And so I went to the Artist Retreat in 2006. I didn't think I would be able to even talk to John Two-Hawks. I remembered how he overwhelmed me with his energy at the Jackalope in 2004. Oh, it was good energy, just a little powerful somehow.
I am getting ready to do my ninth retreat with John Two-Hawks. Each spring I do the Artist Retreat, now called Creative Expressions. It is a place for us to learn that the struggles of an artist are really just personal struggles within ourselves. We are all amazing no matter what our talent or degree of talent. We are all important in all our efforts, however big or small the effort. It is a place I go and confirm what I know already and be with like minded people. The "Ah haaa" moments always come at these retreats, the moment when it all fits together. It is always amazing and wonderful. I am grateful to have the ability to create anything my heart desires, that my husband, Richard, supports me at every turn. This is something every artist needs to know and feel. I know how lucky I am, I am blessed and grateful.
The retreat I am heading to this weekend, October of 2009, is called the Mending Medicine Retreat. I have been going to this retreat since October 2006. Every year I go with no expectations. I know I will see friends from other retreats, meet new ones and learn new lessons about the Medicine Wheel and our journey around the wheel. I look forward to traveling to Eureka Springs, AR, a place that calls to me, a place that brings tears to my eyes when I visit the Blue Springs Heritage Center. I know when I walk on the ground at the Blue Spring that the Cherokee ancestors also walked there. I have played my flute in their honor as I sit in the beautiful gardens and tears streamed down my cheeks. I was suppose to find these people and this place......... The web continues to grow and grow. One of my favorite quotes from John Two-Hawks; "We are all wrapped in the same ball of yarn, All connected, all important." Later I will share the end of the Santa Fe story.