Mia and I attended a very special mother-daughter mountain retreat. The thirteen girls made their own tribe, talking, laughing, playing, sharing meals, running wild. And the mothers gathered for sharing stories and words of wisdom, exchanging ideas, preparing meals together, and relaxing. It was a beautiful way to get to know a group of women. We soaked in the wood-fired hot tub perched on the mountainside and hiked the gravel road to see the wildflowers and waterfall. We discovered new blossoms of Solomon's Seal and Trillium, and bobcat scat. I heard an owl hooting at sundown. The rain came down hard, and the clouds rolled over the mountains. We listened to the wind howl and rain pour as we slept under the sky, warm and dry in our tent. It was wonderful to feel surrounded by nature, far from the hum and bustle of the city. Most of all, it was the warmth and support of other mothers who share this sacred journey of raising their daughters to become strong, healthy and empowered women. What a gift it is to have a tribe of "aunties" to call upon for friendship and guidance as they grow to adulthood. I am so grateful for being included in this incredible weekend. I send my humble thanks to Allison who hosted the event at this beautiful oasis, and Rockelle who invited us into this amazing circle .