Mid-Winter PNW Coven

I had the extreme fortune of attending a retreat with some amazing women, none of whom I’d met in person before.

I wish I could have stayed for the full 3-day sleepover, but I had to get back for a Vulva Underground show.  I was in good company at the home of Jenette Neilsen (photos are of her home): Maya Corinne of Urban Organica (watch her Ted Talk here), Umberdove Kelly Clark, HerbMother Latisha Guthrie, Madelyn Mulvaney, Marybeth Bonfiglio, Smashing Rubbish Jennette Neilsen, Robyn Rae Johnston, Inhabit Earthways Sarah Stevens, {eye} wonder workshops Eileen Nishi, Merrilee Kennedy, Danielle Cohen, & Blue Stocking Salon’s Jill Pettinger Clifton.

Yeah, so I was blown away.

Of course I piled a bunch of dreamcatcher makings in the Nissan for the trip.

First stop, Seattle. To see my best friend. We’ve known each other since we were 14 back in Vermont. At the time, I was gay and he was straight…uh, sort of.  Now the tables have turned, and we’re both living with our partners. We have been through some shit. We’re both trauma survivors, and we’re both super engaged in our healing process. So every time we get together we talk about the healing we’ve done, what we’re up to in therapy, it’s like a huge multilevel check-in. I could use them more often. People who have witnessed your growth and development. And we laugh our asses off.

I spun a public art installation wheel on our way to dinner:

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I can’t even describe Jenette’s home. OMG. Every single woman at the gathering I want to snuggle into infinity.

They’re like…my new family!
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cacao ceremony

cacao ceremony

Herb Mama Latisha Guthrie guides us through the ceremony

Herb Mama Latisha Guthrie guides us through the ceremony

cacao with cayenne and cinnamon

cacao with cayenne and cinnamon

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creation

creation

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And then I had to go.

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bald eagles on the ride home

bald eagles on the ride home

 

heading north

Heading home to Portland. I live there now…crazy.