Dear Utne readers,
What you and I have in common are adventurous spirits and open hearts.
As some of you probably know, we are putting on our first-ever women's event November 10-13, at the Crossings (a wonderful eco spa) so I wanted to tell you why I decided to do it and why you should come.
These are times that demand of all of us that we stand up and speak up. But I know for myself that I throw a lot of internal obstacles in my own way -- the voices that say 'I don't know enough' or 'I'm not good enough' or 'I'm not ready.'
However, my life has taken a course in the last few years that has forced me to show up and speak up in ways I never anticipated and wouldn't have thought myself capable of.
I am blessed to have been bolstered and challenged and inspired by incredible women -- leaders who embody the strengths of the feminine and who have learned to move beyond their own fears and insecurities.
I wanted to share some of the gifts I have received with a larger community of women, so I designed this event for women who care about making a difference and want to be more connected to their own passion and purpose.
I have brought together an amazing group of presenters -- my own personal pantheon of goddesses. To mention a few: Frances Moore Lappe, author of a number of groundbreaking books, starting with Diet For a Small Planet; Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers, which I think is the best source of hope around; Jodie Evans, co-founder of Code Pink, strategist for Cindy Sheehan and probably the most effective angel I've ever met; Rachel Bagby, writer, singer, activist, farmer and attorney, whose voice and wisdom stir my heart. And that's just the beginning.
This retreat is not cheap -- but I want you to know that in coming, you will not only be nurturing yourself, but you will also be supporting independent media. Which is an endangered species these days...
So please consider coming (or skip the considering and just come). If you can't make it, send a deserving activist who will be cared for and replenished. Or send us a check -- there are lots of women we would love to offer scholarships to.
If you need more information, follow this link: http://www.utne.com/spa
Or just pick up the phone and register: 877-944-3003.
With love and anticipation,