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Rumi Poem Shared in Class 6/19/18

This wonderful poem requires repeat exposures, and there was a request for it to be shared, when I read it in class today:

The Fragile Vial

by Jellaludin Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

I need a mouth as wide as the sky
to say the nature of a True Person, language
as large as longing.

The fragile vial inside me often breaks.
No wonder I go mad and disappear for three days
every month with the moon.

For anyone in love with you,
it’s always these invisible days.

I’ve lost the thread of the story I was telling.
My elephant roams his dreams of Hindustan again.
Narrative, poetics, destroyed, my body,
a dissolving, a return.

Friend, I’ve shrunk to a hair trying to say your story.
Would you tell mine?
I’ve made up so many love stories.
Now I feel fictional.
Tell me!
The truth is, you are speaking, not me.
I am Sinai, and you are Moses walking there.
This poetry is an echo of what you say.
A piece of land can’t speak, or know anything!
Or of it can, only within limits.

The body is a device to calculate
the astronomy of the spirit.
Look through that astrolabe
and become oceanic.

Why this distracted talk?
It’s not my fault I rave.
You did this.
Do you approve of my love-madness?

Say yes.
What language will you say it in, Arabic or Persian,
or what? Once again, I must be tied up.
Bring the curly ropes of your hair.

Now I remember the story.
A True Man stares at his old shoes
and sheepskin jacket. Every day he goes up
to his attic to look at his work-shoes and worn-out coat.
This is his wisdom, to remember the original clay
and not get drunk with ego and arrogance.

To visit those shoes and jacket
is praise.

The Absolute works with nothing.
The workshop, the materials
are what does not exist.

Try and be a sheet of paper with nothing on it.
Be a spot of ground where nothing is growing,
where something might be planted,
a seed, possibly, from the Absolute.



Summer Yoga!

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Work Party!

Greetings Friends! Seems the entries of late focus on work. The last one before this, was an inquiry as to whether anyone has a good lead on someone to hire for garden tasks at Turtle Haven. I really did not get much response, to be truthful. The opening is still there! So this time, I invite you and anyone you know who might be inclined, to come and offer your labor as one of love for the beauty of Turtle Haven, and in service to this place of community gathering. Wouldn’t you rather work just as an offering? On May 20th we will gather in the afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30 pm at Turtle Haven to do some forest clean up, continuing on from last year’s storm clean up, as we gradually work towards restoration, after the devastating winter of 2017. Jillian and I held a work party last year, and were deeply touched by the many who contributed with such generosity of spirit. Please consider coming to this year’s edition, and connect with community in the bringing of beauty and restoration  to the land whose spirit brings much nourishment to those who gather here. And there will be good snacks too! Please let me know if you would like more details. There will be tasks gentle and vigorous.  pexels-photo-116833.jpeg

Garden Work at Turtle Haven!

We are looking for someone who may be interested in working in our gardens, doing weeding and other garden tasks! We are open to trade, and this could include for yoga classes,  counseling, mentoring, and/or for a stay in the Forest Hermitage for a retreat. We will also be glad to pay money for gardening tasks. Please let me know if you are aware of someone who might enjoy this very part time work on our land, and who you imagine may be a good fit with the vision of this beautiful place. Or perhaps you yourself have time and interest! Please respond by email to or 360-303-3892. IMG_0930

Tea and Skipping Town

Tomorrow April 11th begins the Spring Quarterfor the Wednesday class series, and I will be in Vancouver BC for an evening performance, so Charlotte will initiate the new quarter! Please come and enjoy her wonderful teaching, and I will look forward to seeing those who come to Wednesday evening yoga at Turtle Haven next week!

On another note, next Tuesday, April 17th, after the morning yoga class, those who wish to join in, are welcome to come to The Forest Hermitage for tea and a tour– and just enjoying one another’s company! We will organize to walk or drive down to the VERY nearby retreat house just after class. There is a rumor of crumpets perhaps appearing! Wednesday students who are available are of course welcome to join us.


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Spring Yoga

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Class Schedule

The remaining classes for the quarter are winding down, and I nearly have a flyer for Spring; when it is ready, I will publish it, but for the moment wanting to let everyone know that the Wednesday classes meet March 14th, 21st, and 28th. Charlotte subs for me on the 21st! The Tuesday class has its final meeting for Winter on the 27th of March. Spring quarter begins April 10th.



On Being

I pointed out Krista Tippett’s blog in the Tuesday class, and said I would put the link on my blog! Here it is, with a short description from the website:


On Being takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you’ll love to meet. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives — updated every Thursday. Hosted by Krista Tippett. Discover more at On Being Studios is the producer of On Being, Becoming Wise, Creating Our Own Lives, and more to come.

Snow on Rutsatz Road Updates!

At this time, late Sunday night, I just drove down our beloved Rutsatz Road, and there is still snow; it is not deep, but for those who are particularly cautious, and don’t have snow worthy vehicle, there might be concern. I am planning to teach both classes this week, unless the conditions worsen to a worrisome degree. I would of course post here, if that were to transpire. In the meanwhile, I wanted to mention the snow on the road for any who might want to ask a classmate with a snow worthy vehicle for a ride. p1000446

Revised Winter Yoga Schedule

Please note in your calendars the revised schedule for Winter Quarter. The list of ALL class dates below shows the 10 sessions for the entire quarter! I hope this is clarifying, and not inconvenient. Thanks for your understanding.

Tuesday Classes: 1/9, 1/16, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/27

Wednesday Classes: 1/10, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28