Reece and I spent a lovely week at the beautiful Mansfield Outdoor Center at the Art of Mentoring Camp. I set off for this week with very high expectations of gaining some inspiration and tools to help further enhance the nature connection journey Reece and I are on together and to share a week long journey with a community of like minded people.
I will admit, I am a little disappointed in some aspects of the week, but I am choosing not to dwell on those. By focusing on the things that didn’t meet my expectations I would forget about the wonderful and truly amazing moments of the week, and there are so many.
So today I choose to share with you some of those moments from the week. These are moments I will never forget. Moments that touched me deeply and have left a mark on my soul that will continue to inspire me for years to come.
:: Gratitude circles, coming together before every meal, three times a day to sing, share and give thanks. There is a powerful feeling when 140 like minded people come together in nature to show appreciation for each other and Mother Earth.
:: Opening campfire of the week started with a bow drill, while we sang together to bring the fire to life. This was a magical moment I will never forget. When I close my eyes I can still see this moment clearly and my soul tingles when I think about it.
:: Rising with the sun each morning, and a lovely quiet tune played be our mentors as they quietly walked around our camp community to wake us from our slumber.
:: The most amazing space created by our mentors Nicole, Kate, Kathleen and Krista for our Oaks and Acorns program. This space, known as Woodland Wonder, was the place where we would gather, play, share and talk. It was our special place for the week and provided hours of fun for all of us.
:: The simple moment of taking a breath and sprinkling some flowers on the ground before entering our Woodland Wonder space.
:: Watching Reece explore and take on new challenges.
:: Witnessing the magic of new friendships between my little man and some of the boys in the program...this was a highlight of my week.
:: Enjoying an hour of mama time while the Owls (the oldest mentors in the Art of Mentoring program) played games and entertained our little Acorns...this was a wonderful opportunity for us mamas to gather in a circle and share our experiences. And what I said last week in this post is right, we are all connected on this journey it doesn’t matter what path you are on.
:: Listening to a wise man speak and being inspired by his words and his life. Thank you Jon Young.
:: Being reminded by Jon “to teach by asking questions”. This is a simple, yet extraordinary way to expand the world for my little man.
:: Enjoying a gift from a lovely young lady, clay from Martha’s Vineyard. She shared stories from the past with us about the clay and then showed us how to pound it into a powder and make clay. It was an amazing afternoon that finished with us moms in clay facial masks – it was divine.
:: Seeing this quote everywhere “Be more. Need less.”
:: Meeting new people, making new friends and enlarging my community.
These are some of the wonderful moments I will remember from my week at the Art of Mentoring. It was a very special week in so many ways and it will forever bring a smile to my face when I remember it.
Some pictures from our week:
|The lovely arch way guiding us into Woodland Wonder
|A basket of flowers, take a deep breath and sprinkle some on the path before you enter
|Inside Woodland Wonder
|A space we shared together for the week...
|Places to hide...
|Places to build...
|And places to come together as a community.
|Fun in the shade on a sunny afternoon
|There is pure joy in finding animal tracks
|Listening and learning from Alexis
|It was amazing to watch this friendship develop
|One of our mentors Nicole teaching us how to us a bow drill
|I'm up here mom!
|Scaling new heights
|The power, magic and strength of like minded community coming together in song
|Boys and trees = fun!
|Smashing our lovely gift of clay rock
|Reece loved this
|Adding water to make the clay
|And this sums up our week perfectly...