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Rebecca, Montgomery, Alabama

"Retreat is the food of renewal." I hope to learn how to find balance in my life and come back with a renewed passion and inspiration for working with children and helping them heal (I am a counselor with abused kids). I also hope to find the sense of adventure in my life that I so desperately need and take some amazing photographs (I'm also a photographer). I'm so grateful for this opportunity!

It's hard to put into words what the Miraval experience meant to me. I went to Miraval with a negative attitude about life and about people, and I came away with a feeling of passion for life. I met 59 of the most inspiring women and felt in awe that I was a part of such an extraordinary adventure. I made some friendships that will last a lifetime, and I was able to gain a much-needed sense of adventure in my life. I learned that I have to take care of myself in order to take care of the people and the world around me.

One of the most important things I learned is that in order to really live, I need to be mindful of each present moment. I realized that by living in the future and the past, I wasn't really living. ... I am now feeling much less stress in my job working with kids and I am learning to help them live in the present rather than the past as well. Lastly, I got to be in a gorgeous area and take some beautiful photographs that I will always cherish. Retreat truly is the food of renewal, and I am so grateful to have been a part of this experience!