A Day in the Springs

I tell you what is amazing?

A day at Hepburn Spring Baths with your beloved. We drove the 3 hour round trip while the girls were at school today (hooray for after hour activities giving us until 5pm) to spend some hours soaking in the beautiful Sanctuary area.

I think all up I spent a solid hour crashed in the spa chairs, and almost as long in the gorgeous salt pool. We also chilled out in the steam room for a bit too, but I made ungodly and embarrassing noises when I discovered the Monsoon showers. For those unfamiliar Monsoon showers are set up to feel like you’re standing in heavy monsoonal rains. Big fat drops of water etc.

I’ve come away from it feeling more relaxed than I have in months.

The Hepburn Bathhouse is located just outside of Daylesford, Victoria and you can look at their website, which contains prices etc, by clicking on this text. I highly recommend it. 

Confest 2014

I think I shall just declare Confest the start of my year from now on. It’s that kind of place. This year I didn’t do a single workshop (Pixie Brat made up for it by doing ALL the workshops). I was exhausted and spent most my time asleep, resting or wandering and cuddling with The Wild One. Realistically it was the first real break I’ve had since this time last year.

And like last year it was a real game changer as far as my outlook on the future goes.

I took this photo as we reached the gates on our way out, and it kind of sums the whole weekend up. My Wild One and I, hippies at heart and sickeningly cutely in love.

The Wild One and I – Hand in Hand

Now that I’m out the other side and home (doing stupid amounts of laundry) my mind has turned towards minimising the amount of stuff I have and streamlining my space into something more user friendly and spacious. I have a large room, but very little space due to the amount of *STUFF* I keep.

More on that later.

Festival of Change

I had a pretty intense experience over the weekend at the festival, and there’s a lot I can’t and won’t talk about, but what I will is about safe spaces and how they can, in very short periods of time, change everything. The festival I was at was basically one big hippy gathering – there was art, music, meditation circles, music, amazing food, music, drumming classes, aikido lessons, music, mud baths, wood fire heated steam tents and showers, and did I mention the music? In a several thousand strong camp (consisting of some of the best of people I have ever met) you could not walk anywhere without music at pretty much all hours of the night.

I watched, I danced, I tranced around the bonfire and participated in the ecstatic dance workshop, and I spent a lot of time just talking and walking… mostly I let go.

The environment here was safe in the sense that there was no pressure, no fear, no concerns about being judged. Everyone was there for the same reason – to enjoy themselves. I wore what I wanted, I didn’t think twice about ditching excess clothing when dancing the bonfire because there was no concern that I would be touched in appropriately or be harassed, I told a complete naked stranger she was beautiful and hugged her…

Bonfire… topless… in the centre of a circle of 50+ people I danced topless with absolutely no shame or fear.

The result? By the time we left that place I had pretty much done a mental three sixty.

I feel connected with myself and the world around me. I’m in love with everything all over again. The city delights me, I breath the colours and the movement, sunrise is incredible and I’m blessed to be faced with it of a morning. I’m excited to create and dream and I want to change – myself and my world.

The things about depression and anxiety is that you get stuck in it, and you do begin to fear change. Change is scary, it can be the thing that sets back months and years of work. Even outside of that there is so much fear – what if people don’t like me, that thing I do isn’t socially acceptable people will judge me, I can’t do that I’m not good enough.

Places like Confest, people like the attendees of Confest, break you away from that. There’s the encouragement to dream big and go for it, to be an authentic and alive you. To live, love, communicate and collaborate with the world around you. And in a very small space of time that kind of place, where you’re free of judgement at the same time as being actively encouraged to chase dreams, can change everything.

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