The sacred land of Methana welcomed us all with grace into its valleys and
with an amazing view.
We Camped freely, transforming the little white church into a kitchen,
some ruins nearby of an old village.
Awareness was present about the Shepard; he doesn't like to have people
around because his goats are climbing about in the mountains and might get
scared by humans and dogs. Some brief interactions with the Shepard
brought us to feel his heavy annoyance about us being there.
Nevertheless this encounter didn't disturb our sharing circles, rituals,
meditative walks and solo time.
During one of our walks, Christina met an old school teacher of her
daughter, and with whom she had a beautiful talk. She gifted Christina
with some wine and was told that next time we should tell her earlier that
we were coming, so she could prepare a meal for us all. A spark of
connection was created again.
The day before we left, the Shepard had called for the police. A Policeman
appeared, talking with Christina in great understanding, knowing the
Shepherd from numerous troubles and how rough he could be with others. He
Kindly gave us some alternative places to go to next year, letting us know
that If we got authorization from the owner of whoever's land we were on,
we could stay for as long we would want to.
Easy and peaceful, the Policeman didn't bother to make any trouble, and
wished us a good way back home.
Welcome to Greece!
Waking up for our last morning packing the tents and gathering for our
last circle, we saw the Shepherd with two other people. We assumed that it
was the owner of the land being shown where we were camped and
listening to strong complaints about it.
Not being so disturbed about it, we gathered for our last circle honoring
our experience together.
Walking on the concrete road on our way back to the port a car stopped
next to Christina, the school teacher appearing through the window with a
big smile. Waiting for translation about the clearly exciting story, we
discovered the School Teacher WAS the owner of the land we were camping on
and who gave Christina complete trust and allowance to come whenever she
The Shepard then also arrived in a car, the School of all Relations
together on the road with him and the owner. Trying to get out of this own
mistake, the Shepard finally asked about us, where we came from, and what
was our intention.
Finally he asked Christina if next year he could join our group to learn a
bit of English, learn other things.