Visiting New Zealand and Australia for the recent OBOD gatherings meant catching up with old friends – like the fisherman I met again in Wellington and Don Quixote up in the Bina Burra National Park near Brisbane in Australia. Don Quixote was none other than OBOD member and gifted story-teller Michael Vlasto.
Up in the rainforest, Michael entertained us with his stories, we played music and sang together, we held ceremonies amongst ancient antarctic beeches, and saw Paddymelons (mini kangaroos only a foot tall) and two funnel-web spiders: 15 year-old Morticia, and her daughter Wednesday. And we enacted a beautiful ritual to connect with members around the world who are planting anniversary groves of trees to mark the 50th year of the Order. More on that ‘Golden Grove’ project later! Meanwhile do have a look at Michael talking about the value of the Bardic arts of storytelling and drama: