Waiting For A Rainbow – 1st September 2014 – Part II

On the twelfth of August the twelfth, Mum and I went on holiday to the OneWorld Festival. We were there until the eighteenth. OneWorld is a spiritual festival, which travels around the UK and aboard every year. This year, the festival was in Somerset. We’ve been to the festival before but this was the first time we’ve been for two years; I choose not to go last year because of my studies.

Because they travel a lot, the festival accommodates their visitors in boarding secondary schools in the UK; visitors are given a choice. They can either camp or hire a dormitory room.

This year, we stayed at the Brymore Academy School for Boys. Brymore is a farming school and is set in the beautiful Somerset countryside between the villages of Minehead and Cannington. The school also has a farm and it is used by students for them to learn farming skills which is part of their lessons.

Mum and I stayed outside the school grounds, near the farm. Our accommodation was a newly built bungalow, called Lockyers. We were lucky; we were one of the first people to use it. Later, it’ll be used as a holiday rent cottage. Inside, there was a large kitchen, a living room, a bathroom and three bedrooms along the corridor. Mum and I slept in one of the master bedrooms or “the middle bedroom” as I like to call it. We shared Lockyers with a woman in her late forties and her teenage son in one room and a middle-aged couple in the other.

Inside our room, there were cream and white walls, a king-sized double bed, wardrobe, Chester drawers and French doors, leading out to the car park. Outside, there is more farmland and a road leading to the school grounds.

Later in the afternoon, staff and visitors came together in the main field and formed a giant circle to open the annual 19th OneWorld Festival. To declare the festival open, everyone had to join hands and pass on an electric energy to the person next to them. The opening ceremony turned out to be a comical one; the energy was taking it’s time when suddenly, someone had an idea; the idea was squeezing hands to make the energy go faster. Then out of the blue, the squeezing hands turned into a Mexican wave. We laughed all the way to the end and clapped when we finished.

Then, we had two small sessions. First was Qi Gong, followed by a mediation prayer, which involved body movement, and thanking Mother Earth for giving us life, nourishment, and feeding everything around the earth.

Unfortunately, Mum and I couldn’t see anything expect for a couple of stars. It was too cloudy and the lights from Lockyers were switched on. I was disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to see the shower but there will be more of them in the future.

During our five days, we attended lessons that were going on around the school. Before we went on holiday, I drew up a timetable so I can remember the classes I have attended:

Wednesday 13th

Thursday 14th Friday 15th Saturday 16th Sunday 17th

06.30

  07.00

       07.30

  08.00

08.30

Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast

Breakfast

  09.00

09.30

The Real Me (Room 5) The Real Me (Room 5) Zendoodle Art – Zentangles & Zendalas (Art Room 1) Yoga Body Jazz (Main Marquee)

Yoga Body Jazz (Main Marquee)

10.00

10.30

11.00

Break Break Break Break

Break

11.30

Free Period Singing For All (Sports Hall) Singing For All (Sports Hall) Singing For All (Sports Hall)

Singing For All (Sports Hall)

12.00

12.30

13.00

Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

Lunch

  13.30

14.00

14.30

Improvisation Comedy (Main Common Room) Improvisation Comedy (Main Common Room) Improvisation Comedy (Main Common Room)

Improvisation Comedy (Main Common Room)

  15.00

Aqua Fit or Water Aerobics (Swimming Pool)

15.30

16.00

16.30

Introduction to Mediumship (The Bee Hive) Introduction to Mediumship (The Bee Hive) Law of Attraction… Simples (Room 5) Introduction to Mediumship (The Bee Hive)

Introduction to Mediumship (The Bee Hive)

17.00

17.30

18.00

Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner

Dinner

18.30

19.00

19.30

Free Period

Angelic Harmony Therapy (The Yurt) Free Period Free Period

OneWorld Final Show (Main Marquee)

20.00

20.30

Free Period

21.00

21.30

22.00

22.30

23.00

23.30

The first class Mum and I went to was “The Real Me”. In this class, the aim is to support everyone and help them to discover their true identity and their true purposes.

In the class, we bumped into old friends, M who teaches Improvisation Comedy and X. They just arrived in the classroom and then, we recognised each other. We talked before our teacher, JJ started the lecture. To start, JJ asked the group to talk about ourselves and share an object that represents us. We had all sorts of objects; from M with her phone and photographs, representing her interest in street photography, Mum with her dog walking bag to me with my journal, explaining my love for creative writing. But there was one story that really interested me. One lady, C (who sat next to me in the class) brought in a broken hair clip, filled with multi-coloured flowers. C in tears, explained to the group what the flowers on the clip meant to her, partially the purple one which was snapped in two. C’s clip touched me; in my mind, I imagined the flowers represented C’s life and her emotions. My heart goes out to her for being really brave sharing the clip with everyone.

