Well, January has been unusually busy this year. We enjoyed meeting Dutch trainers Thomas and Alet de Neve (http://www.parabole.nl) who gave their first weekend training here at the beginning of January. They brought a lively group of English and Dutch students, some of whom we already knew from Christian Pankhurst’s groups here in previous years.
Then we had a week off before Richard and Marigold Farmer (http://www.soulmoves.co.uk) brought their Giant Leap groups in on two consecutive long weekends. These guys all know the house like the back of their hands and it’s always lovely seeing them and catching up with old friends. Some of them were on the very first course we both did at Poulstone in 1993 so we go back a long way! A couple of Richard and Marigold’s students, Helene & Catriona, stayed on afterwards for a few days and volunteered a bit of work in the house and garden which was very welcome.
This weekend we are joined by Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork (http://bristolmassage.co.uk) who’ve brought a lovely group of trainee masseurs and masseuses for the residential part of their one-year massage training. There’s lots of laughter around the house and despite the very stormy weather here this weekend, they’re really enjoying their time together.
As we write, the wind is pelting rain against the windows and the river has once again flooded the surrounding fields. Gail even looked out earlier and saw that the flooded fields had waves moving across them! There’s not much gardening going on as everything is saturated, although Steve did manage to do an afternoon’s weeding yesterday in a few hour’s bright sunshine between storms…
We also welcome new member of staff, Jessie, to the team. Jessie has just moved from London and is enjoying her new life in the countryside. She’s also a very talented maker of felt creations which we will soon be featuring in the shop. We thought her work might particularly appeal to some of the shamanic groups who come to Poulstone. If you want to look at her fabulous felted animal totems or buy directly from her, her work is at http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CloverFourteen. Here are a few delightful examples:
We hope Jessie does well in setting up her new business with them.
Well, that’s about it for now. It’s the delicious Mushroom, Stilton and Pumpkin Pie this evening, perfect for such a chilly, blustery night, so we will be sloping off to the kitchen shortly to see if we can score some tasty leftovers! We now have recipe cards for this and many of our new supper dishes available in the shop, with wonderful illustrations from our friend, Kevin Kimber (http://www.kevinkimber.co.uk/):
More soon! Hope you’re staying dry!
Mel & Steve xx
Poulstone Court Retreat Centre