Posts Tagged ‘happiness’

Elephant Rock Summer Solstice Retreat for Writing and Yoga

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Breathe ~ Create ~ Transform

Elephant Rock Summer Solstice Retreat for Writing and Yoga

June 16 – June 21, 2013
Beautiful and Secluded Stout’s Island Lodge, Wisconsin

Be ignited by summer’s fiery muse. Be challenged and inspired … and laugh – a lot! – while becoming a fertile ground for creativity as you tap into the energy of the summer solstice.

Writing workshops guided by Jeannine Ouellette
Yoga and meditation guided by Maria Toso

ALL are welcome, regardless of previous experience with writing or yoga!

“Summer is a festival of this inner fire/power, the power that makes abundance and nourishment grow from tiny seeds. The power that brings things to fulfillment, and expands and brightens our lives….” ~ Cait Johnson and Maura D. Shaw, Celebrating the Great Mother

Elephant Rock Retreats for Writing and Yoga are transformative, designed specifically to help you leap over that edge of doubt, where new things come from. The retreats combine two powerful heart-opening activities in innovative ways and in beautiful, inspiring natural settings. Whether you are striving to finish a manuscript, deepen your yoga and meditative practice, overcome writer’s block, or feed your starving inner artist, Elephant Rock retreats are for you. Beginners will find a safe haven in which to experiment, and advanced devotees of either or both art forms will discover a refreshingly challenging environment in which to push through blocks and reach new levels of insight.


Brilliant, non-linear, inspiring: Jeannine Ouellette is a masterful teacher and her workshop was the most fun and creatively liberating writing class I’ve ever experienced. And who could pass up writing and yoga in a beautiful, secluded setting. Sign me up!

–Eric Utne, publisher, educator, author, and social entrepreneur; founder of Utne Reader and founding publisher and editor of the New Age Journal, past workshop participant



Happy Everyday Sounds

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Wind through pines
Rain, anywhere
Coffeemaker gurgling
Husband’s voice in the dark
Boot heels on pavement
Dishwasher running
iPhone’s text alert
Keyboard clacking
Teakettle whistling
Church bells
Dog barking at mailman
Prius going silent
Oven door opening
Eggs frying
Quarters jangling at bottom of bag
Piano in the hospital atrium
Footsteps on the stairs
Skin against sheets
Children’s voices in unison
Cats’ tongues on fur
Dogs howling with joy
Radiators hissing
Fire popping
Rakes and shovels
Pages turning
Pencils on paper
Skirts rustling
Children sleeping
Waves crashing
Tires in driveway
Sleet on glass
Water rushing
Key in lock
Creaky floors
Paintbrush against water-filled mason jar
A little kiss