"Soul Sister Retreat" (2-11-14)

My twin sister and I recently held a "retreat" for ourselves. We named our retreat "Soul Sister".
We spent four straight days with no interruptions, focusing on spirituality, creativity, healing, love,
and nature. We had a great time, got in some adventure and made some fun things, each with some
meaning and intent behind them.
I have posted the pictures below of our adventures and creations! :)
Day One - S.S Retreat: We made deer skin leather pouches
that hold our little clay and gemstone wands, that we also
made. We also made some Chartres maze amulets. One big
one for ourselves, and a few smaller ones for projects later in
the week. We also spent this day watching some uplifting
spiritual movies. Got our backpacks ready to go for the next
day, and fell asleep to a cricket song meditation CD.
Day Two - S.S Retreat: Up early in the morning, we braided
each others hair into tiny little braids so we wouldn't have to
mess with doing our hair or make-up for the day! Then we
headed for the mountains and river! It was a tad cold, but we
dressed warm! Took our supplies for some creative time right
by the Salt River.
Day Two - S.S. Retreat: Laid our blankets right by
the river and had breakfast. We brought a little
teapot and Sterno cans and made ourselves some
herbal tea to keep warm as we created some unique
Chakra/Star of David/Lotus bubble wands. It even
warmed up for us and we got to enjoy some sunshine
later! We did a bit of hiking and collected some river
rocks to use for a project later in the week.
Day Two - S.S. Retreat: Jennifer's bubble wand! (We
wore our amulet bags that we had made the previous
day, to put some creative energy into them)!
Day Two - S.S. Retreat: My bubble wand! We washed our wands
in the Salt river to bring some of the spirit of the river and
nature, and our creative adventure into them!
Day Two - S.S. Retreat: Of course we brought some
ingredients to make our own bubble solution and we blew
bubbles in nature!!
Day Two - S.S. Retreat: We dedicated the fun of blowing
the bubbles with our new wands to our grand-mothers
who have both passed on.
Day Two - S.S. Retreat: Here are our bubble wands.
I made the glass beads we used in the handle part, we
added all the colors of the Chakra with gemstones in
the Star of David/Lotus design, and we filled the bottom
loop with lots of trinkets and stones that all mean
something or have a story to us, including a Chatres
maze charm.
Day Two - S.S. Retreat: A better close up of our bubble wands. I
made the glass beads we used in the handle part, we added all the
colors of the Chakra with gemstones in the Star of David/Lotus
design, and we filled the bottom loop with lots of trinkets and stones
that all mean something or have a story to us, including a Chatres
maze charm.
Day Two - S.S Retreat: After our creative time at the Salt River,
we headed home and ended the evening at my Drum Circle at
Wellsprings Bookstore. We wore matching tie-dye dresses, and
of course our amulet pouches, and even brought our wands along
with us!
Day Two - S.S. Retreat: After we got back from drum class
we took out all of our tiny braids for a mermaid hair-do!
hehe! Ended the night with some uplifting movies to fall
asleep on the couches in the living room for our
make-shift slumber party set up!
Day Three - S.S. Retreat: Packed up bright and early and headed back
to the mountains and Salt River. This time we explored another part of
the river. And we brought along all of our crafty creative stuff too!
Day Three - S.S. Retreat: We painted the river rocks we
had collected the day before. It was wonderful having all of
our crafts spread out on our warm blankets right next to
the running river! We made sure to bring our teapot and
Sterno cans again so we could enjoy some warm tea again!
Day Three - S.S. Retreat: Here are the rocks we painted
for the day!
Day Three - S.S. Retreat: After we had some creative fun with the
rocks, we had a Prayer Flag ceremony. We blessed two strands of
prayer flags and prayed for healing for the world and all who need
it. With love, intent, and creativity. We each painted one rock to
leave behind in nature, (A nice little surprise for someone who
would eventually find it). We burned incense and also gave thanks
for all of our blessings, all of the elements, and also blessed our
creations we had made so far with positivity and love!
Day Three - S.S. Retreat: The prayer flag ceremony. We also made
sure to include our rocks. Prayer flags are a beautiful way to send
out an intent filled blessing to the world. When you put blessings
or beautiful intents into the flags, you then hang up the flags, and
over time as the wind and elements break down the flags, they are
also helping to carry the blessings and wishes out to the world, to
all those who need it.
Day Three - S.S. Retreat: A close-up of some of my
painted rocks.
Day Three - S.S. Retreat: Another close-up of some of
my painted rocks.
Day Three - S.S. Retreat: Our beautiful view for the
day as we relaxed and created next to the Salt River!
Day Three - S.S. Retreat: Our view across the river
where we picnicked till late afternoon.
Day Three - S.S. Retreat: Before leaving for the day
we built a beautiful Heart Mandala to leave behind in
nature. We made it with rocks that we had found that
were in the shape of hearts, and around a hole we
found in the rock that was even shaped like a heart
too! We also left some of the things behind that we
had in the Prayer Flag ceremony: shells, sage, 2
Chartes maze coins that we each had made on the
first day of our retreat, small rocks, incense, and we
also each painted a rock to leave behind.
Day Three - S.S. Retreat: We left the little "Heart"
mandala right next to the river and headed home for
the night.
Day Four - S.S. Retreat: Last day of our retreat. We spent the morning and
afternoon making these little "pocket prayer" boxes. I didn't finish mine all the
way, but this one is Jennifer's and mine is similar. This is shot of the front, back and
inside of the box. We used Altoid cans for the base.
We ended the last evening of our retreat with our children, Luke, Taylor, Jessika, and
my hubby Kyle, who came with us to go and do another walk through at the Gilbert,
Arizona temple. And then we took the kids out to dinner! Great way to end our last
day! We packed so much into four days! The only thing we would change is pacing
ourselves next time, and maybe adding a few additional days for relaxation, and
possibly a massage! Haha, we were really sore from all of our hiking, and carrying
around back packs full of 50 pounds of crafting stuff!