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  • 28 years old
  • From Massachusetts, United States
  • Currently in Findhorn, Scotland

Spring in Scotland

Stories of my semester in the Findhorn Community

Chakras, Caves, and Choir Class

Scotland Findhorn, Scotland  |  Mar 20, 2011
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 During most of the class I was struggling to stop daydreaming about the permaculture potential of my backyard at home. I hope my parents will be OK with a total transformation of the lawn. 

A week that begins with a free morning can never go wrong. This was proven by the glorious week I had, both inside and outside the classroom.

In Worldviews and Consciousness this week we had a guest speaker who presented her views on energy healing and it's relationship to distortion and disease in the body. She took us through the 7 chakras (crown, brow, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral, and base), their characteristics, and how the aligning of all 7 is beneficial to our overall health. There are ways to tell if any of the chakras are blocked and they each relate to a certain level of consciousness.  The class had too much information to get a good grip on everything she was saying and the topic was pretty spacey for me but I am interested to learn a bit more about it and and fully understand the concepts she presented.

We had a studio night this week to get started on our semester art projects. I was originally going to record music but I decided that I would rather focus on drawing. I also don't exactly know how to record music... so my project for now is to examine expression through the hands. I am planning on drawing but I will likely end up using some photography and sculpture as well.  I have too many ideas in my head to be completely stoked on one project but I am hoping that once I get going I will being to settle in and dedicate my energy to creating a masterpiece that will SHOCK THE WORLD. But maybe just my mom.

This week Lisa showed us some examples of art installations that address environmental and social issues and we also got to hear her talk about her family's company, Biomatrix. They design and build floating vegetated islands that treat polluted bodies of water all over the world by filtering the pollution through the power of nature!  Then we got to see the living machine on site that treats the park's wastewater.  Graham, our sustainability teacher, took us on a tour of sustainable architecture in the park and we got to see his awesome house that he designed and built himself.  The house had such an great vibe and was super cosy despite being fairly minimalistic and simple.

The week wrapped up with a morning of singing and sound improv in art class, and a lecture on permaculture theory and how the themes, principles and attitudes can be applied to life itself.  During most of the class I was struggling to stop daydreaming about the permaculture potential of my backyard at home.  I hope my parents will be OK with a total transformation of the lawn.  

The highlight of this glorious week was an incredible field trip with Peter to some ocean caves! We hiked down seaside cliffs covered in gorse to a beach surrounded by steep rock drop-offs and hiked along slippery rocks to a cave where we had a fire and roasted marshmallows!  To get back to the van, we had to climb up a rock face on a sketchy, dangling rope ladder.  I feel like I should add some great imagery to close this entry so I will say that the ladder is like my experience at Findhorn, really random and weird and slippery but pretty fun and I had to climb it even if I didn't want to.  But I wanted to because it looked fun. OK that wasn't very good... oh well.

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    March 20, 2011
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