Posted by – July 18, 2010

This afternoon, I got back from a weekend women’s spiritual retreat at the breathtaking Rainbow Lodge. A close girlfriend invited me to attend with her. I don’t really want to write about it because it was such an intense and healing experience, and I feel like it will lose so much in translation, and perhaps I’m worried that I’ll lose some of it if I attempt the translation. Like it’s just one of those few things in my life that is so precious I want to keep it safe from the world (read: Internet), because that’s how I felt when I was there: safe. It was the safest and best-loved I’ve felt in a long time, there with fifty women who were complete strangers to me when I arrived. Maybe I’ll talk more about it later.

But I’ll say this: Everyone should do something like this at least once a year. I don’t even know how to find the good ones, or I’d tell you all. My friend found this one, and she also found the one we went to last year (different location, different group, equally amazing). When you ask her how she finds them, she shrugs: “I’m on a lot of mailing lists.”

The whole thing — including (comfortable) lodging and (good) food — only cost $150. I think that’s when you know you’ve found a good spiritual retreat — when the organizers are clearly more interested in furthering your relationship with God than in making money. I’m sure we covered their costs and nothing more.

Also, if you live in the Seattle area and you have never hiked Mt. Si, you’re missing out on a really beautiful meditation and an even better butt workout.

  • Most of who I am today is the result of many summers of many years spent connecting with amazing people out and away from the world of paved structure and out into nature where literally and figuratively I was taught with confidence to create my own trail while appreciating what I had and the awesome people around me. So glad you got to go!

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