I began experience week rather blindly with little expectation, after coming to Russian House only once by chance. This place struck me as a very special community and I was really intrigued by events and workshops that are held here, especially the focus on alternative healing practices.
I just recently ended a long term relationships and I am entering a new phase in my life. Leaving an old phase I was doing lot of introspection and actively trying to head and improve myself. When I saw in the Russian House website about Experience week I decided this was a perfect opportunity for me to not only join and experience the community that i found so special when i came through before but also to learn from this alternative lifestyle and better myself
It was an amazing thing to be welcomed into someone else’s home, I always felt very comfortable welcomed here. It’s especially remarkable that I am not Russian but was welcomed here just the same. That sort of openness is very meaningful.
The meditations held here are very different from anything I have ever done before but were very profound and grounding for me.
I love swimming in the river in the mornings and I loved the story female presence and the sense of closeness between the people here.
I do feel that I have made some meaningful person accomplishment doing this week – I did not drink alcohol for a full week which I have not done so long without drinking since I was 17. Drinking is probably my worst habitude and it’s important to take a break sometimes. I also finished reading a book that I have been working at for several months – I haven’t read an entire book since I dropped out of high school. The calm clear atmosphere the harmony
that the meditation provided and the lack of distinction here made if possible for me to focus in a way that I thought I could not any more.
This Experience week challenged myself with a clearing my mind separating myself from the world I’m used to and connecting deeply with nature and with the community here.
I look forward to returning home now with a clear mind and a positive
thinking. I also look forward to returning to the Russian House in the future and remaining connected with this community. I feel like this home is welcome to me at any time and that means a lot to me. Personal healing and growth is constant ongoing process and I am certainly not finished but this has been a very large step forward for me and overall a beautiful experience. Thank you all so much for allowing me to be part of your community.