"The Loft is a magical place- a life-sized fairy house of twinkle lights and swirling colors and inspirational art and quotes. It's a Red Tent in the city, a place where Hannah and her tribe create soft, safe space for women to breathe, eat, drink, create, dream and reconnect to their true soul whispers. Connections are made, differences are cherished, truths are honored. I felt heard and known and respected, encouraged to be me best self and use my powers for good. What a life-shifting blessing!" melissa
#operationselfcarelikewhoa is a movement.
#operationselfcarelikewhoa grew from a funny hashtag that I used when I was inside of a deeply transforming time of my life, leaning into the truth of self-care through space, energy and love.
The operation was born as I truly allowed myself wings. And spirit whispers. And joy. And peace. And freedom. And deep, deep truth and healing. As I was working hard. As I was learning to relax.
It was a solo operation at first and then it became a mission, a movement!
When I planned the first event for #operationselfcarelikewhoa in March it sold out in 10 hours, and we even added a couple of spots. Any expectations any of us could have had were totally exceeded and I think we're all still a little head-over-heels for the women we bonded with that weekend. Our little group became like family pretty quickly, and the amount of healing and love that went on was extraordinary.
Because like whoa we need this, we crave this, we must circle with our women as part of the deep self-care work we will all be called towards.
Self-care may sound like bullet points in the latest magazine telling you to get your nails done but I promise you that for most of us it is a calling towards saving our lives, saving ourselves from disappearing from our own eyes.
It is filling a hole inside.
My hole is in my gut, when I closed my eyes I saw it and felt it, it was black and empty but when I stepped into #operationselfcarelikewhoa it became transparent. It is still there but it is no longer something I fear, because now through its transparency I see me. All of me. Even those scary, raw bits that I’d rather hide in the darkness.
This hole that is inside of me helps me discover my deepest cravings, it is the young wounds we carry and the searching soul.
Circling is vital to the movement. As women we crave this ‘red tent’ time together where we can nurture and be nurtured in a collective wave. We want to lead and be led, touch and be touched.
Circling is a form of healing when you stop fighting against feelings of jealousy, status, competition, judgement and open space for the truth inside of those feelings and allow yourself time inside of vulnerability, nurture, love, gentle power and forgiveness. Together.
Circling is showing up in truth and sharing what feels good.
Circling is allowing others to lay hands on your wounds and then holding that hand in gratitude and love.
Circling is the deepest form of fear for many of us who were taught that women are jealous of us and we cannot show up in our light.
Circling is the rhythm of sharing meals, fears and giggles.
The operation was fierce and we received and were held as worthy and opened and left with a new belief in ourselves.
I witnessed intense, sacred moments between women during this circling that will forever allow me to move through this world knowing that circling is part of my calling and has been since I was a child.
Circling is the gift that I bring. Circling is the gift where I am receiving pieces of my healing as I share that transparent hole inside of my belly.
This journey to heal, to be whole:: lifelong. I pray that many of those days journeying will be spent in the circles of women who believe that they too have wings to fly.
Please join me and the gorgeous Sarah and Ruth along with 8 other women as we Connect Up with ourselves. A day all about you. A day about experiencing each moment, from the candle light to the spa to the quiet moments to the joyful sounds of laughter. Because we are so going to laugh. And usually we cry!!!
The Live Event::
- We will meet at 10am at The Loft in Pawtucket, RI where lights will twinkle and tea will be hot. We will introduce ourselves and set an intention for our time together.
- After, we will carpool to a place that feels like bliss. Called Urban Sweat, with its multiple saunas and steam rooms, we will spend up to 4 hours simply being in complete surrender to relaxation, detoxification and sweat! Sarah will guide us through a healing circle in the salt room that glows pink. This circle is forever in my body and mind as one of my favorite moments of learning to receive.
- At Urban Sweat there will be fresh juices and food as needed to nourish you through your time. There will be some poetry and writing, some chatting, alone time, we will flow…
- After we sweat and shower we’ll head back to The Loft to prepare our dinner together and sit down with candles and wine, maybe play music, hold hands, and pop some Prosecco and sparkling cider.
- Then it is a sleepover, slumber party style. We'll settle down amidst twinkle lights and drift off to sleep. In the morning we will sip coffee or tea, munch some breakfast and share in some writing prompts together. We'll hug goodbye around 11am.
- Once you register more details will float in with transportation details. Please don’t hesitate to ask for more specific details by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Rubin is a yoga teacher and Reiki master whose world was rocked when she decided to quit using “I’m too busy” as an excuse for not taking exquisite care of herself. She is forever grateful to Hannah and the first #osclw retreat for planting the seeds of self-care and red-tent-like circling in her life. She brings a loving presence, funky tunes, and a deeply supportive healing ritual to the Fall Operation Self-Care retreat.
Last time was so amazing.....
"I remember driving home and just finally feeling like I could breathe, like really breathe - apparently I hadn't been breathing before that weekend." adriane
"I felt so lifted up and so held and seen and heard. In a way I had never expected or experienced. Being at The Loft gave me a feeling of connection that was something so new for me and now I know I can't be without it. And I never realized the sheer power and strength and love without judgment that could be possible with a group of women! My time at The Loft was amazing and I can't wait to return for more. I yearn for it!" kyra
"From the first moments of sharing our stories and our intentions for our time together at the Loft, as the tears flowed and laughter erupted, I felt safe and accepted. Each woman so unique, but connected with no judgement. There was such freedom to share and spill and soak and release together. I am still basking in the overflow of the intentional self-care and sacred community that was birthed from my time at the Loft." erica
"The weekend at The Loft really shook things up for me in a soft and gentle way. It essentially reframed my view on relationships between myself and women and ultimately between myself and the world at large..." cassia