This will be the first ever On Being Human retreat to France. I have done Italy 9 times and tons of other places (California, Mexico, Bali, Costa Rica, Galapagos, and more) but never France. It is a dream of mine. And now it’s been manifested! Manifesting Under The French Sun, here we come!
I just returned from Italy leading a retreat and this is what Valeria Gladunchik from Moscow had to say:
Three best decisions of my life:
1. At age 16 I chose to leave Russia and come to the United States, where I adulted and grew up to be a pretty cool human bean. This is how I met myself.
2. Three years ago I chose to stay open to a possibility and write back to some random Italian guy who sat next to me on the plane and gave me his business card. This is how I met the love of my life.
3. Two weeks ago I chose to go to a yoga retreat led by Jen Pastiloff Taleghany, who was recommended to me by my best friend, but I knew nothing about. This is how I healed, found my joy and met my tribe.
There are no words that would give justice to the magic that is Jen and her work. She is indescribable! So you would have to go and find out for yourself. You will cry, a lot, and laugh even more. You will make your own pizza and pasta, eat croissants fresh from the oven and drink Tuscan wine. You will watch stars fall, fireflies land at your feet and make a wish to never forget this feeling of being totally present and alive. You will heal, and you will find out that healing can also be joyful. Oh, how joyful! But above everything else, you will meet other women who will instantly and forever make home in your wild and open heart. It will be like a hall of mirrors: no matter what wound or pain you bring along, once you look around at these friendly faces, all you will hear is a gentle murmur of “me too, me too, me too”.
I never use this space to promote anything. But this experience, as intimate as it was, I cannot keep to myself: THIS WAS LIFE CHANGING, you guys.
So if you find yourself even a tiny bit curious, go to Jen’s retreat. Or write me a message. Or just stop overthinking it and just go! I promise, this will be the best decision of your life.
And, from Tara Rigg, who also attended:
I’m home from Italy and processing one of the best weeks of my life. There was beauty everywhere I looked and in every person I met. There was laughter, delicious food, wine, and abundant sunshine lighting up my face. I danced at 7:00 in the morning, saw a firefly for the very first time in my life, swam in a saltwater pool, ate gelato by the cup fulls, survived the winding roads of Tuscany at 70 mph with a driver named Franz, smelled the scent of leather and negotiated with Italians at the many leather markets, made pizza in a 200 year old outdoor pizza oven, learned how to make pasta from scratch, and even gave a speech when talking in front of people is one of my biggest fears. There was joy. Much needed and appreciated joy. Did I mention the laughter? I laughed and laughed and laughed.
The Facebook pictures and comments show the love and the joy. You can see it in every photo of the magical villa we called home, the women that traveled from all over the world to be there, and even the Mediterranean Sea.
But we also “let the snot fly” as our brilliant leader, Jennifer Pastiloff, so perfectly stated. Much of it was mine. I poured my grief out all over the floor, but instead of just glancing at it or pretending it wasn’t there, the women at this retreat acknowledged it again and again. And again. They acknowledged it with love and with acceptance. They didn’t turn away from it or quickly help me clean it up. No, they let it flow and embraced every tear and every deep breath. Their support, combined with hot and sweaty yoga to super loud music, writing prompts that pulled the truth out from the depths of me, and precious time to simply sit with my grief without any distractions, were incredibly healing for my aching heart.
I would not have been able to do this without the support of my family, my badass hand-holding travel partner/fierce friend Liv Spikes, and manifestor of love: Jennifer Pastiloff. Her support included a partial scholarship from the Aleksander Fund, a fund that will continue to send other grieving mothers to Jen’s beautiful retreats.
Every year we try to enact small acts of kindness, or do love in the name of our son Beau, to remember the day he was delivered at the end of July. We call these Beauments. This year, our third year without him, I humbly ask my friends and family to consider donating to the Aleksander Fund. You can read more about it here and find the link to donate. It would be an honor for this year’s Beauments to go to this scholarship fund.
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