Earlier this year, WisdomWomen hosted a sold-out property-wide gathering at Esalen. Marianne Williamson was originally included in our program but a few months prior to the gathering, we realized that she could no longer join us due to unforeseen circumstances.
I originally invited Marianne to set the context for why we were gathering and to light a fire for the women attending. I might normally panic about losing my headliner (and initially I did); however, after reading dozens and dozens of applications, it became very clear to me that the women applying understood the context of why we were gathering. They were clear about what is happening on our planet and why we need to come together as women. Their fires were already lit and they held the wisdom, experience, knowledge and inspiration to radically co-create something new. I realized that rather than having someone else set the context and provide inspiration, this could be an opportunity for each of us to do that in our own ways.
I committed to the experiment of hosting a gathering where the focus was on the voices and wisdom of the women in attendance. I had never seen or heard of this being done so it was truly an experiment. I learned a lot. WisdomWomen gatherings are not intended to be one-time events. They each contribute to a greater movement. Many of the women from the Esalen gathering became our founding members and we have since continued to experiment with building a co-creative community.
It is time to take all the lessons we learned this year and open our experiment to more women. Next month we will be in Colorado for our Grieving & Dreaming Visionary Gathering where each woman is invited to be a leader by contributing to the co-creation of our weekend.
We will soon share registration information for our upcoming Visionary Gatherings in Brazil, Esalen and Costa Rica as well as information on becoming a WisdomWomen member. Join us in Colorado or stay tuned for other opportunities to be part of this wild experiment.