Spring is almost here and WA's southwest is about to burst into a colourful spectacle of magnificent wildflowers. People come from all over the world to experience the stunning natural beauty of one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive & uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time” Mary Oliver
We were surprised to look out of the tent on our last morning and see the ground covered in snow; it was cold too. We took our time making breakfast, boiling water several times for repeat cups of coffee, staying in our sleeping bags as long as possible!
When I walked in the Fitzgerald River National Park (FRNP) for the first time, I didn’t know much about it at all. I didn’t know that it was home to almost 20% of WA’s plant species; I didn’t know that it was a UNESCO listed biodiversity biosphere and a natural treasure; I didn’t know that the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show attracted thousands of visitors from all around the world during its annual two-week event in September; but most of all, I didn’t know that it was going to blow me away!
Waking up to the 180 degree view of the five sacred peaks - Nairamdal, Burged, Ulgii, Malchin, Khuiten and the Potanin Glacier below - was one of those moments that gets etched in the mind to be recalled many times over, years after it has passed. It was a moment that held power, mystery and beauty.
After brekky we continued walking under the bold and vivid blue of the sky, over the summer green & yellow hues of the grassy slopes and with the murmur of the distant river in our ears. Occasionally, a rabbit, a marmot or a land squirrel would scamper in front of us, looking for their underground shelter; wildflowers abounded.
Creativity and Walking Retreat - will be using these techniques!
Walking the edge
It is often in the spaces where nature, people, cultures and ideas come together; the edges that overlap between the two where we find the creative uniqueness and the innovation. In this blog I share some of the edges I notice and walk.
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