It’s pretty nuts for people like us to be trying to do anything other than bust our butts in the garden right now, but I get excited enough about this event to break away. After all, it IS the Crazy Owl Retreat, so a little bit of crazy works just right.
Our friend Crazy Owl was a smart, eccentric, independent and wise man. He passed away several years ago but his memory lives on.
Crazy Owl believed in community. And I’m not talking about pie-in-the-sky, always getting along, love-fest community. I mean the kind of community where you don’t always have to agree, but you listen and talk and take a break sometimes and keep loving your friends anyway.
Crazy was a radical herbalist. He believed that the medicines we need most of all can probably be found just a few feet from our front door, provided that there’s a patch of earth there. He believed that the old wives who told those tales deserve more credit than we give them.
Crazy was a yogi. He stayed up late and didn’t wake early, but it didn’t matter when he woke – he did yoga. It might not have looked like the same yoga you do, but it was what worked for him and he knew it.
Crazy believed in freedom. The freedom to be exactly who you are. The freedom to learn and grow and love. The freedom to be creative, intelligent, real and kind.
I could talk about Crazy Owl for a long time, he was the kind of man who generates plenty of stories, but what I’m getting at is the spirit of the gathering going on this weekend. The Crazy Owl Memorial Day Retreat. We are a gathering of herbalists, yogis, martial artists, healers, dancers, artists and a number of other folks who just love life like this. We are a gathering of people who are willing to bring their chosen art to life and share it, and also partake with an open mind of what others have to share. We’re stepping outside of the box of competition and coming out to play.
This year I’m leading a pranayama class, exploring the beautiful human art of breathing. My Fellow Man, the most unassuming rock star I know, is doing a workshop on abdominal massage (chi nei tsang – incredible stuff). And that’s just a drop in the bucket. There will be loads of activities for kids, acro-yoga, paddle board yoga, fermentation and raw food workshops, hula hoop-livion, farm tours, talent shows, primitive skills workshops, herb walks, tae kwon do, capoiera (if you’ve done this – it’s awesome), and more more more! (see the schedule here)
Everyone is welcome – local folks can drop in and make a donation for whatever part of the day you can stay. Folks from out of town are welcome to pitch a tent and stay all weekend, or commute from our down home classy B&Bs a few miles away in downtown Red Boiling Springs. It all takes place in the big bottom field at Long Hungry Creek Farm. Our friend Jeff (the Barefoot Farmer) is a lovely host.
Take a break from your daily grind. You can mulch your tomatoes next weekend. Come, play with us…