August 31, 2014

Harvest:A 5Rhythms Retreat

By Stowel Lake Farm

With Bettina Rothe & Joanne Winstanley
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Harvest is the time of year when crops are gathered from the fields. When seeds that were planted long ago, and tended over time – sometimes with plenty of care and sometimes in random fashion – come into their fullness and fruition. As in the natural world, we also experience cycles and phases of growth in our lives, in our careers, and in our relationships: times of planting, tending, growing, gathering and sharing.

In this retreat we used the 5Rhythms® movement map, ritual, and inquiry to explore:  What gifts do we bring to the table?  How do we give and receive nourishment in community?  What has been ripening in you?  What is now ready to be shared?

Haidee nurtured the group with her incredible creations made from so much of the good food grown here on the land. The group danced, took stock, celebrated and shared in community.

August 25, 2014

Blueberries!

By Stowel Lake Farm

August is truly a magical time of year- with produce from the garden everywhere! The days are noticeably getting shorter and a bit chillier in the evenings and the mornings. It is at this time of year that all the kitchens on the farm are overflowing with baskets of tomatoes, bags of basil, too many zucchinis and more and more. Then there are the blackberries needing picking and jam waiting to be made. It is all so wonderful and sometimes this abundance can honestly feel like a lot. Is it possible to feel overwhelmed by too many good things? The blueberries have been beautiful this year- these bushes just give and give and give. We are grateful and have loved gorging in the patch. Here are some pictures of last week’s Thursday community day big pick.
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August 24, 2014

Our August Retreat

By Stowel Lake Farm

Our August meditation retreat is always a favourite offering on the farm. As usual it was a packed house, led this year by Steve Armstrong & our very own Heather Martin. It was hot and quiet and deep.
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Our retreats are spent in silent meditation practice, with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation.  Offered each day are instructions; either individual or small group discussions with the teacher, and a dharma talk.  The combination of silence, support and assistance, provides an extremely beneficial environment for developing meditation practice.

The momentum of hours of quiet, without distractions or responsibilities, allows the heart to release its guard and access levels of peace and tenderness not usually accessible to us. As the busy mind calms down, it settles and becomes clearer and brighter, revealing glimpses into the simple yet deep truths of all nature, and our own hearts.  When experienced for ourselves these insights are transformative and liberating.

The group was nourished by Evelyne & David who lovingly feed the long Vipassana retreats.