Retreat: deeper into life, not further from it
We were led in sessions of yoga, introduced to foraging, and walked together, surrounded by beauty and kissed by the sun. We cooked and ate together, had a sewing circle where we learnt to make something practical and pretty, and even sang together. And throughout the weekend, the warmth of true, heart-driven sharing permeated all that we did. In the reflections on Qur’an and eco-poetry session that I held, I was warmed to hear people really speaking honestly and reflectively, and this authenticity and genuine interest was something recurrent throughout our time together.
‘Together’ – I keep using this word to describe our time away, and really for me, it sums up so much the feeling that the weekend left me with – a feeling of having really shared and learnt from these women in a way I could never do alone, or even when surrounded by people, but without that openness and naturalness. ‘Warm glow’ became my default setting for the time there, and I carried the tranquility and happiness from the weekend forward with me when I returned again to the buzzing of London town.