It was great to get into the fresh, clear and wintery air of the South Island and the hot pools at Hanmer Springs. There is nothing like a trip into the wilds to open your heart…
“It is essential to acknowledge that the Earth is not unfeeling matter, but a living being that has given us life. Then we get a feeling of the Earth that is alive, as a soul, as a sacred being. We will be guided by the cry of the world, by the need of the world, by the openness of our own hearts.
Our breath, our heartbeat is also part of the breath and heartbeat of the world. We are one.”
— Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Spiritual Ecology.org
The stunning morning light over the village was worth an early rise in the winter chill for and a trip over the Lewis Pass to a dip in the Japanese baths and natural hot pools at Maruia Springs in the heart of the beech forest is always worth it!
then, just after we left, it snowed!