There isn’t another place in the world like Stowel Lake Farm. The people, the plants, the joyfulness of existence is draped in a colourful landscape of un-marred beauty. It’s not just the natural beauty of the place that brings healing, but the feeling of energy that emanates up from the soil in every part of the island that holds the key to peaceful reprieve from the scheduled world.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of work here. People bustle through the day to their Feldenchrist yoga class on Monday mornings (a mindfulness class with gentle somatic movements work to bring the spine to it’s optimal alignment). The soil is tilled. The kitchen alive with the aroma of creation.
And we brought our work with us.
Three days and three nights we spent gathering our intentions through journalling, mandala creation, yoga, yoga, and more yoga! The partners class brought people together in harmony, unity and collaboration. Laughter and joy exuded from the gorgeous light-filled hall.
Play is the main theme here: hoola hoops, slack-lining, and even a hammock for hanging around and doing nothing at all. Our schedule was structured but flexible, with time for a spontaneous trip to the lake for a quick jump off the dock. Who knew it would be this hot in early May?
The best part for me was Yin Yoga on the Saturday night, with chanting practice to vibrate and resonate the spirit, then deep stillness and silence to absorb all the energy we had stirred up with the partners play. My core deeply connected from the solid asana practice each morning.
Plenty of quiet through breakfast as we mindfully woke and ate together in the morning sunshine, fresh delightful food of the earth – abundance of quinoa porridge, fresh scones, and yummy coffee. Breathing in the fresh air in the sunshine as we quietly shared the first meal of the day was a perfect way to open each morning.
The food, without exception was exquisitely full of everything you needed for a clean body – plenty of nuts and seeds, fresh salad greens, rice, homemade focaccia, muffins, and the to-die-for Green Goddess salad dressing. Oh my, such a lovely spread of food – chocolate cake and pavlova for dessert!
Overall, the group dynamics were inclusive and each person brought their unique flair to the experience. While plenty of fun was had, there was always a sense of the underpinning theme of intention setting and manifestation. In our closing circle, people shared their journalling with us and the fruitful expression of their own inner work. It was a potent, plentiful, and powerful sharing of self-awareness.
As I depart home for the ferry, seed pot in hand, I feel blessed by the sharing and connection that bonds the Spirit and breathe deeply into my body a sense of togetherness, sharing, and eternal unity. (- Sue Horning)