I am sitting on a handmade, wooden bench in the partial shade on the beautiful grounds of Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Here for a weekend seminar on giving a masterful workshop, I didn’t anticipate how wonderful my experience would be. Michael Craft, an expert for experts, provided a creative environment where we thirty participants bonded, and shared our creativity and passion for the work we wish to show the world!

We formed a foundational group for support and collaboration. So, we’ll be tweeting, emailing and planning to work together. I am truly excited about the possibilities.

Surprisingly, this is only the second time I’ve been to Omega. In September of 2011, the Brazilian healer, John of God, prompted me to take the Amtrak train from Penn Station. The trip is fairly easy, taking almost two hours, plus the train to Penn, and a taxi to the Institute.

For my recent trip for the Craft workshop, I arrived late afternoon to a warm, almost hot Rhinecliff and taxied to Rhinebeck. By the time we arrived at the bed and breakfast, I felt weary. I had been awake since 4:30 a.m. and had been partying (no, not all night long) with my family on July 4th in Connecticut. Driving the 100 miles or so added to my fatigue. I quickly recovered.

Omega…what a perfect environment for me, right here, right now (as Quan Yin says); a respite from the density and seriousness of Brooklyn. I feel as if in a meditative state…a Buddhist walking – sitting – trance…as if… Or am I in an altered state…of bliss which feels integrated into my total being, interdimensionally?

As I type this blog at my computer, I feel happy to be back home. Of course, I am immersed in fond thoughts of Michael Craft, and our group which feels magical, even from Brooklyn near the F train.


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