Hello Friends!

Ten days back in Australia after an extraordinary visit to Africa, I’m finally grounding today thanks to conversations with three friends. Donna, just down the road, and my gorgeous American friends Tanya and Annette via Zoom. Do you try to manage all by yourself, and then find the most beautiful, easeful help turns up and things pivot to gentle sailing again?! Well, that’s what happened today and I’m feeling grateful! The main message is – you don’t have to ‘go the distance’ alone. Reach out!

And yes, a gravestone is a sobering image for a newsletter I admit, and always a good reference point for considering how to live this time-bound life. The final resting place of Henry David Thoreau, I was thrilled to be able to visit Concord in MA with dear friend Tanya recently. Foundational to my studies these last (almost) 2 years, the teachings of Thoreau have been incredibly helpful. Two years ago, I’d forgotten how to dream since I didn’t think a future was mine to have. Putting it bluntly, not dreaming a better future was taking me on a downward spiral into depression. I’ve learned that regardless of circumstances and conditions, I can have a dream or vision that might seem impossible to others. And so can you.

With health and well-being greatly improved now, I’ve completed a body of 24 paintings and have been working with private painting students in 6 and 12 month programs during the last year. You’ll recall my Morning Sanctuary documentary was created from a workshop in December (here is the direct link in case you missed it). Along with my essay on making time and space with contemplative art, it will be published on The Culturium, the UK-based international blog for contemplative art on May 26. The Culturium offers a wealth of profound and original writing on topics that matter to people who value the arts and like to think about things!

I’m working on a new local day-retreat with Donna Longobardi (see below) and a coastal Art & Soulful Living Retreat in the Spring (20-23 September) with Marie-Nicole Meunier, creator of the renowned artisanal hub Creator’s Nest, Yass. I will introduce Marie-Nicole properly in my next newsletter, since she is an extraordinary woman who brings nature-loving practices into everyday life in ways that help us slow down and really appreciate our precious gifts. If you’d like inside information, book a time to talk below.

Thoreau’s gravestone above, studded with pens and pencils by those who love his writing, reminds us to follow our dreams rather than regret not doing so. Perhaps most famous for what he called his experiment of living simply and close to nature in a small hut by Walden Pond near Concord for two years, two months and two days, Henry wrote:

I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws will be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.

from The Portable Thoreau edited by Carl Bode

Our dreams, unique to us, are ours to follow and provide direction for our Life force. However, one can’t advance confidently in the direction of one’s dreams if there’s no time scheduled to contemplate and discern what they are. Becoming seriously ill gave me compulsory time to eventually do that, however, there are far better ways to take time out so you don’t get taken out!

Retreats are the way I most love to share what I’ve learned since 2011, and there’s a little one coming soon.

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Calm Creative Restorative

A Day Retreat @Woodlands – Launch

with Suzanne Moss & Donna Longobardi

June 1, 10am – 4pm

Gilmore Valley via Tumut, NSW Australia

The cradle for this restorative workshop is Donna’s wholesome and inspirational way of living in her country home and garden in the beautiful Gilmore Valley, 15 minutes from the Snowy Valley town of Tumut (around 2 hours from Canberra). Embraced in gracious hospitality with delicious nourishment, you’ll be guided to experience your natural creative expression with ease, and in that process reconnect within and regain calm clarity, all too rare with the many demands on our time.

We’d love you to join us for our retreat-day. Please contact to Suzanne to register:  mail@drsuzannemoss.com