 

Then, JJ gave out spreadsheets to the group; the spreadsheet had a drawing of a mansion house, with two bold lines, separating the ground floor, top floor and the roof. For the next two sessions, we had to focus on the “ground” (or “foundation”) and the “aspiration” levels. We filled in the boxes before reaching the lines and the roof; we focused on:

  1. Support – Who/What Can I Rely for Unconditional Support?
  1. Values – What Core Principles Do I Have That I’m Not Prepared to Compromise?
  1. Strengths – What Strengths Do I Have?
  1. Inspiration – Who Do I Truly Admire and Why?
  1. Vision – How Would I Like My Future to Be?
  1. Attributes – How Would I Like Myself and Others to Describe Me?

In both workshops, JJ gave us a few minutes to fill in each section before we shared our thoughts within the group. Unfortunately, I can’t remember what everyone else in the group or what Mum had said for her sections.

Attributes:

 

  • Outgoing
  • Bubbly
  • Care free
  • Happy
  • Helpful
  • Hard-working
  • Dreamer/Believer
  • Fair
  • Open-minded
  • Curious
  • Positive
  • Adventurous
  • Calm
  • Brave
  • Friendly
  • Non-judgemental

Vision:

 

  • Seeking or finding love
  • Being spiritual
  • To go on adventures, i.e. travel and learn different cultures
  • Be courageous; to take the next step in my life
  • To achieve what I want in need in my life and work
  • To inspire others
  • To change lives
  • To trust myself
  • To reach my goals
  • To be stronger

Inspiration:

 

  • My friends and teachers because their disability doesn’t stop them
  • Jacqueline Wilson who has inspired me to write children’s stories
  • Those who I believe in
  • Kate Winslet because of my interest in acting
  • Kerry Ellis; her work has interested me so much that I want to become an actress, a star or take part in a musical, just like her
  • Children – who I work with and who are in my family

 

Strengths:

 

  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Love of learning
  • Courageous
  • Forgiveness

 

Values:

 

  • To take or be in charge in group projects
  • To not help a person in need when they’re nasty
  • To allow myself independence in the near future
  • To allow myself what I’m truly feeling (e.g. emotions inside of me)

 

Support:

 

  • My parents
  • My Auntie
  • My Cousin (Carer)
  • Teachers at Drama school
  • My friends who can I trust and rely – but not all of them.

After we completed the boxes, we worked on the roof:

ACTION – WHERE AM I NOW?

JJ suggested that we should re-read the sections, think and write down what we should stop, continue and start doing. On my roof, I wrote:

STOP     CONTINUE          START

 

  • Being judgemental
  • Holding back
  • Not listening to myself
  • To not help nasty people
  • Rushing things
  • Being by myself so much
  • Being positive
  • Being happy
  • Being creative
  • Dreaming, achieving and believing
  • Working hard on my studies
  • Exploring the things I want to do
  • Write/publish children’s stories
  • Getting involved in teamwork
  • Read more books
  • Getting out of my comfort zone

When we finished our spreadsheets on the second day, JJ lead us into a closing circle and we said our final goodbyes while mediating and listening to the song, “Happy New Year”. Although it was too early to celebrate the New Year, the song represented the next chapter of our lives, trying to change and making them better.

On the first day, I decided to go to the Singing for All class after “The Real Me”. However, M said that the teacher L was ill and has decided to cancel the first session. So, I decided to the Creative Writing Therapy class with Mum but it was cancelled too! In the end, we decided to walk into Cannington Village and had an early lunch.

The next day, L was feeling better. I went to the singing class; Mum decided to come along too.

In L sessions, we sang all kinds of songs, mostly from different cultures. There were some everyone (expect for new people, including Mum and I) knew. Together, we learned all of them; within half an hour, we would know them off by heart. On our first session, we rehearsed a song about honouring our grandparents, made noises of the Rainforest using our voices, and bodies (chanted some Swahili or was is Zulu?), all the way from Africa and learned two songs in English, “Swinging Down Charity” and “Let It Go”, which were written by L herself.  The next day, we learned how to sing “Happy Birthday” in Welsh. It was M’s birthday; she recently went there on holiday so L led the group to sing these words to M:

Pen-blwydd Hapus i chi, Penblwydd Hapus i chi.

Pen-blwydd Hapus annwyl Maureen.

Pen-blwydd Hapus i chi.

The next session I went too, was Improvisation Comedy, M’s class. This time, I went on my own. X and JJ were there. I also bumped into another familiar face, R G.

R is a yoga teacher and works with children who have special needs.

When M starts her classes, she leads the entire group to a few warm-ups including sway-dancing to “Mambo Number 5”, walking, and pointing to objects around the Main Common Room and create an imaginary story out of it.

We also played games – “Red Ball, Blue Ball and Jelly”, News Interviews, the list goes on.

To be continued….

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Author: Sez

My name is Sez. I am on the Autistic Spectrum; I was diagnosed when I was two years old. Being Autistic can be tricky; I easily jump into conclusions and miss important skills that are part of my social life. However, my "condition" hasn't stopped me from doing the things I love. I am currently studying Performing Arts at a Drama school in London. I'm a hard worker and a dreamer. Also, I love creative writing and writing lyrics. I'm a keen adventurer and would love to travel the world. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for reading my blog. I hope you enjoy actingmylife. :)

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