A few of my most favourite moments from last weeks slow living retreat in Byron Bay with Beth Kirby of Local Milk, Rebekka Seale of Camellia Fiber Company, Luisa Brimble, and Aaron Teece of Studio Neon.
Some places manage to transport you - to calm, to joy, to a surreal place of gratitude, to a belly of fire, and to tears. Beth is the only person I know to create such a place, Rebekka is the only person I know to bring such warmth, Luisa is the only person I know to make my belly hurt from constant, confused laughter and Aaron is the only person I know to turn a kitchen, table and tummy to pure food magic over four blissful days.
The property of Avalon Lea was good to us. It was a place of foggy morning sunrises and views of soft rolling hills, many a tropical fruit tree, friendly farm hands and veggie patches and the perfect place to pitch Jessie's Happy Glamper tents. We slowed down here as we foraged, wove, baked, picnicked, styled, gathered and ate.
The participants, the part I was most excited and curious to meet, were full of inspiration and fervor. From Spain, from Perth, from not too far up the road and with two birthday celebrations in tow - waves of talent and conversation flooded our breakfast, lunch and dinner tables every moment of every day. I miss them all dearly already.
There comes both joy and sorrow from spending time at such a place with such folk. The best part of course is being there with them. The worst, is having to leave it all behind. Worst still is saying goodbye to the dearest of friends from State side. I will never, ever have enough time with Beth and Rebekka - time with them is so precious - they are two souls that I love dearly and miss. Together with two Australian super talents, Luisa and Aaron, a real dream team was made. I am so thrilled to have played a small part along side and to have slowed down with you all.