I wanted to talk to you a little bit about Soul Restoration. It’s one of those things that I just figure everyone has heard of because it’s been such a big part of my life, and that isn’t really true. Most people I talk to have never heard of it.
So today I am going to pretend like we are sitting across from each other, having a cuppa ___ (fill in your cup), chatting away, and you ask me what this thing I teach is all about….
First of all, it is one of my greatest joys to teach it. I wish I could teach it every week. I wish every woman I know could gather with me and learn how awesome she really is while I hold space for her to do it.
When I first did Soul Restoration it gave me the skills and courage to change a lot of things in my life that needed to be changed. I had A LOT of restoring to do. Not everyone does. Some women have had, and do have, a really good life. Here’s the deal… ANY woman can get something out of this curriculum. We all get run down. Every person alive, at some point in time, starts believing things about themselves that aren’t true. Whether it is what they tell themselves, or what they hear from the world around them, we all fall for the lies at some point. Most people will, at some point in their life, start putting up a cardboard cut out of themselves instead of showing up as their most authentic self. It’s easier and you don’t get hurt as much. Every single person I have ever talked to has a problem with boundaries. We let ALL the people in who want in without ever protecting our most important treasure, our soul. Soul Restoration teaches you how to tell the truth from the lies about who we are, how to show up as yourself without hiding behind the cardboard cut out, and how to create good healthy boundaries for yourself. Then it teaches you how to go forth and implement all of these things you have learned. I will tell you right now that ALL of us can benefit from these life lessons.
Some of you are like I can just do it online, by myself, in my pj’s. I don’t have to share with anyone, I don’t have to let other people see my icky stuff, I don’t really like people….I get it. I really do. I am one of the world’s biggest introverts. I would live in a cabin in the woods with no-one for miles and be perfectly happy doing it. As long as Amazon can someone deliver to me, I’d be good. 🙂 Here’s the thing though, there is magic that happens when you are gathered with a group of women who are willing to be vulnerable with each other. MAGIC I tell you. I was able to go to camp and work through this curriculum with 22 other women and then I went again to become certified to teach. I knew a couple of the women, but not very well. So essentially I was showing up alone. I was terrified. It was the best thing I could have ever done. I left both of those gatherings with some of the best friends I have ever had. We live all over the place, I don’t get to see them face to face very often, but they are my biggest cheerleaders and the people I go to when I am feeling really vulnerable. The internet allows us to have these relationships. I can even see them face to face if I want to. I would have NEVER thought that I could have these friendships with women, but I do. I love them and they love me and we’ve learned to be ourselves with each other even when it isn’t pretty. AND you get to hang out with me in the Art Cabin…that’s something, right?! AND there are only you and five other women in my gatherings, so that isn’t as intimidating as 22. 🙂
I worry sometimes that people hear the word Soul and it scares them a little. I don’t know if it is because we think of the soul in religious terms sometimes, or what it is for sure. Let me assure you right now, I am not preaching any kind of hoodoo. I am not out to save your soul. When we talk about your soul it is talking about your core. The part of you that is the most authentic & precious part that is vulnerable to outside muck. You can bring God into it, but that is up to you. I hold space but YOU are the one who determines who or what brings the real truth to your life. I don’t. I want every woman, no matter what her beliefs are, to feel safe and protected here. In fact that is one of my main goals, to provide a safe space for you to be exactly who you are.
So the other worry I think some have is the art. Let me tell you something, I am no artist. I will try almost anything but I am a pattern girl. You give me a pattern and I have mad skills, and sometimes I can mess around with the pattern to make it my own, but that is my comfort zone. The beauty of the art we do at SR is that it is geared to not require any art skills. Everything you make is just for you. You can cut and paste, or you can get all elaborate, it’s up to you. I will provide the supplies and you do whatever you are comfortable with. This is a non-judgement, non-competitive zone. Creating things is relaxing and creativity has been proven to do all kinds of good things with our spirits and brains. That’s why it is part of this curriculum.
I am not a psychologist, I am not a counselor, I am not going to fix your life for you. I can offer a little advice, but most importantly, I can hold space for you to learn and grow and figure stuff out for yourself. I can give you some tools for your tool box that can help you deal with the ‘stuff’ in life.
I hope that gives you more of an idea of what it is about. I also wrote this post a couple of years ago that gives some insight.
Now let’s go through the schedule a little bit.
Arrive on the evening of the 17th. This is when we get to know each other a little. We will do a little bit of the curriculum that involves just getting to know what it is about. There will be some snacks and drinks. Easy peasy.
The 18th we will dive into the meat of the curriculum in the cozy art cabin. Lots of journaling and a little bit of creative time maybe. We will have lunch & dinner together. At the end of the day you go back to your hotel or home (I would highly recommend getting a hotel room if going home for you brings stress if that is a possibility. There may be someone else attending who you could share a room with.) Wherever you stay it is important for you to get a good night’s sleep. 🙂
The 19th is again spent doing lots of journaling and more art while you learn more about yourself through the curriculum. Lunch & dinner are provided for you and snacks & drinks throughout the day. I share my story this day as well.
The 20th is happy day! You get to learn HOW to implement important things in your day to day life. The tools all get stuck in your toolbox. We have a celebration dinner and gather around the campfire (weather permitting.) That is my favorite time. 🙂
If you have wanted to come but you are a little nervous about it. PLEASE feel free to ask any questions you have. I really would LOVE to be able to share this with you. If $ is an issue, please talk to us. We are always willing to work with you. The most important thing to me is that you get this opportunity to work through this with a group of women to support you.