At each retreat we write, prompted by words and a little bit of magic. Maybe a lot of magic. Sometimes we have the right convergence of souls, energy, landscape and wine. Tuscany holds a particular kind of warm embrace for the light seekers. In this prompt, we were asked to write about our map, our future, our manifesto. Here’s mine.
My manifesto is this: Chart a course and let space girl fly. Make it so. Embrace my inner nerd, hug that girl who veered off course so many times to protect herself, to insulate herself, to keep from hurting. Did it work? Not at all. I see in my future more mapmaking, more stellar cartography. I’ve already seen the experiences start to make sense, or maybe I’m starting to make sense of chaos, when I put words to page. Let my senses be. I can be happy and sad at the same time. Maybe that’s what wisdom is. I can manifest light. I can dream things into existence. I can be afraid in my haunted house nightmares and still look into the drawer that won’t stay shut. I can drive into the tornado. I can use my special powers when I accept them as they are. I can care about the earth and still love to buy purses. I can be a caterpillar and chrysalis and a butterfly over and over again. I can edit the shit out of that piece. I can stop being scared. I can be grounded and leave the planet at the same time. I can learn to be okay with not being the thing I think other people want to see. I can admit it’s really what I have wanted to see and tried to be, and I can say I’m sorry to myself for judging and rejecting what was already there. I can be here now. I can live without all the answers. I can live with imperfection, or I will learn to, since this is future manifesto, and I will manifest pure acceptance. I will expand my galaxy, I will orbit, spin, love and live.
We’re going back to Tuscany Sept. 1-Sept. 6, and there’s room for you. We nurture our creative selves through morning yoga, workshops, writing prompts, comfort/healthy food, wine, breathtaking vistas, and the company of Icelandic horses —a one hour ride is available this year to our retreat attendees. Join us.