Last year I had an epiphany about the women’s gathering. I was sitting up at the conference site with the volunteers who had come to help with site prep the week prior to the gathering. One woman shared how frightened she had been camping by herself in the woods. That is, she was frightened until one of our members came up with her baby and no flash light. This was the moment that the volunteer realized how safe the space was. Another volunteer chimed in and spoke about how she doesn’t leave her apartment after dark because she lives in a big, dangerous city.
I was struck by the realization that, for some of our attendees, the days of our gathering are the only two days that they experience a sense of safety. We live in a world where people of color, gender queer folks and women experience disproportionate acts of violence. The women’s gathering allows us to reconnect with ourselves, with each other and the land so that we may go back into the world with a renewed sense of empowerment and a renewed commitment to create the world we want to be living in.
We hope you join us this summer in our continued efforts to nurture our mutual empowerment as women!