Today I'm leaving for #campgrounded in #medicino CA to go to summer camp in the redwood forrest. This will be my 4th time going to camp with this group, 1st in Austin, then NY State, Austin again and now CA.
It's very bitter-sweet, this will be the last camp before it closes it's doors. Levi Felix an amazing visionary who founded the camp and brought us all together has passed away. For a long time I held a lot of anger, I couldn't understand why such an amazing human, that touch so many of us so deeply and profoundly would be taken from us at 33. I meet him at my first camp in Austin, which he lead. He showed me this amazing beautiful world full of love, compassion, silliness, boldness, confidence and freedom that I had never seen quite so clearly. Then once the new came that Levi had brain cancer and wouldn't be attending camp in NY, I was tremendously sad, but hopeful when I hear reports that he was fighting and getting stronger. Maybe he would be ok, maybe it would be alright. Then camp came to Austin again in 2016, it wasn't the same for me without him for me the magic was gone (I can't sugar coat this I have to honor my truth)
I didn't want to go to this camp in CA, I actually had purchased a ticket in advance after my first session so I wanted to bail. Then came along this amazing woman that I befriended at my daughter's pre-school. We dropped off our kids and then ran into one another at Target. We said hello and began chatting... there was a special connection there, we talked for an hour in Target in front of the push carts. There were so many things we spoke about that were so deep and we found we had such a deep understanding and connection of each other.
Long story short, I asked her if she'd like to go with me to this retreat... I didn't expect her to say yes, but she did! I couldn't be more happy. I'm so grateful to you Nicki Duncan, thank you for being a part of this for me. I feel so grateful to be able to show a glimpse of this amazing world created by this amazing man. We will have such an amazing time!
#campgrounded2017 #campgrounded #levisfelixyouareloved #gonnabeakidagain