A Partnership in Every Sense of the Word

Bernice Ong and Julian Forwood are the duo behind Ministry of Clouds.


Two corporate refugees who relinquished past security and structure (ministry) in search of freedom, independence and adventure (clouds).


Tied to both people and place, McLaren Vale is our winemaking heartland


Cloud Circle is the inner circle of Ministry of Clouds.


There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.


George Sand

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Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of “golden joinery”

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Thoughts for the weekend.. beautiful words @hannah_cates! Chuffed you enjoyed #kintsugi 🙏 Posted @withrepost • @hannah_cates FINDING PERFECTION IN IMPERFECTION • A few days ago I shared the concept of Wabi Sabi with a beautiful human being. It is the Japanese philosophy of finding perfection in imperfection. • “Wabi” stands for “rustic simplicity” and “Sabi” is translated to “taking pleasure in the imperfect.” • An example of wabi-sabi that captured my heart is the art of kintsugi which this poem is based on, where cracked pottery is not thrown away, instead it is put back together and the cracks are sealed and filled with gold lacquer. The idea is that what we think made us broken actually makes us more beautiful, more unique and we should not hide our imperfections because they make us more beautiful, more unique and more authentically US. • The reason I wanted to share this with you is for a couple of reasons. Number one because on the very same day that I shared the story we went to a restaurant and asked the server for advice on the wine and she recommended a bottle that was based on this very philosophy and it was called Kintsugi by @ministryofcloudswines (one of the best wines I have EVER tasted by the way). • This kind of blew our minds! I mean what are the chances of that happening??? And the second reason is that I think this happened because people need to be reminded of this concept….Why? • Well because this is such an important thing to remember, that even fixed objects are subject to change. That “Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.” and when we understand that it helps us slow down, it helps us not chase a destination because life is all about the journey and it allows us to look for the good in every unfolding moment, even the ones that feel like the hardest and most challenging. Knowing that our problems, our challenges, our adversity, our cracks, our imperfections are our greatest gift. • We so often chase the perfect but we forget to see that the imperfect is where beauty, authenticity and uniqueness really lie. Know that you are not broken, you do not need fixing, you just need to smooth over those cracks with the