From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the boy
at the bend in the road where we turned toward
signs painted Peaches.
From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.
O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.
There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.
– Li-Young Lee.
Upcoming Vocare Workshops and Sessions
“Vocare” is latin for “calling”. The act of making and being moved by art, music, poetry and movement are as essential to living as air and water. In our times, we have forgotten this. I work with you to reconnect with and widen your creative communion…to interact with what can’t be summarized in sentences or words. Contact me to book individual or group coaching sessions.
Vocare | Creativity for Deep Living
Summer Immersion with Encaustic Beeswax
Thursday August 9 3:00 PM – Sunday August 12, 3:00 PM
New Life Retreat Centre, 453 Dobbie Road, Lanark, ON K0G 1KG
$1175 (includes tax, meals and shared room accommodation, and art supplies) (Register before June 30 for $200 off @ $975)
Listen more deeply to what life wants of you by engaging with your creative side. Come to the Lanark Highlands and let yourself be moved by the wild inside and out.
- Free up your creative expression – not to have a pretty picture to hang on the wall, but to listen more deeply to inklings and signals
- Learn the basics of collage with beeswax encaustic, images and plant material
- Release yourself from the critic’s harsh eye
- Begin to “read” what has come through and may at first seem nonsensical
Anne will guide you in retreat, painting instruction, interspersed with ample free time. In the studio, you will work with the sensual and forgiving medium of encaustic beeswax and heat, or water-based paint and pencils or both. You will be collaging in paper, words and pressed flowers or weeds. In the retreat, you will be moved by music, poems, silence, and you will reflect and open to what is coming through you. We will begin each day with silence before breakfast. Each morning, we’ll gather in circle and be guided into the day. Afternoons will be studio time and free time. Evenings will be yours — to wander into your own space or to be social. You will have plenty of time to sit on rocks, move through the meadows, swim in the pond, gaze at the stars from the outdoor hot tub and sit by the campfire.
Fall Vocare Practice Support: September 8, October 13, November 17 2018
A series of three Saturdays in Fall 2018 to support your own Vocare Practice. Each day includes a guided experience into listening more deeply through image making, writing, movement, poetics and silence. You will be supported to set a powerful invitation to the Mystery, loosen up, to become more skillful with your own critic, to make your own mark through words or visuals, and to listen to what’s being signalled to you and dare to take the next step in response. Each day is from 10 AM – 4 PM. Supplies provided. Bring your own lunch.
$775 (includes HST). Daily rate: $325 (includes HST). Register before July 30 for 10% off.