I met Helen and Ria at a workshop called Embody (Y)our Calling.
The workshop was hosted by Ria Baeck (Vitis-tct) and Mary –Alice Arthur. (Get Soaring)
After the workshop I was no longer the same person, I had changed. It had been a profound experience. And I had made some new friends. Helen and her daughter Anna invited me for lunch and that’s how my involvement with the Dorpsstraat project began.
I had quit my day job and was putting all my energy into storytelling, I had recently given a workshop on storytelling in Brussels was organizing storytelling evenings .
When I saw the house that Helen had bought to renovate and got an idea of what Helen and Ria wanted to do with it I became interested. The idea appealed to me to be part of a project whose aim is to create an environment in harmony. Ria had already cultivated a substantial and happy garden but much work still needed to be done on the house. I could see that my skills as a carpenter could be put to good use in a way that would share the same ideals as Helen and Ria. It was easy, if Helen and Ria were willing, I gladly wanted to be part of this team. And yes, they were willing.
Recently I attended a workshop called “Circle Intensive” organized by Ria Baeck which was hosted by Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea (PeerSpirit). The people they brought together, their experience and generosity gave me a deeper understanding of what it means to host a circle and the practice of speaking clearly and listening attentively. By attending the workshop I was inspired by the people around me and gained insights on how to improve my hosting of “Storytelling Circles”
Next week I continue putting a new floor in the attic and on Tuesday we have a meeting with the architect Herwig Van Soom. I look forward to hosting a storytelling workshop for the Imagination Club in Brussels towards the end of October.