Inspiring Change 2014

This past weekend I had the great privilege of spending time on Whidbey Island with eight inspiring women, and I can’t think of a better way to have celebrated International Women’s Day.
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We addressed this year’s theme, Inspiring Change, by working with each other on a very personal level: to uncover our philanthropic missions. Over the course of two days we took our values and passions and molded them into statements to guide our actions for the following year. We also discussed what money means to us and heard from Community Sourced Capital about their work supporting local businesses. All of this while tromping through acres of woods, taking flashlight guided nighttime meditations in the labyrinth and eating fabulous food. Once again the Whidbey Institute delivered on the promise to renew, inspire, nurture and connect.

The outcome of our work together this weekend? Some incredible intentions being put out into the world, from transforming the human relationship with water to creating whole adults by teaching to all parts of a young child, and from transforming fear of differences into celebrations of diversity to joyfully fostering and supporting a wonderfully caring community.

It was restorative and insightful, and I anticipate hearing stories over the course of the year about how the weekend inspired change, both in these women’s lives and in their communities.

If you’re interested in attending a retreat or working with me to develop a philanthropic mission, contact me directly at kcbedford{at}gmail.com. You can also sign up here on my blog, above right, and  ‘like’ my philanthro∙be facebook page to receive information and updates.

“That is happiness: to be dissolved into something complete and great.” ~ Willa Cather

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