I have been delaying writing this post because, really, I am having a wee bit of difficulty putting my weekend at Squam Art Workshops into words. To be honest, last year I attended the Ravelry weekend at Squam Art Workshops and I felt a little lost as it seemed like everyone there already knew 100 other people, and their knitting was a.maze.ing. I knew no one and I was swatching an afghan. Then I met my cabin mates for the night and got in to the swing of things, and shopped at the ArtFair, and I felt a little better. Still not super-thrilled …. but, I decided I really wanted to give it another shot. I had heard about SAW since it’s inception and I wanted to go and have the entire Squam experience. I’m so glad that I listened to that little voice inside that said … go…give it another go…you will get so much out of it…this was the year.
I packed up the big grey bus and headed north to Squam Lake, to a big cabin called El Dorado and a big gang of fabulous, crazy women and a chance to make art for the weekend. And it was sublime and relaxing and oh so much fun.
The best parts?? here ya go…
*magical woodland-where fairie houses appear in the night and wood sprites leave wreaths to mark the trails (sorry so blurry!)
*magnificent northern lake-complete with haunting calls of an elusive loon
*kindred spirits ready with a smile, a hug, a glass of wine and hours to sit on a dock or in front of the fire and talk about life, art, and the essence of being alive
*phenomenal teachers to guide you on your artistic explorations with kindness and generosity
*a glimpse of the universe in the milky way and the northern lights against a background of infinite stars
*time to make art, to laugh, to walk, to swim, to chat by the fire, or just to be quiet and listen (photo by cjweinstein)
The gathering of like minded giving souls is magic. The setting is sublime. The lake will be calling us back again, I know. It was lovely and restorative and far far too short. Thank you Squam…see you next year! xo.