Last month, we hosted our first ever Ellivate Expand retreat!! Fourteen of us gathered in Sedona for the first time ever. Not only was our retreat expansive (as intended!), it was connective, magical and transformative. The me that left Sedona on May 4 was a different person than the one who arrived on April 30.
As I headed to Sedona on April 30, I felt anxious, weary, and a bit burdened with all the preparatory to-dos. In addition to working through some of my own challenges, I had also been supporting several people with theirs over the past few weeks. Yet, I was determined to “power through it,” so I could do whatever was necessary to host a successful Ellivate event.
On Day 1 of the experience, we set intentions for what we wanted most from our time together – for ourselves and one another. My intention was to expand, grow and support myself and Ellivate in a more sustainable way. As I reflected on my intention, I realized I wasn’t just here to support my Ellivate sisters. I was here to support myself. I needed clarity, connection, and help. I needed to feel lighter and let go of the burdens I was carrying. I needed to rekindle the energy, excitement, and joy I feel for Ellivate and the amazing community we’re building together.
Well, I’m thrilled to report I received everything I asked for and more! Yes, I did some hard, deep work over the three days, but I could do it because I felt held, nourished and supported by my Ellivate sisters. And, it wasn’t all hard work! I had so much fun laughing, dancing, and playing with my Ellivate sisters in one of my favorite places in the world!