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I registered ! I know the workshop email selection has gone out, anxious to get mine. hope to meet in person.
Grenville ... since you live close and won't need to book a hotel room, how about just stopping by Thursday afternoon? No commitment needed. I gather a few volunteers around 2pm to stuff the bags given out at registration and to do a few other pre-Camp things. It's very informal and a good chance to have some conversations with other campers. When we finish we'll head down to a restaurant/bar area (haven't decided where yet) to do a Widowed Village MeetUp. Again, this is casual and a great opportunity to meet others before Camp starts. If that ends up feeling comfortable to you, then you can come in Friday morning and we can register you then. That way you're not registering ahead of time, so it takes that worry about backing out off the table. Do you think that might help?
movingforward - love that you're calling it your road trip adventure! I can assure you that you will meet some new friends.
Thanks for the post. I am calling my road trip to Canada, my newest road trip adventure. I am going with the expectation of meeting some new friends! As the time is approaching, I found myself trying to talk myself out of going. I tend to be on the shy side, am certainly learning how to "step outside myself". I will only grow as I live outside my previously defined "box". I was so encouraged by your note and the fact that it is a smaller group setting. Toronto here I come!!!! Looking forward to meeting you, too.
I look forward to meeting you movingforward - Terri! And I hope that I'll be meeting you, too, Grenville25.
I've opened up the Forum discussion for the Toronto Camp. You can find it here: http://widowedvillage.org/forum/topics/who-s-going-to-camp-widow-to...
My first Camp was in San Diego in 2011, 11 months out from my loss. I remember the nerves - even though I had gotten acquainted with several people here in Widowed Village who were also attending. But as bis4betsy has said ...being around so many others who just understand and don't question your feelings is really wonderful.
The Toronto Camp is much smaller than San Diego ... and that generally makes it easier (at least for me) because you get to know most everyone there. The hotel is smaller, too. The full lineup of workshops hasn't posted yet, but the schedule is on the website and the intensives are noted (those are longer workshops). Here's a link where you can see the schedule: http://www.campwidow.org/schedule
Michele also announced the theme for the Toronto Camp today on her Facebook page. Michele is the Executive Director of Soaring Spirits International (SSI). Camp Widow and Widowed Village are SSI programs. If you're on FB, here's a link to her page: https://www.facebook.com/michele.n.hernandez
I am super excited to share that the theme for our Toronto camp will be The Neverending Story...and many of our camp events will focus on sharing, owning, and embracing your unique story. Since we are onsite during the Toronto Film Festival (did I mention that the alumni track will include the opportunity to be in a drawing to attend the festival as an alumni event?) we felt this would be a fitting theme. Hotel rooms are still available for Friday and Saturday nights, and there is a chance of an extended stay, but BOOK NOW for Friday and Saturday at least! “There are many kinds of joy, but they all lead to one: the joy to be loved.” ― Michael Ende, The Neverending Story
Grenville- I get the lack of confidence! I was so "uncommitted" to actually going to camp that I only volunteered so I would not be out the money and then be angry about spending it when I could least afford it. I am trying to convince my friend to meet me in Tampa next spring so I can really get the full camp experience instead of coming home each evening. I really hope you do this for yourself when you're able to. I kept saying to myself, "where was this when I was floundering years ago?" but I know I wasn't ready yet, timing is everything. If you don't go to Toronto you can always try again I don't think Camp Widow is going away. Too many people need it.
thanks for the feedback. i have a fear of committing..to anything. even today i am supposed to take atrain to meet faimily for cottage and i wished i wasnt going. i walk out of movies. I am probably going...because i am sure it is amazing..bereavement group just felt 'off'...every loss is different and this one, losing half of yoruself, i am struggling with this loss and afraid i'll register, change mind and back out. I no longer have confidence in my judgement, you know? thank you for letting me know how wonderful it is.
I have just attended my first Camp Widow here in San Diego and all I can say is "wow!" I was nervous and apprehensive about attending because I kept thinking to myself will this help me 6 years after he died? The short answer is YES and why didn't I find this sooner? It has been the most incredible supportive group I have been with on my journey and I am so humbled by the amount of effort put forth to offer this opportunity for widows. Everyone, and I do mean every single person I met, was genuine, kind, loving, caring and most of all understanding because they get it. I feel more empowered and able to embrace the many tomorrows without my love. I'll be honest, it has stirred up many memories that I desperately try to keep buried but I feel as though being able to talk about them in such a safe environment with other widows and not trained social workers is cathartic. My therapist was amazing but walking among people who have truly walked in my shoes is a different experience. No judgement, just love, and hugs, and tears, and gratitude that someone will listen to my story. I hope you choose to go and if you're able you will certainly be blessed.
I am going to the Toronto event. It is going to be the most adventurous thing I have done since my husband died 7-28-13. I will be driving by myself and am so looking forward to meeting new people. As I venture forward as a single person, I realize the value new friends will hold in my life. I actually met some people last summer from Camp Widow, who said it was a great group and I should attend one of these events. Soooooo, since it is taking place in September, which is my birthday month, I decided to just "do it" and have it be a gift to myself.
Toronto here I come. Hope to see you there.
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