Becoming a Compassionate Witness

Becoming a Compassionate Witness

This week I will be traveling with my husband from our home on Salt Spring Island to South East Asia, for our first visit to this intriguing place. After a few days in Bangkok, acclimatizing to our new environment, we will fly to the UNESCO heritage city of Hoi An in...
Talking About Literacy For Our Times

Talking About Literacy For Our Times

On Thursday, June 11 from 1-3pm, I return to UBC to give a workshop for professors and students of the Faculty of Language & Literacy on Writing Alone Together.  In a world that is becoming increasingly virtual, how do we help ourselves and our students connect...
The Creative Power of Writing Alone Together

The Creative Power of Writing Alone Together

Experience writing as a catalyst for personal growth, creative self-expression and mutual support. Discover a place of connection and belonging in a circle of creative inspiration and compassionate witness. Through the four practices of Writing Alone Together, you...
The Remedy of Contemplation

The Remedy of Contemplation

  Whatever takes us to our edge, to our outer limits, leads us to the heart of life’s mystery, and there we find faith. Sharon Salzberg I want to say I have never felt this much pain before this past year, but I would be lying. I have felt pain before. Physical pain,...
Ode to Ahava

Ode to Ahava

    When the path through the forest is dark & tangled and you need some light to shine on it When the stormy wind blows and leaves you pummeled and nothing seems to fit   When the deep blue ocean makes you shudder and you need some calm waves on the spit When...
Transform Your Life through Writing Freely

Transform Your Life through Writing Freely

One of the greatest gifts that you can bring to your journal writing is your own inward permission to write freely.~Stephanie Dowrick As I sit here and start to write these words, I feel a knot of tension in my solar plexus, and nudges of anxiety in my lower belly....
Creativity Play & Possibilities

Creativity Play & Possibilities

The Creativity Play and Possibilities Retreat is done and I loved every second of it. We gathered in my studio on Butterstone Farm for 2 1/2 days of artful and soulful ceremony. We were dancers, writers, artists, healers, musicians and sacred storytellers. We laughed,...
Taking A Year to Love

Taking A Year to Love

We live in a world that is as complex as it is dynamic. Our interdependence with others and the world beyond ourselves is a fact, not an option. We are surrounded by other people and countless nonhuman species, by made and natural objects of the most extraordinary...
Plenty of Joy in the Circle

Plenty of Joy in the Circle

A human being is a part of a whole, called by us “universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison...
The Journey to Freedom Begins With These Words

The Journey to Freedom Begins With These Words

   I give births. I enjoy giving births. Helene Cixous Everything is alive now. Spring brings permission to begin, again.   A fresh perspective, as if we could be virgin, (re)newed.   This past weekend saw me fulfill a dream, long ago hatched. A dream begun inwhen I...
Life Unlike We Have Known It

Life Unlike We Have Known It

As I sit here and work on this new blog post, I hear the rain drip drip outside the windows of my studio. Apang (actually a raw ache) in my heart pulls me back to the email I read from avaaz.org earlier this morning about the Syrian government’s crackdown on the Arab...
Reflections on The Sea

Reflections on The Sea

There is an intimacy here that includes you.     David Abram My partner and I spent 5 days in Tofino over the holidays, on the rugged West Coast of Vancouver Island. We stayed at a beautiful seaside  lodge and spent our days walking, reading, writing, eating and...
Illuminating The Journal

Illuminating The Journal

I have been journaling for 24 years. I’ve written in every kind of journal: spiral bound, hand-sewn, hard and soft-covered, lined and unlined. I have bought journals in bookstores in Canada, the States and Europe. I have written in several different colours of ink,...
Seeing Clearly Now

Seeing Clearly Now

When I was a child I started the habit of picking the cuticles around my fingers. My mother used to ask me to stop; she could hear the picking as we sat on the couch in the basement and watched TV. Try as I might, the picking continued, despite her desire for me to...
Learning to Rest

Learning to Rest

The horses are lying down in the pasture, taking a break from their usual upright position. For the past 1 1/2 months I too have been taking a break from my usual position. During the month of February I attended a silent meditation retreat in Northern California. For...
A Hand Full of Water

A Hand Full of Water

life with its unnecessary (unceasing) expectations find a spot to    rest write whatever       comes from presence, memory hold gently as if the soul has already leapt trying not to fail falling any way not so fast and all over labyrinthine  tree  language mosaic...
Moonsnail & Other Metaphors

Moonsnail & Other Metaphors

  As we gear up toward beginning our journey together, I wanted to share an event that happened last week. Last Monday I gave a talk to a group of retired women called the High Nooners, who meet twice a month on Salt Spring to share lunch, conversation, and to listen...
Falling in Love with Her Words

Falling in Love with Her Words

The middle of September and I have finally found my way back here.   A business mentor of mine with whom I recently reconnected when I was surprised by her presence at a friend’s dinner party in Kelowna  a few weeks ago expressed glee at the mention of my chosen...
Market Time

Market Time

My farm-mate and I went to the market to sell our garden’s bounty potatoes, raspberries, Rainier cherries and two kinds of pesto garlic scape & kale almond both our own recipes One woman said it was the best pesto she’s ever had!! We’re there most Tuesdays in the...
To The Sun

To The Sun

This would be a good topic for my next blog post. To end this one, I want to acknowledge how wonderful it is to have readers who are subscribed to this blog. Thanks for you interest and support. To the...