One of our recent participants, Maureen Jann, was kind enough to write about her personal experience of the May 2015 Camp Souldust, a 3-day overnight Desire Map retreat held at Lake Crescent in the Olympic National Forest.
Man, did I need a vacation.
It’s really hard to remember who you are when you’re buried in daily obligations. I work two jobs, have a twenty hour commute, am trying to be a good mom to a toddler and still have a life. Sometimes I feel lost and frustrated.
Serendipitously, I ran across Souldust. I cheated, because I know Rachel (the lovely proprietress). She told me about Camp Souldust. Cabins, comrades, The Desire Map and yoga. I knew I needed to go.
As we pulled up to Lake Crescent, it was clear this was going to be a lovely weekend. The time was right to make space for me again.
Being a natural skeptic, the self-help-y nature of The Desire Map felt a little too granola for me, but I tried it anyway. That’s what I tell my two year old to do, and being a hypocrite is not on the table. An hour in, I knew it was special. As a highly motivated person, I always have more than my share of goals. The Desire Map showed me that not all of them were going to get me where I wanted to go. It was time to re-evaluate.
And, as luck would have it, there was a silent meditation walk. Turns out this was a perfect time for me to reflect on what I had just discovered. There is safety in silence. I needed that time to think. Think….that words feels foreign sometimes when we’re in the vortex of a swirling busy life. It was a luxury. A luxury I desperately needed. I started making some choices to put my life back into balance. It was time to make time.
After a delicious dinner, it was campfire time and summer camp nostalgia crept in. The simplicity of the outdoors came rushing back while we made s’mores and a few friends.
When I walked away from Camp Souldust that Sunday afternoon, I walked away with a few new things. I walked away with a little space in my heart and head to give me time to build the life I wanted for myself and my family thanks to Rachel and The Desire Map. I packed up a more comfortable and limber body thanks to Carla’s yoga. The tools I gained reminded me that I can take action in my life. The decisions I make matter.
And you know what? The changes I’ve made are making my days nicer and my head a healthier and happier place. I made space for me. By doing that I’ve made space for the people and the things I love.
Have you had an experience that left you space to breathe? Tell us about it in the comments.
And, if you want to find a little space like the lovely Maureen did at Camp Souldust, you might consider signing up for one of our upcoming Camps.