The Willow

A great tree has fallen this morning

That is not a metaphor

The willow tree

Sentry to the Space

Her curtained branches bending down to sooth and comfort

Travellers resting there.

Rooted strength with softness and grace

Inspires and awakens

Seekers resting there.

In my mind I would travel back to her shade

To reconnect to her earth wisdom

Now she has fallen across the path

Her great body resting on the ground

Feathered branches all askew

The children crawl into the leafy green caves she now creates

We peer into her trunk ripped open to reveal an ancient story

Of nourishment and protection, new life and death

Her roots still run deep into the earth

Life reconfigured

She teaches one last lesson

The end

The beginning

All are one

The Willow

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We are half way between Cape Town and Johannesberg (about 8 hours in either direction) half an hour off the N9 highway. We are an hour from Graaff-Reinet and 25 minutes from Nieu Bethesda.

To Drive: Email us for directions and check on the current state of the road and how your car will fare on the dirt roads.

Carpool to workshops: Join the event on the Facebook page and see who is keen to carpool. Email us to put you in touch with other drivers coming from your area.

Bus: Both Intercape and Translux stop in Graaff-Reinet. We will arrange to pick you up from the bus station and bring you to the farm directly or via a guest house (buses usually arrive at awkward times in the late or early hours.)
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Fly: Catch a flight to Port Elizabeth and hire car to drive to the farm (this is a four hour drive).
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