This article was originally published by Esalen Institute regarding the 2018 WisdomWomen Visionary Gathering at Esalen.
In the middle of a career shift, WisdomWomen founder Michelle Stransky took a huge leap into the unknown. As she navigated the transition, she followed her curiosity and soon pinpointed her next endeavor: to create an experimental space for women to develop and share their gifts as leaders. WisdomWomen was born, and Esalen — with its long history as fertile soil for breakthrough ideas and social movements — was a natural place for it to emerge. In January 2016 Esalen hosted WisdomWomen’s first gathering. The weekend of January 26 WisdomWomen will return, convened by Michelle and WisdomWomen steward and social justice visionary Mutami Rose Imani, for a new property-wide workshop.
“WisdomWomen truly has been an evolution because, rather than repeat a formula or structure, we follow an emergent path of where the vision is taking us,” says Michelle. “The process led to creating relationships and building a sisterhood of women who were ready to experiment.” Eva Iglesias describes her experience at a previous WisdomWomen gathering at Esalen as magical. “From the beginning to the end, I felt I was in a state of perfect flow and harmony with the land and women participants. The program is designed to tap into the natural surroundings and the wisdom of each woman, so I was able to connect deeply with myself and with other women,” she says. “There was time to reflect, time to share, and time to play. It was a very powerful experience that helped me set new intentions, bring new awareness, and develop deep connections.” [Read more…]