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If my social media accounts have been quiet of late, and I have been slow to respond to e-mails, it is because I unplugged at a retreat centre for a while. I spent almost two weeks at wonderful Dorje Denma Ling in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.

This rural retreat centre may be rustic, but it is also splendid!
This rural retreat centre may be rustic, but it is also splendid!

The retreat was attended by roughly 50 people from international destinations.

local powdered juniper is used as incense
local powdered juniper is used as incense

It is not fancy, but I love it there, and have been coming here for over twenty years.

An approaching storm made for a dramatic sky over the meditation pavillion
An approaching storm made for a dramatic sky over the meditation pavillion

The place is fairly small, but swells in the summer with larger programs

To create a space for the program's meals, a tent was erected on the lawn. The grass coming through the floorboards made endless fodder for the eye
To create a space for the program’s meals, a tent was erected on the lawn. The grass coming through the floorboards made endless fodder for the eye

Being on retreat opens the senses – everything becomes quite beautiful. Or maybe it always is, but we miss it in the speed of daily life.

One of the perks of rising with the sun is the amazing light of the earliest morning hours
One of the perks of rising with the sun is the amazing light of the earliest morning hours

Now I am renewed and ready for summer artisan shows on either Coast. First Halifax –

Downtown Halifax, across from Public Gardens, and free admission!
This annual show is in downtown Halifax, across from Public Gardens, and free admission!

and then the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver July 27 – August 7. See you there!

 

 

 

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