June 2020 “Stepping Stones into the River of Change.”
Well what interesting times we find ourselves in.
I should have known something was afoot when my new Diary literally had the end of March and April totally absent!
To begin we offer you a huge welcome, and our love and support during this emotional time of Covid-19.
We share this time of frustrations, sadness, fears, grief and pain, along with hopefulness, beauty and deep gratefulness for family, friends, gardens, and home cooked food.
But most of all we share an appreciation of this amazing Earth that cares for us, as we very gently make a move out into the world again.
We were disappointed that we needed to postpone our Creative Artist Residencies for overseas applicants, and are hopeful that next year they will be reinstated.
In the meantime, we are preparing to open our doors to New Zealand Creative Artist Residents at Muriwai Earthskin for the rest of the year. We have reconfigured the house in eager anticipation of that prospect.
The Earthskin Scholarships for the popular Permaculture Design Course at Te Moata has been rescheduled for 19thSeptember to 2ndof October. This will be uplifting to everyone’s spirits!
After more than ten years of joyfully self-funding Earthskin so it can hold its commitment of service to the earth, this furiously independent Founder has finally noticed that we don’t even offer you the possibility of giving via a donation page on our website.
To cherish the gifts Earthskin brings, we need to plant rich seeds to nourish and grow our future capacity together.
Hence for the first time, while we work on our website we have a simple request for you to participate in joining our Earthskin Circle of Friends.
I am deeply grateful for these past years, for being able to share the sacredness of intent that Earthskin brings to life on every level.
Working together with Veronique Desmet on the Creative Artist Residencies Project, to develop the knowledge base and the rich protocols that protect our sacred spaces has been unique and amazing!
The connection that the residents experience between the land, themselves and their work, has been so meaningful that many of our artists return to deepen the experience. They are constantly surprised at the inspiration that returns each time as the Earthskin magic just keeps going!
I also am immensely thankful to our award-winning Permaculture leaders Daniel Tohill and Trish Allen for their continued care of our Earthskin Scholarship students as they complete their Permaculture Design Course. These amazing students have become leaders, taking their skills and attitudes that they have learnt, to make changes to their whole community.
Earthskin magic just keeps going….
Finally, we would like to introduce you to the development of ‘The Earthskin Circle’.
‘The Earthskin Circle’offers a welcome to weave your personal connection into our future, to assist not only financially if you choose, but with energy and ideas, and your company.
Please fill out the form following this newsletter.
We want you to join us – with the teachers, past students of Earthskin Scholarships, and Creative Artist Residencies, as well as our loved local and present community.
Learning about Charitable Trusts we support co- operatively : EBANZ, Te Moata, PINZ, and Koanga Institute, The Creative Hub, and their representatives.
We are also thankful to the friends who have offered our Artists incredible places to do their residencies, like Stansborough in the Wairarapa, The N.L.King Trust at Piha, and Te Moata Retreat Centre in the Coromandel.
We are most blessed.
So, for now take care stepping forward on the stones leading into the waters of the future. Until our next newsletter, be well, safe and happy.
We would love to hear from you, and any responses would be wonderful.