SfB Celebrates One Year Anniversary at Esalen Institute

Do you remember when you first heard of Space for Breath?

It was a year ago during the first week of April 2013 that Hannah and Tabitha visited the Center for Symbolic Studies outside of New Paltz, NY. We arrived with only a vague sense of how to unite Tabitha's herbalism and healing practices, Hannah's love of writing and mythological archetypes, and the desire we both had to create a shared community of healers, artists, and thinkers.  After a weekend of exploring the woods, meeting new people, and encountering a few tricksters along the way, we were already planning our first projects during the bus ride back to the city.

 Hannah and Tabitha at Center for Symbolic Studies, April 2013

Hannah and Tabitha at Center for Symbolic Studies, April 2013


The seeds of these ideas sprouted new growth, and now, a year later in Spring 2014, we look back to see how far Space for Breath has come. We've launched a website, hosted a series of seasonal events, started Write Now! a community art project to unite writing, spoken word, and healing practice - and now we have our SfB Newsletter to share the work of our contributors and reach out to others. We hope these projects will continue to grow and foster new connections, questions, and reflections.

This year April also marked another first for us - a year after starting Space for Breath, we journeyed to California to attend The Alchemy of Destiny workshop at Esalen Institute, led by Lorie Dechar and Benjamin Fox. The trip coincided exactly with our anniversary and brought another new beginning. How could it not? - it was Hannah's first time seeing the Pacific Ocean, and the California experience itself gave us both fresh perspective. The alchemical workshop gave us deeper insights into ourselves and the work we want to do in the world - we had time to journey inward and discover how we could turn our primary material - our inner lead - into gold.

 Tabitha and Hannah basking in the California sun at Esalen, April 2014

Tabitha and Hannah basking in the California sun at Esalen, April 2014

Just like last year, we returned to the city renewed and with a set of action steps to move our vision forward. We are excited to share them with you! Check out the rest of the newsletter for upcoming events, reflections from our time at Esalen, developments to the website, and other ways to become more involved with Space for Breath.

And to bring our journey full circle, Space for Breath will be returning to the Center for Symbolic Studies this spring on May 3rd to volunteer at their Beltane Celebration.