We all checked in and found our sleeping spots. Shout out to my wonderful roomies Katie and Kylie. These women became such wonderful companions for me, sharing their stories and letting me share mine. The chats we had I will never forget and cherish forever.
Workshop number one was with Mary-Kate McDevitt. This little pocket rocket of a person was everything. Her personality and energy was infectious and made the first class full of giggles and the creativity was in the air. Challenging us to let go of preconceptions and references, she encouraged us to doodle, to play, and to create in a way that was incredibly foreign to me. In my day to day, I tend to play less and work more, so this was a nice but jarring change. The true take away was obviously that all animals should wear hats or sunglasses, and most things can be made better with a swirl or two.
My chosen artist was Jon Bellion, with his song Stupid Deep. This really resonated with me before this trip, but even more so now. The opening line is “what if who I hoped to be was always me…” and this is something I really felt being there, that the me I am, the one I’ve been working on, is exactly who I want to be.
I cannot thank Becca enough for the opportunity she afforded me. By close of retreat, I felt loved by my peers, captured by creative inspiration, but most importantly, I felt worthy, and that meant so much more.