As I begin this publish, I’m sitting on my mattress in my cabin fascinated with all of the peace and pleasure I skilled at Fever Goals Collective. This ladies’s retreat introduced me in group with those who I’ve by no means met earlier than. Learn on to see the place this happened and what life-lessons I took again with me to Chicago.

Westerbeke Ranch

Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, California.
Discovering peace and joy at Westerbeke Ranch.

The setting for this retreat was at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, California. I used to be overwhelmed by all its magnificence once I confirmed up final Wednesday. Their attractive flowers and greenery, cute cabins, enjoyable pool space, and scrumptious meals are only a few of the various superb facilities they provide. I can not say sufficient in regards to the meals! Every meal was a murals and dessert got here with each lunch and dinner. I’m not a salad particular person however each salad they made was contemporary and so tasty. My favourite dessert was their salted caramel pot de creme. (Can’t cease dreaming about that dessert!)

I stayed in a cabin with my new pal and soul sister Regine Rousseau. She can also be from Chicago. We hit it off instantly and located that we had loads in widespread. She is a gifted poet and skilled curator of wine. Take a look at her web site right here. Her poems are unbelievable and he or she shared one at certainly one of our group periods. I used to be blown away by her efficiency. I stay up for connecting along with her extra sooner or later.

Fever Goals Collective Retreat

Peace and Joy at Fever Dreams by Kathrine Eldridge, Wardrobe Stylist

My good pal Alisha Sommer is likely one of the creators of this retreat. We have been in a Mother’s group collectively earlier than she moved to California. Her first go-round with this retreat went rather well so her and her co-creator Jennette Nielsen scheduled one other one. From what I noticed on her Instagram, I knew I needed to expertise it for myself. Right here is their description of what this retreat entails:

“A ladies’s gathering the place we’ll discover, examine, & examine the constellations of, and intersections amongst: writing, aesthetics, handcrafting, ideologies, mythologies, pictures, poetry, & nature.”

I joined 15 different fellow fever dreamers in a number of actions that have been enjoyable, participating, and thought-provoking. We shared our hopes and fears with one another as we realized extra about ourselves by dialogue, contemplation, and writing. We had a morning, afternoon, and night session every day with a number of breaks in between for meals and no matter we wished to do on our personal.

Throughout these periods we labored on creating our personal dyed botanical shawls/scarves (they turned out lovely!) and self-portrait collages. I’m not a artful particular person however I loved each minute placing these collectively.

Botanically dyed scarves before unbundling.
My botanically dyed silk scarf from Fever Dreams retreat.

Jennette and Alisha actually cared for every certainly one of us. Each time we went to the Spherical Room for a session, there was some little reward ready for us at our seats. Every little reward and poem they left at our cabin each morning was so considerate and life-giving.

There are two moments that basically caught out for me on the retreat. First was the motion lessons early within the morning. Not many individuals went as a result of they wished to sleep. I’ve couldn’t break my early riser methods so I attempted it out. It was essentially the most liberating time for me as a result of we simply listened to lovely music and moved our our bodies in any means we noticed match. It sounds a bit of on the market however I beloved how relaxed and alive my physique was. I would strive to take a look at ecstatic dance lessons sooner or later.

The second second that stood out was once I acquired to share a recording that I made for a latest flute competitors. The contemplative piece for solo flute that I shared was known as Winter Spirits. I felt such pleasure revealing my months of laborious work. Everybody was so appreciative of me sharing it and their response gave me confidence to push additional with my enjoying. My cup is full.

Life Classes

Fever Dreams Collective 2019

Throughout this time away from my household, I uncovered life-lessons that I hope will keep in my coronary heart.

All of us have the same fears and goals and regardless that there are painful moments, we are able to rise above and turn into higher individuals due to them.

I’m sufficient and I’m beloved.

I need to share that love with others.

A lot of the all, belief within the Lord and give up.

When you’ve learn this far, thanks for following me on this journey. My prayer for you is that you just discover some sort of group like this in your life to assist you when you undergo it’s ups and downs. Due to Alisha and Jennette for this unforgettable expertise.