I am delighted to share a post (about a powerful shared experience yesterday during the Autumn Equinox) by Patti Henderson, my dear friend and often collaborator.
Check out her blog at: creatornorthshore
“Recapitulation – Release” by Patti Henderson
September 24, 2023
Happy Autumn Equinox!
My friend and often art collaborator – Katarina – and I got together yesterday and did a fall equinox release – burn at the beach.
We wrote the things we wanted to let go of -release – on a piece of paper. Then we dug a pit in the damp sand and lit them on fire. When they were ashes, we covered the cold ashes with the wet sand.
Her paper fully burned, but mine… had a little left.
It started as the word ‘reluctance’ (as in “release my reluctance to let go so I can move and move on”).
I had been feeling in limbo with my move due to waiting for film work to start up again.
The letters left when my paper burned out:
Perhaps a message from the universe, a proactive sign?
Moving on will Re-Luc me?
Moving on will Re-Luck me!
We definitely achieved this yesterday:
‘It is important to honor a new reality and understanding, and acknowledge a new sense of maturity from all the recapitulating and releasing of the past you have done this month. Reflect on your decisions past and present, as with every decision made something is always left behind. We recommend a ritual where you complete something with a burning of a photo, letter or object that represents what you are releasing. Make sure you spend some time dreaming up what you wish to bring into this new cycle. Share with others and do something celebratory to acknowledge change, a new creative beginning and reset.’ – The Power Path
Patti (Lyons-Gooderham) Henderson is an innovative Director hosting a steady career in communications and entertainment. Patti’s journey has included extensive research into her own genealogy; encouraging her curiosity and passion in finding story and motivation of character. She started in the world of journalism which took her to multiple countries in a variety of positions, eventually writing, assistant editing and field producing for MUCHMUSIC and MOVIETV.
As a fiction Writer, her first feature script BENEATH THE SURFACE, won top prize from Praxis Screenwriters/I.A.T.S.E. script competition. With a thirst for learning the science of Film and TV making, she has worked for a multitude of productions in the capacity of Script Supervisor including RV, EIGHT BELOW, A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, FRINGE, LOST IN SPACE, XFILES to name a few and as an Editor for shorts, TV series and Features.
Her growth in the industry continues with the addition of working in VFX, on and off set. Patti has been a maverick in filmmaking. With the support of Sony Canada, National Film Board of Canada and BC Film, she spearheaded and directed UP THE WALL that was the first new technology (digital video-35mm) project to be shot in Canada in 1997, that included title on picture, VFX and finished in three formats.
She has Directed and Co-Produced branding videos, sizzle reels for factual/lifestyle programs, corporates and fundraising videos, as well as 11 projects for the VFS Portfolio Shorts Program. For CBC, she Directed and Edited SALMON ENCHANTED EVENING which, after being selected from over 350 scripts, was produced and nominated for seven LEO FILM AWARDS winning best editor and best sound design. Patti is an Alumnae of WOMEN IN THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR (WIDC), which chooses 8 women from across Canada to participate in the program at The Banff Centre each year.
Her focus has, and always will be, storytelling. Her unique upbringing, combined with years of experience in the entertainment industry has helped to shape her into a vibrant Director with the ability, through passion, knowledge and experience, to elevate a wide range of scripts. Her latest work is writing a YA Novella series, with an eye on developing it into a TV series. She lives and works in the UK and Canada.