The Cairn of Wisdom at The Barn - retreats for elders

21st May, 2024
by Katie | 1 Min Read
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The Cairn of Wisdom
Charlie Ivermee

During the 2023 Over-55s retreat, the group ritually created a small cairn in the gravel garden at the front of The Barn.

As each person laid a stone, they offered words of wisdom gleaned from some 1000 years of their collective lived experience to each other, the land and to future retreatants.

Here are some of those words:

  • We have been ageing since the day we were born.
  • Trust, trust, trust, cherish, trust, with joy.
  • Be yourself - everyone else is taken.
  • May all the grandmothers send us light.
  • Don’t take it personally.
  • The Earth wants us to tread lightly.
  • May you have ease of being.
  • Om Mani Padme Hum.
  • Remain open to all and not make a judgement about those we do not know.
  • Always look on the bright side of life
  • Each day you can make a difference. Choose wisely.
  • Change is good.
  • May we learn to love all of ourselves.

Explore Sharpham's retreats for the over-55s here