Where can I possibly begin?
Because – and this is rare! - I'm truly at a loss for words. (In the best possible way.)
I returned last night from four days in the woods with fifteen of the most inspiring women I've met in a long time. And out of this collection of strangers – new mothers and grandmothers; city dwellers and farm girls; full-time-mums and business women - we forged deep connections, lifelong friendships, and a profound sense of community.
I haven't laughed this hard in a long time, nor given my energy so fully to get to know a group of people, their passions, and their stories.
And as our weekend unfolded, one of the strongest messages I felt was that desipte our inevitable differences, we had so very much in common.
Kindness and humor, passion and curiosity, caring and humility – and an overarching desire to become the best version of ourselves that we can.
And the herbs! Oh, the herbs. Together we made tinctures and teas, balms and oils, bitters and more. It was all that I had hoped for and then some. This gathering was the realization of a long-time dream to share plants with others and create remedies side by side from the bounty of nature. And that we did.
It was so good.
And with that, I'm settling in back in to the rhythms of home. I'm thankful to have my family close once more, yet feeling so inspired by the few days we spent apart.
And I can't wait to do it all again.
Thank you to Becky, Kate, Jill, Donna, Betsey, Erin, Lise, Karen, Hayley, Heather, Tara, Laura, Krystle, Liz, and Chelsea. You were funny, kind, helpful, forgiving, and all of the things that I aspire to be. I am humbled and honored to have played my part in our gathering. Together we created something magical.
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