The day dawned bright and clear… and our team was ‘over the moon’ excited about what the day would hold and the women we would get to meet. Months of planning, dreaming and being inspired lead up to this moment and our team was truly feeling the beauty this day would hold.
The location: The gorgeous Wilson Vineyards, located in Clarksburg, a rustic barn.
The weather: Blue skies, gentle breezes and 100 degree heat. (Thank goodness for fans!!)
The woman: Authentic woman that showed up ready to step into their best life.
The message: Find your Bliss.
The day began with our own personal barista Lexi, who prepared gourmet coffee and tea for each of us. Followed by gentle music played by the wonderful Julie and Kathy. Heather led us in an art experience that engaged the rights side of our brain. All we needed was Paper… Sharpies… Oil pastels… and our smudgy fingers. Fun Fun…
Then we explored the meaning of the word ‘Bliss’… Not the light and fluffy feelings around it BUT how it actually goes so much deeper. Bliss is about intentional living. About asking kind questions that move us into a life we want. Bliss is about listening to what is being whispered to us… Relating to what supports our unique journey… Nurturing who we are and who we are becoming… Bliss is living confidently… Honoring the truth we will hear in the journey… Bliss is about inviting love in to guide and transform you.
The day was filled with story-telling, creating bliss books, laughter, tears, growth, space within time, beautiful sharing, quiet moments and moving classical music and new friendships.
We asked each member of our team what their favorite part of the day was:
“I loved how the beauty of our environment complimented the beauty of our guests and the conversations we had. I enjoyed seeing their inner beauty so clearly reflected in the bliss books, their art, and their responses to our discussions.” – Heather
“My favorite part of the day was getting to engage with each of the amazing woman that attended. I am always drawn to the fact that we are all so diverse and unique… and yet, when we share some of the deepest part of our hearts, we come to realize we have the same longings and needs. The same desires to be heard and valued. I felt absolutely honored to be on this journey with each of them. Making new friends in such an authentic way was AWESOME!” – Sharon
“There was a moment toward the end of the retreat where I could see fresh air hit each woman’s heart as they breathed in the energy of the day. I get so excited for each of them as I think about what is ahead… I know their lives will transform so beautifully because they have been intentional about taking a day for themselves. It’s just the beginning, but it’s such an important step. It’s an awesome thing to be able to reflect back to each woman what a worthy investment she is!“ – Meredith
“I can’t stop thinking about the energy that was felt in the room throughout the day. I am in awe with what is created when you have a room full of women that are all there with the same purpose, the same intention, the same openness and desire to invite goodness into their lives. To try and describe it in words is difficult because it was a feeling that filled our souls, and lifted our spirits. I guess if I had to narrow it down to three words it would be peace, comfort and joy. I feel so honored to have connected with each and every woman that came and enjoyed the day with us! So excited for the next one! Hugs!“ – Michaela
Thanks to each of the amazing woman that joined us. Crystal, Luna, Jennifer, Michelle, Shelley, Kathy, Julie, Lexi, Margo, Erin, Melinda, Mary and Catriona, you each inspired us. Thank you for sharing this day with us, and for being willing to step into brave and engage better in the life you want.
The Arise & Be Team
and here are some thoughts from retreat attendants:
“The reminder that I need to take the time to be intentional in nurturing my heart was so important to me.”
“It was beautiful. My soul is more at peace now and has the space to breathe.” – Michelle
“Hearing words put to my deepest emotions via other women’s voices was most significant about this experience.” – Shelley
“You can’t drive a car with an empty tank and today filled my tank to overflowing. It made me realize the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual need to make the time to do this on a regular basis.” – Melinda
“The power of being in a room with so many beautiful women had such an impact on me.” – Michelle
Such a stunning group of beautiful, open spirits! xoxo!