Marilyn Kay Hagar
Everybody Loves the Yurt: An Invitation
EVERYBODY LOVES THE YURT! Just walk down my winding forest path from the parking area and you will see it there in the forest, surrounded by a ring of redwood trees. Inside you'll find art supplies galore, a piano, oodles of rhythm instruments, and a library of books relating to art, music, dreams and creativity. It is a magical place indeed.
I love watching guest’s reaction when I open the door and invite them into this playful, creative space. Some joyfully embrace it. Others are a bit more hesitant. Some seem to want to run for the door, but no one looks bored or unaffected. The comment I hear most often after my brief tour is, “I bet children love this place.” And children do love the yurt but the yurt and everything in it was designed for the child that still lives inside each one of us, no matter how old, how mature, how accomplished or how sophisticated we may have become.
Few of us mature with a healthy relationship with our creative spirit. As we make our way through childhood some experience or another, leaves most of us thinking we are not artists, musicians, dancers or writers. We decide to leave those things to the “talented few.” In fact many of us conclude as my own father used to say, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” The yurt is here to scream from the rooftops that that couldn’t be further from the truth! WE ARE ALL CREATIVE. IT COMES WITH BEING HUMAN.
Life itself is one grand creative project! Great creativity is asked of us from the moment we open our eyes in the morning. It is required at home, at work, with family and friends, community, even in quiet moments inside our own minds. When we imagine that we are not creative we are blinding ourselves to the basic nature of our own reality. We fail to understand that when we separate ourselves from participation in the arts we separate ourselves from the playful energy inside of us that knows more things are possible for our lives than we currently imagine. As the potter M.C. Richards once said, “All the art we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.”
Sign up for a creative retreat package and enjoy the yurt while you are here. All the art supplies are user friendly. You can’t hurt a thing by not knowing what you are doing. In fact not knowing is the great gift of the creative moment. Something comes forward and surprises us. If you would like to come on creative retreat, contact me.