This morning at the Folk School the blacksmiths pounded steel and the woodcarvers gouged bowls. The cooking class fried stuffed peppers and the rug hookers dyed wool. Where was I? Lying on my back staring at the clouds – doing “cloud therapy” as my writing instructor called it.
It was while watching wispy clouds flow towards each other that I thought back to the the last time I did this. I was a child – and it wasn’t called therapy. It was just something we did because it was fun. In fact, there are a lot of things we did as kids that, as adults, now have the word “therapy” after them: music therapy, art therapy, physical therapy – even play therapy! How interesting that when we’re ill, our healing involves going back to those things that we did as kids.
Here’s the good news: you can get all that therapy in one place. Right here at the John C. Campbell Folk School. You can hear music every morning at 7:45, every Tuesday night at the dance, every Friday night at the concert. You can get some physical activity by doing Morning Walk every morning at 7:15 (with yours truly), or by participating in the aforementioned weekly dance. You can take classes in all sorts of arts and play for hours in your chosen medium. Therapy, after all, isn’t just for the sick.