Friday, May 13, 2016

The Spirit of Adventure E-term 2016: Rest Stop Detox

By Jessica Turner

Rest Stop Detox
Today in the Spirit of Adventure we traveled to Lake Junaluska for the first adventure of this Eterm. Lake Junaluska is a Methodist retreat center and is the gathering place for the Southeast Jurisdictional Conference for the Methodist Church, which meets every four years.  This morning we woke up bright and early to leave Ferrum College at 7am.  On the trip we stopped at a rest stop to stretch our legs.  Some people were throwing the football while others stood outside of the van and talked with each other.  Before we got back in the van we found a grassy patch where Dr. Hardwicke led us in our first yoga lesson.  I found this very relaxing because sitting in a cramped van for 4 hours can be very stressful.  Even though the van ride was long it was a good time to get to know some of the other people on the trip that I did not know as well.
Once we got to Lake Junaluska we had our first discussion on the reading we did last night.  We talked about the Methodist’s view of nature and what we thought about out of their beliefs.  Dr. Hardwicke asked us to summarize the reading and basically what we took away from this was that God created the world that we live in, so we need to do our part to take care of it.  This passage we read fit very well with our trip to Lake Junaluska because we are going to be in nature the whole trip.  We will be meditating in order to get in touch with ourselves and the world around us.  We were also asked to write journals to reflect on the day and our feelings.  We are all very excited to try paddle boarding, white water rafting, zip lining and visit the Cherokee reservation in days to come.

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