I've just arrived home after a weekend of magic on the IGNITE Retreat with 20 incredible souls. Women from all over the US came for this retreat. Most came alone, some came with friends. All came ready to dig deep and explore principles of inspired intimacy, masculine and feminine energy, and how these energies influence our relationships.
Here are a few highlights:
1. Ceremony + Ritual --
Throughout the course of the weekend, we made space for the sacred.
We sat in circles, lit candles, metaphorically burned limiting beliefs, dipped in healing waters, experimented with sexy and Divine feminine movement, took a pilgrimage to a holy site, walked a labyrinth and more.
Making space for the DIVINE is one of my favorite parts of retreat. Ceremony and ritual help us mark moments to do this.
2. Heart Curriculum Content --
The content this weekend is about masculine and feminine energy as well as inspired intimacy.
We took a close look at how WE contribute to challenges in relationships. It's always easiest to point a finger. What are OUR patterns of disempowerment? And how do we spread them onto our partners, children and all masculine connections?
We reevaluated what it means to be feminine and how to find our way back to our feminine knowing, that is so often undervalued.
3. Pilgrimage --
We took a hike up to the Tashi Gomang Stupa to see the sunset. We sat quietly in prayer or meditation as the sun went down and we felt the strong energy of such a sacred site. We looked out over the vast Sangre Di Cristo mountains and remembered that there is something much bigger than we are at play, here.
We can relax...
4. Conscious Connections --
Perhaps one of my favorite part about hosing retreats is allowing for space to go deep with each other. We spend most of our lives talking about surface level things. Social media perpetuates this reality.
But when we come together for retreat, there is a higher spiritual intent. We are there to learn, grow, take ownership of our lives, be honest with ourselves and others.
Watching this unfold between the participants is ALWAYS one of my favorite parts. And boy, were there some INCREDIBLE breakthroughs with these courageous women!
5. The Healing Waters --
Being able to hop in and out of natural hot springs at multiple points in the day -- to see sunrise, at night to star gaze -- was not only healing, but inspiring.
With so much fire, metaphorical and otherwise, in our environments and in our minds, there is nothing like water to soothe our world and spirit.