Benefits of living outside for a few days

Book to read Blue Mind is a book I’d like to read. It talks about the benefits of being in, on and under the water- how it has a calming effect on the body- how it can diminish anxiety, aid in creativity and personal success. This is exactly why so many people flock to the ocean, beaches, lakes and ponds to rejuvenate on their vacations.

Self awareness

I watched as the students on the Schooner became more relaxed each day and noticied they learned something about themselves in the process of the trip. They learned that they could do things that they thought were beyond their capabilities- beyond what they had imagined they might do. Sleep in a tiny cabin – sit on deck in the open air day after day- climb aboard a small boat to go ashore to witness some of Maine’s beauty in small coastal towns – climb up and down short ladders to get to their cabins. Perhaps take a shower in a teeny tiny space… Come together,

ostly as strangers
but form a bond with one another due to a common interest.


The cabins are small on the J&E Riggin– yes, you do use a “head” for a toilet- but hey, it worked. We each washed our dishes in a small bit of water after every meal- conserving water at all costs- we didn’t get sick- we thrived! You could tell that people wondered- will these get washed properly later on? We composted and recycled- things that we all should be doing- not things that all were probably in tune with before the trip. A different way of looking at things once again. A good way to look at life in general. Slow down, take a breath, unplug – do the basics.


Sketching and hooking This was, after all, a rug