Hello from the beginning of the Plum Village Autumn programme…
After a few weeks of quieter time the village will welcome around a few hundred visitors over the next few weeks.
Soon after the plum collecting, and a passing storm, all were cleaning and tidying the hamlet here and now the meditation hall, dining room and tea house are feeling full for sitting and eating – and tea drinking 🙂
Always interesting to talk to new visitors here, sharing stories of what inspired visits here and our experiences – with each one i’ve found many of the same words- love, peace some difficulties, meditation and mindfulness and a concern for the wellbeing of the world- they feel honest and open and I am glad for them – If they are at dinner time they’ll also have something in them about how nice the food is : )
We also said farewell to Stuart this week – you remember from the last post. Off to London to study Physcotherapy. If you take a look at this campaign video – he is doing a fundraiser for the course. Been good to spend time with him and record some music for this film too this last week.
I have been getting ready to go to Germany – I’ll be on my way there tomorrow. My friend Larissa some of you may know has had the idea for an artist’s week for young people ‘Wake Up your Artist’-
I’ll be there offering some workshops on writing, poetry and song singing, Larissa, painting and colours and together some hiking and arts in the woods with other good stuff too.
Recordings these last 10 days
Just before Autumn myself and friend Jonas were recording some relaxations – and here’s sharing one with you – more to come in other posts.
Guided relaxations like this have been one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s practices, written for Plum Village to encourage the body to rest – the idea is lay down, close your eyes and try follow the guidance without falling asleep – see how you go …
songs after the relaxation are ‘I Have Arrived’ (plum village song), ‘Great Big Smile’ (Plum Village) and ‘Wildflowers’ (Tom Petty)
Here’s also sharing two songs from The Happy Farmers trio of Tif (vocals and pipes) Scott (guitar) and Eamon (mandolin)
‘Come By The Hills’ and a rework of ‘Rising Of The Moon’ – Tiff explains more.
with love joe