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September 2016 retreat

In the last 4 days I have learned that wilderness for me can be challenging, scary and rewarding.
There is no control except for my deciding how to navigate the wilderness...Pat

In the four days I have learned that wilderness for me involves a journey...Carol

I have learned that wilderness will always be with me but I need to remember that it is ok...Jeanette

Wilderness is for me a place I will find myself more and more that when I bring curiosity can
become a healing time where I see and nurture new growth and new understanding...Martha

A challenge
A home
A return
A place of wonder...Sally

In these 4 days I have learned that wilderness for me means not just being able to get through
wilderness but also to the learning and growth that can occur...Sharon

The tapestry of life that takes and delivers, replenishes and uncovers truths that were always

I have learned that wilderness for me is a place that I should embrace rather than fear...Myrna

In these 4 days I've learned wilderness for me is:Unknown—Necessary for growth—
Doable---Healing---Not necessarily solitary...Brenda

Wilderness for me becomes a positive challenge, rather than a concept full of angst. The challenge
ultimately turns to help rather than hinder in its conclusion...Heidi

Life that sometimes I have gone through and grown and learned, sometimes gone around and had
to confront again. I now face perhaps the most challenging of wilderness-age. There are many
stumbling blocks ahead, sense of growth, unknown territory, and I am determined to find a
peaceful path and accept the help and encouragement of friends and family. To set an example
and inspire my daughters...Lee

Things have shifted a bit. I am now seeing wilderness as something to explore to see who I am
becoming as I go toward death. I am curious about myself. Nobody knows who I am/will be,
so how could they define me?...Marge

In the last 4 days, I have learned that wilderness is New Knowledge, Adventure into Unknown/or
New Territory. Don't be Afraid!...Jane

I have learned that wilderness is much more than a place of vegetation and rugged terrain. It is
also whatever life experience we may go through. Family dynamics, poverty, wealth, our
education, work, however we travel through our lives...Beverly

Wilderness: the inside of me. The aloneness inside of me-which is good. ...Betty

Wilderness is exploring what is before you, please with an open mind, be open to building on
previous knowledge/experiences, and also to explore and experience situations from many
different angles. Never feel you have to come to a conclusion because the "wilderness" is
always changing and evolving-let my mind do this...Karen

Wilderness is discovery, after particular observation and no longer frightening...Char

Wilderness for me is exploring by physically going into the world and experiencing whatever

happens and by going into myself and experiencing thoughts, feelings, soul-searching
and meditation...Susan

These last days I learned wilderness is still a desolate place without people or infrastructure. That
is, a place where survival is a constant struggle. But now, I also know, "wilderness" is not limited
by geography. Rather it is my state of mind when I lose my bearings. I live bewildered and
mystified about what to do next. My knowledge, truths and wisdom no longer apply and I must
chart a new path somehow to live and hopefully thrive...Jean

The wealth of sharing the meaning of wilderness has created in me a sense of urgency. I have
so much more wilderness to explore-learn about---There may be beauty...Leah

Wilderness is "The unexpected challenges of life." The old skills and techniques shift around,
what comes next is not clear, you're in danger of being lost, but there may be beauty...Nancy

Wilderness is: To clarify further delving into the unknown for a greater understanding and
investigating, enriching my life. I look forward to these opportunities...Tammy

I have learned the biggest, most important wilderness is the places in my mind I have yet to
explore. Open up old doors of fear and doubt where I have sequestered a wilderness of
possibilities. Wilderness in nature, the woods, the desert, the mountains, the seashores are
not there to be conquered but as conduits to the mysteries of my soul. Like taking time to
hear the corn grow...Barb

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