Women and Emerging Futures

The next wave of my own evolution lies in exploring the potential of women to profoundly shape our world. Not only if women can but if women will...do what is required to make the difference. This demands redefining our notions of 'leadership' and reclaiming meaningful expression for women. To progress beyond historical notions of evolution through incremental change, we must redefine what it is to be human - and women are the key.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Retreats and new projects

Today, I leave for Oceanstone for a week. The first four days will be spent in the company of women, engaging in one of the most potent conversations I know of: that of 'Leadership Redefined - Reclaimed'....in an Emerging Futures context. This is the third such retreat, of which I know there will be many, many more.

This time, I had the opportunity to engage with each of the women in a one-hour conversation to explore what their interests/issues/concerns are, which was recorded for their personal use. Two weeks after the program, we'll do it again. Each woman will then have a record of her own journey and evolution, to be revisited in those moments when it seems that there is nothing they can do about their own lives. What I've learned over the years is that as we grow and evolve, re-listening offers new insights since we are not who we once were.

This trip also opens the door for me to another Huna Retreat. This, I do for me. Every year, in the company of 'ohana' (or family of choice), I get to relax into the Huna that has so profoundly shaped my life and just let it flow. I never know where it will go - and I am always suprised and delighted by the experience and its outcomes. This year, the experience is calling to and shaping itself around the notion of Connections....to Self, to each other and to our world. Given Intention 2009, this feels important and will carry through to the April 2008 Mauna Lani Experience and Huna Retreat. There are many big and life-altering changes coming and I know that for me, these are the stepping stones to moving easily through and to the other side.

Not exactly a hardshp! Seven nights at a 4-star, oceanfront retreat with great company, potent conversations, great food.....and at least one massage to ease my body into making sure that I stay open to it all! The people I love are all taken care of and it's a great day to travel. Life is good!

Lori will be joining me for Huna this year. Her recent posting to her second blog 'A Whole Healthy Me' has led to a project that will see Lori and I working together in a process to explore our relationship to food....and all of the things that eating represents that have nothing to do with hunger! Lori's courage and willingness to contribute has resulted in her agreement to record our conversations with the potential to share this process with others who may be experiencing the same kind of challenges. That's one project that I'm very eager to begin. Lori is fearless when it comes to her own evolution - and so am I.

Time to get on with packing. There is always much to bring to these experiences, including all the things that have to get squeezed into my suitcase!

Breathing is good.....


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