BY KAREN DRUCKER
“Someone recently asked me what my motivation was for facilitating women’s retreats. Why, she asked, am I traveling all over the continent meeting with strangers, when I could stay put, write and record my songs, maybe write another book, all in the comfort of my own home? The answer is: Connection. I believe that we all are yearning for deeper connection with like-minded people so that we can experience transformation, inspiration, and fun. I know that’s what nourishes my soul, and that’s why I do this work.
When I facilitate Women’s Retreats, a sisterhood is created that touches our hearts and feeds our souls. When we take the time for ourselves to chant, play, pray, laugh, and even cry, we create an expansiveness or an opening that we often fail to get in our day-to-day lives. These “openings” are where we experience our true essence; where we can reconnect to our true nature; where we can find what lights us up; where we can become renewed and restored. I call this getting a “faith lift.”
Music is one of the oldest forms used to start this “opening” process. Music not only sounds good but it feels good, too. The vibrations of the melody together with the power of the words makes music one of the most potent tools we can use to get in touch with our true essence. The magic of music is that we can sing or chant along, or sit and let the music surround and infuse us – either way, music can lift us to a higher level.
In A Woman’s Time Out we become part of a supportive community as we step away from our daily lives and concentrate on rejuvenating our body, mind and spirit. Our days start with “Morning Bliss” as we chant and sing ourselves into a loving, gentle space in which to do our work. We have small-group time, time to meditate, time to be in nature, time to be creative. We practice self-compassion and learn the benefits of self-care, and we discover tools that we can take back home with us to help us remember what is “it” or “not it” for us.
Karen Drucker is a musician, author, speaker, and workshop facilitator, and is considered one of the best-known New Though musicians in America. Karen has been called “a master of communicating presence and spirituality through music.” Karendrucker.com