tomorrow i embark on a pilgrimage of sorts…. returning to a place and an experience that had a strong and lasting impact on my life. the bepresent unearth retreat was the first time i had actively sought out a group of creative women in an attempt to connect with and learn from them. i had gone on solo retreats before and felt comfortable doing so, but this was different. something about the factors that made up this particular retreat drew me in, however, and it was just too alluring to pass up.
yes, it was slightly intimidating going to an unfamiliar place, then living for four days with 24 women of all ages that i had never even met. my little worries turned out to be so unfounded.
i had no idea of the power and energy that could be generated by a group of open, accepting and creative souls. no, no idea at all.
no idea that i would finally start to see myself as a creative person.
or that others would see things in me that i did not know were there.
or that i would be starting down a path that i didn’t even know existed.
or that i would be staying in touch with my new friends over a year later on a daily basis.
or that i would feel so strongly about retreating that i would start sponsoring
or that everyone there would feel so strongly about the connections that we would be prompted to have a reunion called UNFURL!
so off i go to manzanita, oregon, so super excited to see everyone again. well, not everyone. not everyone can make it this time around. those who can’t will be dearly missed, but they will be with us in spirit and are still 100% part of the group. can’t wait.