Finding our sacred space

House of Joy

I have been to a sacred place. A place that a group of women created together.  Where we shared our stories, some tears, some laughter, and loving friendship. This is the front porch of the old house, fittingly called “House of Joy”, where we stayed.

Oak trees

The old house is surrounded by mature trees that are changing to fall colors almost as we watch.  Though the weather was cool, it was such a treasure for me to be out among all this and just drink it in.  To learn more about this location, click here.

the bell

I looked at this bell and thought of how it has been used to summon people, to signal a time for meals or perhaps for other things.  And I also thought of how each of us was drawn to this place at this time with this particular group of women…as though our inner compass compelled us to be there.  

our sacred place

It may only look like a room, but it will always be a place where healing began.  There was no big formula, no fancy technique.  We simply shared our stories, and carefully listened to each other. 

Whenever we can allow ourselves to be vulnerable, to open up and share who we really are, and when we can do that with friends we really trust….I think all of that together becomes something sacred, no matter where it occurs.  

Have you had that opportunity to meet with friends and say what is on your heart?  How have you created that kind of sacred space in your own life?

(More images from the weekend will be shared over the next few days.)

A Time For Everything

Garden at Maria Stein

This evening I will begin a weekend retreat with a group of friends, in a beautiful retreat center that includes this garden.  This will be my first time to facilitate the discussions at a retreat of any kind. 

We will take time to unplug from technology, connect to each other with good conversation, do a bit of creating, and maybe even take a photo walk.  My heart’s desire is that this will be a time to heal, to renew.

So, my dear reader, if you would please keep us in your thoughts, in your heart, in your prayers. 

And may you find a way to take time for your own little retreat of some kind this weekend, and be kind to You.

Sending you peace….