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Life Changing Experiences

Have you ever had a life changing experience? Most of us have, but sometimes don’t or can’t recognize them as they are happening. I have had many in my life and one that I want to tell you about from a few summers ago when I attended Goddess Summer Camp in the beautiful woods in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

I had heard about Megan Wagner’s women’s initiations, but for a variety of reasons had not attended. I talked myself out of going because the dates were wrong or I thought it too expensive (actually it is a great deal for a long weekend retreat that includes all activities and food for a less than reasonable price) but the truth of the matter is that i just wasn’t ready. So it took me a few years to finally attend. And when I did, I was blown away!

It was a life-changing initiation retreat with other interesting women during which I learned a great deal about me, my life and wonderful tools to help me deal with life’s stressful moments. I learned that some of the emotional storms that I whether as a woman, as a daughter, as a wife, as a mother and as a friend are common to other women.

During the retreat, Megan shares stories about the 5 powerful feminine archetypes through storytelling, personal reflection, sharing, eating, hot-tubing, walking, drumming, dancing, listening and evening rituals. We learned about the feminine ways of Strength, Compassion, Change and Action that meant a clearer sense of myself and my self-mastery. In other words, it was life-changing.

In just a few weeks, Megan is leading another Goddess Summer Camp retreat from Thursday July 31 through August 3 at the Double Bear Retreat Center. And even though I attended in 2012, I am going again this year. I am looking forward to experiencing the retreat and initiations all over again with other strong, strong open-hearted women, looking to shift into their radiant selves to embody their feminine power with grace and compassion.

It would be wonderful if you chose to join me at this retreat with Megan Wagner, PhD. The price is reasonable for the long weekend of 3 nights and 4 days and includes all workshops, rituals and room and board of only $695. Many women’s retreats cost much more money, are held in fancy hotels with slick leaders, trying to sell other products and/or services. This is a down-to-earth, life changing event that is just what it is: a wonderful weekend in a rustic setting with other women realizing their highest vision for themselves.

If you are at all interested, please register for 2014 Goddess Summer Camp and join me as we explore how to be the women we want to be. And please don’t hesitate to contact me (or Megan directly) if you have questions.



PS: Please note that I do NOT receive monetary gain for your participation, I do however hope to receive a stronger bond through a deeper connection with my friends who attend!

PPS: If you are coming from out of town, the closest airport to the retreat center is the San Jose Airport, about a 40 minute drive.

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It has been too long

It has been too long since I started, edited and finished a blog piece.

It has been too long since I felt my feet on the ground.

It has been too long since I had quiet space in my head to think.

It has been too long since I have been able to fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning in the time zone that I am.

So, even though I am still wiped out from jet lag and even though we are getting ready for a family trip to the east coast, I want to update you on what has happened since I last posted in mid April.

  • I got sick had to go on antibiotics. I learned that the Australia private clinics are staffed by kind and caring people.
  • We went to Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock and took a sunrise tour/walk around it one morning. And then had dinner one night, watching the sunset over the rock. Wow, it was amazing.
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  • We went to Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territories. Gorgeous doesn’t begin to describe the beauty there. We saw crocodiles that were easily 12 feet long: very scary and very primordial. And scenery that took my breath away.
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  • On the way back to the airport we encountered a suicidal wallaby. Here is what it did to our rental car, I will spare you photos of the wallaby after our collision. My advice to anyone renting a car in Australia. Take the full insurance collision coverage. Thank goodness we took a partial amount.
  • Next we went to Phillip Island and watched the little blue penguins march onto the beach from the ocean after sunset. We had night vision binoculars, so you will have to take my word for it, it was amazing.
  • Then Kamala came out and we took her to Hamilton Island, a resort island with no cars, only golf buggies. It has amazing snorkeling and beautiful beaches as it is by the Great Barrier Reef. And of course their famous Coffee Martinis. We help Koalas and David held a python. Hill Inlet by Whitehavan beach is gorgeous. The sand is white and soft like powder.
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  • After Hamilton Island, we took Kamala wine tasting–drinking age in Australia is 18. We stopped by several wineries and explored cute little towns in the country side. It was a day of wine, coffee chocolate and fun.
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  • And then for our grand finale, we went to Indonesia. First we had a few days in Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores. From there we took a day tour to Komodo National Park to see the komodo dragon on Komodo and Rinca Islands with lunch on a pink beach.
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  • And then onto Bali where David had found a beautiful hotel/Yoga Center on a cliff that had to be one of the most serene settings we have ever been in. Our ‘room’ was made up from an old Balinese home; we had a private poola meditation space along with our beds and an open air bathroom. There were only 6 ‘rooms’ in the place so it was very quiet and peaceful.
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  • Here are some of the scenes from our day in Ubud.
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  • So after 4 1/2 months away,  36 plane rides, 15 boat rides I traveled 182,164 miles according to TripIt, a great travel app that kept track of ALL my travel and in the correct time zone.
  • Here are our final travel scenes from our grand adventure, yes that is 10 suitcases. Not pictures are our additional 3 carry-ons.
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As a blogger, I enjoy sharing my ideas and thoughts with people, and I get a special thrill when someone leaves a comment. When you share my posts on social media sites, I jump up and down doing a happy dance. So thank you!