Much as I want the guests to rise early and experience the tranquility of early morning, a good rest is in order, especially after a long day and travel from Kaohsiung last night. After all, a good sleep is key to rejuvenation!
The proprietor Mr Huang was puzzled that breakfast could go on for two hours. We were having so much fun connecting with one another. Two hours went by too quickly.
This wooden pavilion (Mia came up with a brilliant name 圓劇場 and Mr Huang built on it with 緣聚場) is the reason why I chose this guesthouse for the retreat.
I am grateful to Mia and Scott of A Moving Sound for coming all the way from Taipei to facilitate the session on ONEness voice. Voice is an important and primitive tool for expression. In modern urban life, many of us have lost the connection with our voice. Through breathing practice, voice and movement games, free improvisation, world sound appreciation, and wonderful group chanting; we explored our vocal range and experience the voice’s potential to connect us all to a universal expression.
The highlight of the day is definitely the after dinner concert. We scrapped the original plan due to the rain (great for the thirsty soil of Dulan) and all congregated at the Pavillion for Mia and Scott’s concert. We invited many friends from the community to come and join the fun.
What can I say. The evening was simply magic. Mia and Scott’s world music repertoire set the scene for my talented local friends to join in. Tang Yao on the drum, BK and Fei Yu joined in. With all the lights off, in candle light, Hei Niu and Sakulie chanted. Their voices, the most primitive tool for expression, took us to another sphere of existence. What a night!
I know the experience tonight has touched many people’s heart. My friend K sent me a text message afterwards, “Thank you for the beautiful gift tonight”.