How are we? I ask because it's been a while. And I have to say I wasn't envisaging us being quite so far into June before I mailed you again but here we are! I'm out the other side of my notice period, so officially 100% self-employed (!), and all classes are back. If someone could give summer a nudge for me though, I'd be eternally grateful - I could definitely do with a little more sun on these bones...
Now I actually wrote the majority of this mail earlier today, but I find myself finishing it up this evening at the beginning of a short retreat with a teacher/mentor of mine. All signs point to it being a great weekend (I mean we've had a swim in the sea already) but the 'peopling' is definitely a lot. Which brings me to the one observation I wanted to make today before moving onto anything new.
That last email in April - the one about taking a break - was perhaps the most opened, and most clicked email I've ever sent. It got me wondering about just how many of us need that kind of time out right now. And how impossibly hard it can feel to find - even when you're on retreat! So when this jumped out at me while I was reading (re-reading!) a portion of Women Who Run With The Wolves this week, I knew I had to share:
"Every creature on earth returns to home. It is ironic that we have made wildlife refuges for ibis, pelican, egret, wolf, crane, deer, mouse, moose, and bear, but not for ourselves in the places where we live day after day. We understand that the loss of habitat is the most disastrous event that can occur to a free creature. We fervently point out how other creatures' natural territories have become surrounded by cities, ranches, highways, noise, and other dissonance, as though we are not surrounded by the same, as though we are not affected also. We know that for creatures to live on, they must at least from time to time have a home place where they feel both protected and free."
Now most likely you have a home, a place where you live. But what's being discussed here goes deeper than that - we're talking about a home for the soul, a place of refuge and safety for your heart. And if you asked me what it is that I deliver when I teach, that you take away with you from practice, I'd most likely tell you it's this. A solid sense of a home within yourself that is independent of time or place.
And without being too 'secret squirrel' about it all, this is a theme of work that I'll be developing much more in coming months - with new offerings and new opportunities to come and work with me. As I said in the student WhatsApp group a week or so ago, there's change on the horizon and though I don't know exactly what it's all going to look like, I can't deny it feels pretty bloody good :)
On which note... here's the GLORIOUS new thing that I've released for you this week...
M I N I R E T R E A T | S A L U T E T H E S E A
Whatever you do, please pop over and read the web page for this one. It's a GLORIOUS, GORGEOUS offering and the website does it far more justice than this email ever will (read me!).
SALUTE THE SEA is a coming together of community, movement, nature and service into something that I believe will be quite special. It is absolutely that act of coming home to oneself, and really representative of what it is to work with me (or maybe even retreat with me... one of these days).
I'll be leading the event on the 18th July, and I just have this real sense of there being 10 beautiful souls out there for whom this is just right right now. I wonder if you're one of them.
In the words of Nick Mulvey, can you hear me?
B O O K N O W >
Things to read/watch/listen to... (it's become a 'thing')
Do come salute the sea with me - it's going to be beautiful 💙
Much love all,