Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living. ~ Anaïs Nin
The Still Point is the place of power within me that arises from my center. From the ethereal realms of thought and imagination, creative ideas are generated. It requires action to bring those ideas in to material reality.
It’s been one year since moving to Sheridan, Wyoming from Utah. I’m learning new things, experimenting with new activities and expanding my horizons. I feel energized and excited. I arrived with a dream of facilitating retreats without knowing how I’d do it.
Sometimes we’re blessed to meet someone who feels like an old friend right away. I’m so grateful that I met Kathleen, an incredibly energetic force of nature. Her generous heart is filled with love and compassion. She sings, plays piano and tap dances, too. Almost as soon as we met, we started talking about creating a women’s retreat. She said, “You lead it and I’ll cook!”
We both love attending retreats. To retreat is an act of withdrawing to eliminate outside distractions. Taking time out of time away from ordinary life is restorative. There are many distractions at home, chores to be done, phone calls to answer. It’s important to have fun while having an educational, spiritual or creative experience. There’s a unique kind of group synergy that occurs when women circle together.
Friends own the Box Cross Ranch. The main house has been converted into a guest house. It’s quiet with a spectacular view of the Big Horn Mountains but not too far out of town for local residents. Kathleen and I set the date, reserved the house and started making plans. We decided to offer A Wild and Wonderful Women’s Writing Retreat.
Advertising was pretty low key. We printed and distributed flyers around town, advertised on Facebook, and utilized community calendars. The house comfortably held six participants, Kathleen and me.
Everyone arrived on a blustery Friday afternoon. Kathleen created a warm environment, set a beautiful table and whipped up delicious food. Everyone agreed unanimously that excellent food is the most important component of a wonderful retreat. Wyoming women are hardy. No one expected five star accommodations; they were pleased to have indoor plumbing and sheets on the beds, too!
The magic happened in the circle with open and honest sharing in a safe environment. Everyone was in a different place with their writing practices so we tried different techniques. We began with a prompt, followed by a guided meditation for inspiration on Friday evening. On Saturday, we experimented with the Pomodoro method of writing. Pomodoros are timed writing segments of 25 minutes with five to ten minute breaks in between. Gentle stretching during one of the breaks reminded us to be mindful about sitting in one position for too long. The uninterrupted two hour block of time was more popular. Meeting everyone’s writing needs was a challenge, but as a group we were able to prime the pump for writing on our own.
Women naturally share thoughts, perceptions and feelings. We love to dialogue and collaborate. Increasingly women are coming together to support each other. There is a special kind of magic that occurs when we gather in a safe place.
It was a good idea to take a risk. We offered a retreat out of curiosity to see what might manifest. As much as I love online interactions, I yearned to interact with women face to face in real time. Kathleen and I made it happen. With her continued support, I want to offer another one or two or three. I dream of traveling to facilitate even more retreats on many more topics. This would indeed produce the highest form of living for me.