Last week I was away at a Art Therapy Retreat. A first I thought, should I go I have so much to do... how could I not? It was also only 15 min. drive from home so should I be needed I was not far away. Or rather should I feel like I needed to be home, pool, puppy worries- ;-)...
What a wonderful week! Each morning we’d get up - usually around 6 - not because you had to but because the property is so beautiful - I would wake up and just look out my window for about 30 mins. I had the COOLEST room in the house (my opinion) But each room is special. I’ve included photos below of Loretto Maryholme and art. I have to say the place is special, Never was I able to calm myself or thoughts easier. You are distracted all the time , NOT by television or radio but by the silence. The birds, the leaves rustling, the waves hitting the rocks. You are distracted visually by the light reflecting off the bottom of the lake, the FLOWERS!! I was so inspired by all the flowers. The trees, the rocks. The PEACE. We’d start the day at 8:30 with a singing bowl and then meditate for 20 mins. Simply clear your mind. After we would read a few beautiful song lyrics, poems and prayers all inspiring and designed on creation and art and beauty. Then some simple instruction on the project and we were set free! Free to explore - All the supplies on one table I felt like a kid in a candy store! How nice, to start by talking about such positive subjects and then told to go create. Relaxed with a clean mind. Sometimes we sat together - i enjoyed this as the ladies were wonderful. All of us strangers and now I can say I have a couple of new friends. Laughing talking, sharing, inspiring, praying.
I had to leave Monday for Storms graduation! He is done high school! Yippie! So proud to see him there with that hat and diploma but bitter sweet - truly a moment for moms to realize their baby boy is a man. He drove me back to the retreat and I told him just how proud we are and have no concerns, we know he is hard working and passionate and will do well, He is a ‘good person’. I thanked God for attending such an amazing milestone in our lives. Wed. I had to leave for my botox. Which I did not end up getting.
I did the monkey self portrait I think regarding that appointment.
Other than that I was creating or enjoying friendship, amazing meals - ALL comfort food!
or praying. You can’t help but pray, it goes on all the time. I feel RESTED! Better than I have in at least a year. Of course there are few more cannabis educated Sr.s in the world who will be setting people straight ;-) LOL - How cool;-)
My art.. I was playing with stuff I do not normally use, pastels, markers, clay and was determined not to stress over anything. I think you can tell. The two round ones are using our hands. I enjoyed that. I enjoyed it all! Mostly I enjoyed EVERY single woman that was in that house. I am going back next year for sure! I am going back often to walk the Labyrinth and pray, I would love to go to every retreat. If you get the chance you should consider it. Want some peace back in your life. This is the place.
I felt loved.