After months of planning, organizing, emailing, buying resources, advertising, and dreaming it actually happened! People committed to it, they showed up and it actually happened. I couldn't quite believe it as people were walking through the door. Everyone who had their name down came and it was so so wonderful. All those mums together in the one place, sharing similar struggles, fears and hopes, there was a great atmosphere and energy in the place.
After lunch we enjoyed a mindfulness workshop run by Tanya Forgan, we had time to open up about some of the challenges we find in gentle parenting, as well as learning techniques for using mindfulness in every day life. We had a couple of wonderful guided meditations, with relaxation techniques which left us feeling relaxed and chilled out.
At the end of the day I couldn't stop smiling to myself, and have since had lots of positive feedback and interest in future Gentle Parenting Retreats. I felt the day was truly a success on so many levels, and I can't deny that I am proud of myself for pulling it all together, but of course know that it could never have happened if it wasn't for a fantastic group of mums who really believed in the event. For me the aims of the day were absolutely achieved. I wanted mums to be able to relax and reflect, to be able to refill their cups so they could return to their children re-energized and revitalized. I certainly returned home buzzing and filled with a renewed sense of being able to cope whatever new challenges arose. And I learnt some new relaxation techniques which I have already put into daily practice.