Breitenbush was a special experience for me. It was warm, welcoming and inclusive, as with all things OSM-related. It took about a week for me to fully process its effects, because the weekend was so regimented and full of activities. We were busy! I wish it had been longer, that would give more time to enjoy the springs and mountains, and to relax and process the events of the weekend.
Some people had a life-changing experience, while for others it reaffirmed their rigid belief systems – I fall somewhere in between! I already lean more towards the nature loving, vegetarian, new-age-y, communal-work-life side of things. Therefore, being completely without cell phone or internet and eating full vegetarian was not a big leap for me.
In a world focused on the daily grind, it’s nice to step outside of that and be immersed in nature and hands-on bodywork. Breitenbush is a great setting for working on strangers for the first time. It’s a safe, peaceful environment for this somewhat nerve-wracking experience. To get the most out of it, put aside your presuppositions and stay open-minded. Remember that you’re surrounded by loving people and don’t forget to laugh!
Article by Holly Steucke.