This Way to Fresh Water

-Written by Hayley Dodd, Springhouse Adult Programming Participant-


When I first found Springhouse, I was deeply lost. Soul-level lost. And too numbed by long-ingrained habits to even realize how far from myself I’d strayed. But I showed up one dark winter night for Jenny Finn’s Shadow course for adults. And the shell I’d been hiding in, began to crack. Here, I found a loving group of peers all committed to self-discovery, growth, finding and living in authentic meaning and purpose. This was definitely not an environment I was accustomed to. Being among them was like recognizing something in myself I’d lost long ago. Funny how I found such a community of truth-seekers, all while studying and engaging with the dark.


In addition to the Shadow course, I got involved with Sacred Dance this past fall. Here, I found a safe space to begin practicing authentic movement and presence, as I continue to discover the world outside this shell. I’ve gotten to engage with and learn from the other dancers— how to be in my body, how to locate and move from my power, how to continue finding in myself what I’ve been looking for outside for so long. Every session left me inspired by the other dancers’ vulnerability and strength, while recognizing that their expression was, in many ways, a reflection of all that is inside me as well.

I recently stumbled upon the following metaphor: if addiction is saltwater, then God is pure spring water. And oranges can be seen as whatever constructive nourishment we find and utilize in our lives. I have been so thirsty, for so long. Springhouse gave me my first orange. Its nourishment, at first confounding, became a foundation. A path.


A path that not only keeps offering oranges along the way — but also signposts, saying: this way to fresh water.


Published on January 28, 2019

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