There is something about mountains. And there is something about oceans. I love them both immensely.
When I was driving with a friend from Charlotte Airport to Little Switzerland to the Wild Acres retreat, I saw the most gorgeous wild yellow flowers and lavender in the median of the highway. And when I reached thee resort, the mountains were full of beauty and grace and I couldn’t have enough, of that beauty. I wanted to just stare and stare and get it into my system for the rest of my life. It reminded me of the mountains in South India when we used to go up to escape the heat of the plains.
The clouds on the mountain tops, the lush foliage, and the rustic, very rustic, setting, was such a neat experience for me to gather to my soul.
This retreat was organized by The Sun Magazine, which was founded in the 1950’s (I think) by Sy Safransky. He is an amazing writer and has written many books and published books of poems. There were about 120 or more participants, all of them excellent writers, from different corners of the country. It was such a pleasure for me to mingle with them and share my work. I was surprised to see the authors who held the various work shops, acknowledge my work and praise it.
Isn’t the vista so pleasing to the eye? Such beauty all around.
The workshops consisted of prompts that were given out by the various writers who conducted them. Each of the participants had to write something within fifteen minutes, and she or he would call out to anyone of the participants to read it aloud. It seemed like I was singled out in every work shop along with three or four others. I am happy to say, that all of them gave me and my work a wonderful thumbs up with claps. Very humbling and gratifying experience.
I wonder if you can click on this photo of the gentleman who is the manager of the Wild Acres resort, so you can see the beauty of the pottery.. The building behind him is the pottery work shop. Apparently artisans come there to work on pottery and jewelry making work shops. The pole he is standing next to, was made by the potters, and each peace was done by a different artist and then placed one top of another to give it the perfect shape of a so called ‘totem pole’. Isn’t that beautiful?
These were just a few of the participants. The guy in the foreground is from Florida. He was kind enough to give me a ride from Charlotte airport to the resort and back. I had contacted him through the Sun Magazine help page. Real neat person. A good writer. The picture above this, is of few of the other participants, and I had taken permission from them to post it here on WP. Each work shop had about twenty to thirty people, in all ages. It was a great first time experience for me.
Hope you have enjoyed this post of mine. Thanks for reading it. Good night.