I spent this past week-end on Retreat with my spiritual community. To be on Retreat at Camp Merrowvista in Tuftonboro NH is in itself a spiritual experience. The main topic of this year's Retreat was about being in relationship with one another in such a way as to create a strong and vibrant community which supports and encourages the creative work of each of its members.
At one point during the week-end, I pulled out the Octaband to show a fellow member. Immediately, Shayndel Kahn, a Music Together teacher, ran up and grabbed a couple of legs, saying, "This is my favorite prop in my bag." Joan Caplan, musician and social worker, ran up and grabbed yet another couple of legs: "I've seen you use this, and finally I get to feel it". Matia Angelou sauntered up more slowly, and as she held the legs, said, "I have an idea of how we could use these to help build our community." Nick, one of the camp counselors came running up as well. "What is this? Where did you get it? Do you know where I can get one? I can think of many ways we can use this to challenge the kids at camp this summer."
Three minutes, and these are the kinds of responses that were evoked spontaneously by simply taking the Octaband out of the bag.
Octaband donated 16-Leg Octaband to Psicoballet in Cuba, thanks to Christina Devereaux.