Hope Springs is a 501c3 Not for Profit Retreat Center in Ohio's Southern Appalachian foothills providing intentional space for mindful, creative and healthy private group retreats. Hope Springs also sponsors profoundly transformational workshops on topics which include women's issues, empowered leadership, and personal growth.
Dear Hope Springs Community,
We are looking for several volunteers to help us with several outside projects. In exchange for your hard work, you will get the satisfaction of seeing improvements immediately as well as a delicious Hope Springs lunch! If you can make it, please be sure to dress for the outside, complete with gloves, long pants, and sturdy shoes.
The projects we are going to be working on:
Let us know if you can make it so we can prepare enough food and plan the projects properly.
I hope to see many of you there!
Julie "Jules" Myers, MSOD
Hope Springs Institute
Leah Kyaio, M.Ed. is the Executive Director and co-owner of With Respect, LLC, which provides strengths-based solutions to organizations and corporations with progressive leadership to reduce and eliminate racism and sexism. She is co-facilitating, along with Jules Myers, the October program, Women’s Power Circle.
Today as I sit at my desk to write my welcome article as “official” Executive Director, I was greeted by this beautiful luna moth. As I thought about what I wanted to write, I thought maybe she has come to give me guidance. Luna moths are a rare sighting since they only live about a week once they have transformed from a caterpillar into this state, so perhaps there is direction for me in her appearance.
Luna moths are nocturnal, they navigate at night by the light of the moon, the symbol of humanity’s emotional state and internal knowing. To me it is akin to navigating my pathway by my inner compass, my intuitive feelings. Certainly my journey here to Hope Springs was not straightforward, nor predictable, but all along the way each step surely and decisively has led me here. I said, Yes to getting my Masters in Organization Development at American University, I said Yes to my professor, Patricia Williams, when she asked me to join the Women’s Leadership Collaborative that she was leading with Suzanne Stevens. I said yes to the Fool’s Journey and left on a nine-month road trip and met my loving partner, Stormy, along the way. (And, bless his heart, he said Yes, when I said, “Let’s move to Ohio!”) I said Yes when Hope Springs needed an Interim Director and I said Yes again when she needed a permanent Executive Director. Like a moth navigating by moon light – I just seemed to know the next right thing to do as it was presented – but never before.
Luna moth without doubt also came here to teach me about love, as her sole purpose at this stage in her development is to find love and to reproduce. Luna moths don’t think about love – it is just what they do. Being here at Hope Springs is surely an act of love, to myself for following my dreams, to Hope Springs for creating the sacred space to develop into the person I am meant to be, to the Elders who envisioned her and brought her into being, and to the Board who said Yes to me, and to the ever growing concentric circles of the Hope Springs community, the Ninth Lady, who believe in Hope Springs and come back over and over again to learn, to love, to give and to receive.
And finally, Luna moth is here to teach about death and resurrection. Surely we all still feel the heartache of losing Spirit House and the Ladies art installation. Luna moth reminds us that life in any form has a finite time, but the cycle will continue. I see that as my purpose here, to continue the work of Hope Springs in a new cycle, with new energy re-invigorating our place of inner and global peace, and with new ideas expanding how we do that.
As I am finishing this article, I look up and a second moth is here to join the first. I burst into tears (I do that not infrequently) and goosebumps spread along my arms. The cycle continues – for us in unexpected ways sometimes, but always beautiful and always in an ever-continuing cycle of birth, loss, transcendence and re-birth.
The beauty of the people who work here
The Spirit of the Land
The love all around is what makes Hope Springs very special
This was my first time here. I will return.
I felt so loved and cared for in all ways.
~ Retreat attendee
"This experience has has brought me greater clarity and confidence about my lifes purpose in many ways, on many levels."
~CKM, Jacksonville, Florida
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