It is hard to imagine that I’ve (we’ve) been doing this for seven years.
For seven years, we have been together on this yearly journey- using the onset of spring to create space for deeper conversation about where each of us wants to go next. From the very beginning, my vision was to host experiences and build networks of women in their 20s – 60s so that they could really commit to their inner awesome and move forward in new ways.
Since the turn of the year, I’ve been in especially deep reflection about what it means to make transformational experience possible, even probable, for myself and those around me. How do I set the stage for real change and healing? To begin answering that question, I wanted to offer up some of the insights previous retreat participants have shared:
“This retreat made me nicer! In the days following my return to real life, I felt happier, more empathetic, more patient, and more eager to listen to other people. I think it was a combo of the cool ladies and that clean desert air, but I felt great.” – Stephanie
“I was stuck in the birth canal of my new life and it took 25 women to pull me out.” -Linda
“[This opportunity] came at a time when my world was opening up to new possibilities, after years of sheltering myself… I really had no idea what I was walking into, but it turned out to be this warm, beautiful, sunny destination filled with even warmer, beautiful ladies… My immediate thought was YES! But really the bigger gift was the environment that was created for this safe, respectful, loving, accepting space. I was in awe for most of the weekend as to how over 20 women come together, many who don’t know each other, and connect and move and draw strength from one another.” -Robyn
“Each event has given me one of these moments which have presented themselves in a variety of forms: anything from an impulsive frolic in the ocean to a serene moment of meditation under the sun. They each have given me a moment to fully live and experience life.” -Tammy
“Very well done. it was clear that a lot of time and energy went into planning this retreat- it was a good balance of directed activities and free time.”
“I am longing to be back in that space of self-improvement and introspection… the weekend was filled with: sun, warmth, laughter, windmills, crafts, talismans, blanket forts, disco balls, kaftans, goddesses, connection… visualization, meditation, exploration… Fellow attendees- I fell head-over-heels in adoration of all of you.” –Elaine
life(dot)next #7 is about the cure we want for ourselves and how we build the recipe for it. By employing aspects of bodywork, art therapy, coaching, introspection, and that all-important idle time – it is my hope that each participant leaves with a roadmap for their own healing and inspiration.