I’ve just returned from leading a summer retreat on Waiheke Island. There’s something about crossing water, and staying on an island that creates a zone of peace. It would have been easy to cut off completely; but in fact this was an opportunity to connect more deeply than ever with the healing needs of this land, following the Christchurch earthquake.
First we contemplated, by bringing symbols, the fullness of our own summers. Such richness appeared. I love the almonds, grown by a local woman. They remind me how nature is storing goodness in this end-of-summer season. Another woman brought a small bundle of hay, that she had scythed herself. Abundance was named, and ‘circles of goodness’.

We filled ourselves with peace and goodness. Then we were ready to give, from our own fullness. Each woman made an image of healing for Christchurch, drawing the quality that she had in abundance, enough to spill over and give to others.

We placed our images around the centre. Then we prayed and sent our blessings to all those whose lives have been shaken and shattered.

The healing energy in the room was palpable.

Dear ones in Christchurch, and all those affected by this event, our love is with you.