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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Bermuda or Bust

I just returned from THE most beautiful place. Bermuda. If you haven't been there I highly recommend it. I was there teaching for the Bermuda Artist and Songwriting Retreat which is sponsored by Songsalive! It's a yearly event and this was the inaugural one.

Richard, our host, picked us up at the airport and we drove along a one lane road (the main road!) from one end of the island to the other. English cut hedges juxtaposed towild jungles and rainforests, and the ever present turquoise blue water guiding us on our path. Bermuda is still a British colony but has it's own government. They have made their Bermudian dollars of equal value to the U.S dollar, and in fact are completely identical save for the cool colors Bermudians have chosen for their cash.

I had no expectations of Bermuda except that I was going to be on a magical journey, and indeed it was. We arrived at 9 Beaches Resort, which is on the far tip of the long island (it's only 1.5 miles wide). The first thing I noticed were the array of huts (cabanas) all on stilts in the water. Was I in paradise? Apparently this Resort had once been an eco-living place. I couldn't believe the water, and the way this "village" was architecurally designed. Quite impressive. The cabana nestled perfectly on the side of the hill overlooking the water. I really felt like I was on a tropical island. Designed in white and blue cloth, with simple furniture, i ended up living in it for 6 days with peace, tranquility and joy. My view of the ocean gave me solice and inspiration.

For three days I taught and empowered artists at the Bermuda Artist and Songwriters Retreat which was held under a huge white tent on the grass near the water. It actually rained for the first 3 days, with the heavens opening up in terrential rain one moment, and then sun the next. Very fickle weather, but all the time it was magical. I felt like we were truly on an isolated piece of property which is so perfect for a retreat.

I can't remember when i felt so tranquil as this, yet so energized at the same time.


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