After a fabulous weekend at an informal IDT Retreat I just had to share some of it with you. Nine creative women with beautiful souls met at Strathean in Otaki last Thursday and stayed until Sunday lunchtime.
We indulged ourselves in some IDT work of our own, ably led by one of our number (that’s not to say that it wasn’t hard work as well). On Friday evening we participated in a ‘Welcoming the Shabbat’ ceremony before and during dinner. It felt very good to usher in the week’s end in this way with candles, blessings and breaking hand made bread together. We were blessed to have a member of our group who could share her ritual with us.
On Saturday morning I went out for a walk in the fine mist that was hanging around. As I walked out the front door of the house I was greeted by a dancing leaf (see photo) There was, of course, a perfectly rational explanation for this but who wants one. For several moments I danced with the leaf as it moved through the air before rushing off to get my camera, heart in mouth that it wouldn’t have landed. I was lucky again and came back to resume the dance and get the shot.
Then in the afternoon we took part in NIA dance and made a gorgeous Mandala. Isn’t it just grand? And then on Sunday morning we gathered to break it down again as we reflected on the impermanence of life before we too ourselves back to our daily lives again. (In my case after Pancakes shared with a too little seen, family of old friends who live between here and the Retreat Centre).
It is always a joy to come home to Michael and Te Ao O Te Pukeko again and Sunday was no exception. All the more so because we are negotiating to buy a Studio/Office building to go on our land so that we have somewhere to put the looms, and photography equipment that presently clutter our spare bedrooms and a space to create and, in mcase do my consultation work. The latter part of Sunday was spent looking at the photos of the building I’d brought back (having visited it on the way to Otaki) and planning, dreaming and talking.
Today, I am sorting out quotes from various people, finding out what the requirements of the Council are and dreaming some more. It will take work, some of it back breaking, but I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.
The Council have decided at long last to seal the country road that runs outside out gate. Wonderful, but the noise is driving me mad! It seems the vibrations are inside my head and my heart. I will be thrilled when it is time to go to the Teen Parent Unit and tell stories. I can’t wait to meet the brave souls who take their babies to school with them. I hope my stories will nourish and inspire them.