Josée Retreat Center

Those who have been reading my blog for a while might remember my friend Josée who lives in a gorgeous house in paradise. I had the privilege to spend a few days with her, in what I ended up calling her Retreat Center. She had some great therapy going on. It started with Half Ass coffee therapy on her awesome deck overlooking Marsh Lake and the mountains, then there was steam shower spa therapy (Josée has the most amazing shower… such a treat for a bus dweller that is dry camping all summer!), then there was weeding her garden therapy and baking rhubarb-strawberry pie, and of course, laughter and wine therapy! All the while, the kids were doing their own creativity and board game therapy!

Why did I need therapy when I live such a perfect life you might ask? Well, life is messy sometimes and we stumble and make mistakes. And we fall apart. And there is pain all around. And there is nowhere to hide, nowhere to go, but to keep showing up.

People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.

― James Baldwin