help Joey reach his goal of health

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Raised by 158 people in 14 months
Dear Friends,

Joey Waterson has touched everyone he meets with his huge heart, humility, wisdom and humour. Since 1999 Joey has welcomed people to him and to Embercombe, asking 'How can I help?'  Now it is our turn to help our beloved Joey. On the 8th of June Joey will be 70 years young and is getting ready to put on his blue suede shoes!

In celebration of this and in support of Joey's renewed, strong and heartfelt commitment to his health, well-being and longevity, we have booked Joey onto a week's detox retreat with Vitaldetox in Somerset, which includes juice fasting, guidance on addictions and nutrition, 1-1s, walks in the countryside, colonics, and so much more.  The last day of the retreat is on Joey's birthday and concludes with a raw food feast. 

Jenny will join him for the week, so together they can take these changes forward into their lives.

If the vision of Joey in a fluffy white bathrobe and bling-covered slippers is appealing to you, please join us in expressing the deep love and gratitude we have for this great bear of an elder who enriches so many of our lives. Joey wants to be contributing  for many years to come, walking alongside younger generations who so long for elders in their lives.  

Help make this vitaldetox retreat for Joey a reality  - you may know that Joey has had some health issues over the past few years including shortness of breath. Joey knows he needs to lose weight and get fitter. Having kicked all the rest of some very powerful addictions, Joey's facing the biggest of all: SUGAR - which many of you will know is in CHOCOLATE! 

Joey is determined to break himself of this life long addiction. Let's help Joey kick start the process and at the same time celebrate him as reaches his 70th birthday on this beautiful earth.

We’ve paid the £200 deposit to hold Joey’s place and we need to raise £1,500 to cover the costs of the retreat. To make this happen we’ve set up a GO FUND ME campaign - click here to make a gift

In the event of raising more money than required, Joey has asked that it be directed to the Catalyst bursary fund.

Vitaldetox retreat is an extremely well held and multi-faceted detox retreat ( www.vitaldetox.com) which has been running for many years in Somerset and is led by a very experienced team of practitioners. Vital Detox is the only detox retreat we know of in the UK that works on all the levels - mental, emotional, spiritual and physical, so it is a good match for Joey. As it happens one of the retreat leader’s sisters came on the Journey recently and now are planning to come themselves. And one of the retreat leader's sons has just completed the Catalyst course. 

Joey was very touched and moved when we offered him this gift knowing that it is in support of his health and longevity. Joey and Jenny are preparing themselves for the detox now and are intending to make the most of it. 

Thank you for joining us in supporting our beloved Joey. May he be with us for many years, bringing his special magic and mischief to all he meets, sharing his stories, his insight, his tears and his laughter.

And please help by spreading the campaign with your friends and family and with anyone you know you you think would like to celebrate Joey on his 70th and support his journey to health!

with love and thanks,

Kanada, Tina and Mac
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Dear friends,

In just 3 days Joey and Jenny will be fluffing up their bathrobes, gathering their bling-filled slippers and making their way to the detox retreat, and so the time has come to draw this page to a close, it remains only to send my heartfelt thanks to to each of you for making this happen, and to share Joey's thanks in his own words below,

much love, Kanada

To all those of you who have contributed to the Go Fund Me fund that has provided me with such a wonderful gift.

This gift is a celebration of me becoming 70, also it is a deepening step on my healing journey.

Over recent years I have been seeking ways of dropping sugar from my diet, looking at nutrition and losing weight, this gift you have all given meets all of these and so will be a great foundation to my continuing journey.
I am with deep gratitude and humbled moved and touched by your generosity, your care for me and your kindness, the joy and humour of your words that I have seen as you gathered this fund.

I will let you all know how it goes.

with much love appreciation, Joey
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the stone circle at Embercombe
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Dear Friends, with thanks for the generosity that continues to flow in.....here is an excerpt from a piece Joey wrote:

What does it take to embrace this magnitude forever unfurling our hearts, with minds so full at wonder beyond our wildest imaginations.

To see Beauty, to know their delicate touch, their wild heart, their ecstasy of dancing us as they hold us in an embrace named all life.

Who are we, am I, with these birthing hands that grow and take life away at thoughtless touch?

Who are we, as the Bramble patch, do I dive in here as we might do in the glistening waters of Tree Mirror?

Would we care enough to look at our skin, our ailments, here under the brambles to understand our healing alongside the beauty before us, or merely cut it away from ourselves so we can tame our earth for our glorious meals? Who is growing who in these places?

What does it take to speak to Crow a question about our community, our family, or be guided by the call of an Owl and rise from our duvet slumber as we are already awake? Who are we to understand what it takes to be a carpenter who builds staircases for grasses, and flowers that the mices can see? Small ones can see the world with a different view.

Do we know the edges of our humanity and where we meet at least four of the other worlds of our existence our knowing?

How many times will we ask about the weather today as if the weathers are not alive with us?

How many birthdays before we know we are in our birthday?

These are but a raindrop of questionings and musings. We do many extraordinary creative things together in our humanity. We also achieve the ordinary moments that enable us to know these differences in our lives.

How do I understand Landsong, Earthsong?
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Dear Friends,

Thank you for your amazing support. I spoke to Joey and he was very very chuffed, and fluffed, and raring to go.

Your donations raised so far will fully Joey on his detox and 2 young leaders to attend Catalyst course in September.

Joey wants to call them "welcome places".

love to you all,

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