Gwen came all the way from California to join us at Chateau Duffy – en route to another European adventure on the Camino:
This Easter at Chateau Duffy was a wonderful first experience! The mix of Americans and British folks was a beautiful thing. Oh, the things you can learn! Such as what “pants” means in the UK. But really…the space provided by this experience allowed everyone to be who they are and to be in the space they needed.
Gwen, hard at work in the house.
On this week long Easter adventure I expected to work hard and do some massage (and I did). I dug up some serious roots, and pick axed stones out of a 400yr old floor, built some scaffolding with two other ladies, and used a chisel to remove grout (pointing) around the rocks that the walls we built of, massaged some shoulders and backs and then spilled my life story in a way that shockingly quick with a few peeps….
The all-female scaffolding team.
As a result I wanted to run and hide. The combination of the physical labor and relational stuff was a real healing mix. It was the perfect place and people for me. As the week progressed my heart opened the sharing was reciprocated and Chateau Duffy continued to provide a little piece of freedom.
The adventure did not stop. I jumped onto the Camino de Santiago not without incident… However, Chateau Duffy was still the perfect jump start the Camino process.
Thank you guys for being so transparent and giving me the space to do the same. That week was a great mix of people and could not have been better timing.