Background

Saar was born in the 70s in Israel. There he grew up in one of the smallest kibbutzim with his family, an afterthought with three older siblings. His father was a psychologist and his mother was a dance teacher, and those are two things he brought with him in his own work by N.L.P. therapy and the tai chi. At the age of five he began to work in the fruit fields, and it was hard work with long hours in the scorching sun. Kibbutz ideology is built upon work, and so it is today; one of Saar principles is to do the job properly whatever the case. Throughout his childhood, he picked all kinds of fruits such as apples, oranges, grapefruit, avocados and bananas.

saar_youngAt the age of nine he began to train Krav Maga, an Israeli self-defense technique with high demands and hard discipline, something that still appears in his character as well as in his teaching.
As he grew older he spent many endless meditative hours on the tractor and many long walks to just go and listen out among the trees – listen to detect leaky irrigation hoses. Saar took every opportunity to experience the peace and quiet and to look at his thoughts. He was fascinated by human nature, which is still one of Saars biggest interests.
In the kibbutz there were always volunteers. Young people came from all over the world to work and have fun, and Saar socialized a lot with them and English became as a native language for him. So instead of having to travel around the world, Saar got the gift of meetin hundreds of people from around the world at home.

Saar experienced all his school days as horrible. There is much in his character that does not like to carry things he does not believe in, and he had many questions about why you have to learn certain subjects and in a certain way. And why did you not learn the important things for life, such as how to handle conflict and on human values?

armyAfter school it was time for three years in the army, as for all young Israelis. It was a busy and challenging period in Saar’s life, and during the service he lost faith in a warlike attitude and violence as a solution to the conflict. Never there was time for himself either.
After the three years, Saar had enough and left the army, although his commander tried to force him to continue his service.

That is when tai chi came into his life.
Saar met many teachers and embraced everything that could be learn. Each day were spent on several hours practicing tai chi.The teachers who came to mean themost to Saar was the Chinese Haihe Liu. He taught Saar everything he knew, also the art of Tai Chi with swords, and Saar was allowed to assist teaching in his classes in Israel. But Haihe became ill and after a few years, he died of leukemia.haihe_liu
Still Saar feel a great regret for his teacher and friend and to this day he keeps an annual memorial ceremony with his Tai Chi groups for Haihe, though now in Sweden.

Saar has always had an inner desire to become a monk, and one day he went off to a monastery in Thailand. He said goodbye to his family for an indefinite period and went away. When he arrived at the Buddhist monastery Wat Pananchat he was told it was full, but he was welcome back in a month again.
So he took his large backpack and tramped out among the tropical islands ofthe tropical islands of Thailand’s southeastcoast with the plan to return in a month. Out on the island of Koh Pha-Ngan, he came in contact with a beautiful hostel on the beach, where he could teach tai chi and meditation for the intrinsic. There he also got his Reiki Master education and immediately began to teach others in Reiki.

saar_camillaWhen Saar moved into the hostel, the first he met was a Swedish girl who received him at the reception. “Here’s my future wife” thought Saar. Before Camilla, as she was called, found out anything Saar had called home to his family and told that he met his future wife. And so it was.The monastery was deselected. The trips were postponed. After a few months together in Thailand Saar and Camilla moved for a short cold period to Sweden and then to Israel. After a year they married. It was only then, much later, that Camilla knew Saar actually had been on his way to live his life as a monk before they met.
Returning to Israel was not easy for Saar. He felt enclosed within the kibbutz, and the country lifestyle suited him no longer. The highlights was to be near his tai chi teacher Haihe and to continue his education in alternative medicine. Along with the work in the kibbutz fields and with the cows, Saar and Camilla held Reiki courses and gave treatments in crystal healing and Bach flower drops. Saar also taught tai chi in the kibbutz, among others for the volunteers.
When Saar and Camilla were expecting their first child, they decided to move to Sweden, and here they live today.dsc_0301
Still, the longing for monastic life sometimes comes up…

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