RAVE REVIEWS FOR WOMYNSPIRIT 2014
Many women have developed a deep attachment to WomynSpirit -- the place, the people, the feeling, the shared rituals. If you have never attended the festival, then we encourage you to read these testimonials to see why the WomynSpirit experience brings women back, year after year. If you are thinking of returning to the festival, then perhaps these stories will remind you of what you enjoy about WomynSpirit. In either case, we sincerely hope you will join us next October!
Thanks so much for the wonderful weekend. As a "newbie" I was warmly greeted and made to feel very much at home. You are all a great bunch of caring women. The venue was spectacular, the meals were great, the rituals were very energizing and the workshops were well done.
What a wonderful weekend! It felt like years melted away and it was the same safe, supportive, friendly energy I remember from years ago. I loved the rituals. The food was incredible. It was so fabulous to have so many great conversations and also to have some time to enter into my own contemplative space. Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a memorable weekend.
I just want to thank everyone for a wonderful weekend. It was amazing! Everyone's hard work was appreciated. 'Once upon a time there was a woman… who saw the strength within herself and learned how to fly.
Truly inspiring weekend, sorted out a lot of personal issues and really truly enjoyed two very inspirational workshops. It was lovely to see everyone and to meet all the "new to me people". I truly enjoyed the rituals and the sense of fun all weekend. Sincere thanks and gratitude for this weekend. I am about to travel a new path and this weekend confirmed my decision. The food was pretty good and plentiful too. Hope to see you all next year.
A big thank you to everyone for such an amazing weekend! I would especially like to thank you all for being so supportive of my daughter, Sophie. She had a great time, and I loved that she could explore her independence in such a safe and caring environment. I didn't have a community of women when I was growing up, and I'm so happy that she has all these role models and mentors in her life.
Womynspirit was my first chance to experience the kind of spiritual community--inclusive, non-dogmatic and earth-honouring--that I'd only read about before. Of course it was lovely to experiment with new ideas, magical thinking, and powerful ritual, but best of all was the chance to just be with other women in a space free from competition or judgment, and to be in nature with a true sense of its sacredness. It was both an escape from the conventional world and way back into that world, carrying a new attitude of openness and excitement. Just good energy all around! It didn't cost too much, it wasn't too far away, and it showed me we could find the sacred in the ordinary with the support of like-minded folks. That's why I've been coming since 1996. It's an annual touchstone for me
The first night I arrived at WSF with my 10-year old daughter, Rita, in tow, it was already dark and raining. I did not have a clear understanding of just exactly what we had signed up for, but I trusted the woman who had recommended it to me. We were met at the door of the Lodge by Carol, who was in full ritual regalia. This was not someone who was dressed for Hallowe'en but the REAL DEAL. She insisted that Rita come with her immediately as the girls were preparing the ritual space. It took a leap of faith for me to watch my daughter disappear into the night with a witch that I did not even know. I unpacked my car and left for the Meeting Hall. To my delight, at the threshold stood Rita, drawing blue moons on women's foreheads before they entered. She had assimilated completely and naturally. Later on that night she danced with Carol around the altar as a free and disinhibited spirit as the drums beat. I knew we were in the right place. I treasure my time in the woods with Womynspirit each autumn. I have made some awesome friendships and value having a place where I can just be, and not be judged.
I attended Womynspirit several years in a row back in the late 1990's. Such a few days, really, when one thinks of the span of time between then and now, and yet, I have never forgotten them. I have memories of wonderful enlightening workshops I attended. Powerful rituals - one with storytelling that remains emblazoned in my mind - The Story of Tam Lin - another with the most beautiful Spiral Dance I recall. Even just the blessed time of solitude with walks in a beautiful setting. All these I still remember vividly.
The first festival I attended with my mother. Though my path was not hers, she wanted to come and be a part of what was so important in my life. I have a wonderful photo of her, sitting on her bunk with her face painted with symbols in preparation for the evening's ritual. A huge smile on her face. Mom crossed over in 2008. There are, of course, many memories of her I find myself going back to again and again. Those three days at the Womynspirit Festival with her are part of those memories. They are precious beyond words. The Womynspirit Festival served to restore my Spirit - both at the time and for long, long afterwards. I am so looking forward to coming back again!
My first experience with this festival was eight years ago and I have been a regular attendee ever since. I had only ever had a tangential relationship with spirituality and I was originally drawn to the weekend because many of my friends were already there. The Saturday ritual was an epiphany for me. I was finally home. I could connect with Spirit on my own terms. I could access the deep power of this place under our feet. I could feel the divine in ways that made sense to me. Since then, I have had many transcendent and healing moments through the festival and through the connection to community I have made there. It’s magic.
I attended my first festival with my daughter Bridget in 2011 and I was amazed at how warm and welcoming the women at the festival were. There are many things that I love about the festival. The location is absolutely beautiful especially at Samhain with all the leaves covering the ground in a burgundy, orange and gold carpet. I love the workshops which allow you to take away what you need from the festival, even if it’s just a good laugh from running around the dining hall “riding” a broom you just crafted. The rituals are always empowering and powerful. There is also always lots a free time to explore the Ecology Retreat Centre on your own or in a small group and find the little spots where you can connect with nature. But most of all I love the fact that this festival allows me connect with my daughter and see her being influenced and molded by truly remarkable womyn. I can’t say enough good things about the festival. I keep telling my friends who have never attended, 'Just come once and you’ll come forever.'