Our Phoenix Retreat got underway two days after Christmas. Firstly, around 20 of us, facilitators and participants, gathered in the meditation room of the seminar house for the opening ceremony.
After an intriguing and beguiling performance by Sara, dressed in the guise of a colorful phoenix everyone present was encouraged to share a bit about themselves and why they had come. It was obvious that people had been drawn to the retreat for different reasons. Have a look at the photos in the gallery to get a taste of what some of the particpants wrote on their symbolic phoenix feathers. (credit Dorien Leys).
To close the opening the marvelous phoenix sculpture adorned with straw and bamboo was wheeled out of the Deel into the grounds of the Vlierhof. The feathers were placed under the wings and we stood hand-in-hand and sung a short spiritual verse several times, both loud and soft, as instucted by our facilitator Erik.
The retreat concluded with a Conscious New Year Celebration event: an evening of song and dance and a symbolic burning of the phoenix, symbolizing a rebirth and release for all who participated in the retreat. The gallery below shows some of the highights of that final evening:
Powerful, deep, with inspiration
Love, connection, energy
Lovely people, great atmosphere
I am very thankful. Loved it!
Powerful, healing, unconventional loving
I am grateful and lots of love for all the people who made this week unforgetable
An intense, relaxing experience