I spent a delicious eleven days back in the woods of northeast Germany recently co-facilitating a workshop for an organization called Gay Love Spirit.
My co-facilitators -- Kai, Volker, and Andy -- had spent the last two years working with a group of men in seven sessions on different themes, and they invited me to join them for the eighth and final module on Sacred Intimacy.
The four of us slept in the Bootshause (Boathouse) overlooking a beautiful lake.
We did most of our work in the Seepavilion...
...which we converted into a temple for meditation, bodywork, teaching, rituals, and recreation.
The lake was home to many ducks, geese, and swans.
The Bootshaus was home to many spiders.
The temple was home to numerous impromptu ceremonies of celebration, worship, and heart-connection.
During breaks, it was easy to hop in the lake for a quick, refreshing swim.
It was a peaceful and nurturing break from life in the big city.