Creative day for Women was Cracker

Kia ora, to all that made the ‘Creative Day for Women’ happen.

A special quiet thank-you to Tess Gamble for coming up with the delightful idea. A loud thank-you to the women who attended the day: Talia, Amy, Tess, Maggie, Margaret, Shannon, Natalie, Chole, Rachel, Deborah, Emma & Sarah – three of these energetic women ventured down from Auckland, through the fogs of Hauraki Plains, with bodies full with Dizengoff breakfast. A warm thank you to the men, children, grandparents, neighbours…who supported us too. Gros Bisous.

Some peep-holes into the day…

Morning tea
Del’s Caramel Slice
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nigel Slater’s Double Ginger Cake with butter

Lady Grey, English Breakfast, Licorice, Tangerine, Wild Berry Teas
L’affare Coffee
with Nana Frances’ tea-cups and tea-pots

Home-made Vegetarian long & slow lunch with tablecloths
Leek & Cheddar Quiche
accompanied with a trio of salads
Red Rice, Cranberry and Cashew salad with a thai dressing
Rocket, Pear, Blue Cheese and Toasted Walnut salad
Fire-roasted Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese salad

Creative menu or memorable moments

  • Learning the Clown Commandments & reflecting upon our favourite sense memories e.g. the smell of daphne, the sound of children laughing, the feeling of touching skin.
  • Yoga in the morning’s warm room followed by being able to choose an affirmation card.
  • Writing haiku followed by writing to our younger self
  • Creating a collaborative piece of art where “i” painted/drew for 2 minutes then passed the piece to my left and received one from my right, and proceeded to ‘respond’ (by painting/drawing/spray painting/gluing fabric…) to the ‘work’ in front of me.
  • The river it is flowing, growing and flowing. The river it is flowing down to the sea. Mother Earth carry me, your child I’ll always be. Mother Earth carry me down to the sea.
Writing from women during the day:

Wild & Graceful by Margaret Beverland

There is freedom in not knowing what is ahead of me this day. I have no idea if anyone I know will be there. But this does not bother me.

Ah, a day of yoga, writing and art, to relax and explore. There are no expectations on me.

I start the morning with a walk, breathing in winter, drawing it down into my lungs, to refresh my body, my mind, and my soul be refreshed. I take joy in the simple things, the wild and graceful that Nature gives freely, for those who take time to see. Nature! Bless her. She too has no expectations of me.

hedges and fences

festooned with spider webs ¾

girls’ day out

This is a part of a light-hearted dream poem by Rachel Walker

When I’m 21,
I’ll have a faster car,
So hills won’t be so treacherous,
And there’ll be no rattling when I’ve gone far
When I’m 22,
I’ll be fresh back from France,
I’ll befriend the local pastry chef,
& teach him how to dance.
When I’m 23,
My house will be my own,
I’ll have a vintage dining room
& the kitchen will be my throne.
When I’m 24,
My career will go international,
I’ll have a smart looking business suit,
& I’ll talk just like a natural.
When I’m 25,
I may just have a man,
He’ll be a spontaneous charmer,
& perhaps he’ll ask me for my hand.
When I’m 26,
We’ll here the sound of wee pitter-patters,
A baby girl I’d say,
& we’ll raise her to know what matters.
Womens’ highlights from the day:
  • “The yoga ‘childs pose’ and the calmness at the end of the session, the rice dish from lunch – me and one of the girls remarked how overall the spread looked like something off Cuisine mag, the conversations shared with women from all different walks of life but all with a large creative passion in common just to name a few.”
  • “I am quite shy and reserved so was relieved when I didn’t have to get up and read out my Haiku or sing or dance by myself!”
  • “My highlight was the whole day, very well put together also probably meeting everyone and recognizing how many talented creative clever people are out there and the Clown Commandments they are great. Thanks for sending them on. The day just flowed really well, you all did a great job, making everyone feel comfortable and relaxed and sharing your passion and knowledge.”
  • “I enjoyed the haiku – was surpised how accessible it was. It was a lovely day. Left me feeling great. Am really pleased I drove down for it.”

Again, merci beaucoup to Sarah and Emma for giving so generously of their time, skills and spirit.

wild & grace are always excited about fitting you with a tailor-made workshop. Perhaps you have a group of friends who’d like to gather and celebrate with outstanding food and nourishing creativity e.g. a hens’ ‘doo’, a birthday party, a work ‘doo’, a girlie reunion.

‘Couples and Pairs Workshop’ on Saturday 18 February 2012 (a refreshing Valentine’s date-day) is next on the calendar. It will be in the Bay of Plenty, and will involve some fighting, massage, dance and circus. It will be as euphoric as getting married. Keep tuned…

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