Hello, dears. We love you! I am just going to cut to the chase. I’m here to announce some big news in the land of Brave Girls that has not come without much bittersweet deliberation, prayer and heartful, soulful thought. This decision has been many months in the works. This decision was not made lightly….I’m here to tell you that while this is kinda sad…it really is a good thing.
Lots of tears over here, yes. Lots of heart pulling and even heartbreak…yes. Absolute peace about this decision? Yes.
First of all…rest assured the Brave Girls Club is not going anywhere….and that I am staying right here with it…so is Kathy…we all are. We are just making some big changes.
Next year will be the last year that we host Brave Girl Camp the way that we always have. October 2016 will be the last camp, exactly 7 years from the time we had our first camp. I know so many of you have been wanting to come and saving to come. Now is the time to sign up for a 2016 camp….we have not been publicizing camp for next year for this reason…so that everyone who wants to come will have a chance, we saved those spots…so there are spots there for you, and now is the time to sign up if you’ve always wanted to come! We hope to see you! I know this is a sad announcement in many ways.
You can sign up for a 2016 camp HERE … as you can expect…our finale year is sure to be mind blowing, amazing, meaningful and unforgettable…..hope you can come!
Then…it’s time to pass the torch. It’s time to have circles of women all over the country and all over the world having this experience together. Brave Girl Camp has been a life changing experience for so many souls for so many years…with the Soul Restoration curriculum as the catalyst. It has been a life changing experience for all of us here too! We have made sisterhood bonds that could never have been made otherwise. We have been witness to countless miracles through the things that happen at camp, our lives have each been changed through doing Soul Restoration. I have always known that every woman in the world needs to experience the things that happen at camp…..so, I certainly never thought a day would come when I would be announcing that we wouldn’t be having camp anymore.
But let me tell you what has happened, and what has helped us to know for sure that this is the right decision. Many of the women who have come to camp have felt absolutely CALLED to take the Soul Restoration curriculum and teach it in their own circles and communities….so many have come to us privately and told us that there is a fire in their heart to teach it….to spread it…to share it…and how can they do that…how can we make that possible? This has happened over and over…without any of these women knowing each other and they come to us all asking for the same thing…to be able to teach & share this curriculum….to gather women in the special way that we have gathered women for all of these years. Now the things that happen at camp will be able to happen all over the world, because we are passing the torch to a new generation of teachers.
We will now be focusing much of our time on training the teachers who will be creating circles of brave girls all over the world the way we have been able to do, our retreats will now be training retreats. We are also going to be able to now focus on large conferences and events that bring hundreds of you together at a time in one place…and different kinds of events and retreats than we have done before.
As I have been talking people close in my life…these are the most asked questions, so I will answer those here…
Are you quitting Brave Girls Club?
Oh, heavens no! We are actually making these plans so that we can do even more, and so that we can spread the mission and the message and the gifts of BGC further and wider than ever before, with more people involved than every before!
But why aren’t you doing camp anymore?
This is the very best decision for all of the right reasons…to help more people…to gather more women….and for us each to be able to live out our exact life purposes.
But I thought you sell out every year? why would you quit????
This isn’t a business decision…this is a soulful decision. We don’t feel like we are quitting, we feel like we are spreading this far and wide in ways that we could never do ourselves.
But I didn’t get to come yet!
One of the hardest parts of making this decision was knowing all of the people who have been waiting to come, and wanting to come to Brave Girl Camp. We saved many of the 2016 spots for this announcement and for this reason….so we hope you can join us for our finale year next year!
You can sign up for a 2016 camp HERE
And friends….please remember, this change will give you even more opportunities to attend camps and retreats and living room groups and all sorts of events where you can work through Soul Restoration curriculum and have a camp-like experience with wonderful teachers who know their stuff!
But I’ve been saving up to come!
For those of you have been wanting to save up to come….we are hoping that this will make it even more possible for you to join a circle of women for Soul Restoration and a camp-like experience as we will soon have teachers all over the country and one of the them will be closer to where you are!
But I thought you LOVED doing camp and felt like it was your purpose?
Oh I do. I have shed so many tears over this decision. I am crying again as I write this!
The second day of our October camp this year (our last camp of the year), I lost my voice….like, completely lost it. I had to write out my lessons and have the staff help me teach everything. We even had a very special ceremony planned that I was so excited to do for the first time, and I just had to sit and watch it because I couldn’t speak. It was hard to do camp without a voice, but I was able to witness others teaching the lessons that I have been so honored to be able to teach for the last 6 years…..and they taught them beautifully.
When camp was over….I was sitting in prayer and meditation and I knew that it was time….I have been feeling it for a while….that it was time to pass it on to new teachers….but I knew for sure after camp that next year would be our final year, and then it would be time to pass it on to the new teachers so that we could have camp all over the world…..that’s the way it has always been meant to happen….that it could be happening in circles of women all over the world. This curriculum healed me…and I am healed now. I have witnessed thousands of women having the same experience…and now it’s time for thousands more….and in more locations.
And…when I pray….I ask that my heart will desire the things that I am to do next. For a while now…my heart has been yearning to do some new things, to write some new curriculum, to teach people to do what I’ve been so honored to be able to do, to paint more and write more and move forward into some new places and adventures. I have not allowed myself to do that because I do not want anyone to go without the life-saving, life-changing experience of camp and Soul Restoration. Camp is so important to me and I want to make sure that everyone who needs it is able to get it.
The answers to my prayers have become very clear to me…it’s time to pass the torch. It’s time for me to do some new things.
But it won’t be the same!
It won’t be the same as Brave Girl Camp–but that’s a beautiful thing. If you’ve been to camp more than once, you know that each camp was different than every other camp… the only constants are the truth that’s delivered through the lessons, and the soul-deep love the teachers and students grow for each other. THOSE things, those very most important things, will be the same. And just like Brave Girl Camp, the rest of the experience will be perfectly unique, sometimes unexpected, and miraculously exactly right for everyone involved.
And again….this change really will give you even more opportunities to attend more camps and retreats and living room groups and all sorts of events where you can work through Soul Restoration curriculum and have a camp-like experience….something we could never do on our own.
Who will be the teachers?
The teachers who will now be teaching our curriculum in their circles and at their retreats and camps are beautiful souls who have been to camp and have felt restored and transformed by working through the curriculum and who feel very called to teach it. We will tell you all about them as soon as it is time and as soon as those teachers are ready!
What are you going to do now?
Oh….so many things! We will let you know as soon as there are more details about that…but just like always…it will be soulful, happy things! Brave Girls Club will continue to grow and spread and bring even more sisters into the circle!
We love you all SO MUCH! We work hard every day to make sure that we can grow the circle of sisterhood in the best possible way….we think this is one of the best things we can do, and while it is bittersweet….we are dedicated to doing the best things for our sisterhood.
melody and kathy and the BGC team