"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable." - Mary Oliver
The last day of camp was a day of celebration mostly...
Since the girls are not old enough for champagne, I bought some champagne grapes....
and the girls toasted each other and I think I might have heard some clinking of imaginary fluted glassware.
There were FOUR lovely gifts today. One came from the inspiring author SARK who sent her "Awesome Anytime Adventure" e-course so the girls and their moms can begin a new journey together now that the summer session of Mighty Girl Art has come to a close.
And this gift came from the kind and generous Hay House Publishing who sent positive affirmations cards for the girls.
And from kindred spirits, copy of Wild Sister Magazine! A WebZine created to empower and inspire women.
And my friend, the wild and wise Pixie Campell sent the girls a bag of gemstones. I passed the pouch around the circle and each girl picked the stone that felt right. Then we read about the properties associated with each stone. Many of the girls already knew the names of the stones which completely blew my mind.
The girls surprised me with a gift too! Somehow amidst all the creating they managed to sneak off and make me this beautiful flag, aided and abetted by my assistant Chelsea, and my intern Ann.
And just when I thought my heart couldn't possibly burst open any wider...the Mighty H presented me with a gorgeous mer fish necklace that she made herself. Yes, I spent a good part of the morning on the verge of tears.
We finished up our bird totems...
"These souls were explicitly created to fly through more than one world and to return, ever return, to tell the stories of what can be seen when one is allowed to soar." - Clarissa Pinkola Estes PhD
And made tissue paper flowers for these cool vases.
After the moms arrived we circled and had our closing ceremonies. During the validation ceremony the girls took turns revealing all the wonderful qualities they had witnessed in each other.
In our Belonging Ceremony, I passed around a walking stick that once belonged to my late father. Each girl took a moment to stand in her power, and acknowledge her maternal lineage.
There beneath the prayer flags and hanging vases, we celebrated with a pizza party sponsored by our beloved Ledo Pizza!
Together we took down the tipi and packed up our camp. I removed the flowers from the hanging vases and left them in place of our sacred circle...
It was an honor to hold presence for these girls and I feel so blessed to have spent a week with them. They are wise, they are strong and I will miss them madly...
(At this point you should probably turn of the music player in the sidebar so that you can hear the girls' message)
Until next time...
"It's one of those magical places wise people
like to talk about.
One of the things they say about it, that is true,
is that, once you've been there,
you're there forever." - Mary Oliver
A heartfelt thank you to the Mighty Moms for giving me the gift of your daughters for a week; to the generous sponsors for the beautiful gifts that you sent to the girls; to Ledo Pizza for providing a delicious celebratory feast; to my assistant Chelsea, my intern Ann, and to my friends and family for their inspiration, encouragement, love & support!
*Postscript: On August 18th I nearly fell off my chair to discover this message in my in-box, delivered to me by the manager of a certain inspiring woman. Though it was sent to me, in truth the message is really for the girls. I think I'll frame it and hang it in the studio:
Congratulations on the work you are doing. Empowering women is vitally important at this time in history.
All the best,