-sustainable community of spiritual seekers, artists, healers, teachers, and explorers of a raw food lifestyle from around the world, we share the vision of living in harmony with each other, the community, and Nature by making conscious choices towards the evolution of body, mind and spirit that honors the various levels of preparedness of the individual.
This simple, unassuming center has influenced the world in simple yet powerful ways.
Our intention is to support your path even after you leave Bahay Kalipay. We encourage those who wish to undergo personal transformation through a range of modalities, including Inner Dance, and its deep connection to raw food, gardening, yoga, meditation and earth consciousness to stay with us for support on their inner work. Guests can also join Bahay Kalipay as stay-in practitioners who would like the freedom to take part of and contribute to the programs according to their own flow.
While our doors are always open to returning family members, we honor your journey by providing you with tools to use when you reintegrate back to your own homes. It is difficult to speak of the living memory of the thousands of visitors and residents whom have blessed the space with their love and their light. The tremendous transformation processes that have happened here are forever cast on the foundations of this place we lovingly call the Temple of Trust. We are honored by every singly presence that have graced these humble hallways of healing. We are deeply grateful.
We imagine what earth would be like if it functioned on trust. This is Bahay Kalipay’s purpose for being here. To see how far trust might take us. In our many experiences, TRUST leads to two things.
Deep Healing happens here. Often in unexplainable ways, the kinds of yoga, detox programs, fasting experiences, silent days, our nature journeys and our inner dance courses takes place because of the ways in which Bahay Kalipay supports your capacity to surrender. This is our dream and our purpose. To create a place where you can just let go of yourself.
Understanding takes place. Maybe we often call it intuition, consciousness or insight. However it arises, a knowing descends in the unexpected conversations, the walks to the beach or in the lazy swaying of our native hammocks.
This is our own happiness. If you can step away from Bahay Kalipay both healed and in your own insight, we too are healed and in greater understanding of who we are and why we do what we do.
How we formed Bahay Kalipay
Bahay Kalipay started with the most unlikely dilapidated hut sitting on a garbage-filled lot, full of broken-down refrigerators gathering mosquito larvae, broken glass, used diapers and burnt corals. When Pi Villaraza first came upon this unlikely spot, he suddenly saw a vision of a place filled with energy and where much healing is happening.
With almost no money but just fuel for inspiration, Pi moved in almost instantaneously and for the first 6 months in near solitude, dove into the clean up and planting work, slowly sowing the seed that grew to the life-giving tree that Bahay Kalipay is now.
The energy that built the space is called the Inner Dance, a powerful phenomenon that emerged from Pi’s five-year vision quest around the Philippines and parts of America in search for his own joy and happiness.
Later, Daniw Arrazola, co-founder and resident raw food chef, left her life in Manila to join Pi establishing a very simple raw food kitchen. This complemented the regular inner dance sessions that would take place where Pi resided. As friends and pilgrims came to join, contributing art and hard work to the dream, the name Bahay Kalipay – or House of Happiness – and the dream itself was birthed. In 2007, the doors were opened to the world, with the intention of creating a sustainable model, a place of transformation that brought healing by helping people return to their basic goodness, self-remembrance and their innate power.
This simple, unassuming center has influenced the world in simple yet powerful ways. Bahay Kalipay was instrumental in kickstarting the raw food movement in the Philippines and parts of Southeast Asia. In the last seven years, Daniw has consistently trained and inspired so many raw foodists and centers who were able to gain confidence from what Bahay Kalipay taught through sheer demonstration.
Because Bahay Kalipay hosts the primary training ground for the inner dance process around the world, the many retreats and teacher trainings for healing brought a heightened level of transformation work to an integral level. The intuitive observation work inner dance evokes, continues to attract people from various continents to Bahay Kalipay. Here they can continue to weave the tapestry of their own lives, combining personal process, yoga, meditation, spirituality, permaculture and advocacy work.
Bahay Kalipay’s raw food philosophy is a path, a practice and a perspective. We look at food to see what it does to our bodies, our minds and our emotions. Based on science and on spirit, our body is a vessel for human experience; it holds our existence in the everyday world. Food is always speaking to us, in color, shape, vibration, electricity. To become fully conscious of our bodies as temples of the spirit, we consume food by being fully conscious of all vibrations we put into it, from the market to the kitchen to the table.
Daniw continues to offer a support system making raw food accessible to regular households for personal and planetary health and well-being, through her initiative, Raw Food Pinoy.