Closing today for a winter’s rest until February 16, 2015.

Today is the day. Our year-end SHE Retreat begins tonight; and we are closing to the public until February 16, 2015 for a winter’s rest.

If you email us during this time, please know that we are not ignoring you, we are simply stepping back from our public roles during this magical, deeply internal season.

We will also not be posting on social media during this period (however, Megan Roop, this year’s SHE Retreat assistant, will be posting daily pictures from our retreat on Facebook & Instagram until December 7, if you’d like to see what we’re up to over here in Thailand!).
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Thank you & an update about our closure.

I’m en route to Thailand right now for a solo birthday beach vacation, the SHE Retreat, and then some time to play (and play tour guide) with Keith.

This is the last long note I will send to you this year. Before I disappear into my homeland on the other side of the world, I wanted to make sure that I touched back in with you after my sharing a few weeks ago. Since then I’ve been sitting with the many ripples from the news of our closure.
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Why I’m Closing My Business

WOHW closed

Rain drummed against the windowsill of my home office as I scribbled on a green Post-It note:

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

Tearing the tiny square away from the rest of its pack, I smacked it in the middle of my computer screen. If I didn’t put it in a prominent place, I knew there was a very good chance I’d chicken out.

Two hours later, on the afternoon of September 30, I made the most radical shift yet in my business: I let go of most of my team and declared the death of my business, at least as it used to be.

Let me explain.
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Absolute No’s & Absolute Yeses: Wisdom from the Sisterhood

It feels like the first day of school over here! As you read this, I’m sitting in the opening circle with a dozen women that have just flown into Boulder from around the world. These aren’t just any women, they are some of the most dedicated women in our sisterhood.

I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time; and, to celebrate, I have a lot of fun surprises in store for them over the next few days!

At the end of this weekend, these women will be initiated as the first leaders of The Way of the Happy Woman. In the next year, you will be able to join them for seasonal mini-retreats around the world– from Italy to Dubai, Vancouver to New York.

These types of supportive, long-term relationships are the heart of this work. The women who choose to go deeper on this path find that their sisters are just as much their teachers as I am. Read Full Post


Through His Eyes: An Interview with My Beloved & His Best Friend

I’m feeling really quiet these days. Taking afternoon naps, doing a fall cleanse, walking in the mountains, and preparing to welcome the first women to be certified to teach this work here in Boulder for our final weekend intensive next Thursday.

So I don’t fall too far off the radar, I want to share with you today the voices of two men– my fiance, Keith Martin-Smith (award winning author, Zen priest, and Kung Fu master) and one of his best friends, Casey Capshaw (Executive Director of the Authentic Man Program).

Keith and Casey have been in the same men’s group here in Boulder for the past several years. Last month in the Red Tent, as part of diving into the self-study of our own inner masculine presence, Keith and Casey joined us for a special interview to talk about “men’s work” vs. “women’s work,” and how they can intermingle and support one another.

The conversation was so potent and eye-opening for the women in the Tent that I felt it would be beneficial to share it with our larger sisterhood.
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