The Wise Women of The Sanctuary
This past weekend, nineteen women came together to create and hold a space where we could explore our lives, our hearts, our dreams, and our power. It was another magical weekend for which I am so deeply grateful. There really are no words.
I warn women that it will be difficult to explain what happened after you return home. Unless you are there yourself, it’s hard to understand how deeply nourishing and magical the retreat experience is.
The Power of Women Coming Together
Women have always met in circles. Put any two women together and the love, support, and nurturing naturally begins. We are divinely and biologically designed to help and empower others. I am constantly amazed at what happens when women answer the call to come together…especially for the purpose of personal and spiritual growth. And especially if they come together with the intention to be kind, loving and generous with self and others. It is simply powerful.
You may not come to this retreat with girlfriends, but you definitely leave with them.Once you have this type of experience with another, you are bonded at such a deep level. You truly come to deeply see the other, and then you come to know who you are by seeing yourself through the other’s eyes. Especially when they are soft eyes. Do you have a circle of women?
Doing the Real Work of Your Life
The purpose of going on a retreat is not just to relax – though we did do that and we did have a lot of fun! The purpose of a retreat is in the intention. The intention is to stop and take the time from the busy-ness and the craziness of your everyday life to ask yourself “How am I doing?” “What’s really important to me now?” To create a space and an intention to hear our own inner wise voice and to make a commitment to allow our own wisdom to guide the next steps of our lives. The question is are you stopping to take a breath, a good deep breath, and light a candle so you can see your life?
Important – Whether on retreat, with others, or alone at home on our coach, each of us is to find a way to create a space to hear our own soft wise inner voice that will guide our lives. Here’s one idea. Please enjoy Karen Drucker’s beautiful and inspiring song and video, I’ll Light a Candle. Use it every morning. Light a Candle. Say a Prayer. And Listen to Your Self. Everyday.
Stay tuned. A new blog is on the way. A travel blog.
In March, Michael and I are packing up and heading off on a real journey. A spiritual journey. We have stored all of our stuff, sold both cars and bought one, set a date (we have a date for leaving but not for returning, we are leaving that up to the Universe), and are taking off to spiritual retreat centers around the US and Canada as well as visiting our beautiful planet’s own natural retreats – our national parks and other wondrous sites.
I’ve always talked about being on a journey but now we are taking it literally and on the road. This is the journey of a lifetime….it is both an inner and an outer journey. I hope to share it with you.
We’re looking for catchy names for our new blog…any ideas? And we are also open to suggestions for magical and mystical places you think we should visit.
5 Responses to “The Wise Women of The Sanctuary”
Hope your journey is fulfilling — both inside and out…
I cherish your courage in taking the first step — and i know all the ones that follow will be the right ones.
with love, sally
God goes with you and your husband Kathy!
We have met, and I have your books, but never attended any workshops yet!
I proud to know you, traveling mercies and remember to smell those roses!
Kathy… This is your sometimes work-out buddy from last year at Renaissance (I’m friends with Karen Johnson and Jim Russell). It was fun seeing you again at The Grocery a couple of weeks back. And, I’m sorry not to have been able to join in on the fun at The Sanctuary last weekend. I’m a big fan of self-development, I actually met my husband at such a personal exploration 17 years ago! But, since we’re actually on retreat on Sullivan’s Island for 12 weeks, was hard to justify another layer of relaxation! And, I know there would have been way more to gain than just a weekend away, so maybe when you’re back from your travels?
I too took a journey across the country back in 1992 – took a 7-month sabbatical from my job, jumped in my car with my dog and my tent and hit the road. It was the most amazing experience of my life!
I suggest you avoid all interstates and stick to the back roads. And, don’t have too much of a plan. For me the freedom of just being away from everything without an agenda was amazing.
I had many favorite places, but some of the more off the beaten path ones were the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; the Cape of Juan de Fuca at the north western top of Washington state; generally tracing the path of Lewis & Clarke through Montana, Idaho and Washington; Lake Louise in Alberta, finding side-of-the-road natural hot springs in Canada to dip into, the entire coast of Northern California… actually more places than I can think to mention.
You guys are going to have an amazing time. I’ll tune into your blog to hear about your journey. Safe (and especially fun!) travels!
God bless you & Mike on your journey. Safe travels. I admire your courage..
Love to you both,
Loving all the well wishes and the ideas…..keep ‘em coming. The time is drawing near! Starting in Asheville and then on to a silent retreat…but of course I’ll keep you informed as soon as I get the new blog up and running.
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