Recently, we were very fortunate to connect with Lisa Frank, the founder of Rettlers, a platform for connecting travelers with "radical homemakers, farmers, environmentalists, artists, and community builders providing intentional hospitality in the rural midwest." In early April, Lisa traveled from Minneapolis to stay at Spring Bird cottage. It was lovely to meet with Lisa and learn more about her work, promoting and assisting in the development and connections of travelers to rural life. Also, it was affirming to learn more about the other like-minded souls seeking similar lifestyles to ours.
"The Path Less Travelled" can feel lonely at times even though you know it's the right path for you. Having Lisa Frank understand what we are doing and strive to do, helps to feel seen, and that is no small thing. Being seen and understood by even one person can help you to keep going--to plow past doubt, fear, and the skeptics.
I do believe that we all hunger for natural environments, which can be embodied in a variety of ways. In fact our bodies are embodiments of nature. Spring Bird is just one particular place with its own landscape, characteristics, watershed, animals, plants, insects, and people. We are stewards of this place for the future inhabitants, but in the meantime want to open our doors, pull down our fences to share this place with anyone seeking some woodland retreat.
OKAY, enough of my bumbling words, please read Lisa Frank's story about Spring Bird here, and check out the other Rettlers Stays here. It's the perfect time to plan a trip!
Many thanks to Lisa for the beautiful photo (above) and for being a heartfelt, community builder, who is carving many beautiful paths throughout the midwest!
Anna Lentz, artist and writer, blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.