The final day of my stay at Ghost Ranch is coming to a close and my mind is so full of things I want to talk about ............ but some fellow classmates have invited me to their campsite for some beer and/or Margaritas minus the lime juice so I'm going to give you some cliff notes and we'll dig a little deeper into the topics on another day.
They say that you leave Ghost Ranch different that when you came in and for me it is true. Maybe not in any earth shattering ways but more a reaffirming that I'm opening doors and finding amazing things behind them. And the doors just keep showing up - all that is required of me is that I enter.
Being here by myself has been so rewarding simply becuase I was drawn to and attracted such a variety of people. Some were older but with the exception of one married couple I have been surrounded by women my own age, each of us searching for the rest of our lives - whatever that may be.
As exciting as it has been for me to be here, when I tell people about the next leg of my trip they simply can't believe it. "You're going by yourself?" "You're going where?" "Oh, I think you're are going to have the most amazing trip!" I am leaving here tomorrow and renting a car in Santa Fe. I then go to Page, Arizona to go to the Rainbow Bridge, followed by the Grand Canyon, then Sedona, then Holbrook - then back to the east coast. But I digress! Let me get back to my cliff notes.
On being kind - I have had the opportunity to overhear many conversations, many of which were married couples that have been together for years. What has amazed me is their deep and honest kindness towards each other. MUCH more about that in another entry.
Remember our conversation about religion? That very same day our instructor showed us a video talking about Native American art; it's origins, growth over the years and the direction it is heading today. I was very intrigued about the constant reference to the people and the use of art as a means of worship.
I met a woman here named Susan who is a yoga instructor and teaches a class dealing with connecting our bodies with our spirits. She works with her group using ceremonies from every walk of life and religion and brings a physical approach to spirituality.
On another note, I want to talk a little about a conversation I had with my instructor yesterday that left me completely speechless and as many of you know - that doesn't happen very often. It was a very exciting conversation about the possibility of coming back here to the ranch. Cliff Hanger!
We ended the night with an art show for all the classes that took place here on the ranch this week. While standing there I was completely amazed at how much amazing art was produced in one wonderful week in this very Thin Spot between earth and heaven Enjoy some shots of the event.
I'll be in touch soon!
I started my journey into jewelry making in 2005 while I was working in the Berkshires in Massachusetts, an area inundated with amazing artisans. I started with glass, which led to silver, which led to inlay, which led to joy.