PREM BODHI, 2018
I have never been in such a loving, open, and inviting environment before. The elders are a mixture of fairies, goddesses and witches disguised as women like us, who will support you at any time, in a very kind way, but yet strong enough to lift you up, help you to stand from wherever you fell, wherever you are, until you can walk on your own feet.
I am forever grateful to the elders, to my sisters who were there creating an energetic healing space, to Woman’s Way Red Lodge, whose ongoing support has made these gatherings possible throughout the years, and to everyone who is involved on this beautiful mission. When I think of Woman Soul Gathering, my heart is filled with compassion and gratitude. It is not just a gathering, it is a beautiful opportunity for you to look at the real needs of your soul without the heavy clouds of judgment and conditioning that blocks us to seeing the truth. The Woman Soul Gathering is an opportunity to heal and to meet other beautiful souls that will change your life forever.
Read more of Prem Bodhi’s experience here.
JILL SATTLER, 2018
“Go raibh mile agat (millions thanks be unto you) to WWRL for opening the way for me to attend the Women Soul Gathering, in Port Orchard, Washington. I was gifted with a partial scholarship from WWRL along with two other patrons who offered help with the rest of my entrance fee. The weekend was exactly what I needed to connect with other like minded individuals and refuel my spirit. What an incredible organization to give in an area of my life where I was so severely lacking. The connections that I made were authentic and I know some will last a lifetime.
The Women Soul Gathering held a vigorous and sacred space for us over the weekend. Multiple times over the course of our four days together I felt that spirit had led us all together for the purpose of sharing our unique talents and most importantly, our love. One of the most life affirming moments happened when I sat down for our first meal, looked up and found a piece of my artwork hanging on the wall of the lodge! My group elder said to me, see your spirit was already here, y our body just needed to catch up with it! I returned to my teaching last night with a new sense of confidence and filled enough to share with my students. I would like to thank all those who support WWRL and encourage others to give as well.”
MARAIAH LYNN NADEAU, 2017
“I was greatly impressed by the quality and quantity of experiences in the Woman Soul retreat. The lodge and whole retreat center was beautiful, the logistics thoughtfully worked out, the participants sincere and open-hearted, the program balanced between learning, sharing, serious and fun. There were whole group activities, small group activities, and one-on-one time. All in just three days!
For me personally, a significant value was the presence of Native elders. At Woman Soul, we had a sharing between and among Native and non-Native women’s traditions. Awesome Grandmothers and Mothers drummed and sang for us, and explained and guided us in ceremonies from their traditions, while participating in other ceremonies that differed from their own. There was a strong atmosphere of honoring and respecting our many paths. In Unitarianism, they speak of Many Windows/ One Light: that felt true here.
I look forward to being part of this again, and seeing again some of the same powerful and beautiful women, and meeting yet others.”
JULIE KUNDTZ, 2017
“For me, it was exactly what I needed…a purging and cleansing…and a call to keep loving myself with all it’s fragile and broken parts. A safe, open Community that I could call Home. I carry that with me even now, and am inspired and strengthened by it! Empowering and Intense…”
KATHERINE (KAT) ZECCA, 2016
“Because of the Women’s Gathering in 2016, I knew I needed a community of like mind and spirit. So I have made Port Townsend my home after being away for 10 years.”
STARFEATHER MARCY, 2016
“To be called upon to be an Elder for this Gathering has been an honor. It’s a Great Dream manifested into beautiful physical form: to be in Sacred Circle, sharing and listening, experiencing ceremony with such courageous, heart-full, gifted, questing sisters on the Path to Wholeness and Holiness.”
DEBBIE BAILEY, 2016
“The Women’s Soul Weekend 2016 came as a complete surprise to me. What I thought was going to be a fascinating weekend, turned into a life altering weekend. The depth of connection with nature and my own womanhood was absolutely profound for me. I’m really committed that my sister and mother attend with me this year as I believe it will bring us a deeper and more intimate level of relationship with each other. Truly a loving and heart-opening holistic experience that I wish was available every season.”
SIERRA BARRETT, 2016
“The smaller group that went into the water the second morning was a big experience for me, with really feeling connection, not only to the earth, but others too. Even though I didn’t know these women that deeply, it created a deep connection that I will forever have with that small group of women that went into the water with me.”