October 24, 2013

Weekend retreat

Guarding the sheep

After my classes for the week are over, I'm getting into my car and driving south. I'll wind my way past cornfields and pumpkin patches, small towns and big red barns, and I'll keep going until I arrive at the sheep pastures of the monastery. It's a Benedictine monastery, built high in the hills above a sleepy river. I'll be staying at the women's guesthouse, the old farmhouse where we gather for meals. I'm bringing the manuscript I'm working on, plus some books and my journal. I'm looking forward to taking this break from my busy life to write, to meditate, and to take early morning walks through the sheep pastures.

4 comments:

Cindy said...

Is that a llama? They raise llamas now?

jo(e) said...

Well, they mostly raise sheep. There is a llama and a couple of donkeys, but I think their function is to keep coyotes and other predators away from the sheep.

Val said...

That sounds perfect to me right now too. Enjoy!

robin andrea said...

That looks like the perfect setting for introspection and creativity.