I was lucky enough to see a preview of this fabulous film: Gardening With Soul, which is out for general release from September 12. It focuses on the life and work of Sister Loyola, chief gardener at Wellington's Home of Compassion in Island Bay, compost expert and kindness dispenser.
Gardening with Soul is a film by Jess Feast, produced by Vicky Pope and with music by David Long. The hand-lettering that marks the chapters of the film is by Shayna Quinn. There's a FB page so you can keep up with screening dates, etc.
We follow Sister Loyola through the seasons and learn about her life. She turned 90 while the film was being made, and still digs and moves earth like a pro. Watering can and spade in hand, she imparts her unique take on life, spirituality, and seedlings and shows that love is everywhere.
We often think of nuns as being people who sequester themselves from the world but this lady is living proof of the nun as impassioned community worker. It's also inspired me to plant some silverbeet.
And, to find more ways to shine kindness.