2018 Gathering Overview
2018 gatherings will highlight five major themes:
Birth (May) | Balance (June) | Interconnection (July) | Spirit (Aug) | Movement (Sept)
These gatherings won't have gurus. They won't ask you to be "hardcore" or "push you to the limits." They won't be spent on a phone (in fact, everyone's encouraged to leave them off), and they won't drain your bank account. Instead, we will be each other's mentors. We will support each other in whatever experience level we happen to collectively be at. We will connect with one another while fully present, and the weekend will not only be affordable, but approachable and accessible on as many levels as we can muster. It's an adventure, but it's also a stepping stone. Join us!
Special guests will offer unique thoughts and support in what that particular theme means to them, and we will all hold space for open conversations within those themes. Further, we will continue meeting in natural spaces where we can relax, unplug, explore and reconnect with the natural world. Everyone is invited to take part in the discussions and activities if they speak to them, or simply take time to explore the outdoors, yourself and the connections that reveal themselves in these safe spaces of open women.
About The Gatherings
May 2018 - Denmark, Maine
Spring, a time of rebirth. A time to let go of the things that aren't working for you, your path, and your highest self. A time to transition out of the meditative depths of winter, and welcome the new life and energy of the season's turn. In this very special gathering at the cusp of Spring, we will hold space for processing what's not working for us, letting it fall away and allowing ourselves to welcome the energy of rebirth.
Special Guest - Lynne Rey
Lynne is an herbalist, artist, and holistic health practioner. She graduated from Tisch School of the Arts in Experimental Theatre, and has been a practitioner of healing modalities for the last decade. Lynne has been an apprentice of herbalism under Susun Weed and Flower Power Herbs and Roots, she has studied permaculture and improving earth-human relationships in Croatia, and Austria. Her theatrical work synthesizes movement, word play, and deeply empathic components.
Finding a balance between work and play... hard to get a grasp on, no? How do you allow yourself sufficient time to create that thing you visualize - whatever it may be - while also allowing space for relaxation, spontaneity, connection, and the simple act of being? Maybe you feel that you can't say yes to everything you want to, or maybe you want to secure your footing, stand firm for yourself and learn how to say 'no' Our June gathering will be based around sharing ideas on how to listen to your inner voice to securely decide what you want to carve out time for, and keeping and maintaining space for that. Ideally finding that perfect proportions of yes and no will give you a better sense of balance in your life.
Special Guest - Raquel Hamias
Raquel Hamias is market researcher at Conde Nast for lifestyle brands (Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Traveler, Pitchfork, among others), emphasizing creativity and common sense in presenting data. Raquel likes to maintain a creative fire with lots of crafty hobbies, including cooking, watercolors, dance, knitting, and hiking. An avid traveler, you will usually find at least some part of her brain dedicated to planning her next trip. These include faraway and dreamy destinations like Italy, but finding solace in nature, she takes time to hike through the Utah desert, paddle in Maine's rural lakes and camp in Northern California's redwood forests. Instagram
In general, there are two different views of how we perceive the world. The first view is that all beings exist independently, that the world is a collection of independent beings. From this perspective, life and death of one being is unrelated to the life and death of another.
In our July gathering, we will explore the second world view: that all beings, rather than existing independently, exist in relation to other beings. Further, that everything in the world is interconnected, and by not understanding this on a core level, we are alienating ourselves from our true nature, and from each other. We are not only connected to other people, but to the air through our breathing and to the universe through light. Thus, severing these interconnections means death for all beings.
Women are the great connectors, and to heal the current atmosphere of hate, isolation and fear, it's important that we take hold of this gift and start using it to promote interconnection and spread compassion. July's gathering is an opportunity to talk about how we might do this in our own lives and to support one another in doing so.
Heather, founder of We Are Still Wild, is trying to align her spiritual truth with her human experience through digital storytelling, women’s gatherings, holistic healing and soft guidance (Reiki, plant medicine and exploring the outdoors).
Heather primarily spends her days as a digital storyteller and oral historian focused on creating a more humane pathway forward, which she facilitate through her creative agency, OPIA Creative. Her work revolves around inspiring others to reconnect with the natural world, themselves and holistic modalities. With one foot immersed in technology and the other in holistic wellness, she is striving to create a long line of work based around inspiring the spirit, mindfulness, dignity, interconnection, self care and the stories behind the people spreading their knowledge and passion about these topics.
Along with her technological skill set, Heather also has a degree in alternative and holistic wellness, is a Reiki practitioner, a cook specializing in food sensitivities and allergies, studies sound healing, herbalism and wild crafting. In short, she is interested in all aspects of holistic living, making them accessible and easily understood.
Connecting with spirit, life's energy, and feeling comfortable navigating the Great Mystery are all significant aspects in leading a life true to our highest selves. Yet, in our busy lives, we might find it tough to connect to deeper parts of ourselves on a daily basis. "We can feel so disconnected from life, people, and our callings that we change directions over and over without thought or without pondering possible repercussions. We are fearful and anxious about life without knowing why, and this disconnection is believed to be a root cause of the present rampant pandemic of stress-related disorders." - ThoughtCo
It’s so important that we not only take the time to meditate, but also to check in with ourselves to see more clearly how we’re feeling, what we want to do at various points in our lives, and ultimately to get guidance, on a more conscious level, from our higher selves. August's gathering will offer time and space in a natural setting to focus on ways to inspire your spirit, tune into your highest self and nourish the path you're on... or want to be on. As an accomplished herbalist, astrologer, artist and farmer, Denise will offer ways to do so through herbs, ritual, time in the outdoors and tarot.
Special Guest - Denise Despirito
Denise is currently the garden manager at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden, Maine. This is her fifth growing season in the midcoast having spent the first two managing four acres of medicinal herb production at Avena Botanicals in Rockport, Maine. She has grown herbs and flowers at various farms in the northeast including Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in New York and Farmacy Herbs in Rhode Island. Her connection to herbs was birthed in NYC, where the mugwort growing from the cracks in the sidewalks gave her visions of studying more deeply with the plants. It lead her to rural Rutland, Ohio to intern at United Plant Savers Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary and to study herbal medicine with a variety of amazing teachers, and the plants themselves, across the US. Herbalism is a form of activism and she is committed to keeping plant medicine accessible and a place of empowerment for all people. Website | Instagram
September 7-9 - Denmark, Maine
To most people, healthy movement means exercise. But moving your body is about so much more; like improved thinking, stronger relationships, and expressing your purpose in life. Tuning in to the physical body is a tool to feel grounded, confident, and capable.
As humans, we move our bodies to express our wants, needs, emotions, thoughts, and ideas. Ultimately, how we move — and how often we give ourselves permission to move — directly relates to how we engage with the world. Cultivating a connection to your physical body supports the way you think, feel, and establish your larger purpose in life. September's gathering aims to explore different forms of movement, With guidance in yoga and dance, combined with personal time to hike, swim, paddle and more outside, this weekend will aim to answer the question, "How do you move… and how could you potentially move?"
Special Guest - Christa Whitney
Christa Whitney is currently the director of the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project. She spent most of her life dancing, practicing yoga and moving in a way that made her feel joyous, expressive and free. However, five years ago she found herself in a position where she had to put that movement aside while creating a project she felt passionate about. This has been a decision that's weighed heavily on her for years, and only recently has she been in a position to make a change. Christa will share her story of how she went from working all the time, to figuring out how to re-introduce movement back into her life and in what ways we might do the same.
Photo by Lizzy Affa