February is National Haiku Writing month and once again we are hosting a Haiku Competition!
Haiku poems have been an important part of Japanese art dating to the seventh century. This form of poetry, consisting of 17 syllables arranged in three lines of 5,7, and 5 syllables respectively are meant to capture an inspiring moment or a thoughtful reflection.
Write about Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, an experience you’ve had here, a place on the property, a feeling, a moment…
Post your Haiku on your Instagram or Facebook page,
Tag us and use the hashtag #OsmosisHaikuContest!
Be sure to follow us to see posts of Haiku’s submitted.
Tag your friends. If they follow us, you get bonus consideration!
No purchase necessary to enter. Each entry must be a separate post. Entrants may only submit one (1) unique post per day during the entry period. Winner’s account cannot be set to private. Employees of Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The contest will go through Feb. 28, 2018. Winners will be announced Friday, March 2, 2018, via. Facebook and Instagram. Winners will also be announced in March mid-month newsletter.
We recently asked some of our guests to describe Osmosis in one word, and their responses were great. Armed with that information we’ve created a word cloud. This is the visual representation of a group of words where the words repeated the most are the largest and those chosen less are smaller… it’s an interesting representation of a group of words or thoughts.
Do you remember the very first Earth Day 41 years ago? What I most remember is my teacher, gardener Alan Chadwick saying, “if we could just take care of the top seven inches of the earth’s surface (i.e. the top soil), the rest would take care of itself.” Inspired by Chadwick, I spent a decade in the 70’s living, working and teaching in horticultural collectives. We made nearly everything from recycled materials, built solar houses, gave garden workshops and produced a significant amount of our own food.
Ever since meeting Craig Neal years ago at a Social Ventures Network meeting, I have been interested in his life work, or “the art of convening.” So often the meetings I participate in — especially phone conferences — seem to fall short of realizing their potential. It’s always been a big question for me: how do we make our shared interests and passions come to fruition in the most meaningful and effective ways?
I got my chance to examine this question more fully when I participated in a Thought Leaders gathering last Friday at Genentech, a company located south of San Francisco. More than 80 people had assembled to celebrate the completion of the book Craig and his wife Patricia have been working on for many years: The Art of Convening: Authentic Engagement in Meetings, Gatherings, and Conversations.