Most of the retreats I am away on are “working retreats” so every now and then it’s nice to just take a little time away to renew, and to get ideas for the upcoming presentations. Since they are all nature based, what better than a small cabin/ hermitage where you can take advantage of the quiet? I did just that last week, spending a couple of days at MY “go to” place for retreat…Still Point.
The photo above is the cabin I stayed in (there are 4…and one is a double cabin.) The weather was perfect…a little rain, a little wind (well, a lot of wind one day) and a little sunshine. There is a Nature Trail, a pond and woods around the cabin A perfect place when you crave quiet. Normally, I will fix my own meals and bring books to read. There are also programs that you can attend if that is what you like to do. Not every day, but a few offerings throughout each month.
Mostly, though, I love o absorb the beauty around me…to listen to the birds and crickets at this time of year, to watch the squirrels and chipmunks running around the cabin…it’s a great place to renew and come back refreshed. A few more photos below, and you can also check out the link at the top of this page.
I got back from leading 2 retreats at Pyramid Life Center about 9 days ago.
It is always so beautiful up there, and the weather could not have been better. Not too hot, not too cold, and NO BUGS! No mosquitoes, black flies, deer flies…it was like Heaven. And the people I spent the time with were awesome…some I’ve known since I started up there years ago (2015 was my 10th year presenting) and some new people come in each year. The loons were not as noisy this year and I only saw one from my observation point but those who got out on the water saw 2-3 of them.
Pyramid Lake is not too far from the High Peaks area…up around Paradox and is one of only 2 “pure” lakes in the Adirondack Mountains. Meaning, not affected by acid rain. Great care is taken to make sure any incoming canoes or kayaks are sanitized before going out on the lake, to protect against invasive species. I heard also that the fishing was excellent as well this year. I miss being able to get out in the kayaks or out on the trails like I used to but there is still a lot to see and do. Life abounds there, and the area (over 700 acres) is in fairly pristine conditions.
And the evenings…pure magic. The air was soft and smelled of the mountains. On clear nights the view of the sky, even with the guide lights along the pathways, is spectacular. These photos are only a small glimpse of the beauty that surrounds you. It’s tough work doing the retreats there but someone has to do it. And I am more than happy to oblige.
There comes the day though when you have to come down off the mountain. Back to the busy everyday life but that’s not so bad either. A balance in life is vital, and we all need wild areas as well as the community areas to keep life interesting.
John Muir wrote: “Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.“
Take some time to find YOUR “mountain.”