i had no idea how much i needed to get back to nature. ok. perhaps i did. i’ve been longing for it for quite some time, but i wasn’t associating this trip with getting back to nature. i was only thinking of it as work. good work, but work.
until i got there and saw this.
and suddenly i could breathe. i looked around and realized that it was just me & all this beauty around me, and yet i wan’t alone. the trees, the birds, the dirt, the flowers… they always provide me with such company. and i feel grounded. centered. calm. then i realized that i’d be in the midst of this for the next 36 hours. perfect. i was no longer just focused on the work that i would do, but on the fact that i was doing my work in the middle of nature… so this was my time to soak up the simple, organic life for a while. so perfect.
it was a busy, intense, and yet relaxed 36 hours filled with games, fun, quiet moments, rain, sunshine, mud, storms, bugs, water, campfires, food, coffee, devotions, walks, laughter, music, chats, not so much sleep, 16 unbelievably amazing teenagers, and some incredible adults.
this is what i get paid for, people. anyway, here are some shots of a fantastic weekend in the woods.
and so the first day came to a close. to be continued…