You won't get far without this
The mug of tea I was served at a bar in Portland, ME (yes, bar) the night before I hosted the Joyful Change Maker Leadership Retreat in April. Magic unfolded as I welcomed in the Joyful Change Makers the next morning...
We weren't designed to live, love, grow, and lead on our own. We humans are relational creatures.
Our deepest power, love, and knowing comes through being in community with each other.
Without community, without support, without being seen and heard in your deepest truths, you won't get far.
Yet when you circle up with other dynamic, devoted, diverse, and supportive women, you BECOME more of who you really are.
An intimate group of seven women from around the U.S. & Canada, who work in the holistic and creative arts, are journeying with me through the Joyful Change Maker Leadership Experience this year. I hosted the first of two retreats for them here in Maine last month.
My deepest intentions with the Joyful Change Maker Leadership (JCML) Retreat were:
- To support these change makers in connecting into the core of the core of their messages, all that they stand for, and to feel more free to speak about the edgiest parts of the unique medicine they are here to share with the world.
- To activate their truest, bravest, most authentic voices (In all that they say, write, teach, create, and lead with...)
- To help them feel so safe and at home in their own skin that they have the courage to step forth from the retreat READY to share their core messages and truest voices with impact, power, grace, and magnetism.
And through this retreat these Joyful Change Makers came home to themselves with such love, compassion and devotion.
They healed old beliefs that were holding them back in ways they didn't even understand before we circled up together.
They connected into the depths of their truest voices with tremendous courage, spirit, and vulnerability.
And they left with a grounded, strategic plan on how to deliver their core messages so that they can bring greater transformation to the communities they serve in the coming months, catalyze paradigm shifts in the collective consciousness with their edgiest ideas, and feel free to lead from the fullness of the callings that are deep within their hearts.
And as a facilitator of this journey, I have to be honest with you. I experienced the same healing and activation in myself.
With this spirit I share some intimate pictures of the JCML retreat:
Welcoming in the Joyful Change Makers with my singing bowls and "I am Home" invocation...
Through creativity our power, clarity, and courage flows.
Wonderful work with our in-person and virtual guests... So excited that at least 6 of our circle of 7 will be able to circle up IN-PERSON at our September Retreat in Maine. Women (you know who you are), I can't WAIT!
Deep reflection on the many parts of us (child, young girl, woman)... Integrating these parts into our healing, personal practices, and outer leadership journeying forward...
Lots of delicious, nourishing food!
Our Inner Wise Woman Return Ritual at the Portland Headlight...
Expansive work by the sea...
I so appreciated some beautiful wisdom that one Joyful Change Maker, Jennifer, shared with us from her home in Canada when she stated her intentions for the retreat. She said that she was open "to receive what is given and not what I want."
Jen received this wisdom just days before our retreat from Duncan Grady, Ph.D., elder of the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society in Kootenays, British Columbia. This stems from teachings he shares with Jen's community, blending the Perennial Tradition and Blackfeet/Sauk traditions. Thank you, Jen, for sharing this with us!
May we resolve to be always beginning.
May we be open vessels for receiving what is given, releasing our attachment to what we think we need, willing to receive what supports and moves us forward in the most aligned, right and true ways... As human beings, as women in family and community, as leaders, healers, creatives, and change makers.
With warmth & light,