We had so much fun at the retreat last October. I was super excited to hold my first retreat on my favorite day, Friday the 13th. We had a great evening, some of us stayed up late talking just like a slumber party and then went on to have a fabulous Saturday.
The cabin we stayed in was surprisingly cozy for the space it had. Even though we were technically near neighbors, the whole atmosphere felt secluded.
The owner shared an incredible story with me about the property. At one point in time, it had been his grandmothers. He spent years visiting a friend in the neighboring lot wishing he could buy that property until one day he was able to acquire it. When he showed his mom, she thought it was really familiar but claimed there was just no way. When he filed his license he did a little research and found that indeed it was the same exact property!
One of the fun bonuses in staying in the beautiful place was the wildlife. We saw peacocks, squirrels, a beautiful blue bird of some kind, and woke to a yard full of turkeys.
Three incredible presenters joined me in sharing messages. Lydia Taggart shared with us about layers. Layers in love languages, and how to use those love language layers to encourage better communication. Kim Ford taught us about our Divine worth and shared an incredible story of how she overcomes depression. April Hennis taught us the Phoenix Cycle and shared with us some tools with art that give some insight into how we feel about ourselves. I myself taught a lot of tools, some key things about our homes, and a spur of the moment class on auras and how they connect to manifesting. Some of the conversations between classes were just as powerful as these wonderful classes.
I engaged my friend Jill to make the food for the retreat. She was super awesome. She is a vegetarian, and was even on a more restrictive diet during the retreat and yet she still made us yummy food. She created meat alternatives for all of her vegetarian dishes. She did a great job and shared with us some things she learned in the process.
One thing she shared was a concern that she’d miss out on something. Lucky for her, I was concerned about the same thing. We had so much fun visiting while she needed to be in the kitchen. We’d gather nearby and help where we could. Then we’d all go up to the classes together. Inclusion is an important thing for me so I make sure that everyone is at least offered the opportunity to be included.
Another way that Jill blessed the retreat was in her discovery of some books the homeowner had left. He had a variety of books and she found an adorable story that she read to us. We had a wonderful unscheduled story time. The best part was that the story was absolutely perfect for the teme of our retreat. There are no accidents.
At this retreat, we laughed, some of us cried. Our minds were opened, our hearts were calmed. We had incredible healing moments and aha moments, including craniosacral therapy from Karla Sundwall. Friends became sisters as we connected in a multitude of ways. This was truly the best event I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of.