I’ve just arrived home from Fiji.
Where do I start? I was privileged to attend the Sacred Marks Bali retreat in 2018. Even before the retreat begins, the build up, the months of anticipation and excitement leading up to the retreat lifts your spirits as you know you have done something special for yourself.
As you tell people about it, and they say "Wow! You're going on your own?", I felt brave and empowered. Then there are some self doubts as you question yourself "What if I can't do it, what if I'm not as good as the others... etc." And then you arrive! The sense of belonging to something special is immediate; the buzz and excitement of meeting everyone, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of a foreign environment, and realising that we are all have this amazing thing in common - we all want to nurture our creativity together.
Everyone was so supportive of each other, it was a place I felt I was free to be me, with no judgement. And it was a place that I wept with delight as somewhere deep inside I remembered that I am a being that is meant to be creative. The combination of the environment, the music in the background, the sisterhood, the spontaneous singing and dancing, the laughs, the food, and most of all, a wonderfully gentle, inclusive style of teaching by a very talented facilitator all combined to make this an incredibly empowering and nurturing experience - thank you Tracy Verdugo!