from on top
From on Top

The Greek word is “lito”. It has been translated to us as meaning loosely: beauty through simplicity. It is what we are striving for in our work here. With only bodies, stone courtyards, and a few threads we are trying to tell mythic tales simply and beautifully. It is challenging. The mantra becomes, “do less, do it better”. The details become incredibly important. It takes prolonged focus. It takes discipline. It takes constant awareness and mindfulness of place and one’s own place in that place. It takes resilience and sacrifice. Our bodies wear on the outside but become stronger inside. Our souls temper as we are told, “here is something impossible. Do it!” And we rise to meet the challenge.

Feet and stone

Feet and Stone

We draw inspiration and strength from each other and from this place.

Astraka 2009

“We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.” – John Muir

Papingo shoulders
Papingo shoulders

The excitement and potential of what lies ahead is palpable but the work to get there and do it well is daunting. Every day we discover just how hard and difficult simple beauty can be. Every day we achieve and are challenged again. We are surrounded by lito and we work hard to belong here.

Sun set

— James

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