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Headwaters Brings Me Home, Leslie Dirks

Headwaters Outdoor School brings me home to a place of wholeness, health, and peace. When I first ventured up to Mt. Shasta for the Earth Philosophy class, I came not knowing a soul and I left as one of the family. That class opened parts of me I had forgotten existed. Beautiful, ugly, real. Now that I have experienced the Winter Class I know what it means to be in tune with the weather, to sleep nestled in a snow cave that I created with friends to protect me from a raging snow storm, to breathe in the stillness of a starry night, to soar with eagles, to scamper over lava beds and watch snow turn into rain, to surrender to a beautiful community of people, to humble myself and step out of ego, to ask plants for permission to use their leaves and branches for a shelter from the rain, to give thanks for the life around me and in me. I am so deeply touched and for the first time in a long time I feel connected with this earth that I call home.

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