Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Universe Is Speaking To ME!


I had three of the weirdest things happen this week within about 36 hours. I wrote an inquiry about a workshop last March. I knew a couple of people who had gone to the workshop last year and it really sounded interesting to me. I didn't hear back and actually I was busy and I forgot about it. This week I received a reply from them and my inquiry was attached but it didn't show a date in March. Instead it indicated that they had received the inquiry on June 18th. I have no idea where it has been. I guess floating somewhere in cyberspace.

Okay, so that is one of the three things. The second one was that I happened to hear that Keith Carter was in SMA and I contacted him and I had lunch with him and some of his friends. Keith will be one of the instructors at the workshop. I've always wanted to take a workshop with him but it has never worked out.

And the third one is that I had been thinking about maybe taking a photography workshop but one with more of a retreat atmosphere so I'd been looking on line the day before I received the reply from the workshop to see if anything interested me. Nothing did. They all seemed too structured. Too much travel from place to place. I wanted something that gave me time to stay put in one place and dig deeper. Something that gave me time to work with images that I made. Something that gave me time to play with some ideas and techniques. Something more hands on.

The workshop is Spirit into Matter. The whole workshop takes place in a small village near Florence, Italy in a renovated Villa. The instructors are Keith Carter, Kate Breakey and Jace Graf--all people whose work I know and admire. The other thing that some people might not like but I love the idea is that participants are assigned some times to help out in the kitchen. I hear the meals are made with local produce and that they are fabulous. So in addition to photography I'll get to enjoy a "cooking lesson" or two.

When the Universe speaks to me, I listen. I'm going!

The photograph was taken in Italy when I was in Sicily in 2015.

12 comments:

  1. Fabulous! I want to hear all about it. In the meantime, if you talk to Keith (which is not the name he went by when I met him eons ago) tell him we know eachother through our mutual friend Hayes Parker. He might or might not remember me, but we were together with his wife many times. How wonderful that ya'll connected.

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    1. I probably will not see him again until the workshop but I'll let him know we have a mutual friend.

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    1. Felipe, I really don't know how to reply to your compliment because it is hard to see how I would be inspiration to anyone. Nevertheless, I thank you.

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  3. So happy for you, Billie. Amazing how things come together!

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    1. It is amazing and I just couldn't see how I could say "no."

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  4. Enjoy your time "under the Tuscan sun" !! Sounds like a FAB reason for a great holiday!

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    1. Thanks, Dan. I am so looking forward to it.

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  5. Oh don't you just love it when the Universe lays it out for you like this? I'm so envious of your time near Florence! One of my favorite places ever. Can't wait to hear all about it! Too, I LOVE how you embrace life and make things happen! Felipe is so right - you are an inspiration!

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    1. Barbara, I'll try to report back on a daily basis. At this point I don't know what the internet situation will be. But I will keep a journal so I can share this fabulous time.

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  6. HOW FABULOUS!! You are truly an inspiration!! GO, ENJOY, Take loads of fabulous captures and know you are living our dreams!!! (Under the Tuscan Sun is one of my favorite movies) Teri in CR

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    1. Hey Teri, I'm living my dreams too. Can't believe that this is going to happen.

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