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On June 22nd upon Ohauiti Hill in an original Settler’s Hall people will gather for a day of indulgence, happiness and all things beautiful.
The day will begin with moving.
Kristin Borchardt will lead us with Yoga.
“Your task is to love what you don’t understand” – Rainer Maria Rilke
Kristin comes from a Vini Yoga background, which means she is focused on making yoga accessible for each person. Whatever celebrations and limitations each of us bring, she will ‘go’, she will ‘yoga’ with. She is a calm and warm person who makes any novice feel secure. At the same time Kristin is very thorough and strong so can provide a place of extension for those of us looking for it. We will explore the link between breath and movement, giving an opportunity to not only unlock the door to our inner creativity, but to offer an opportunity for deeper inquiry and exploration of true self.
We will then push pause and eat a catered morning tea, perhaps looking out onto emerald paddocks, and goats and a distant tragic hero – Mauao.
Next up, Emily Mowbray-Marks from wild & grace will invite us to write.
“Creativity is an act of defiance.” ― Twyla Tharp
We will be given time and space to write. Emily will provide a range and choice of ideascapes for our creative voice to waterfall. We will find words, make sentences, flow ideas with a personal or reflective quality. Emily encourages us to bring our unique self to the day. We may be very quiet and private with our writing or very bold and proud – both will receive gentle and mighty applause. Emily embraces falling into the ‘wrong’ and allowing whatever wants to tumble from us to roly-poly onto our page. Come karate chop that English teacher/curriculum who told us we couldn’t write or come revel in the collective energy of all doing one.
“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart” – Cesar Chavez
Hopefully we’re hungry and are happy to eat a delicious vegetarian (with gluten free options) long-tabled lunch given by Jaye of The Ruby Apron.
“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.” – Mary Shelley
To complete the glory of the day Heidi Borchardt will bring out the terracotta clay and share with us her zany-ness, her skill and her gentle passion for making. The idea is for each of us to make a vessel. Interpret that as you will. Heidi will guide us with the ‘mud’ and share some secrets. wild & grace will then transport our work to be fired at a community kiln and it will be available for pick-up on July 22nd from Levers Road, Matua, Tauranga.
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” ― George Bernard Shaw
Past participants have said these were the highlights or the standout aspects:
- “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 Magazine. 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 – it was very well put together. Also, probably meeting everyone and recognizing how many talented creative clever people are out there. The day just flowed really well. You all (the ‘teachers’) did a great job, making everyone feel comfortable and relaxed and sharing your passion and knowledge.”
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.
wild & grace look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to browse past events here, here, and here. Telephone 021 662 852 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place. Early bird discount finishes May 22nd. Perhaps you need more justification to spend money and time on you – go here.
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built.” – Rumi