I started out by creating a safe, nurturing home where my loved ones could rest and dream and explore and be who they were without judgment or fear.
For over twenty years I was 'just a mom,' but a mom who listened deeply, studied widely, transformed continually, asked Beautiful Questions, and wrote stories in the tiny cracks between the daily tasks and sublime epiphanies of motherhood. When my sons stepped into adulthood, I thought I had to set aside my mothering cloak. All my Beautiful Questions merged into one: "How, then, do I serve?"
The answer? Continue providing sanctuary.
It may look a little different from mothering my boys. But then again, maybe not. We can all benefit from resting in a good story or being deeply heard or travelling with a loving companion who holds our hand while we remember who we really are and what we're here to do.
Part of the letters will be about ways you can create sanctuary in your own life. They might also include tidbits about my writing or something I'm wondering about or something I've learned and am excited to share with you or a new idea for something we could do together. (Or all of the above!) I find these days, no matter how hard I try, I cannot commit to a schedule so I'm going to honour that. My letters may come monthly. Or maybe seasonally. We'll see how it all unfolds!
February 9, 2019
My friend, Laura, was tired of Valentines always being about romantic love.
"What about all the other kinds of love in the world?" she asked, (rather vehemently, I might add).
So we created a workshop that explores all those other kinds of love. And it was a wonderful day!
Here's what one participant had to say about the event:
"On Saturday, February 9th, 2019 I participated in an Expanding Love Workshop designed and facilitated by Maxine, and Laura Tanner in Didsbury, Alberta. It was an amazing experience. By the end of the day, after, among many other things, dancing like no one was watching, and handing out valentines to strangers on the street, I felt lighter, happier, and expanded in my spiritual journey and my love journey! You are amazing women with an incredible talent to share. Thank you so much!"
Louann O., Strathmore, Alberta
Wasn't that nice of her to take the time to send us that message?
Thank you, Louann, for being part of the magic!
And stay tuned for next year's version of Expanding Love.
February 14, 2019
This was another amazing event! (Thank you to my friend, Gwen, for bringing it to my attention.)
Here's my session description:
Set aside the need to be productive or improve yourself in some way and, instead, let yourself be nourished by story. Three stories, actually, about that old bugaboo, change.
Forty-four women signed up for this session. Forty-four! And it was just as I imagined it would be. Quiet and reflective. Thought provoking and inspiring. I was very pleased. And it seemed that many of the women who had joined me were pleased, as well. Several of them even took the time to tell me so!
Yay for reality being as yummy as the vision!
It was so yummy, in fact, that I'm thinking about offering similar sessions at other women's conferences.
Please let me know if you know of any in your little corner of the world!
May 30 - June 2, 2019
And yet another friend (I am so blessed in the friends department) asked me to partner with her to bring this workshop to life.
We will do journeywork and Intentional Creativity Painting to connect with and paint a loving and supportive Ancestor into form.
Find out more here.