An amazing Women's Weekend Summer Retreat spent focusing on our Inner Star Compass and the journey of accessing our inner Star Fire!
These Wilderness Journeys pull us slightly out of our comfort zone..with a little adventure and uncertainty we are asked to see ourselves in a real way, held by a small community of supportive women. Many enjoyed relaxation, connection, and time away from the everyday to recharge and find spiritual direction. Many were called to offer gifts, some planned and some spontaneous to empower ourselves, deepen our wisdom, and let each other shine. Some offerings in addition to my own this year were different styles of Yoga, Plant Medicine, Edible Plants, Nourishing Meals, Songs, and Unique ways to Connect with the Earth. It is such a blessing to be a part of this community and sooooo Grateful for your Wisdom Sharing! Thank you to all who participated. Below enjoy the journey through these pictures.
We just returned back from an incredible Women's Wisdom Journey to "The Island", a 14 acre island in Annabessacook Lake in Monmouth, Maine. We paddled some mild choppy waters toward the island where we camped for two nights and 3 days..immersing ourselves in a beautifully supportive community of women, cooking and talking around the campfire and supporting each other on our unique journeys in life. We were a group from many generations of women, sharing wisdom and our spiritual quests together.
The teachings came through the transformation of fire, the willingness to be seen by the self, to see the ego with compassion, with the group as sacred witness to set the intentions for the weekend. Sleeping close to the earth encouraged deep rest, grounding and connection. A sunrise singing bowl session below a fluorescent deep pink morning sky to greet the day. Time to explore our selves, to listen to our bodies and our spirit. All meals were prepared together directly on the fire....We had a crystal singing bowl, crystal singing pyramid and voice journey that awakened deep memories, and a session to help us to see our path in symbolic space time through Earth Mapping where we live on the edge of the wheel of life and seeing our journey back to center. We had time for walking, rope swing, and swimming as well as space for solo exploration and journaling. The morning brought a deep healing circle in the waters and a journey up the Vision Tree to get a glimpse of the next steps to take after leaving the retreat. Smiles, laughter, tears, and "heavy energies" left on the island, we paddled back to the mainland riding the tall waves home......
I'm deeply grateful for this weekend experience and look forward to guiding the next group very soon....
We just returned refreshed, renewed and more aware of ourselves on many levels of perception from our Winter Reflections Women's Weekend Retreat. This was an amazing group of women who came together in a small community to reflect, to do some deep inner work, and to enjoy the wilderness setting while being cozy in the off-grid yurt and rustic cabin.
We gathered in circle to share wisdom and to see ourselves more deeply..with the knowing that seeing what is uncomfortable and being witnessed in this process brings about deep healing and awareness. We began with clearing by working with our energy fields and to create boundaries and energetic space for us to work in over the weekend.
We viewed ourselves from the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels of perception using archetypal energies of serpent, jaguar, hummingbird, and eagle to assist us in shifting those perceptions and seeing ourselves through those eyes. We used gazing and energy tracking exercises with actual mirrors to provide an actual reflection back to us, and also we saw ourselves in others in the circle.
We realized through these practices and techniques when we see ourselves in others, what we tend to notice first is the shadow pieces of ourselves. Those aspects of ourselves that we don't like and don't want to see. Those places of annoyance, anger, and frustration. And that it is those who are closest to us who provide those most difficult mirrors to us..our partners and family.
We practiced seeing those places and going into them and through them..by sharing these in circle they become seen and are easier to move through.
We practiced seeing the light in each other...because that too is a reflection of ourselves....
Maybe as we practice seeing the light in others, we will more easily see it in ourselves?
This was a fun weekend of deep work, reflection, letting go, and also of great laughs and fun in the snow. I'm looking forward to the next journey!
Join us for The Gila Wilderness Backpacking, Ancient Sites, and Natural Hot Springs in September 2016