After spending four days at Hoop Convergence 2009, I have slowly acclimated back to ‘real life’ Toronto after a few days. I remember hearing about last year’s event & thinking to myself that it sounded wonderful. I woke up dreadfully early, clutched my passport & arrived in North Carolina early on Friday morning, May 8th. I was reunited with my hoop sister Kelly Jo at baggage claim & we were off! (Okay okay, first we stopped at Whole Foods …& THEN we were off–)
Arriving at Chestnut Ridge Retreat Center made me feel like I was 8 years old: I was excited, I felt nauseous, I wasn’t sure if I would fit in. We checked in, I signed out some linens, & we were assigned cabins. I never had bunk beds growing up – as a result, I took the opportunity to choose a top bunk.
We were surrounded by acres-&-acres of lush Carolina forest & a picturesque pond. Nature everywhere! Quite a welcome change of pace from metropolitan Toronto. With not a moment to spare, we were off & running & engaged in the workshops. I am newly fascinated by cheeky tosses & one-legged hooping, I’m able to understand the components of isopops, I had my preconceptions of switching from the vertical to horizontal plane shattered by Brecken. I took over 400 photos…
When people have asked me how HoopCon was, I just grin & go, “It was amazing.” It was almost as if I was a balloon & my whole world has expanded & now there’s room to breathe again.
During the closing circle & meditation, I looked around at the participants & was overwhelmed with the abundance of talent the hoop community has within it. Funny how our paths should all cross because of a round ‘toy’ – I am truly grateful I was able to travel on that path to connect with everyone.