What Happens In Berkeley….needs to happen for every Adoptee

I have just returned from Berkeley, CA where I was able to attend the 4 day Adoptee retreat, Beyond Adoption: You

I wish I could tell you all about it, but I can’t. What I have just experienced is so sacred, so special, and so meaningful, that I do not feel I can publically share all that I was able to feel and heal. But trust me, the word TRANSFORMATIVE does not do justice to what I have experienced.

What I CAN and WILL say is this: being with a group of 10 other adopted people and 2 adopted facilitators was the most transformative experience of my adopted life. I was able to access more healing and more understanding of self this weekend than I have for the past year in therapy. This is not to say my therapist is not good, because she is so great for me, but I was able to speak and be heard by MY TRIBE – Adopted People. I was, at times, shocked to learn that they all walk around planet earth with the same stuff and experiences as I do. We respond the same. We worry the same. We feel so much of the same things. We have ALL experienced loss. We just GET each other.

What I felt: loved, honored, accepted, held, understood, listened to, SEEN, normal, togetherness, ZERO loneliness, heard, and I was able to be my TRUE OUT AND OPEN SELF. And, I did not feel WEIRD or DIFFERENT or ODD or like an ALIEN; not even for a second. Pure authenticity.

What I did: listened, hugged, wrote a lot, cried a lot, made life long REAL friends who will never leave and who will always have my back. And, I will never leave them, and I will have their backs, too. And LAUGHED with abandon and with freedom.

Oh, and we ate at a world renowned, hard to get into restaurant WITHOUT a reservation. SO THERE! Chez Panisse THAT is the true power of the adopted tribe

What I learned: How to cross over my life’s bridge from Shame to Acceptance. I learned about laughing Yoga. I learned that I do not need to eat and self sooth with food. I learned that I can fill that large, empty place with my truth and not with Pringles. How to get our of my HEAD (default) and into my HEART (Direct) I learned that other people think I draw pretty well. I learned that I am likeable and loveable.

What I am going to do now: Not take any fucking bullshit from anyone. Own my adopted truth. Help my brain grooves find the right pathways to keep healing. Stop telling myself that I am “less,” stop acting small and embrace being BIGGER that life itself. Stay in touch with the 11 people I shared a room with so that I can remember who I am and help them remember, too. I am going to STOP looking for a solution to heal, I am going to look for experiences to prompt healing. I am going to carry an 8 Ball (Hachiko) around with pride and a bulge in my pocket, it is my 8 ball, and I love it!! And, I am going to ALWAYS hold on to hand rails on stairs.

Sign up. There will be another one April 26 – 29, 2018 in a Magical House in Berkeley, CA

Hey….are you still reading this? Click on the link and get in before it is full!!
ALL MY LOVE TO MY TRIBE!

Here are the Reviews from the FIRST Beyond Adoption: YOU retreat

Some Favorite Quotes:


“Don’t stand in traffic until you build a bridge” Pamela Cordano, MFT

“Our Jobs are to be 100% ourselves”Anne Heffron

“They know all my dark and accepted it as light.” Janet Nordine, LMFT

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View from the Magical Berkeley House

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  1. When I can’t find the words I’m going to turn to you, you summed up this experience perfectly. I love you and the 8 ball bulge in your pocket and our tribe ❤️

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