Carolyn Ringo, PO Box 1521, Paonia, CO 81428 firstname.lastname@example.org 970-527-3933
Hello Dear Friends,
Well we’ve made it thus far . . . seems like keeping on keeping on is in order! I have not connected with many of you for a long while. Life is beautiful and horrible and I am filled with gratitude every day. I hold the same is true for you.
So the outside deets about me: I am doing less weddings than I used to due to COVID. I have been holding a woman’s group which is fulfilling, and currently designing a relationship course to teach online, eventually. I will soon be teaching a compassionate communication workshop locally and am no longer managing an Airbnb.
I have gotten deeply involved with finding land for a green burial preserve in the North Fork Valley (the beautiful river valley among magnificent mountains where I live). I am now on the board of directors of our non-profit and we are offering all related services, i.e. Death Midwifery, Home Funerals and all related services to end of life. It is something I am passionate about and I know after I help get more people trained in home funerals I will not be continuing on that track. I will continue to educate – get your end of life wishes in order!!
My energy is more in the realm of taking women on retreats and doing more with relationship coaching; relationship with self, Spirit, Nature, other people in your life, etc. Also still enjoying guiding women’s Wild Soul Quests every summer.
I still live in the same sweet house I’ve been in for 8 years and still do not have a partner, though I’d like to. Geoffrey and I remain dear friends and I am blessed with many wonderful friends.
A bit more on the inner: I will begin my 7th decade in March and I feel great! Challenges abound, yet in keeping our hearts open and with the willingness to be vulnerable we can remain centered and grounded in love. That’s the best I know how to do!
I do meditate sometimes, journal often and make my intentions my prayers and my prayers my intentions every day. (Now to work out more!) I do take long walks by the river regularly without having to get in a car.
I’d say overall I am a happy camper, mostly achieved by focusing on love and beauty and avoiding too much news. I am leading a community Solstice ceremony on the 21st in the River Park. I feel blessed to have such a beautiful community with which to share it.
Would appreciate hearing what you are up to these days and how you are faring.
I think of each and every one of you and send you love and all that fills your heart.
Happy Solstice and a Merry New Year,
The ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the self nor of the other: the ultimate touchstone is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.
© – David Whyte
All of the photos are taken by me on one of my hikes nearby (mostly Kebler Pass), unless of course I am in the picture! The one with ice along the patterned mud is on steward ditch just at the edge of town. I am in wonder when observing the patterns in Nature. The one with 2 girlfriends is in Dominguez Canyon and the group of women is me and my co-guide/dear friend, and our Wild Soul Quest group last summer.