Greetings! It has been awhile since I posted here on pausing turtle. For those of you who don’t know, since the beginning of August I have been working at a remote retreat center in Northern New Mexico Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center I will be up here until the end of October and then in November will make my way back to the east coast.
It has been an amazing experience on many levels and I am learning a lot.
And I have so much to be grateful for:
- feeling embraced by this beautiful magical place
- the many other humans I have crossed paths with and learned from
- the powerful presence of the Mule Deer
- many moments of pausing and being still
- the trees and their steadfastness
- the ability to gently laugh at myself
- night skies that are bursting with stars
- being so close to and aware of the changing of the seasons, a reminder of impermanence
- and much, much more…
petals fade and fall
flowers do not fear their death
tend to each other
we are breath and beating hearts
here on sacred ground
With love ~ katya
oh delicate hearts
find beauty in brokenness
I have been moved by the journey of Michael Stone, a Buddhist teacher who recently died. I never met him, but from what I have read, he was a kind, giving, loving and gentle man who supported many on their spiritual journeys.
Unbeknownst to many, Michael lived with bipolar disorder. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, he kept it from the public.
A good reminder that we are all human, and also that we have no idea what people might be struggling with. We are all broken in some way – and there is beauty in that brokenness. May we be kind and tender with each other…
Lion’s Roar put out an official statement re Michael’s death. You can read it here and there are many videos available on-line if you are interested in listening to his offerings.
With all that is going on in the world,
it is more important than ever to remember how to return to being,
and to nourish yourself in a field of contemplative practice and natural beauty.
Please consider joining Maia Duerr and me for our 2017 retreat at
High Meadow Farm in Freedom, New Hampshire.
******* Re-Connection and Renewal Retreat *******
We have designed this retreat to be a welcoming way to start or deepen a contemplative practice. Our hope is that this retreat will support you in feeling renewed and empowered with ways to continue “coming home” to the sacred space inside yourself.
High Meadow Farm is a beautiful family farm in Freedom, NH, with majestic views of the White Mountains and lakes. The farm is surrounded by hundreds of acres of old growth forests with an exquisite fresh-water swimming lake near by. The air is clear and refreshing and it is a wonderful place to connect with the Divine!
Learn more about “Re-Connection and Renewal” here
Please share this information with anyone you know who may be interested.
And feel free to contact me if you have any questions: email@example.com
My dear friend Maia Duerr and I will be offering another Re-Connection and Renewal Retreat in Freedom, NH this summer. Registration is now open and we would love for you to join us! Here is the link:
July 27 – 30, 2017
Re-Connection and Renewal Retreat
A mindfulness retreat for wildly visionary and creative souls!
with Maia Duerr and Katya Lesher
High Meadow Farm in Freedom, NH
• Re-connect with your innate capacity for peace and wisdom
• Renew your source of inspiration
• Create conditions for a life of meaning and joy
This retreat offers you a precious chance to replenish yourself
and discover the regenerative power of mindfulness in many diverse forms
inspired by eve ensler and christine schuler deschryver who are warriors…