If you are looking for a syllabus, a book to read prior, or something you should study or know first, you won’t find any of that here. Is this is a retreat you might ask? It is not; in fact, many of us have retreated so far, that perhaps it is time for a return to the front line of our lives.
Is this a workshop? It is not. You will not find any description of things you will learn, or course objectives, or any promise that you can, or will transform your whole life in just three days. Most of us have been promised this too many times already, and did not find the transformation we were promised. Perhaps we have been trying too hard to stay in the cocoon, and it is time to start being a butterfly.
So what WILL we be doing? As the title suggests, we will be learning again – to wonder. We will perhaps rediscover, or uncover for the first time, what it means to have a human experience, or what it means to be human, if it means anything. We might stroll at night under the stars, or sit by the campfire and tell stories, or simply sit, and listen deeply for whatever is there to be heard. We might talk about living, and dying, and what it means to have lived a so called “good life.” We might even discover, that in truth, in a real and undeniable way – that we are actually o.k., that there is nothing wrong, and nothing for us to do, or not do. We might stare out at the blue sky by day, and the translucent sky by night, and wonder about it.
You might write poetry, or journal, or write a story or a song. You might simply get happily drunk (yes there will be drinking) by the pool, and enjoy the warm feel of the sun on your skin. You might stay up all night long, or go to bed early. There is nothing that will be required of you while we gather together. We might talk, and celebrate what it means to be human in this place – in this time; or we might sit in silence and not talk at all. There will be NO requirements placed on you, because this is at the heart of the human experience – to be undefined completely, and learn to live with the implications of this truth.
So come! Come without any expectation on us, on others, and most especially, come with no expectations on yourself to do, or learn, or perform anything. Should something happen, let it be so. If nothing happens, let this be so as well. We look forward to wondering with you – and to being human – perhaps for the first time.