Though we didn’t yet know one another, the Spanish countryside mesmerized us all…
This post comes to you courtesy of FP muse Billie Edwards.
A car full of young women drove up a winding mountain filled with olive trees and pink dirt. None of us knew each other yet — but it was nearly dusk, mesmerized by the Spanish countryside, and excited to spend a whole week here, together.
I felt at home. Instantly. Our beautiful Spanish hosts took us in with warm, open arms (and nourished us with incredible vegan food). A strong and comforting feminine energy soon engaged us all.
I’ve been asked to write about my 3 most memorable or moving experiences while on the retreat, and I have to say the most moving of my experiences was simply that of embracing the group of women around me. All hailing from completely different walks of life, and all contributing their unique touch. With only friendly, receptive and supportive vibes between us, an unwavering bond was soon forged. Although we had driven up the winding hills as strangers initially, I was heartbroken to say goodbye just one week later.
Waking up as part of the mountains encouraged me to slow my pace a little. We took a long slow hike throughout the countryside, absorbing everything in our periphery. The colours! I fell in love with the pink dirt, contrasting against vibrant yellow and green bush and trees. Goats and cows wandered about while a vibrant turquoise lake flowed through the landscape. I learnt of the town’s self-sufficiency, as they grow and utilise the vegetation to the best of their ability. It was almost impossible not to feel completely at peace here.
And last, but certainly not least — the Closing Ceremony, which took place the afternoon prior to our departure. We stood as one, wearing white dresses in a circle, celebrating the new Black Moon. Holding hands, sharing our hearts, chanting and dancing. I have a beautiful image in my memory — a group of happy barefoot women chanting sweetly and twirling, while long hair and white dresses spun and spun and spun.