I have been walking a lot recently and listening to podcasts from astronomy to creativity as I step out… yesterday I listened to a Bluegrass singer, Abigail Washburn… aside from an astonishing and haunting voice, her story had a deep resonance for me… that your purpose doesn’t always have a linear progression and you have to trust that the “how” of what you feel deeply passionate about, will show up in unlikely or unimagined ways… so for me I know I want to work with women and leadership and incorporate mental agility and emotional awareness and soulfulness and of course the power of physical presence… but I endlessly wrestle with trying to squash this into a linear format that I am not sure serves my purpose best… so back to her story… she was intent on making a difference to Sino-US relations by moving to China and becoming a lawyer… fate intervened and she ended up at a Bluegrass festival with banjo in hand… was discovered by a Nashville scout and has been a beautiful Bluegrass singer since and travels the world… the twist is she sings not only in English but also in Mandarin using a genre that is so specifically American… and travels to places like China and brings her gift and of course her purpose about making a positive difference to Chinese/American relations… only the “how’ comes through music and not law… much more heartfelt and yet the purpose is so beautifully served…
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Woohoo…we’re onto our third Boot&Soul Camp … Mel and I are very excited about our upcoming winter event at the end of June… Much easier to promote ourselves through the eyes of others… this from an attendee from last Boot&Soul camp: ” I doubt a weekend could have been more nourishing than Boot&Soul camp. It ticked every box. I left inspired and invigorated.” Let me know if you want more information or check out the brochure online.
I was included in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald today… What an affirming moment for me… With my own strong Lover Archetype, I do look for affirmation outside of myself and am so delighted that the work I feel passionate about, has sufficient meaning and worth for Sarah to include… I feel like Curve of the World came of age
Do you think I could make up a collective noun for a bunch of wombats? In my 22 years in Australia I have only seen a wombat in the wild once… the retreat seemed to be a magnet for these fat little barrels – so I decided on a plague of wombats… As for Boot&Soul Camp, there is something magical about stepping away from our day-to-day lives and going on retreat – whether you are the facilitator or a participant you actively step through a portal and transformation occurs in some way for all. It was an amazing few days with a beautiful group of women – generous, courageous, open and engaged… we ate healthily, worked hard, practised loads of yoga and also drank heaps of red wine, laughed like drains and gobbled plenty of chocolate… my sort of retreat really.
Emerging from my left brain piece of corporate work – how quickly I returned to my warrior woman… and only now getting into the spirit of boot&soul camp… we have a full house for this weekend which is very exciting… feeling my way from warrior to magician… Here’s to a fabulous and invigorating weekend…
Just saw “Searching for Sugarman”… I was transported back to my youth in apartheid South Africa… the movie opens with an achingly strong South African accent and these vistas of the magnificent Cape peninsula and the words of that iconic song…” from a blue coin won’t you bring back all those colours to my dreams” … it was as if I was airlifted to my family home listening to that album with headphones 100 years ago…the movie is extraordinary … not just if you ever listened to Rodriguez or or you grew up in the 70s in South Africa… but for me it was such a tale about spirit, magic and transformation and less about what might have been.
Usually I am loath to wade into the political arena… however I have just watched the 15 minute speech our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, gave yesterday in parliament in which nimbly and brilliantly annihilated the leader of the opposition and his misogynistic and sexist quotes… she did this with poise, composure and cutting brilliance… now she’s making headlines across the globe… described as a “badass” champion of women around the world… Doesn’t matter what you think of her politics, it is worth watching this abbreviated version of her speech… Seems that misogyny and sexism has just had another bright meteor of light shone on it… A warrior woman indeed.
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We’re finalising the design for November’s Boot&Soul Camp… Michele has managed to conjure up the Punjab… so LOVE it… Now all we need are 12 wonderful women… Am also working on a proposal for corporates to nourish their women leaders by embracing their very own Stilleto&Soul camp…