The aspen leaves were turning and the mountain peaks were capped in snow, and I knew that no matter what happened, it would be a worthwhile and rewarding experience.
But it also felt like going to summer camp. Would the group get along? Would time move fast or slow? Would we get to do everything we hoped to do, or had we planned too much? Not to mention the texts about delayed flights and the last minute concerns about driving through snow (even in October)… Would we all make it to Paonia?
Thankfully, we did.
And as soon as we started our welcome reception at Azura Winery, I knew we'd be in the clear. Turns out there are a few truths about people who sign up for a writing and yoga retreat:
** People who take time off of work and then travel far from home are looking for more than writing. They want adventure, inspiration, and some time away. That brings an openness to the group and the experience right from the start.
** The writers who show up are the ones who were meant to to be there---for themselves, for the group, and for the whole experience.
** Everyone---and I mean everyone---has original, compelling, and meaningful stories to tell. (Not to mention, I apparently have a lot to say when it comes to writing).
** It takes more than three days to identify and write a story, but there is value in taking the time to let the meaningful story emerge. It can feel messy and confusing, but with a supportive group, it will yield transformation in your work and in yourself.
** A mindful risk---one that is undertaken thoughtfully and with some courageousness---will be met with rewards. What mindful risk will you take for your writing?