Tuesday, February 20, 2018

shaman practitioner group

A weekend here with an amazing group of healers practicing in the shaman traditions.  This is the second time here for them and it was full of insights and presentations, healings, sharing, drumming, laughing, and getting to know each other on a deeper level.  It's everything that I want for all who come to this quiet place in the woods.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Winter Solstice 2017

On the longest, darkest day of the year, women gathered for the solstice ritual/celebration with Ruth Zwald.  We shared what we needed and what we have to give.  We reflected and made promises to ourselves. We sang and shared words of wisdom.  And, we shared food while giving our support, our stories and laughter.  These things we will long remember.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A woman's best friend

Zeppi is about a month away from celebrating her 11th birthday.  She teaches me every day how to be more loving, more giving, more patient and more!  She instinctively knows what I want from her and respects my wishes.  She had good training when she was young and took it from there.  She loves the guests and other dogs she meets...especially the UPS man.  And, she's still playful.  For years, guests have taken videos of her playing soccer with her Jolly ball.

Before the snow flies we're exploring the woods in search of the right branches to make a headboard.  As the winter season approaches, the wood stove keeps us cozy in the cabin while I plan for the months ahead.  Zeppi meanwhile is by the hearth sleeping.  Dreaming of chasing her ball.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Equinox 2017


Two Equinox Celebrations here at the Red Spirit.  One with Shaman practitioners over the weekend and the other on Sunday with Ruth Zwald who comes on a regular basis.  Mexican sunflowers, water and lightning stones participated in bringing awareness and insights to all of us as we shared our thoughts.

This has been a good year for the Red Spirit.  Many improvements inside and outside.  All to be enjoyed by guests and me for years to come.

The Music Benefit was a huge success this summer and new friends were connected.  Scheduling more retreats for next year now.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Benefit Music Jam

Not much of a picture but I just want to thank all the musicians who've been performing here.  I'm running a benefit music jam to raise money and send a needy child to Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp next year.  We have 2 more events here at the Red Spirit (July 18th and August 1st) from 5-10 p.m. We're over half way there with donations, over $600, and we hope you all attend as we have some great musicians in west Michigan. It's always a lot of fun and the food is fine!  Hoping to be outdoors for the next events.

The Black River Tavern is supporting this effort with a fundraiser soon, too.  They have an open mic every 3rd Thursday of the month.  Good times for all!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Wicker Restoration Workshop group

Jill Wood's wicker workshop included Jone, Janie, Jean and Jessica.  What are the odds of everyone having J names coming to the same workshop?  All but Jessica stayed here for the few days.  The rhubarb was showing off, the figs beside them are taking their time leafing out and it's no wonder.  Michigan has had a chilly spring so far.  We had a fun time getting to know each other and look forward to Jill's next workshop in September.  Jill's hoping to have it here again.  Check her out on FB.

New group of scouts work in the woods.



Once again, Troop 205 from Kalamazoo were here recently to build a twig circle in the woods for me.  They are learning so much about respecting nature, how to use tools and be responsible along with getting to know each other.  Plus, they have lots of It's always a joy to have them here and catch up with the scout leaders.  They are our future.  Encourage every child to be a scout!