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Saturday, January 17, 2009

FWBO People: 'Hen's Solitary Retreat'

This Saturday’s ‘FWBO People’ post features a lady known only (on-line at least) as ‘Hen’. She’s a “Singer, permaculture designer, basket maker, aspiring children's story writer and illustrator, bivouac-er, hill walker - and Buddhist”.

Hen lives and practices somewhere between the Cotswolds and Exmoor, in England – and last Autumn went on her first two-week solitary retreat, having been to a number of FWBO retreats and centres over the years. On retreat she kept a journal and afterwards turned it into a blog, which we’re delighted to feature here.

She writes –

“Many people have said to me that they wish they could do a solitary retreat, because 'they really need one'. That's why I decided to share my experience, to hopefully make going on retreat alone, a bit less mysterious and a bit more 'doable'. “Offered with much love for your continued happiness!”

Hen’s blog is at

Just to whet your appetite, she begins –

“The journey here was long, but totally uneventful and when I pulled into the last bit of track to take me up the hill to the cottage I was relieved not to feel stressed out from driving.

“Well, that was until my car broke down half way up a very steep stony bit of the track. The little computer on my dashboard told me that it was the alternator and that I should take it to a workshop. EEEEEK!”


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