WHAT AN EPIC ADVENTURE! A 3000km round trip to some of the most iconic NSW environments. One of the exercises we did in each place was to observe, draw and write about place, then to draw a life lesson from it. The idea was to connect each landscape with our inner soulscape…..below are some life lessons from the students:
….to be like rocks that can get smashed by waves and still stand strong…. Imi
…to be like the old tree and shelter what is smaller and more vulnerable…..Nissa B
…even the moss on the tree root provides shelter and plays a vital role in the cycle of life…..Ella
….if you want to create something amazing, patience is a virtue….Sofia
….the trees stand tall creating shadows to protect creatures below from the burning sun….Oliver
…sometimes it seems someone is blocking your path but if you find a different perspective you may find they are helping or just doing what they need to do….Nissa S
…you have to look past the surface to find true beauty…Kai
…tide in, tide out; good days and bad but don’t give up…..Luca
…out of destruction comes construction; the eruption of the volcano created this special place….Oscar
…these places are special, look after them….Olivia
…don’t let others control you, be who you are and do what you feel is right….Tara L
…people should work together and not only look after themselves…..Amanda
…cooperate with each other; coldness of water and warm of rock….difference can be a bigger attraction than similarity….Belle
….be like the upright tree rather than the vine that is always in need of support….Tara M
AND FROM ME, reflections on each person through the lens of one of the landscapes visited….
Oliver….Riverina wetlands, quiet waters, shady river gums, haven for waterbirds and playful wrens, as well as the lessons in resilience of flood and drought.
Sofia….Water falls into deep mountain crystal clear pool. Sculpted stone is sunwarmed and inviting.
Olivia…Everywhere you go, invisible breath of life becomes audible as birdsong, pound of wave, rustle of leaves and cool caress to the cheek on a hot afternoon.
Amanda…..Light footed dance of sunlight across waves. Spark and fire meet cool deep ocean.
Oscar…Sunset boy, paints a new scene at evening of the gatherings and gleanings from the observations and reflections of the day.
Tara L….sun warmed and salted ocean pool, safe harbour for the host of tiny, tidal sea creatures.
Tara M….Lagoon life, the slow flow of luxuriantly lulling tidal journeys, drift and dream…
Kai…eyes of night, campfire constellations, telling stories of the deeds of the brave hearted.
Belle….sun filled tree lined mountain valley. Cascading stream trips, twists and tumbles. Every boulder a chance to leap into sunlight.
Nissa B…spare low blue smoke bush, protection from beating sun. Lift your eye to luminous shimmer along distant dunes of an ancient world.
Imi….Sunrise, eye of day, magical painter of landscapes; paints your day rich and wonderful, or spare and uncomfortable. Rises in wonder to the challenges of both.
Nissa S…Pick you up wild ocean; kiss you, tumble you, smooth and soothe you. Moods of the sea for the savouring.
Jasmine….Sacred place, shore to the mother mountain. Waves lip lap over and around the boulders, connecting mother land to sister sea.
Luca…Wide blue sky as far as the eye can see; light filled observer of life, warms the land and sends the odd clearing shower to get the life flowing again.
Ella…Rainforest, beneath the towering emergent, layers of sheltering canopies. Tall, twisting, tiny, strength and delicacy, critters that bite and medicine for tea. Everything connected.
Journeyman Dan…what connects it all? Senses honed by experience. Sense of wonder, sense of adventure, sense of fun, sense to travel safely, and sense to take the time to be nourished along the way.
Cheers everyone, Lynn