Its 2018 and I am almost 58. Life expectancy has increased significantly over the past decades. I have been given the potentiality of 20 extra years. Not at the end of my life, but now, between 50 and 70, before I get really ‘old’ ;o).
I feel, as Marie Catherine Bateson puts it, that I have been given 20 years to finally do things right. With all the knowledge, experience and wisdom that I have (hopefully) acquired up to now and without the short term pressure that has also driven my life before 50. These 20 years did not exist before! It’s new territory, a new adventure and an opportunity to finally focus on all that contributes to a better future for all and everything. I hope I will use them well…
Hesitating a little bit about sharing my recent experience in the ‘Massif des Bauges‘. Not that this blog has so many followers… but the area is relatively unspoiled (whilst being quite accessible) and should therefor be handled with care. Anyway my little Defender was feeling at home and happy in this environment! ;o).
There quite a few (non-guarded) ‘refuges’. I very much liked ‘Le Charbon’ below (see details) and also in the picture above.
Each trail is a totally new and wonderful experience. The combination of animals, vegetation, weather and people is never the same and has it’s own energy, dynamics and discoveries. Trying not to replicate the experience of the previous (successful) trail used to be quite a challenge for me. This was not good for the group and not not good for me aswel. Glad to report that I have finally been able to leave that behind me (although the group was a ‘challenge’ due the great diversity in life experience and physical condition)!
Back from first NL Healthcare Wild Hart trip in the Apennines close to Pescaserolli. About 35% of the province of Abruzzo is left to rewild itself. Result is a magnificent area where you can feel that is the nature is gaining strength on many dimensions.
Core of the NLHC program was build on this to rewild our own senses including our harts (as part of a broader culture transformation program) by spending slow time in this area. Even spotted this wild bear on my first morning walk ;o) Also spotted quite a few fresh wolf tracks.
When I want to move forward on some topic it is much more effective for me to focus on avoiding certain behavior or to clear specific roadblocks than to try very hard to achieve a certain goal.
So when looking to (re)connect to the whole I try to focus on drastic reduction unnatural input levels and to limit myself to observing carefully whatever is around me without any craving or aversion. To make this somewhat easier I decided to spend some slow (solo) time in the desert around Keg Knoll in Utah …
… with just a ‘bivy sack’ and some water in between the meandering canyons.
Wonderful storytelling by Joseph Campbell (interviewed by Bill Moyers) on how we, irrespective of our origins, have handled the mysteries of live throughout history. On Youtube (6 episodes of 1 hour) or on Audio CD.
We must be willing to let go of the live we planned to find the live that is waiting for us.
Testing a new destination for transformation trails in August. Some parts of the Pyrenees are as wild and remote as Scotland but not so wet and… less midges. It takes a 2 hours flight to Toulouse (FR) and a 2 hours drive to the starting point in Les Granges d’Astau. Followed by a healthy walk up the mountain to our base camp, le Refuge du lac d’Oo.
Just piloted a transformation trail on Rum with a few willing guinea pigs. Result was a powerful mix of: wonderful rough nature, beautiful hikes, few people, lots of sun (exceptional) and lots of rain (very common), strong wind (also very common), wet feet, almost no phone/internet coverage, yoga sessions on pristine beaches and surfing close to comfort zones.