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Where the Path Might Lead

on Fri, 2016-12-30 14:18

On the grounds here at Bailey Farms last weekend, nine women walked many different paths and joined the 79 women who came before them on a Principle Quest retreat. 

No matter our age, all of us seek a clear path, a deep commitment and the support of a loving community.

Thanksgiving reminds us as well of what's important – healing and giving thanks, just as in 1863 when President Lincoln, at the persistent urging of Sarah Hale, signed the proclamation to make Thanksgiving a hational holiday.

May you enjoy a blessed and fun Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2016

Opposite of Loneliness

on Sun, 2015-05-10 13:09

Marina Keegan captured a precious concept when she wrote: "It’s not quite love, and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, and we are all in this together. Who are on your team."

While the sixty women who have attended a Principle Quest Retreat cannot realistically form a community, I hope each is forming such a community within her own sphere.

Keegan's posthumous collection of essays and short stories The Opposite of Loneliness will touch you, and maybe even inspire you to be sure you have a few people solidly on your team!

What Exactly Creates Value in a Network?

on Sat, 2015-01-31 15:23

What makes a network work? What does a community – either gender or affinity based – need to be of lasting value? This blog details 7 steps to creating a network, examining why the 'old boys' club' is so strong – and highly frustrating for women. What lessons might you take away and begin to use in your own networks in a new and more courageous way.

Why We Are Here (at a retreat...or just alive today!)

on Wed, 2014-08-27 12:59

Why Are We Here?

We are here because there is no refuge

finally from ourselves.

Until a woman confronts herself

in the eyes and hearts of her fellow women

she is running.

Until she shares her secret with them,

she has no safety from it

She can know neither herself nor anyone else.

she will be alone.

Where else but in our common ground

can we find such a mirror?

Here, a woman can at last appear clearly to

herself, not as the giant of her dreams,

nor the dwarf of her fears,

but as a woman, part of a whole,

with a share in its purpose.

In this ground we can each take root and