Hey Shambhalovelies! We’ve got some guest blogs coming up this week, from different departments throughout the office. Last month, we decided to write blogs on the theme of “New Beginnings” – an appropriate theme for the first month of a new year. Now we’re ready to share with you! We hope you enjoy! =) ~ Britz
Coming to Shambhala
By Tee Haynes, Project Manager
“Ummm what are you doing with your life at the moment?”
“What kind of question is that?”
“Come out and work on Shambhala for a month.”
I sat on it for a week or so and initially I didn’t really give it much thought, but I found myself thinking more and more about my current place in the world.
A little over a year earlier, Mike Brewer and I were wrapping up our work on the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. I hadn’t even heard of Shambhala and I had just had my passport returned to me in the mail with a freshly stamped working visa for the United Kingdom and I was thinking of becoming a ‘games gypsy’ (as they are referred to amongst themselves) and relocating from Vancouver to London to work on the 2012 Summer games.
I cannot recall what logic I applied to my decision, but a week later I was headed to the Kootenays in a ride share with two complete strangers, one a tanner who was tempted, on more than one occasion, to stop and pick up some roadkill and the other a stripper; two very different people that both sell skin for a living.
I spent a month on site working with the site team and also worked as the food vendor coordinator during show. I was blown away by the event in the same way that I imagine everyone else is at their first Shambhala. A couple of weeks after the festival finished I returned to my life in Vancouver but my thoughts were never far from the Kootenays and if they were it wasn’t long before one of my new Shambhala friends gave me a holler or some Facebook love.
Recently I returned home to Australia for the first time in three years. I found that most of the time in conversation with old friends wasn’t spent talking about my first time in snow, or my time with the Olympics or even about Canada but trying to describe the magic that is Shambala, neither words nor pictures nor video are ever enough. The same could probably be said about the Kootenays and it’s people.
Naturally I was very excited to be approached by Shambhala to return in a full time capacity. So ends the thought of returning to the Olympics but it wasn’t really too tough of a decision.
So I have just arrived in Nelson, I have never lived outside of a city, and until now, Vancouver is the closest to snow that I have lived in. In the past twenty-four hours I have fallen over in the snow and ice twice and I am starting to think that skate shoes might not be the best moccasin for this climate.
(Welcome to the team & Nelson, Tee!!! ~Love from all the Office Farmily)