In 2016 we partnered with Retreat Guru to expand our reach and ran a contest to win one free place in the annual Gathering. This was funded through the HCN Bursary Fund, Retreat Guru and the 2016 host Le Monastere des Augustines and we were delighted to select the following participant;
Martie Robinson, BC, Canada
These are Martie’s delightful reflections afterwards.
I truly do not know where to begin…. to thank each and every one of you for your part in my rich and most memorable gift: Being invited to and included in the Centres Gathering 2016, in quaint, inspiring Quebec City. For me it was one of those “gift of a lifetime” experiences. I loved the circle and the conversations and bonding that was created there.
St Augustine’s, itself, was an amazing venue!! with the friendly welcoming people who work there, the snowy white sheets and billowy comforters on the beds, and the amazing spread of healthy choices of foods, three times every day! Visiting the beautiful chapel, hearing the nuns sing, wandering the mysterious network of halls, revisiting history in such reverent and amazing ways. I loved our evening in the vault! That was GREAT! Thank-you!
And in meeting with you all, I learned so much about your organization, and you. I love to imagine each of you now back at home in your place…I am in awe recognizing your humane beauty, your commitment, your diversity, your deep beliefs brought to life in the way you live every waking moment! It is about holistic health, inclusion, connection, and supporting your beliefs and all people through the incomparable great work that you do.
Considering my work as a bodyworker, at The Haven, I decided to book a couple of sessions of bodywork during my stay there and I certainly enjoyed that too! I learn so much from others who are engaged in work that is similar and yet different than mine.
I want you to realize how deeply moved I am by your generosity and your spirit. You are good people, doing invaluable work in the world. I wish you abundance and joy in all your dedicated work. Thank-you.
With lots of loving,
Bodyworker at The Haven