August 4, 2015
John Brehm’s and Alice Boyd’s retreat was a magical combination of movement, meditation and poetry. I have to confess that the wild card in this combination was, for me, the poetry. I am, in general, not a confident reader of poetry and I certainly have no talent for or interest in learning how to write poems. Therefore my decision to attend the retreat was for the Feldenkrais movement lessons and the mindfulness meditation. I specifically went in spite of the poetry. Much to my surprise and delight, the poetry turned out to be my favorite part of the retreat. John is a very talented writer and teacher of poetry. The poems he and Alice chose for us to read and discuss ranged from ancient to contemporary, all illuminating the essential nature of the path of mindfulness.