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

Jean was
 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!

Donna Lee