A year ago I was a big soggy mess. I could be found regularly crying on phone to my original soulsister Jen Lemen, mourning the loss of my soultribe, and trying to figure out how to survive the isolation of being an expat in a not-so-friendly culture. Jen was going to the Lovebombgatherings, which was making me die of envy. Somewhere along the way she pointed out that I could organize my own little clan–that in fact, anyonecould organize their own little clan–and the idea for this Soulsisters retreat was born.
I spent six months just dreaming of this retreat: imagining the feel; thinking of what we would chat about; imagining lovely meals with whole food and good wine; letting many different combinations of guests list drift through my mind.
Jen suggested that Iwrite just for the sisters I hoped to gather. (That would be YOU!) So I started concentrating my work on Magpie Girl into targeted series that would support the kind of women I love: creative souls who live with intention, but still embody a spirit of fun.
Finally, I played around with different themes. These were some early drafts:
Soulsisters ’09: The Mutual Adoration Tour
Soulsisters ’09: The “What I Already Know Tour”
Soulsisters ’09: The “Let’s Get is Started in Here” Tour
Soulsisters ’09: The “Oh-My-God-If-I-Don’t-Get-Some-Support-Here-I’m-Gonna-Lose-It” Tour
(That last one lacks a certain finesse.)
Out of those six months of planning the seeds for the Soulsister tribe-and-retreat were planted. But they can’t fully bloom without you! (Corny, I know, but you get the picture. :-)
One of my main goals for Soulsisters is that our tribe be lead communally, and that we set the tone and spirit of our new clan together. I so desperately want to hear from you! So here’s the big Q:
What are your hopes for the Soulsisters retreat (and for our ongoing relationship with each other?)
Please put them in the comments below so that as we can fine tune the retreat to meet as many hopes as possible.
If you are having a hard time naming your hopes, try an *8Thingslist. *8Things is a game I play when I need to quite down my monkey mind. It’s how I started dreaming of Soulsisters ’09 — just by listing *8 words that described the “feel” I was dreaming of at our retreat.
We have just a few weeks left to finish our dreamy plans, so please let me know your hopes as soon as possible. Then, based on what y’all say, we’ll make a the Big Ask and find out who’s inspired to lead our afternoon workshops. (In case you don’t recall the plan, we’ll have a couple of sister-led afternoon workshops to teach us a new skill or walk us through some sort of dream-reaching exercise. In the spirit of Sacred Commerce, those sisters who lead a workshop will get a little love kick-back of $50 off the price of the retreat.)
In the meantimes, here’s my hopes for our Soulsiter-y-ness. What are yours?
Yours in Sisterhood,
My hope for the Soulsister’s Retreat is:
-that each of us will find the support and commraderie we need for the journey we are on, as individuals and together. (“There ain’t no place to go but together.”)
-that we will find practical, concrete help, tools, and suggestions– -and mabye a good swift kick in the pants — to get to the next stage of our creative and vocational dreams. (Let’s unstuckify!)
-that each of you will feel lavished with love and admiration for the wonderful beings you are and the amazing work that you do. (Mutual admiration rocks! Let’s take all the strokes we can get!)
-that we feel empowered because we created something we needed the way weneeded it to happen. (Go sistahs!)