Cache Cache in the Jardin Luxembourg

Yesterday, we played “hide & seek” in one of the world’s most amazing gardens….Le Jardin Luxembourg à Paris. It was an afternoon “intro” to our cache cache concept for about 10 people from Boston. They really “got it”….only a shame we didn’t have 2-3 days together.

Do think about joining in on our fun this summer. We have a special “Bastille Day” edition in Paris around the July 14th weekend. And later in August we are trying to organize a cache cache to fit with the Greenbelt Festival in England….either before or afterward.

Walt Whitman quote


After the seas are all cross’d, (as they seem already cross’d,)
After the great captains and engineers have accomplish’d their work,
After the noble inventors, after the scientists, the chemist, the
   geologist, ethnologist,
Finally shall come the poet worthy that name,
The true son of God shall come singing his songs.

– Walt Whitman, Passage to India

A Key Moment

At the recent Cache-Cache in Amsterdam, I had a wonderful little experience that I though I thought I’d let you know about.

We started the morning with a walk in Vondel Park. Everyone received a paper with three random assignments…things like ‘search for a metaphor for the Incarnation’ or (my favorite) ‘touch something that touches you’. Well, I had done a good job with my questions…had written down several thoughts to share with the group at lunch, when, walking back to the meeting point, I spotted something in the dirt. I thought it was a powerful metaphor for something, but it didn’t fit into my questions. I passed it up. As I walked a bit further, something compelled me to back up and pick it up anyway. I did. While waiting on the group to assemble, my mind was racing to think through the implications of the little metaphor in my pocket. I jotted down a few notes, even though I didn’t think I would share it with anyone.

A few minutes later at lunch near the Central Station, we divided up on the two ends of our long table to share what the park experience meant to each of us. Eventually, the young Dutch woman next to me shared that she had no problem with the first question but the that she found the second one quite troubling. It was something like “Find a metaphor for what you want to do with the rest of your life”,  the very question that she struggles with daily. So she related that instead of creating a nice meditative time in the park, it sent her anxiety in to hyper-drive and couldn’t at all respond to the question.

It was at that point that I told her that I had found her metaphor. She understandably looked at me with a question mark on her face.  The interesting thing was that I found a metaphor that I didn’t need and she had a question without a metaphor. So I reached into my pocket and pulled out the key that i found in the dirt a few minutes earlier.

A key is a really strong metaphor. Jonathan Safran Foer wrote a great novel about a boy who searches for the purpose of his key. (You may have seen the movie Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close). The first thing I thought of with the key was it’s purpose or function. It is suppose to unlock something. But then I thought how there is inherently a partnership involved with a key…it belongs to something and something belongs to it. A key is also rather unique. It may look like other keys but the system of jagged edges make it uniquely suited for one lock (or a least we hope).

I thought further about the key…that it could potentially liberate something….or protect something. And at that moment, my new friend said, “or it could lead you to home”. I laid the key on the table and said it is yours.

Not only is the key a strong metaphor but this story is a strong metaphor for the way God works in community. Quite often when you have a need, he doesn’t just give you the answer to your need, he may give it to someone else, who is suppose to give it to you, and thereby creating a strong triad of relationship…or trinity, one could say.

So the thought has passed my mind…what else have I been given that I need to pass on to someone else?

– David B

Saying grace


Author G.K. Chesterton wrote: “You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”

Poem from Cache-Cache in Paris

Small park
Green bench
Loud ado boys
Pink Barbie bike
Breast-fed baby
Good books read
Boy’s first scooter
Preteen girls giggling
Friends sharing lunch
Graying couple still in love
Multi-color kids on playground
Yellow leaves on still green grass
Lonely man with all his belongings
Baby evoking laughter from strangers
Wobbling toddler with smiling grandfather
Although few realize his presence, God is here

Invitation in Dutch

Geachte, beste, lieve, hallo,

Het is tijd dat ik je uitnodig voor de Cache-Cache Experience!

Sommigen hebben me al horen vertellen over dit project en weten hoe enthousiast ik erover ben. Anderen hebben er misschien nog niet van gehoord en moeten nodig (bij deze) op de hoogte worden gebracht.

Cache-Cache betekent “verstoppertje” in het Frans. Cache-Cache Experience is een retraite waarin we spelenderwijs op zoek gaan naar inspiratie in grote kosmopolitische steden in Europa. Het is een oefening in doen wat de mensen in de bijbel doen: God zien in de wereld om hen heen. Hij geeft blijk van zijn aanwezigheid in ons leven en in de wereld, bijvoorbeeld in de kunst, in schoonheid en in zijn ultieme creatieve uitingen: de mens. Wanneer we de tijd nemen om Hem te zoeken om ons heen en in ons, ontdekken we dat Hij verborgen is in het volle zicht. Samen met David Brazzeal heb ik dit al drie keer in Parijs gefaciliteerd en…..

5 /6 november 2011 is de eerste keer in Amsterdam!

We gaan samen kunst ervaren door op verschillende locaties te kijken wat kunst met ons en met de ander doet en hoe we God denken te herkennen hierin. In de middag gaan we tekenen van Gods aanwezigheid zoeken in Amsterdam. Ieder krijgt daarbij ons speciale pakketje met handreikingen om de moed niet te verliezen en je te steunen bij dit avontuur. Verder zullen we samen plekken opzoeken die belangrijk zijn geweest in de spirituele geschiedenis van de stad. Ook zal er tijd en ruimte zijn voor verwerking in een zelf gekozen kunstvorm. We sluiten de retraite af met een picknick (binnen waarschijnlijk), waarbij we onze ervaringen, inspiratie, vragen, gedachten en creatieve uitingen kunnen bekijken.

Meer info over het project kun je vinden op onze gloednieuwe website:

Voor 55€ mag je twee dagen met ons mee. Breng je OV-chipkaart opgeladen mee, want we verplaatsen ons naar verschillende plekken in de stad. Eventuele consumpties zijn voor eigen rekening.

In het programma van twee dagen zit een doordachte volgorde van ervaringen.  Mocht het echt niet mogelijk zijn om beide dagen met ons mee te gaan, dan bieden wij ook de mogelijkheid om alleen de eerste dag te komen en kennis te maken.

Hartelijke groetjes,

Willemijn, mede namens David Brazzeal