We gathered while the ocean roared outside the window. We gathered under a canopy of stars in warm, healing waters. We gathered with dishes of warm food - cinnamon toast, homemade soups, bright green vegetables grown right on the property. We gathered every morning. We gathered every night. We gathered in our hearts and our souls, while holding hands and singing songs, while making art and shedding tears.
We all gathered for the first time being ourselves - perfect just as we were, yet eager to expand more fully into all we knew we were capable of. And we gathered for the last time still ourselves, but altered, with our alive-ness awakened to the knowledge of the world's relentless need for our work, our stories, our spirits. We arrived already bright with anticipation, excitement and courage; we left positively radiant.