“This weekend we were held in a parallel universe of our own. A space that held our greatest fears and nurtured our biggest dreams. A space to stop and feel and simply be…”
Finding the words to describe the weekend just passed, my ego tells me will be hard, but my soul yearns to share.
Before I truly delve back into the real world and out of my retreat cocoon my soul craves to speak…
So here she goes…
And so it all began…
Months ago the desire surfaced to bring on of my intuitive soul tingling visions to life.
A retreat that had been bubbling away in the background and slowly brewing.
One day it hit me like a bolt of lightning, ‘The Soul Sister Retreat’.
Something that I wished existed, I decided I was going to bring to life.
Ego sais: "This will never happen, you're setting yourself up for failure"
Soul sais: "This is a gift that your Soul Sisters are craving. You are so supported in your creations"
My whole life (and many life times before!) I’ve been craving a free, open supportive space to unleash my spirituality.
A space to share my intuitive musings and knowings.
To play with crystals, oracle cards, meditate, be held by mother nature, drink tea, nap, immerse in soulful chats with those on the same path as me.
A space to nurture my journey on a path that had me turning inward to my deepest of truths.
A space that supported me to sit and allow my path to become clearer and to let go of that which no longer serves me.
A space to simply BE all of myself in one space, in one with nature and my soul sisters.
After putting an image on social media with the world “Soul Sister Retreat coming soon” early in 2016, the response was utter excitement, joy and craziness from soul sisters everywhere! So I began to put one foot in front of the other and started placing all of the pieces of the puzzle together.
Ego sais: "How will you do this? You've never done it before and no one is going to want to come anyway"
Soul sais: "FEEL how lit up you are when you think of this retreat. Sink into the knowing that your creation is perfect and follow your intuitive guidance along the way. You are so suported"
The details began to fall into place with so much ease and flow.
The location was a given. I’ve had the pleasure of staying up at Millgrove more than a dozen times over the last 7 or so years, and after a couple of visits I was hearing the whispers to lead a retreat there. Back then it didn’t make sense to me, it wasn’t until I journeyed further along my spiritual path that all the whispers began to make sense.
“We will be held by mother natures finest, in the clarity and divine connection that comes with the physical space of mother nature.”
My amazing team who supported me behind the scenes consisted of my gorgeous friends Rach and Kaz, and my beautiful sister Jess from Bloom Anchor events. Then there is my beautiful mother in law Chris or ‘Ducky’ who created all of the nourishing and seriously mouth watering food over the weekend. My divine soul sister Sarah Elise who excitedly jumped on board to lead us through our deeply supportive, soulful yoga.
And my family team that consisted of my Mum & Dad and father in law who played ‘grandparent babysitting tag’ on the Friday of the retreat. And my ever supportive and encouraging gorgeous husband, who held space for me to bring one of my dreams to life. And the ever expanding love and inspiration from my 2 beautiful babies Arlo and Amelie.
And all of the excitement and support of my soul sisters and brothers in all areas of my life.
This retreat was only possible because of the incredible support I have to bring her to life.
And finally, thanks to my EGO. If it wasn't for her voice of doubts and fear I wouldn't question anything I feel. I know without a doubt that my next lesson and soul expansion lies through the fears my ego shines a light on. I know it's that part of my confort zone that is ready to be stretched, and it's time to get a little uncomfortable, support myself some more and surrender to learning my next lesson.
Everything was falling into place with so much ease and flow.
I felt truly divinely taken care of and supported.
The retreat was flowing together from a very surrendered space, and as I started to let my mind take over I was continually reminded of the intentions that had come through for the retreat.
Shine your light…
One by one they entered my consciousness, and gently reminded me of the intentions in which to bring her to life.
Along with floods of visions and knowings about how the weekend would unfold and feel.
I love reflecting on how the core intentions for the retreat kept coming back to me along the creative process to remind me of the essence of this weekend away.
When ever I would let the planning process get complicated, I would hear a gentle
“Simplify…” from my soul.
When ever I started to try and control things or make things happen, I would hear a subtle
"Surrender …” from my soul.
And whenever I would get caught up in the fears and confines of my egos comfort zones and feel the grip of holding in my light and hearing the words “what the f*#k are you doing!? Are you crazy! You can't do this!” I would hear the gently guidance of
“Shine your light…” from my soul.
These intentions became my strength and courage throughout this whole process of bringing her to life. They constantly reminded me to stick to my path and that in order to inspire others to shine their light, that I do that by shining my own.
I believe we inspire others by deeply honoring our own path and truth, even though sometimes it seems impossibly hard, and may make no sense what so ever. When we follow the divine guidance from our intuition, our dreams become reality. Our intuition is the universes way of guiding us along our most divine path for our highest good, in each and every moment.
After months of planning, and bringing all the pieces together physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically She was here.
The Soul Sister Retreat was finally upon us.
We packed up 4 cars full of everything we needed to set up for this soulful weekend away and journeyed the 1.5 hours to the DIVINE Millgrove, stopping for lunch along the way.
We finally arrived..
Over the threshold of the small river we ventured, a day of setting up ahead of us, then the arrival of my guests, all excited and nervous at the same time.
The setting up process became effortless. My divine team and I deeply present, and in creation mode all flowing together to bring my visions to life. One crystal, candle, flower and throw rug at a time the space which started as a blank canvas, began to take on a life of her own.
She began to radiate support, comfort, homeliness, peace and nurturing.
She was created in such flow and she embodied and held all of her guests in a cocoon of love all weekend.
She became our safe place, our sanctuary, our home. Where we napped, journalled, sat in silence, shared soulful conversation, released our deepest fears and honored our biggest dreams.
Little did we know what was about to unfold in the following 2 days. The scene was bought to life from such an intuitive flowing space, from here on in, it was another level of effortless.
After setting up, it was time for some energy aligning and recharging meditation. Followed by, enjoying the amazing fresh mountain water showers to refresh and greet my guests.
I had always planned to have some time to meditate and center myself after the afternoon of setting up. Especially after the previous 2 weeks had been incredibly busy and I hadn’t been doing my usual daily emotional releases, and instead took that time to DO things for the retreat. It all makes sense in hindsight knowing that I’d let my energetic self care slip, and then experiencing what I was about to on that first night of retreat. I never saw it coming, and it hit me like a ton of crystals! The universe had a big lesson in store, and it needed to be learned right then and there!
One by one my soul sisters arrived and settled into their rooms.
As I walked past the rooms, the air was filled with excitement and a hint of nervousness, as my soul sisters all settled in for the weekend and began to get to know one another.
The lounge was filled with the divine aroma of dinner, essential oils and the buzzing female energy as the retreat was officially about to begin!
Stay tuned for Soul Sister Retreat Musings Part 2...
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