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Sunday, September 18, 2016

We three crones- a successful workshop

The Emerging Crone Workshop was a wonderful day for us all. We had a very intimate day, a quiet day with perfect weather, and the group was small due to some last minute emergency type cancels. At first I was bummed about that thinking the other attendees might feel let down, but I knew from experience that things usually happen for a reason, and that was the case yesterday.

Because of the small size the gathered crones were able to really share some intimate details of their lives, and it turned out, they had a shared experience of one being an adoptive mother, and another being a mother that gave her child up for adoption years ago. This shared experience allowed them to really help each other with their wisdoms in ways that never would have happened had it ben a bigger group. I felt like a conduit for them! It was really special-and we also just had wonderful conversation about family, death, aging, life....moving, changing, and finding sense of place and the importance of that.

And we sewed dolls. And laughed. One of the guests had a dream the night before about prickly throne turning to wings, so she brought rose stems and feathers for her doll. I loved that.

And as usual the backdrop of farm and Misfits was soothing and the weather could not have been better. Birdie the llama was a hit with guests, the flock was admired by the knitter in the group, and Rosie the pig was...well not that grumpy! People really love seeing the donkeys, Boone and all the other creatures in the real, after reading about them on the blog for a long time. I have to remind myself, this life is a storybook for many, including me-it's just I live within it, others get to jump on the pages from time to time and experience it.

I learned a lot too since this was the first small gathering here. I have logistics to work on, that is true of any event no matter how big. I remember that after each Pino Pie Day in Oregon I learned something to make it better the next year. That will happen here.

I also got got grounding from my guests, and it brought even closer to the realization...all is well, all is as it should be now, I am where I need to be now, all is well, all is well.


Anonymous said...

Glad it went so well. Glorious weather here too for my art in the Park booth. Xox

Terra said...

I bet the ladies found the experience enriching and they will want to return.

Katherine Dunn/Apifera Farm said...

It was enriching. We all agreed that the mixture of us was exactly what we all needed. We all had some deeply personal things that came up...it was so cool. I feel like kin.

Cathy said...

What a wonderful, soul-filling way to spend a day! I'm thrilled that it went so well and wish I had been there.

lishofmann said...

Chills reading about the day, your guests ... how I wish I could have been there (for new reasons now, right? This week will be my girl's birthday ... Wow!) Each post about your settling into the new farm, it feels like you and Martyn have been carefully and lovingly adding stitches to this wonderful quilt that is Apifera. Each event, each new structure, each new discovery is slowly building up the form that will become Apifera East. I just love it. The Crone dolls look amazing! xoxo

Katherine Dunn/Apifera Farm said...

Cathy-we hope to see you in the near future for sure! Lisa, You would have fit right into the conversation, no doubt about it.

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