Venus Rising Orlando 2018 Recap
If rain on your wedding day is good luck, then we say rain on yoga on the lawn day is a sign of true mindfulness. Something can't be anything except what it is, right? And so it was on November 4th, at the gorgeous Celebration Gardens - In. The. Rain. What had once been utopian visions of bare feet on the garden lawn made way for umbrellas, rain jackets, and 95% humidity. In spite of the weather, 40 smiling women (and a few gracious men) joined together in a celebration of sisterhood, local business, and self-care. And it was perfection.
Local artist and musician Gabriel Collazo played steady into the evening serenading guests in between entertaining quips as Bekah Kirshak of Evo Roots ensured the self-love energy kept going fueled with a series of giveaways ranging from facials to vaginal rejuvenation services. In between scheduled educational talks by Dr. Cynthia Gabaldon DC and Dr. Tammy Birbeck OB/GYN women perused local business vendors offering fresh flowers, organic coffee, massages, boutique photography, safer beauty & hypoallergenic jewelry, handmade soy candles, supplements, premium moringa, custom oils, angel intuitive readings and more. The layout of Celebration Gardens is such that there plenty of covered spaces to retreat to in such weather. And in our case, the intimacy of the venue allowed us to create so much more for our guests than we originally planned. Pre-rain we were set to enjoy the speaking segments out on the lawn through the use of a microphone and PA system.
However, once said events were moved indoors to the dining hall, the dynamics changed. There was no need for a microphone or PA system, and I can't help but wonder if our closer more special presentation area didn't create a safer space for women to be more open and engaging with our doctors. As you can imagine opening a dialogue among relative strangers about our vaginas could have possibly been awkward, although it was anything but. Everyone left having learned something new, and some will be forever changed by meeting new local vendors for their favorite everyday products (*cough* coffee). Lastly, we closed out with a guided meditation led by Cindy Fonner and left, self care themed swag bags by The Salt Room in hand, feeling fabulous. As with all debut events, we learned a lot in the process.
Namely, take more pictures. Drink more sangria. And keep better track of time - because it sure flies. We'll take the opportunity to practice lessons learned, though. It was a resounding request that Venus Rising Orlando be an annual event. So, officially, we are honored to have spent our Sunday with those who came out - thank you. And, unofficially, til next time.