How perfectly fitting that on the day we close registration for our 5th anniversary gathering in September, we are featuring Kelly Barton who was one of the pioneering spirits who came to that first retreat held on Squam Lake back in 2008.
I am not kidding when I say pioneer-- back then, there were no photos of what to expect, no testimonials of how the experience can go-- hell, there was just some old girl in New Hampshire inviting people up for a party in the woods. Would you have gone?
(I promise you, I would not. . . sounds spooky, kind of weird and wait, I won't know anyone they could all be crazy people and . . won't there be bugs?)
One of Kelly's stories about Squam that I share with lots of people when they say something like "but how do people come all by themselves when they don't know anyone? how does that work? they just show up?"
I can tell you that I don't pretend to understand how it works-- but there is evidence that is does.
Case in point: Kelly Barton. She came from Indiana-- met two women that she totally hooked up with in that deep, spirit connection of weren't-we-sisters-in-a-past-life-way-- only thing is one was from Tennesse (hi Tracey!) and one was from Ohio (Hi Sarah and congrats on your new baby boy-o!!) and yet, that did not stop them from keeping in touch when the weekend was over. In fact, they actually made a plan to get together throughout the years following . . and, did. That just blows me away. Love that.
Anyway-- we are all thrilled, me most especially, that Kelly will be leading a fabulous class in September called "C'mon Let's Play." Nothing could be more perfect as Kelly is all about the spirit of play and fun and exploration. C'mon, let's meet Kelly . . .
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Did you have a nickname as a kid?
Oh i had several...woody, (my giggle sounds like woody woodpecker) and kellybelly (because belly rhymes with kelly, yeah that is it!) i can't say that i loved them, but they are all mine.
Best things to do at a carnival?
What are the key items to have in the car on a road trip?
twizzlers, bottled water, coke icee and really good tunes
Smells and tastes that make you think of summer?
fresh cut grass and grills in action
If you were an Olympic athlete, what would be your sport?
gymnastics or water polo
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Thank you, Kelly! See you in just a few weeks---
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