THE SIZZLING SILVER 60s!
On 4th October 2019 I’ll be 64… and I’ve been thinking back to 4th October 2015 as I approached my 60th birthday, and deciding I was going to make this 7th decade the best ever. So how has this intention developed so far?
Approaching My 60s
The six-month approach to my 60s was heralded with a life-changing five-week trip to Peru. There I not only got the opportunity to explore some of my bucket list sacred places like Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, I also had the extraordinary opportunity to spend a week in the Amazon Jungle taking Ayahuasca*. ‘She’ nudged my heart back towards immersion in nature, and resurrecting my sense of the feminine, and on my return to the UK I participated in a wonderful Cacao Ceremony. As the seasons turned I further celebrated being in my 60s by embarking on a four-month stay in an off-grid yurt on a secluded Welsh hillside through the wettest and wildest of winters on record. I found it one of the most scary experiences of my life, and yet, at the same time, the most magical. My immersion in nature, with the land beneath me and the weather raging around me, was also a time of deep inner immersion. I had nothing to distract me except for books on kindle – there was nothing else, no electricity, no running water, Wi-Fi and phone reception were virtually non-existent, so where could I go but inwards?
The Outcome Of Going Inwards
I came out much more my self, stronger and more aware, more filled with the natural joy of connection.
I followed this with living in a series of short-term tiny caravan homes in magical rural settings all in the same glorious area, and fell completely in love with this enchanted land of Powys around the heart chakra of Wales.
During this time I attended some mind-opening and heart-warming conferences on the deeper side of life and nature.
I participated in a retreat featuring an extraordinary five-day shamanic immersion into something I couldn’t explain, but which turned my life upside down. On the very heels of this I:
- Lost my only source of income and was left with no financial resources
- Had to move home, and was ‘saved’ by a new friend with an invitation to stay in her beautiful six-hundred-year-old house for that winter
- Took my ageing cat through an intense protocol to bring him through diabetes and successfully out the other side
During the time all this was happening I received a powerful vision of a global community for women over 50 where they would discover and share their innate wisdom. I began to realise something which had cracked open for me on a flight over the Andes the previous year: that we women over 50 are valid and valuable with wisdom worth sharing. I could see that this ‘wise elder’ status is in our DNA, it is our birthright.
A caravan home was then gifted to me by my sister and brother in law – a place of refuge on another wild Welsh hillside, and it was here The Silver Tent community was truly launched, even though internet connection was and is a huge challenge. The very fact it came into existence at all is thanks to the synchronicity of meetings with women who resonated so vibrantly with the project that they rallied to aid its emergence. To them I will always be grateful.
This community has grown deliciously and in ways I never expected. The level of intimacy created is beyond what I have ever really experienced before, in spite of much of the interaction being online. The quality of the projects emerging from the fertile soil of the Silver Tent is mind-blowing. The one which fills me with most inspiration is Silver Village, a co-housing community being brought to life powerfully by Siobhan A Riordan, whose vision grows day by day.
We also have baby first steps with Silver Tent Radio, Silver Tent TV, Silver Tent Marketplace, Silverbloggers and Silver Tent Publishing (spearheaded by Vanessa Squire Kaliski who shares the same birthday with me and The Silver Tent). They are all in their first incarnation and are the seeds of portals to share our wise elder women’s wisdom with the world. There are more ideas in the process of coming to fruition.
Through this community I share my own brand of wisdom by running online courses (as well as offline retreats), which thrill me. It was not something I’d considered much prior to The Silver Tent. I am now offering my signature online course Claiming Your Wild, Wonderful and Wise Elder Self, and I find it is a profound gift. And for those who want to discover what their authentic message is, we explore Meet Your Muse, another of my online courses. I’m currently developing a new course called Writing Wild where we’ll invite the Muse of Nature to come and commune with us.
In my 60s since The Silver Tent was founded three years ago I have written two books which are the first to have been published through Silver Tent Publishing. The first book, Together We Rock, is the story of The Silver Tent, how it came into being and what its visions are. The second, Kahuna – the cat who didn’t die, is an extraordinary story of love across the apparent divide of death – a journey I had always wanted to take, but never really believed would happen. Other books are knocking at my heart to be brought to life, and my Muse waits patiently for me to play.
One of the most powerful aspects of this decade is that I am so much more in tune with my heart. So much more able to take bigger leaps of faith, playing with my imagination, while being surrounded by a host of amazingly bright and beautiful women who champion each other. Our community is one where we build each other up, rather than tear each other down, and it makes all the difference in the world. Many of us transform before our virtual very eyes, revealing our heart’s passion and discovering that we are wonderful and wise after all.
I see how this decade is the birthplace of many of my heart’s dreams – from those I had as a child, to those I have had throughout my adult life.
I feel the butterfly is emerging from her chrysalis at last.
*Ayahuasca is an ancient brew of natural jungle compounds which releases DMT (Dimethyltryptamine) in your brain when ingested. You get to experience a whole new world through heightened awareness which can come in the form of visions. Ayahuasca is considered a female Goddess offering a ‘gateway to the divine’.
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