Gathering at Chateau Duffy again

It’s been a year since our last trip, but tomorrow sees the start of Chateau Duffy #5! In fact, a few of the crew are there already, but most arrive on Saturday for a week of hard work and good fun.

Chateau Duffy April 2013Chateau Duffy the day we left it last year, complete with new, concrete floor.

This trip has been so highly anticipated that it was fully booked last autumn. (Although, in true Matryoshka Haus fashion, some have dropped out and others have seized their places.)

What’s brilliant about Chateau Duffy is the way in which the team reflects the way in which the community has changed and grown since the last trip. So this year we have people who have only been part of the community for a few months; new partners; a Texan from the Learning Lab (lovely Brendan); and Californians met during Matryoshka Haus’ trips there last year.

The Texan crewEric, Carl & Regina en route from Texas to Paris.

While we’re there, we’ll be celebrating Easter together, which is always a very special experience – it’s up there with Thanksgiving as an important occasion to be together as a community.

There is a plan – there will be more pointing (much more pointing) and work may begin on the house next to the barn – and we’ll let you know how we get on.

In the mean time, if this makes you keen to join in the fun, you can register your interest for the summer trip here.

Making connections in California

It often feels as though there isn’t a place on earth where you cannot find friends of Shannon’s. It’s great to be welcomed and hosted by strangers who quickly become friends – the mantra¬†“a friend of Shannon’s is a friend of ours” certainly holds true!

In San Francisco, we had the privilege of re-connecting with Mark Scandrette – who Shannon first met back in the late 1990’s. In 1998 he moved to the city to pioneer Christian community and became one of the founding directors of ReIMAGINE – a ‘center for integral Christian practice’. There are some similarities with Matryoshka Haus, such as an emphasis upon transformation and sharing life together, and the holding of regular learning labs (although theirs are a little different to ours).

With Mark Scandrette

Over excellent Mexican food in the Mission neighbourhood of San Francisco, we shared some of our work and vision with Mark and his colleague Danny – it’s fantastic to find people we have so much in common with, so many thousands of miles away from London! Should you ever find yourself in San Francisco, we can highly recommend El Metate on Bryant Street – especially their Tostado salad. I get the impression that Mexican food is to the mission what curry is to the East End…

Tostado Salad