Lucky Star Magic

Lucky Star Magic

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When I first started retreating in 2007, it was sort of on a whim… hubby was (& still is) a retail business owner, with limited opportunity for long vacations and I was (at the time) in a high-stress corporate job with LOTS of vacation time.  We agreed I should try a solo vacation as a way to destress and explore the world a little.

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From the very beginning, I was drawn to women’s retreats – I felt there would be something safe and comforting in a gathering of women and I was soooooo right about that!  Last week, I returned to the Texas Hills for my second year of Lucky Star Art Camp. After at least 15 different retreat experiences over the years since that first in 2007, I say every year, “it just doesn’t get any better than that.”  But it always does get better and this year at Lucky Star was no different.

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I believe there is a certain magic required for a retreat to be successful – the director of the camp has to be, first and foremost, a true blue, deep down, believer in magic and Lisa Field believes better than anyone I’ve ever met!

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She’s been able to pull together just the right place, teachers, support personnel/family, campers and energy for dreams to, most indubitably, come true.  Every little detail matters and she pulls it all off with a smile and a twinkle in her eyes (photo above is shamelessly “borrowed” from Lisa’s own Facebook page – isn’t she gorgeous!).

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The place, Camp Waldemar, just outside of Hunt TX, is one little piece of that magic.  A girls camp since its beginning in 1926, there is an energy there that is different from anything I’ve ever experienced.  It’s a purely feminine energy – a place of turning inward, while also opening your heart; a place of sinking in, while shining bravely; a place of unbelievable beauty.  From the Guadalupe river that frames the property, to the giant Cypress trees that hold court along its banks, to the stone and Spanish-influence of the architecture, the world-class chef, the horses, the archery, the massage offerings – it is truly a place of beauty, peace and magic.

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The teachers are collected from all walks of life – all ages, disciplines, belief systems – but somehow they all seem to share that daydream believer magic.  My classes this year were an eclectic mix and I loved every single one – leather working with Becky Dawson’s Cowgirl Clutch, exploring the medicine wheel with Elizabeth Quigg, art journaling Mindy Lacefield-style and Hookin (crochet-style) with Cal Patch.

The support team was made up of Lisa’s friends and family, which consisted of LOTS of mother energy this year, which I think may have contributed, at least in part, to some of the nurturing and caregiving that was so very present.  It just filled my little-ole-mommy heart and made me dream of bringing my girl next year!

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The campers too were cut from special cloth.  Those returning from last year had grown somehow more luminous, birthing babies and ideas, standing a little taller, a little braver.  And those who were new were transformed overnight into braver, bolder versions of themselves.  I cannot wait to see what’s born in time for camp next year!

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There’s just something about this particular retreat that grows deeper each time I experience it.  Along the banks of the Guadalupe, on the porch of K9, sharing a table in the dining hall – it just seems that worries and fears have less tooth; the moments seem longer, deeper, richer; it’s all at once comforting and exciting, challenging and life-affirming, inspiring and oh-sooooooo-healing.

 

4 Comments

  1. That was beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with us.

  2. Kelley, this sounds so wonderful, I’m glad you had such a fantastic time. I might have to check this out for next year.

    1. So true. Your last paragraph summed my experience perfectly. Thank you for putting into words what we all felt.

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