Monday, May 17, 2010

Falls Forest Retreat

by Carrolline Rhodes

Ten members had the most extraordinary weekend at Falls Forest, a sanctuary operated by Mary White, who is the author of THE GREENING OF GONDWANA, among many other works.

This magic place is notable for the diversity of its flora, and we wandered among trees more than three hundred years old as we made our way to a waterfall that plunges down a narrow chasm.

Here, vines and trees grow up the sheer sides, clinging to every crevice as they make their way to the sun and they are awe-inspiring in their tenacity, their determination to flourish no matter what the conditions.

We ate the most beautiful meals, lovingly prepared by our chefs extraordinaire, Lisa and Roby.

We drank wine and ate chocolate – and chips, of course - as we sat around a roaring fire, listening to Sue play guitar while others sang.

As the logs burned, Mary told us about her extraordinary life, and her new beginnings when she purchased Falls Forest at the age of seventy-seven. At eighty-four she is not just an inspiration, but a living treasure.

Our group will undoubtedly return to this extraordinary place for another retreat, but next time we will stay longer: two nights and a day aren’t enough. For those who wished they had joined us, Falls Forest invites you for a night or a week or a month. Take your partner and revel in its serenity, its special magic.

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