Saturday, June 11, 2016
Return to Squam
Wow ... looking back at my blog I
realize I haven't posted since my amazing
Maryland Sheep and Wool Experience!
Where did the time go?
I was busy preparing for my teaching at Squam 2016,
working as an Optician, and of course,
watching over my three little grandchildren!
Time does get away from me quite often lately.
Trying to find balance in life
between work, family and my teaching schedule.
Somewhere in there, I try to fit in some ART!
It was just a week ago that I attended and taught
at the amazing Squam 2016
at Squam Lake in New Hampshire.
I was gone for five incredible days.
To say it was Magical and Life Calming
doesn't seem to be enough,
it was a rare and generous gift!
I think it will be best to describe my experience
through my photos.
I grew spiritually, stretched my teaching wings,
had the sweetest roommate Kerry Lemon,
met new friends, deepened current friendships,
quieted my heart, tried new things, heard new poems,
helped others feel comfortable and welcomed,
walked along the trails in appreciation
and reconnected with my true self.
So here you go . . . Squam through my eyes.
A familiar greeting when I arrived
My Cabin ... Point Comfort
My view everyday from our bedroom
Mindy Tsonas's amazing Dream Catcher
My wish to come true
The familiar and beautiful Woven Heart
Walking the trails to class ... yarn bombs leading the way
My amazing classroom for three days
My Class Sample found a special spot
Students faced this beauty while they drew
We came inside the circle for reflections and insights
Students embracing the Zentangle® process
Some of their completed works ... so proud of their creations
Beauty found along the trail
The gift of Peace along the trail (heart throb!)
This beauty morning and night in our cabin
Fire in June ... hey I'll take it!
A treasured gift from Mindy Tsonas
Mini Workshop with Tierney Barden ... Paper cutting
My word was Squam
A different message each day before entering dining hall
Simple pleasures along your way
Working quietly to the sounds of nature
Mandala paintings drying before drawing on them
Creating a mosaic of our work from the day
Busy art tables
A small nature mandala demo
our winner of Louise Gale's new Mandala Book!
Thank you Louise!!!
Emily won the class demo to take home!
Our students display of work at share table
Creating a Squam Totem in Kat Stromecki's Class
It was so yummy!
My cherished totem to bring home!
Found some quiet time on the dock for weaving
How I love these two!
Mindy and Forrest
They worked the magic for everyone who attended!
How grateful I am to call them friends
Last night ... the Art Fair
Impromptu photo taken by Elizabeth
Oh how grateful I am to have these two amazing women
Elizabeth and Colleen
in my life!
as you can see it was an amazing five days away from home.
Coming as a teacher was an even deeper experience for me.
Elizabeth thank you for your love and trust in me.
She has created a safe place for so many.
I hope each one of you will look into attending
just once in your life,
it will be a gift that keeps on giving.
This was a long post, but there was so much to share.
May your life be quiet and full of good things.
Trust in who you are and your own abilities.
Love yourself just a little bit more this week!