Today, I am sharing the second post in a new series of guest posts from a few of the ladies who have attended my retreats over the last few years. My hope is that these posts will not only give you a glimpse into the Be Present Retreats, but also invite you to realize the importance of taking time away from your daily life to recharge, connect with your kindreds, and rekindle your creativity.
And today, I am over the moon excited to welcome Melissa McAnnally as my guest today. The following is her poem (a poem!) response to the question "why retreat?" (Thank you dear girl!)
To fall in love
with the sound of laughter and the taste of wine
To meet new sisters
and feel that you are home
To walk through tall trees
and embrace the texture of moss and the comfort of damp air
To cover your hands in paint
and glue and paper and joy
To rest in the healing power of
the camera lens
To let poetry caress your ears
and flow deliciously across your tongue
To gobble spoonfuls of the
earth’s healing provision
To rediscover yourself
and your place in this beautiful world
Melissa McAnnally lives along the Texas Gulf Coast, crunching numbers by day and exploring the world of art any chance she gets.
She is grateful to Liz and the Be Present Retreats for introducing her to the joy of messy, imperfect art and the healing power of the written word.
Read other guest posts in the Why Retreat series here.