Rocky Mountain Retreat: Yay!
As the lucky Monday Poster girl, I have the great privilege to share a few pictures and stories from the fandabulous Rocky Mountain Retreat.
After a series of very unfortunate events, EmilyCC had to cancel last minute (we were all devastated), so it was only MRaynes and I who flew from Phoenix to Denver on Friday (after realizing that driving 14.5 hrs each way was ridiculous). We arrived at the beautiful cabin just after dinner and as singing time was starting. There were so many beautiful voices. Then Claudia Bushman spoke about her grandmother’s life as documented in her journal and encouraged us to write our own stories. My favorite quote from this wonderful woman was when a man asked her to be his polygamist wife and she told him to “Go to hell.”
It was so great to meet and spend time with Jana, Brooke, Amy (amelia) and Caroline who were in our cabin. (Along with many other super women who say they are lurkers around here: show yourselves, I say!) We stayed up late talking about mystics, chocolate making, seeing spirits, and how we’ve dealt with abuse in our families.
Saturday morning was more eating and singing and then a panel with Paula, Caroline, and Jana about feminism and the internet. Much of the discussion was about What Women Know the feminist response to Julie Beck’s talk last fall, “Mothers who Know.” Jana also spent some great time in shameless self-promotion of our pretty awesome blog here: The Exponent. 🙂 Well done, ladies.
After lunch was free time and some of us visited the nearby hot springs and tried out a few of their 24 pools (some are just made for 2 or 4 people). It was relaxing and fun.
The evening panel was about how far feminism has come and where it is going. This session was actually very serious and many of us connected deeply about issues like the temple, being single in a married church, difficulties with church culture, and how to educate the next generation of women.
That night we sat around our cabin chatting about the crazy object lessons we’ve had in church and seminary to teach the principle of chastity. Most of them involved fruit (like bananas), we laughed and laughed.
Throughout the event,I was continually impressed with the integrity, education, and spunk of the women I met and came to love. Our weekend was filled with food, laughter, singing, crying, talking, and more talking.
Many many thanks to the wonderful women who planned this event in luxurious cabins in the gorgeous snow-capped mountains of Denver. I would love to return, and hope that any of you who want to join us next year can put it on your calendars (it’s the weekend after Memorial Day).