We like to start all Vessel experiences by bringing the group together in a safe, caring and loving space.
We started with creating a circle of trust. Everybody came together for the love of the clay. Marta, our expert Yoga teacher, led a slow and mindful yoga practice as a method to stretch us and deepen us into the moment. We then introduced the vessel Freya made a few days earlier, as an initial starting point, a reflection of her interpretation of clay and how she uses it. The whole group centred around it.
The first exercise was a way to explore our initial thoughts, a way to interconnect this new group. They all made their own character of a flower and stuck it on the vessel, the vessel which represented the stem of the flower. Off the stem were the flowers everybody made. They were all unique and individual. No one was taught how to make it, Freya just loosely explained.
Next, each person put a blindfold on and made the second flower blindfolded. We found the petals on the second flower were even more beautiful. They spoke in a slightly different way, and whispered something, they whispered a truth that we couldn't really access with our eyes open.
Then as a gesture of initiation, we chose a flower friend and stuck our blindfolded flower next to another to say, "you are my friend. We are different and I love you". An intention of support, expansion and one heart. We used this exercise as a metaphor - using their new flower friend to help each other grow.
Along this whole journey, we played with our senses, taking our eyes away - and learning how to use touch in more intricate ways. A lesson for each of them to take into the retreat and beyond. Building connections amongst strangers and using each other as a support system. We're always learning from each other and exchanging our characters and our personalities.
That was our start. The vessel. Mexico, Nov 2023.
So in summary, everything is some sort of vessel. Outside container, inside container, and it's all one of the same. Everything's a circle.