Note: This post also appears on my blog, Hortus Conclusus.
In July my husband and I stayed overnight in a luxurious bed and
breakfast in Raleigh, NC. It is too bad we were there for only one
night. It really is a place to go to spend a few relaxing days. After
breakfast we walked around the gardens before heading on our way. I was
reminded of our honeymoon. We drove up to Nova Scotia and stayed in bed
and breakfasts and country inns. I found that to be a delightful
experience. Since that time, which was 27 years ago, Bob and I often
discussed owning a b&b in the country some day. Back home from the
trip and tending to our gardens, I began thinking about how I could make
that dream a reality today. No, it isn't practical to turn our tiny
house into a b&b, but what could I do to invite people to enjoy the
peace and beauty that I experience while spending time in my gardens?
I was also reading a book called An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor at this time. I found it extremely inspirational and life changing. Chapter Two, entitled The Practice of Paying Attention is
what helped me to formulate the retreat. (The seeds of which had already been planted last year while reading The Artist's Rule by Christine Valters Paintner, which is along a similar vein.) I realized that I didn't need
a fancy house and immaculate gardens in order to help others see and
hear what I do when I am outside. If I love it, won't others as well? I
took the chance and offered this one day retreat.