Chicago Retreat Recap


This event was special because people traveled far to see us. Canada. New Jersey. Florida. Washington D.C. (And Chicago, too.) One guest even brought her father, which was all sorts of special in itself. Oh, how we desired for them all to feel that the event was worth the hours they had traveled.

(Something fun: We got to stay with my brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew who live right in downtown Chicago. It was SO great to see them before and after the retreat.)

We loved our commute to Wicker Park each morning from downtown Chicago. It included walking through the set of the next Spike Lee film (it’s about gun violence in Chicago and yes, there were gunshots on set that were making the neighborhood on edge.) But as we walked in each day, it felt so good to know what we were about to do…we were about to gather with some beautiful souls and talk about how we can heal and send our love and peace into the world. There is nothing better than that. I said to Danny, “Can you believe we get to do this for ‘work’ today?”

We met each day with our guests in an INCREDIBLE flat that was built within a former church. Stained glass was our backdrop and 36 ft. ceilings took our breath away. It felt like the perfect setting for a reset.

Danny and I taught our hearts out. It just came out as best as we could have hoped. I don’t ever take that for granted. We taught every bit we could about how it is that we’ve learned to experience happiness, healing, and peace in life.

People did new things they’d never done before and had many a-ha moments that are now affecting the course of their lives. They’re doing it!!! We get to see several from the sidelines. And it’s INCREDIBLE to see. 

We couldn’t have asked for anything more.

And we even got to eat bimbimbap for lunch (so good).

And the father that came? Who had never read the blog? He said that being there was one of the best things he’d ever done. The daughter reports that he still can’t stop talking about it. 🙂

Something meaningful to us…

Our volunteer in Chicago had the biggest heart in the world. She wrote us well over a year ago (before the Tour came about) and said she’d LOVE to help us host an event in Chicago if we’d come. We weren’t able to do it right away, but she patiently stayed in touch and sent us reminders until the time was right. From that act of kindness and generous persistence came the inspiration for the entire U.S. Tour!! Talk about the power of one human being to get something going. We can’t thank her enough.

With love to all of you, especially our Chicago guests (2 days was not enough!)


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  1. Anonymous September 8, 2015 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    2 days were definitely not enough!! Our 2 days with everyone was so, so special. I think of everyone often. Hope you are all well.
    Much love,

    • mara September 10, 2015 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Jen!! We think of you so much, too. Love you tons. I'll never forget our beautiful experience together. You are simply amazing to me. XOXO

  2. Sally Smith September 9, 2015 at 2:26 am - Reply

    I don't seem to be able to write a coherant sentance today, so I'll just send thanks and love your way! You two are the best! xoxoxo

    • mara September 10, 2015 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      Sally! I miss you! We still think of you so much and feel SO grateful for you and all that you are. We will never forget all you did for us – and for everyone else. With love, M

  3. Karen T. September 10, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Wow–I love that someone brought her dad and that he loved it. It just makes me so happy to read about that this morning. Be proud–you are doing great things in this world, one person at a time.

    • mara September 10, 2015 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      Karen, thank you, thank you. We're doing our best! XOXO

  4. Sarah September 10, 2015 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    I second Jen's comment, 2 days were simply not enough! I think of those two days often, and speak about them with my dad all of the time. Such a huge blessing. I hope to be able to share them with more of my family members in the future! So much love and gratitude to you both!!

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