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A few weeks ago, seven intrepid women came together to backpack through an area we lovingly call The Buttes.
We celebrated ourselves under the light of the full moon, washed away our worries in mountain lakes, reignited our strength on challenging trails, and remembered how to lean into the support of Mother Nature and other women again.
Here’s a mini-recap of our 3-day Quiet Adventure in The Buttes. I hope you enjoy it!
And for the women who I had the honor of sharing this magical weekend with—may this post serve as an anchor to help you stay connected to the strength, courage, and authenticity you found on this retreat. May you always remember the amazing memories we co-created together!
I took a deep breath, tightened my pack straps one last time, and looked at my watch.
Feeling nervous about my late start of 3:25pm (darn bay area traffic), I knew I’d have to keep a pretty good pace to make it to camp by sunset. My destination for day 1 was Star Lake, just 9 miles away. If I really hoofed it, I could be there in 3-4 hours.
As I set off on the trail, I was met by a group of women who were out for a day hike. They quizzed me about my gear, shared high fives, and gave encouragement for hiking alone as a woman. Their love and support ushered in an even deeper level of confirmation (Girl Power!).
I knew I was right where I was meant to be.
Today, I want to offer you support on a very sacred night of the year as we feel the stirrings of energy and new life around us, Imbolc. This is the time of year where we reach the midpoint of winter. Beginning at sundown today and continuing through tomorrow, this seasonal celebration is a time to honor the earliest breaths of spring.
Now, I know it might still be cold, rainy, or the ground might be covered with snow where you live, but look closely. Hints of change can be found with the days growing longer since the Winter Solstice, the sap rising in the trees, and the seeds starting to germinate.
After months of death, hibernation, and rest, life is beginning to stir once again. You may only see tiny hints of this above the surface, but things are really beginning to wake up down below.
Why does this matter? Because it is symbolic of what’s happening in our own lives. During this time of year, our spirits are beginning to stretch and shake off the winter stagnation - it’s as if they’re waking up from a long hibernation.
Being in the outdoors in the winter is such a magical experience. It's one of my favorite times to adventure out!
The bright moon brings a glow to the snow-draped forest, and the lack of people means I have plenty of space to myself. It provides a deeply restorative feeling of quiet and solitude.
So often women share with me that they don't go outside as often during the winter months. I get it... it's cold, it's wet, and it can be uncomfortable.
But when you learn how to be in the outdoors no matter what the weather is you gain new levels of strength and resilience (in every area of your life). They key is to get equipped with the tools, tips, and gear that will keep you comfortable.