A major diagnosis suddenly affects three sisters and makes them fear the future.
Intuitive practices at Preidlhof in Italy to release emotional pain and bolster their connection for the next stage.
The recent diagnosis of my gorgeous elder sister Clara’s motor neurone disease (MND) was earth-shattering. Although there are variants of this chronic condition, she is burdened with the most aggressive, affecting her entire being, from speech and swallowing to muscle strength, agility and emotional wellbeing. She (and we) know that with no cure in sight time is not on her side. Most distressing is seeing the merciless decline of someone so vibrant and physically able within a few short months. To quote Irish author Ruth Fitzmaurice in her compellingly raw memoir, I Found My Tribe: ‘MND is like water torture, slowly drip-drip-dripping. A tiny nerve ending, a small piece of strength, gets stolen every single day.’
Clara, in her mid-sixties, has unwillingly surrendered her roles as loving carer (for her husband, five children and three young grandchildren) and chief organiser, to now be cared for and organised. My other sister Ruth and I wanted to regroup with her, to wrap her up and take her somewhere deeply nurturing, and I knew just the place.
This was not my first visit to Preidlhof. I came a few years ago to this hideout in the lush Vinschgau valley, where vines, orchards, olive trees, scores of medicinal plants and the purest mountain air combine to form one seamless wellness destination. I was travelling on my own, making a quick pit-stop on a wider Italy trip. And while I only stayed for a few days, it made a huge impression. A recent report on the land over which the futuristic six-floor spa tower is built revealed a vortex of the highest vibrational energy possible rising from underground. I am not surprised.