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Squam Fall 2017

I’ve been home from Squam for a week and a half, but I am still totally basking in the afterglow.


I was on the support staff full time this go-around, but there was time each day to go for a swim. The weather was glorious. G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S. I have never gotten to spend this much time in the lake—swimming every single day apart from the Sunday we arrived—and I felt so very lucky for that. I did indeed sleep on that screened-in porch every night; I kept thinking the temperature would plummet (when I slept outside in Vermont at the end of September 2010 I remember shivering no matter how many layers I put on), but I was perfectly snug. From my pillow I could see the moon shining through the trees, and in the morning I opened my eyes to the rising sun glimmering on the water.

Pine resin sticky in my crazy cropped hair; pond scum between my toes. Bliss, I tell you. BLISSSSSSSSSSSSS.


This was quite possibly the most special retreat since Elizabeth first started organizing them, because she announced after dinner on Friday evening that our friend Meg Fussell would be taking over as retreat director next year. You can read more on how that decision came about on the Squam Art Workshops blog. Meg is an utterly delightful human being. She has the magic combo of organizational prowess and social finesse one would need to rock this gig, and I’m so excited to watch her put her own stamp on the retreat and continue to expand our creative community.


Giusita, Teri, Giavanni, me, Elizabeth, and Meg. Photo by Amy Gretchen.


I expected to make myself useful (this was the first time I got to drive a golf cart, but it definitely won’t be the last, heh!), celebrate with friends old (as in longstanding) and new, enjoy the lake and the woods and the loons and the stars like I always do—but I did not expect to feel quite so inspired or quite so loved by people I am only just getting to know. You’re going to hear a lot about my new friend Dr. Giavanni Washington in the months to come: she is an intuitive percussive healer and coach who regularly hosts sacred circles and retreats for women of color in the LA area, but her work really is for everyone. I have no doubt that we have known each other many times before, but even so, it’s kind of mind-boggling how quickly someone can become one of your dearest friends.


I love a pretty mess! #theultimatesquam #squamlove #squamlake #squam2017 #newhampshire #travelgram #art #collage

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There’s a good bit more I could write—isn’t there always?—but I’ll just leave you with this. On Saturday night, across the road from the art fair, our friend Em Falconbridge was doing her doTERRA “oil fairy” goodness while her daughter Yindi was offering hand massages using said oils, and Giavanni set up her space for oracle card readings, all in the same warm inviting room.

Yindi didn’t have any “customers” yet, so I went over and asked for a massage. I told her that I used to do the same for my grandfather, and that I was definitely going to cry while she did it, and she was so sweet and kind to me. I am getting quite comfortable with crying in public, let me tell you. Afterward I asked her if she was taking tips, and she gave me this incredulous look—imagine “nooo!” said by a ten-year-old girl in the most adorable Australian accent.

It was healing, and I was grateful.


I’m PERCUSSING! Photo by Lauren Teller.

(All blog posts on Squam Art Workshops.)


2 Comments to Squam Fall 2017

  1. September 27, 2017 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a fabulous time. I saw some of the pix as they appeared on Instagram, but bliss indeed!

  2. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    September 27, 2017 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Sounds so lovely – sleeping on porches and swimming everyday!

    That makes me tear up about the hand massage 😢

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