June 28, 2012

the berks

Let's clear something up. The Berkshires are in Massachusetts. You may not know this because people don't seem to know this. But they are not in NY or CT, they are in MA - east of the hudson river and the catskills. It's amazing how much natural beauty is within a 3 hour drive from big city life. The Berkshires are incredibly gorgeous. Like freak you out pretty. The air is so fresh and crisp and clean. 5 minutes outside in that clean, fresh air and I felt vastly healthier. Wished I had brought my yoga mat and was dreaming up quinoa recipes. No joke.

So, what was I doing there? No, I wasn't trying to talk my way into living at Kripalu though the idea crossed my mind. I had the pleasure of assisting the lovely and talented Ariella on a wedding. The experience was pretty darn fabulous. The people, the environment, the flowers, the pizza breaks. It all felt a bit surreal. I've learned a ton from Ariella in the last 6 months. I was fortunate enough to be a part of her Maui workshop back in February and since then things have been clicking a bit more. There's a real ease about her work. Her flowers define effortless beauty and watching her work is quite calming. We all (at least the florists) know this work requires a TON of effort but slowing down the pace in your mind and focussing on the what's happening in front of you is really transforming. "Loosen it up," is something Ariella says often. So simple and so spot on. Loosen it up. The flowers, the arrangement, the hold, the focus, the mind. It's just flowers. Looking forward to assisting Ariella on a few more events this summer. I'm one lucky duck, that's for sure.

1 comment:

  1. That is one beautiful place, you photographed it so wonderfully! It's good to have people like your friend Ariella in life--hard to meet sweet/wise people nowadays.