August 01, 2017
Greetings from a stop over at the Dublin airport on route to the summer retreat in Plum Village, France. It's been a couple of years since I've been. Having been in deep reflection after my sister lost her extremely loved husband two weeks ago, a little noble silence is very welcomed. There is nothing like death to center us in life and there exists a reminder that there is always beauty, even in pain.
After a week in Plum Village I return to Ireland to start preparing for our Meditative Experiential Retreat Aug 13 - 19. Everything about our retreat fills me with a grounded joy. Here is what Melinda had to say about our shared experience in April.
"Like a weaving, each of us ( we were 8.), held a thread or two to ebb and flow through the fibres mindfully selected for us by Gisele, who continued to sensitively make adjustments as the design of our integrated journey took form. As breath, our time together fully engaged the "in" and the " out", of self and Ireland, the magic and the mystery of joy and sorrow, the enchantment of the elementals and the fairies. We daily came and went from our safe and 'delicious' haven in Ballyvaughan to feast on the spring awakening of the Burren, the surge of the surf at the Cliffs and the tranquility of the moment. Saying "yes" to an adventure across the ocean with a woman I only just met, was for me, an exercise in trust and letting go. I can only, state, with gratitude, it was a gift. Thank you, to Gisele and all the other amazing personalities and landscapes she helped weave together." Melinda
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