Archive for May, 2011
Join us for the next in the “awakening” series … for full flyer details check this link below:
“A Conversation with your Body” …. awakening inner movement …
• Set aside this day to honor the garden of your body within the abundant beauty of the Stonehaven summer garden.
• Leave the frenetic world for a few hours.
• Step into this quiet meditative space within a circle of soulful companions that love nature.
• Replenish your body and soul – your inner garden.
• Awaken your senses, your spiritual being, as you meander through Stonehaven and together as a group we will discover fresh ways to unearth our inner wisdom and grow our identities within the natural rhythms of nature in the delights of the early summer season.
Stonehaven is hosting a very special event this coming week. I am sure you are wondering what on earth the Angola-Sakeji reunion is! First of all, Angola is not the notorious US prison, but a beautiful country in Africa. I was born there a while back … when it was still under the colonial Portuguese rule.
Along with my good British friend Brian Long, we will be hosting our ‘old’ buddies from childhood. Ever since our remarkable 2008 trip back to our roots, Brian and I have been scheming how to get our friends back together. So we have invited all those Angolan missionary kids and other close friends from boarding school – Sakeji School in Zambia, (then called Northern Rhodesia), to meet up and catch up on the past decades. What fun…
Twenty-four of us, coming from all over – Angola, England, Canada, and the US will be celebrating at Stonehaven and Eastern University. I wonder what it will be like sitting all together in a circle again. We have some pretty unusual memories to catch up on. I get the sense I’ll be writing about it sometime soon. Stay tuned- and if you hear lots of laughter in the garden and yes, probably a few tears from the nostalgic ones like me, then you’ll know we are having a grand reunion.
Join us for tea and a ‘Sabbath Conversation’ with Uli and Carol.
The wisteria is in full bloom and new blossoms are exploding open every day. If you feel like the garden – exploding with activity – overwhelmed – by all that is happening inside and outside your world, come and learn f rom the remarkable insight and gift of Mary Oliver. We will be looking at selections from her book, Thirst. Forty-three poems on attention, wonder, faith, and grieving.
Here is a selection from “Messenger”
My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.
Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work…..
which is mostly standing still and learning to be
Please let Carol know if you are coming. firstname.lastname@example.org