by Morven Bryce (The Peaks, England)
My connection with Kalikalos began in 2012 when I was mainly at home with two young children and was feeling less than fulfilled. I was yearning to “connect” with something that was calling to me internally but was as yet, undefined. I decided to search for a taste of something…so I Googled “Holidays for people like me”…various options emerged but they mainly had some dissonance to my inner ear except for one: Kalikalos.
What I heard was an invitation to fully “be” with other people, fully participate, cooperate, and engage creatively WITH others. It was not until this year that I finally got there geographically.
I spent two weeks at the Centre in the peaceful mountain village of Kissos and participated in two different workshops, one at Kissos and one at Alexandros. Although the workshops were titled differently, the spirit or essence of what was offered was in unison: An invitation to fully immerse in the journey of meeting SELF. I was hungry for this and every moment of every day I feasted. This was not confined to the Workshops; every moment in every situation the opportunity presented itself in graceful unfolding :the joy of preparing breakfast with other people in the quiet sanctuary of the kitchen during “Ashram hours”, accompanied by the delicious challenge of trying to only ‘ whisper,’ whilst my soul wanted to burst into an audibly vocal madrigal of unbounded joy at every opportunity!
It was the same feeling of ecstasy in whatever I was doing, whether it was in Workshop, driving us all to the beach, cleaning bathrooms, watering the gardens, hearing the rooster, watching the sunrise paint itself across the sky, dancing in the forest or sitting in Meditation: everything BECAME meditation, ordinary in its extraordinariness.
On the first morning, we all showed up for Circle time, meeting each other tentatively in the felt moment. It is the first taste of being open to each other and to the power of the natural surroundings. This offered an awareness of anything and everything, held within the benevolent majesty of the surrounding mountains holding us all in both the naturally grounded external yet internally elevated space of both conscious and subconscious encouragement.
Specifically my first workshop was with Dr Helen Ford, concerned with “standing in our own truth” and radiating it in the World. A lightness of touch, a win/win situation of aliveness: When I AM me, I allow every being to BE themselves.. IN their true nature too. The message? No need to repeat conditioned patterns to survive this World. NO, the polar opposite..we ARE totally interconnected and we ALL are offered this Universal gift just by virtue of being alive right here, right now!
The second workshop gave me the chance to “practise” this “realness” that I was beginning to meet with within myself, and again….what an Experience!
Ina Stoll Meyer and Ackim Eckert from Zegg community in Germany were the skilled facilitators in our growth and exploration of “Deepening Love, deepening Community”. My gratitude to them is profoundly felt. They embodied that which they invited us to experience: an energy of being earthed yet elevated , beautifully pulsating through the forms of Ina and Ackim. As we, the Participants sought to reveal and thus share ourselves in Forum more fully, I experienced a depth of Love and Honouring of both Self and “Other”. And, in the privacy of my mind, I continually heard the question, “Where do I end and You begin?” And this question percolated daily more richly, bringing an aroma redolent of not just my Human Ancestry, but also a playful sense of my “Family” being the: mosquito who bites me, the leaves of the Olive tree, the beach pebble, the sea-spray, the compost bin, the wind, the moon….and so it went on…endless…
Jock Millenson, the Director of Kalikalos also attended the Forum Workshop. I found his participation exquisitely inspiring ( I had assumed that the “Founding Father” would have no “need” for a Workshop) But, Jock embodies THE creative spark of continuous growth, the ever- engaged giving, receiving and sharing, in profoundly equitable communion( that ALL of us are indeed offered continually by the Universe.) I found this so moving. A simpler way to say this (and one I personally feel would resonate more with the truth of the man who is Jock) would be that:
Jock WALKS THE WALK. Thank you for that Jock, gratitude…. I fell in love with everyone and everything…. I lived a thousand years in two weeks. It was my birth right, it IS my birth right. It is Everyone’s…..
But if I could harmonise with revealing more deeply the perpetual Spirit that arises through Jock MIllenson and Kalikalos, I would maybe offer:
I was Morven Bryce, professional violinist…. now the performance has ended and there was no need for rehearsal…..Let the Music Begin.