Making slow

Making slow

This post belongs to the day I set out on my retreat. I hope you enjoy it. This morning, I, the haste-maker, made slow; took time  to empty my bag, scour out fluff, pins and pills,  tug out the stiff black base, caress it with a warmed cloth, offer it to the...
A shell, a green leaf, and a mandala

A shell, a green leaf, and a mandala

 Trays of delicious food are brought to my room at meal-times, and I sit and eat in the quiet, gazing out to sea. This is such a treat, and a special part of this re-treat that I’ve given myself.  I have the space to write a hand-written letter to my...
Seeking simplicity

Seeking simplicity

 I’m on retreat. Life became too complex and I became winter-weary. Then a virus hit me hard and I’ve been slow to recover.It’s been a rich time since publishing my new book Spirited Ageing, setting up a new website (click here to take a...
How to make a paper lantern

How to make a paper lantern

Start with an A4 pad of heavy paper or card (or choose a larger size if you like). Fold the long edge and notch it.  Then cut out ‘windows’. They can be any shape. Decorate around them with paints or coloured pencils.  Little ones will of course...
Brigid, Brigid, won’t you come in?

Brigid, Brigid, won’t you come in?

 Gathering at First Light/Imbolc/Brigid/Candlemas on August 2 was extra special this year, because our group was able to take a whole weekend together. One member, who has been living in England for many years now, was back in New Zealand and able to join us.We...