Women’s Retreat 2016 (+ new note from Amanda)

By all accounts, it was a great time!

Here’s a note from Amanda Leighton:

Hi Women Retreaters,

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 5.32.24 PMI just wanted to take a few minutes to acknowledge some things I noticed this weekend…..

First of all.  Those gift bags were such a blessing.  That someone handpicked the teacups and wrote out individual notes was such a gift to us.  I personally saw the significance in the things in my bag, including the colouring page!  So thank you for giving the time and thought to each woman, and that, upon arrival, we would already being receiving the richness of our community’s love.  

I am also just over the top grateful for the use of the physical space and I think it’s safe to say that we all were blessed by John, Violet, Lillian, Darryl and Robin.  I know we wrote them notes so they can just read those for further gratefulness and loving!  

I also have really reflected on those of you who took special care of Lindsey.  Thank you to those of you who were willing to just sit and be present to her.  The love of this community is really something.  

Another thing that I loved was that there were youth among us.  That just brought such a wonderful dynamic that, until now, we’ve been missing at these retreats.  So thank you for coming and thank you to the parents who encouraged and brought their kids.  It will be hard to forget seeing the circle of dancers that included both the youngest and the eldest doing that hip arm dance combo.  Such a beautiful (and hilarious) picture.  

The laughter this weekend was equally unforgettable.  and the tears.

It is just really wonderful to be a part of this amazing community of women. So rich.    

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.  

Love, Amanda

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Missing: Melody Schellenberg & Ang Falk

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