This past spring, my mom and I made plans to attend a week-long class together this fall. The class, instructed by Rosemary Eichorn was entitled Fabric Collage and Exquisite Embellishment and it took place at Campbell Folk School in Brasstown – a tiny and beautiful valley village in the far western region of North Carolina.
I’ve just returned from that trip and it was a scrumptious week, each day packed full of new inspirations and opportunity to work on our own creations – the perfect getaway for two women wanting to fully explore the depths of their creative visions.
It was not only our creations that became embellished. I realized that I was embellishing myself – enhancing and beautifying those inner spaces that so often call out to me to taking time to be present with myself and create. As well, delicious and healthy homemade meals were prepared for us 3 times daily and accommodations were warm and comfortable. I was deeply nourished by the experience.
Though I do devote moments to creating, a whole week provided me a decadent amount of time to dive deeply into what was wanting expression ~ and dive I did. My collage was a representation of the ocean depths ~ with a mermaid and an octopus. Interestingly, octopus medicine is about flexibility and agility -- certainly something I'm looking at with my recent injuries and pursuit to be more fluid in my body.
It’s with much gratitude that I return home refreshed, inspired and exquisitely embellished.