It's hard to even begin to get to the heart of what I wish I could express about this weekend--to even begin to wrap my mind around the sweet energy, love, and SOUL that our locals and guests brought to our little event. I am so moved by the generosity and openness embodied by every person. I know that people had their struggles and their challenges, and possibly weren't always dealing with ideal circumstances, but for me the 3rd Annual Hoop Path Retreat was overwhelmingly marked by the prese... read moreThu, June 25, 2009 - 5:46 PM permalink - 0 comments
Reflections: Northwest Hoop Gathering—Part IMon, April 20, 2009 - 8:25 AM permalink - 2 comments
It’s Monday night at the Portland airport. My entire body feels altered—there’s a lightness in my joints and bones, and a gentle heavy awareness in my muscles that can feel like pain if I move quickly. What’s been descending over the last few hours as Baxter, Beth and I said our goodbyes to Rob and Donna (our incredibly groovy, lovable hosts in Bend) and drove over the snowy pass back to Portland, is a hoop melancholia, a lovebuzz hangover tha... read more
A couple of notes on this poem--I wrote this during some of the darkest days of the Bush administration--somewhere in the trough of 2002-2003, when the damage really began to sink in. I struggled against the futility of my own political views--nationalistic fervor was still running high, and I was feeling less American than ever. During this time I happened to see the documentary "The War Room." For those of you who have not seen this exceptional film, the most prominent figure is James Car... read moreWed, October 22, 2008 - 4:21 PM permalink - 6 comments
We got back to NC yesterday, mid-morning, after one of those weird nights of airplane half-sleep--the day melted into naps, but today I have a strong wish to write down some of the moments that stay with me from this past weekend at the Hoopcamp Retreat, a magical gathering of hoopers from all over the world.Wed, October 1, 2008 - 10:01 AM permalink - 15 comments
Christabel has blogged eloquently about the overwhelming vibe of Oneness that was present at this retreat, which was undeniably powerful and did feel like, as she said, an alchemica... read more
The last week seems more like a month; the last month, more like a whole season. A time of change. So many of you I had the great privilege of connecting with at the Hoop Path Retreat just two and a half weeks ago—it seems impossible! Only two weeks ago this morning I was saying the last goodbyes to Sparks and Jessica as they left to drive back down to Florida. Hard to believe. Since coming up here to the far Northwest of this continent, I feel I’ve walked through a long and transforming... read moreTue, July 15, 2008 - 10:15 PM permalink - 9 comments
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