A memory of blue for when the grey days come
"Walk in Beauty" - those were the words with which the poet Rose Flint closed the 11th Lapidus Conference on Sunday, whose theme was "Footprints - the marks we carry and the marks we leave behind".
I can't begin to convey the atmosphere of the Lapidus Conferences - Creativity, intensity, passion, compassion, community - but I can show rather than tell that the emphasis this year was on "returning to the wild" in ourselves as well as into nature.
I need little encouragement, but this afternoon's "Medicine Walk" was done even more mindfully after listening to wonderful poetry and engaging with my own writing in the workshops.
Accompany me now, at the turning of the year, when the sun still carries warmth, the earth both absorbs and reflects it, and growth is abundant again after the (brief) summer hiatus. Walk in beauty with me through Penwood - and may some of your own inner peace be restored through the enjoyment of these images. (click on any image for a larger version)
Acorns in their cups
Late flowering Rhododendron Ponticum - a bee gathering nectar while it may...
Fungus 1 - can you identify it?
A lichen covered tree stump
The leafy pathway home
Collected Earth Medicine
Now why not take your own Medicine Walk today?