(We took this photo from the plane last time we went north for our retreat. It's the Cotopaxi volcano!)Wow.
We are heading now (by plane) to host our last Body+Soul Camp of the year here in Ecuador. It's our TENTH retreat!! I can't believe it.
As these retreats approach. I always feel a mix of excitement, butterflies, and the biggest desire ever to GIVE MY ALL. And, I feel immense gratitude - oh sheesh. Gratitude for our staff. Gratitude for finding the most perfect property. Gratitude for Danny and his calmness and kickass teaching. Gratitude for all of the people that have TRUST in us and come with hope and hearts wide open.
In case you missed it on Facebook, some of our retreat alumni gave shout-outs to the incoming retreat guests. Here's a couple that made me smile from ear to ear. I really don't think I could love these two women more:
-Rethinking Infidelity. A friend sent me this Ted Talk. It's an incredible message for "anyone who has ever loved." Danny and I loved it. Esther Perel is brilliant! Thank you, Linsey Laidlaw!
-You must see the negotiation tactics used by the FBI. Soooo good. So many good tips for communicating well with spouses, coworkers, and family.
-Taking a Break for Friendship is one of the most delightful, butterfly inducing love stories I've read in a while. Of course, it's from the best newspaper column ever, Modern Love. Thank you, NY Times!
-A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you a happier person. Thank you to the brilliant Abby Clawson Low for always knowing what is right up my alley. XO
-A wonderful reader here, Heather Bloxham, started a company called Soft Enough for a King. She's selling a kit for an amazing Christmas tradition that just might be better than Elf on a Shelf. Parents will love this!
-Kami Larsen was a retreat guest and she feels like a soul sister. She has a website called Cleanse Your Life where she blogs and also sells an incredible healing program for people who want to eliminate inflammatory foods (like dairy, gluten, grains, sugar, soy.) The program also includes meditation, affirmations, movement, sleep, and gentle detoxification. Yes, please!
-There is a social media campaign started by some women at Aspiring Mormon Women called #EmbraceYourAND. It's all about women who have a family AND are pursuing worthwhile endeavors professionally or personally. It's about letting go of the mindset that you can only (or should only) embrace one or the other.
-Did you hear about the NY Philharmonic Free Fridays for the 2015/2016 season in NYC?? It's for ages 13-26. So awesome. High fives to anyone in their twenties living in NYC. There's nothing better. :)
Hugs and kisses to all of you and Sila, Rue & Pip, who will be at home with their caretakers this week.
See you in a week after the retreat!