Reflections of Summer
A glorious tangerine full moon dances over Chalice Lake this misty morn offering a gentle reminder that playful Summer is beginning to yawn while fiery Autumn is beginning to stretch and stir. It causes me to reflect on the passing of the last few months filled with profound experiences, new relationships, revelations and realizations, perhaps one of the most gifted summers I’ve lived in a while.
On June 26th Grail Springs hosted the Pachamama Alliance and the ‘Awaken the Dreamer’ Symposium, attended by travelers from as far away as Finland, Australia, India and the UK. Transformational leaders shared their ‘dream’, and how that dream has come to fruition in their work today focusing on three fields of service:
• Environmental Sustainability
• Social Justice
• Spiritual Freedom
We heard from the likes of Swami Pragyapad from the Art of Living Foundation, Barbara Marx Hubbard, founder of Conscious Evolution Foundation and Neale Donald Walsch, New York Times’ Best Seller for ‘Conversations with God’ series. The day was palpable, the revelations and inspirations many.
The following day we launched the Grail Lady Faire, Canada’s first 7-day festival for women empowering women. As I sit here trying to find the words to describe what happened during that week, I am finding myself grinning and feeling a bit mischievous, like I have a big secret. Canadian singer and songwriter Pamela Gerrand described it as being in a portal. Founder of the Red Tent Temple Movement Alisa Starkweather referred to it as being deep inside a protective container. Spiritual guide Vera Lopez described as being in the chalice itself. The energy created and held by these pillars of the divine feminine; powerful, conscious women of service, was unlike anything I have ever witnessed. There was an undeniable Presence responding to our intention and most of the 200 women who visited over the seven days, also felt they had passed through an invisible veil. Welcome to Avalon…:o)
With over 21 presenters delivering over the next seven days, we were filled with reverent ceremony, spontaneous outbreaks of music, drumming and song, powerful invocation, provocative speeches and practical workshops. Women gave their all. I was gleefully taken aback by the important work that is being developed and delivered by women around the world. We are an unstoppable force. And unlike most gatherings I have been to in the past, there was a new and beautiful balance of both essences of Love and Wisdom, the key to women's next step upon their evolutionary path.
I thank those who gave their all, and to those who attended and brought their open hearts, their joy and their wisdom. I relish in my new found friendships. And as the full moon of August disappears behind the tree line, I already count down the number of full moons left until the next Grail Lady Faire. (9)
Save the Date: June 27 to July 4, 2011!