Friday, October 14, 2011

A "storytelling" retreat at Shepherds Dene

Wednesday 12th October 2011

         During some free time between the sessions, I took a short walk down to the stream.
One of the welcoming things about a Christian Retreat House is the sense that not only the staff but also past and future guests try to help each other.  This sometimes involves making the bed for your successor.  On this occasion I was aware of co-operation as I borrowed the sturdy stick left beside the gatepost in this picture.  It would clearly be a useful support down a path that became increasingly steep and slippery.
Perched on the stones
The zoom lens shows that the bird that appears to be preening itself is simply the top stone of this creation.  Lots of potential for storytelling here, though.
        Before long it's time to meet for the next session.  So I leave the drizzly wood with its damp trees and return up the hill to put the walking stick back where I found it.

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