I thought I knew what I was looking for.
Last fall, when I signed up for the Quiet Adventures retreat in Big Sur, I was obsessed with Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild, which is about hiking the PCT. I wanted to be the type of women who could go out in the woods for a few days and take care of herself. I thought my retreat was about information and skills. I had specific questions: How do I cook on backpacking stove? How do I build a fire? Set up a tent? Pick the best equipment? How the hell will I stay warm!?
To this day, five months after my retreat, I’m still surprised by how unaware I was of my other intentions.