Travel, landscape and poetry

La Laguna de la Janda cr Joanna Butler

La Laguna de la Janda © Joanna Butler

This week’s guest post comes from Joanna Butler, and weaves together poetry, photography and a small, very personal travelogue in an homage to journeys, landscapes and words.

“The world is already split open, and it is in our destiny to heal it, each in our own way, each in our own time, with the gifts that are ours.”

From When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams

In October 2014, I took a trip to Medina Sidonia in Andalucia. During the trip, I attended a Gnosis of the Land seminar, which included visits to the Neolithic cave and rock art of the region, to La Laguna de la Janda, lessons about native wildlife, and cosmological studies.

After the course, I stayed on to explore Vejer de la Frontera, a labyrinthine Spanish hilltop town and municipality in the province of Cadiz, on the right bank of the river Barbate. This was a travel trip, an art trip, yes. But it was also something else. Continue reading