Back in October my good friend, Sam Rueter, and I held an Ember and Solis retreat with a small group of women creatives. We ran away to the seclusion of the Cascade Mountains and for three days we confronted and rewrote the narratives that we as women are told our whole lives. Throughout our time, we collaborated, talked, laughed, and got to know each other on a distinctly deeper level. I feel we all came away feeling rejuvenated and more focused on each of our individual creative endeavors.
We all arrived to That PNW Cabin on Friday afternoon. After making our introductions and sharing a bit about ourselves, we wrote down our intentions for the weekend. The rest of the day was spent collaborating on the group project we would be working on later in the weekend. Each of us shared our thoughts on various ideas we wanted to explore. We ended the night with some delicious s'mores and an in depth discussion about the themes of the retreat.
The next day, over coffee and breakfast, we talked about plans for the day ahead. We got started with a meditation circle outside in the fresh morning air. During the afternoon, we all took the time to sit with guest speakers, Alixia and Tiffany, to learn new ways to deal with anxiety and body confidence issues. We ended the day by going to a secluded spot in the rainforest to make some photos of our attendees. It was amazing to see them embrace themselves in front of the camera. Have a look below for a peak at some of those.
Our last day was dedicated to the group project that we had been collaborating on throughout the weekend. The subjects we explored were shame, vulnerability, connection, and transition. Everyone utilized their unique talents to make these photos to come to life. It truly was a collaborative project by a group of creative women who started the weekend as complete strangers.
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