This past week, I gifted myself five wonderfully slow, unplugged days at a beautiful, wooded retreat center in rural North Carolina. Twenty of us from all over the country made SoulCollage® cards, walked the labyrinth and wrote our mythic stories. We dove deep within our own souls and connected powerfully with each other. It was a divinely sacred experience; one I know will be unfolding and revealing its magic for months.
I've practiced retreating most of my adult life. When I was a homeschooling mother to our four little ones, retreats were a week alone at home while our kids enjoyed a week visiting their grandparents. As our kids got a little older, I sometimes created retreats for myself by spending a few solitary days at my family's mountain cabin because what I needed most at that point was some quiet with myself. And later, I began attending group retreats.
What I know deep down in my bones is that retreating has always been good medicine for my soul. Reconnecting with ourselves either in community or in solitude brings us space and time to re-member who we are and what we're called to do. It creates a ripple that not only nourishes ourselves, but also those we love.
My hope for you this week, is that no matter how full your calendar is, you create the time to retreat by taking a walk in the woods, finding quiet time to journal or by finding an in-person experience to attend . . . something you can put on your calendar to dream about.
With love and harmony,