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Spirit at Rest

September 11, 2017

 

I never know exactly what to expect from a Creative Collaborative ReTREAT – one year a pole dancing demonstration, another year launching lighted lanterns into a dusky sky.  Once an antlered buck peering in as we lunch.  Once a candlelit walk through a shushing labyrinth.

 

Always peaceful space and chocolate, noisy fun and fuzzy socks, opportunities to share and shine, and drink some wine.  Laughter and light, and angst – shared or private – silliness and song, poetry and paint, magical moments.

I always feel a bit disconnected – I'm so different from many of the women.  But at the same time, I feel unexpectedly accepted for the woman I am – just as I am.  Some of the experiences available aren't for me, but I am free, to dip in and out as I please – to stretch myself and cocoon, to sing loudly or speak quietly, to read or draw, walk and think, pray or play.

 

I never know what to expect, so I come with no expectations – only anticipation, of the synchronous moments that were scripted before I enlisted, of the unforeseen connections that underline our common humanity, and of the spontaneous oasis of spirit at rest.

 

(Photo Credit: Carole Barnhart)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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