Note: I’m delighted to offer a short, entertaining guest blog by Didi Rowland, LCSW, as she describes her transformation at the 2019 Spring Retreat in Taos…
After pushing the “Send Payment” button for the Taos retreat this year, I experienced a bit of buyer’s remorse. I really should spend that money on someone/something else, shouldn’t I? Repair that rotted place on my living room floor where our Christmas tree leaked through? Or on a plane fare to visit my grandbabies? Or a utility bill. Practical stuff.
What if I don’t know anyone who’s going? What if it’s cold? What if I don’t have the right coat, socks, boots, etc? What if the bed is uncomfortable?
Thank goodness I didn’t let my fear stop me from signing up for the retreat or I would have missed a transformational experience that has catapulted me into the next level of my creative journey.
It began with a glorious train ride from Albuquerque to Santa Fe and a laughter filled ride through the mountains with a friend as I started easing into the retreat.
I arrived and found my room… lovely with a fireplace, comfy queen-sized bed and huge bathroom with a ball and claw bathtub! What?! And best of all: a view out my window of a massive cottonwood tree that I greeted each morning. Can one fall in love with a tree? I did.
~ Delectable, flavorful meals and fun conversations with fascinating women
— Writing and reflecting led by our sublime Carolyn! The emotional space and safety that she creates encourage even the most timid, reluctant writer to scrawl away, hunched over our journals scritching away our thoughts, ideas, memories, and dreams. And the cherry on top? Sharing (if we choose) with our small groups after our writing.
~ The art studio: a gorgeous space… all set up with supplies AND our lovely, talented artist/teacher Sharon to guide and encourage us in our creations.
~ The movement space: Fun dancing and movement led by our sweet and gentle Julie. Energizing and uplifting exercise without pain later!
Overall, this retreat changed me. And the questions I didn’t ponder with all my nervous pre-retreat “what ifs”?
What if I experience a spiritual awakening? What if I fall back in love with my life and my writing? What if I become reacquainted with the beauty and wonder of Creation all around me?
Because that’s what happened…
If you are interested in joining us, take advantage of the early bird bonus that’s good until Wednesday, October 19. To explore further or to register, go HERE.