This month on The Goddess Diaries blog, we've been exploring the Bee- Goddess connection. So far we have discovered that honeybees are hard workers, but that also contained in their message is the wisdom to never pass up the sweetness of life!
So this weekend, I was invited to facilitate a laughter yoga session at a woodland-faerie-themed private retreat in the woods! What a great opportunity to get out and enjoy life!
The event, called Matriarch, is in it's fourth year and was the scene of all kinds of Midsummer Magic where a group of about fifteen young wild women camped for four days in the majesty that is the Idaho wilderness.
The event organizer did a great job of getting everyone involved in decorating the camp site by having them each add their own personal flair. There was a lace canopy, torches and rainbow lights to mark our paths from the campsite to the creek and here you can see the trees were decked out with sunflowers and ribbons...
We also created a makeshift altar using items found in nature along with the feminine cards pulled from the Rider Waite tarot deck.
Of course, it was Summer Solstice so we had to get in a little sun worship, too! There were rainbows around the sun, so I snapped this picture hoping to capture the scene. I was pleasantly surprised to see how the shape of the clouds seemed to turn the sun into a flower.
But as the sun began to set, we got our giggles on with a round of laughter yoga. Our campers then called back the sun, invoking its firey energy with some fire dancing and, later on, glow in the dark hoola hoops.
Each participant was asked to bring a handmade gift to exchange with the others. I really loved these adorable faerie herbal tea poppets which are designed to sit in your mug of hot water, as if they are hanging out in a a hot tub. The poppets can be reused up to five times (more or less depending on the amount of herbs they are made with) and can be made of any kind of herb you prefer. These poppets were made of mint, sage and willow.
I think it is worth noting that this weekend's retreat was just exactly what the soul needed--not only did I get in touch with my inner wild-woman, but for other, even more personal reasons. You see, my step daughter was there, too, and we have always had somewhat of an awkward relationship.
First, I have to say that T. is an amazing young woman who has always been driven to succeed in the world. She is a full time college student, works two jobs, bought her own home and car without any assistance from anyone...we are extremely proud of her accomplishments!
When I first met her, though, she was 13 and just entering that gangly, awkward adolescent phase. Over the past eight + years, we have had our challenges as her father and I tried to blend our households in a way that was friendly for everyone. But...raising kids can be hard, especially when you have a blended household of seven children all competing for attention.
I have always treated her like one of my own, but she lived with us only part time, so there always seemed to be a sort of resistance there -- perhaps coming from both of us? Whatever the reason, she and I have never really gotten very close.
The real gift of this retreat, at least for me, was the time and the space to connect a little more deeply with her.
I hope you enjoyed your Solstice and I thank you for letting me share mine with you!
My name is Dawn Champine and I am the Creatrix of The Goddess Diaries. I am very passionate about helping women remember their REAL GODDESS selves.