Imagine spending a long weekend in a safe place, a place in which however you are is welcome. Imagine being loved so much that you find your courage, or more of it, and dare to say something true. Out loud. Watch your brave words embolden another, and laugh together. Then cry together. Go for a walk, take pictures, watch a Broadway show that turns things you took for granted upside down. Meet parts of yourself that you don't ordinarily invite to dinner. Find a way--through the back door, where no one thinks to look--to the parts of your voice that have been eluding you.
Thank you to these dear friends for the way they love and embolden me.
For more about the Integrate Retreat 2010, check out these posts and links:
Integrate Retreat 2010 on Flickr (some great pics)
When Girls Gather by Amelia Maness-Gilliland
Day 16,261: Re-Entry by Julie Keefe
New Friends by Katie Noah Gibson