Faith & Ease… in the Here & Now: August 2015
WELCOME FRIENDS… RIGHT HERE… RIGHT NOW… TO THE RUNNING SPRING’S RANCH… MIDSUMMER DAY’S DREAM!… AS MY YOGA TEACHER, SHAKTHI, SAYS: “THIS IS IT!”
THESE 2 WORDS:
ISN’T IT AMAZINGLY PERFECT AND PERFECTLY AMAZING THAT WHEN YOU SET THE INTENTION… EVEN BY UTTERING 2 SIMPLE WORDS: “FAITH & EASE“… THE WHOLE WEEKEND UNFOLDS, UNFURLS, UNDULATES IN FAITH AND EASE ALL CONTAINED IN THIS INTENTIONAL CONTAINER OF 2 WORDS!
Holding council outdoors, in the sunlight, on the grass, in a circle just the way it should be… as members share one liners of what brought them to Running Springs Ranch and what keeps them here in this 80-Acre space of love…
THIS WAS A WEEKEND TO LAY LOW, HANG LOOSE, CHILL OUT, CHILL IN, CHILL OFF, CHILL LAX… WITH RSR MEMBERSHIP NOW AT 29 ADULTS AND 8 KIDZ, WITH OUR BUDDING KIDZONE IN EARLY BLOOM, WITH OUR FRUIT TREES BURSTING RIPENESS, WITH OUR FRIENDS COMING TOGETHER IN COWBOY HATS AND COWGIRL BOOTS JUST TO COME TOGETHER…
…BUSTING IT OUT IN THE DUSTY HEAT, BANGING AWAY AT THE NEW COMPOST LOO, DECORATING THE TITILLATING TEPEE WITH GIRLY BURNER OFF-CUTS, JAMMING IT UP WITH REAL FRUIT, SINGING ECLECTIC HEARTFELT HYMNS AND HAIKUS AROUND THE BLAZING FIRE UNDER THE STARS, WEEDING IT OUT IN THE COOL GREEN OF DRAGONFLY POND… THIS (MOST CERTAINLY AND UNDENIABLY) IS IT!!!
Everywhere you look we be lazing on them grass, soaking up them rays, strumming that gee-tar… Chef Walt’s great Mexican breakfast banquet bonanza with sizzling fajitas awaits us… The geodesic dome (new babysitter) continues to give and give and hold as the kids hang…
one of the reasons i am inspired to “catalog” our weekends is because as time moves on we simply forget.
we forget the taste of our sweat as we built the outdoor kitchen; we forget the sound of our kids’ laughter when they ran young and wild; we forget the little, lasting ways each of us gives our gifts and how each small piece is absolutely an essential part of the quintessential whole that is us—running springs ranch.
one of the ways i love to portray this progress and process is through before and after (and during) shots… here are a few:
BEFORE: Dana, Shani, Christina and Lev happily, harmoniously and un-hastily take to decorating Mama Tepee with tinsel, tutu net, tangles and laughter. AFTER: Mama Tepee stands proud and tall in all her glory offering shade and rest to all who seek it. BEFORE: … THE PRODUCTION: At home you may find him in blue robe making mouth watering espresso lattes on a fancy machine but on land you will find him in tweed shirt making killer bullet-proof coffee for the entire crew while listening to silent disco. AFTER:… THE DELIVERY: A perfect delivery every time from our very own barista, Eric, who delivers the perfect cup of morning coffee every time with a smile and a “Here you go, love”. BEFORE: Gregory D. holds the fort while Violet, 6, scales the ladder to pick ripe plums from the old plum tree. Xeno, 7, and Lev, 3, stand by to catch falling fruit. AFTER: Sonya, La Sassy Pressidente, ladels freshly stewed plums into ball jars… we be jammin’!
and this post wouldn’t be complete without capturing sweet spots like these:
the rare moment where all four mamas of boys are sitting together;
the rare moment where mama madam stacey butterfly isn’t socializing in a fancy frock and spreading love with her butterfly wings;
the ordinary exrtaordinary edible culinary art on maestro sergio’s plate;
papa g practicing his archery by the garbage cans but who cares when you are lost in the moment;
and three men beginning the creation of the outdoor kitchen which starts with a beautiful salvaged mosaic table top of note;
and sige, loyal custodian of the veggie garden and guardian of its precious, scarce water…h2o!
Kim and Puma, 2; Shani and Lev, 3; Becca and Izea; 9mnths; Melani and Colton, 2. We are the mamas raising our boys to become loving, caring, compassionate, embodied, fun-loving, women-honoring men just like their predecessors. Mama Stacey, aka Madam Butterfly, reading to Skyla, 5 in the comfort of the geodesic dome. Sergio, you make art out of food, and then you eat it. And then you make more art out of food… I just love this shot… it captures Papa G, (who is so in the moment here) in the moment. Thank you for silently conducting, orchestrating on the ground and behind the scenes this vast, infinite real-time daydream that is Running Springs Ranch! May your arrow shoot straight forth! Gregory, ilya and Sergio discuss the making of the outdoor kitchen and placement of the helluva heavy, helluva beautiful mosaic table top that Sergio salvaged. “Art school paid off!” Says Sige holding up her home-made or land-made sign that reads: KEEP H2O ON! … in the veggie garden that is. Otherwise our veggies will not survive the heat 🙁
and now for the heat of summer sound bites… once bitten, forever pleased :)…
“My life is perfect in so many ways… it’s just taking forever!” — Gregory (Papa G)
“I think we all want to live below our means…” — Stacey (Madam Butterfly)
“It is so rare that a hammock is available… AND I am walking passed it… AND I have time to lie in it!” — Gregory D.
“I need to do a nature pee!!!” — Lev, age 3
“The theme of this weekend is faith and ease in the here and now… instead of pain and suffering in the there and then!” — Sonya (La Sassy Presidente)
“You’re getting your maternal on!” — Walt (when he sees the women lovingly decorating the tepee)
“It’s getting serious around here!” — Dana (when she heard Gregory’s chainsaw starting up)
“Have a great rest of the day!” says David to Gregory D leaving early on Sunday afternoon. “Yeah, we’re gonna be on the highway, it’s gonna be great!” says Gregory D.
“Did you have fun doing it?” Sonya asks someone… “Good, because that’s the rule hey!”
“The best gift you can ever give to a mom is telling her that her son is an incredible man!” — Sonya
“I think this tepee looks really great, but if we had SPARKLES… that would really do the thing!” — Violet, age 6
“It can’t be the word “family” because that’s too loaded, so what do you call it? … a tribe!” — Stacey
“I’m not going to be considered done until I’m living in a village!” — Melani (First Lady)
“Is there any food left in the fridge that needs to be eaten? Because there’s stuff in there that’s kind of LEFT-OVARY” — Walt
“Last night I got iLya-nated!” — Shani (relaxing a day later after being hugged by iLya)
Ok your lordships and ladybugs of the land… until we meet again post playa, post school starting, post rosh hashanah (the jewish new year) and the first day of fall… until we meet again under the starlit sky, in the next bright light of the full moon! In faith & Ease…
Shani Raviv, August 2015