International Lifestyle Magazine Issue 56 - Page 60

Victoria, a True Life Coach and Transformational Retreat Leader from Durango, Colorado, now offering retreats in Chiang Mai, Thailand, has decades of experience with this path. Her passions have led to careers in dance, adventure travel, coaching and leading transformational retreats. While she’s found success in all of them, it’s the transitions that she says are the hardest. They’re where she’s had to dig the deepest within to understand that things fall apart so they can be re-made. The dissolution of our life structures is what pushes us to create a new story. Here is where Trust and Hope triumph over the easy road of the safe life. “The spiritual teacher Eckartdt Tolle has said, ‘life sends you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness’, FittsMilgrim recounts. I believe that we carry a double-edged staff through life - etched on one side are all the painful times we’ve had, but on the other is our deepest and greatest joy. One staff, one life. They are eternally intertwined.” When speaking of the challenges of The Heroine’s Journey she says, ‘Of course we are going to feel fear. Whenever we step outside our known world, the one that makes us feel competent and successful, fear will come up. It’s remembering that we have a choice, and aligning our choices with what truly matters that creates the inner presence to guide us forward.’ We all have been conditioned to follow the popular path. It starts as very small children in school. Rarely are you rewarded for not having all the answers. But to live authentically there will be times when there are only questions. And that is a good thing. In living her best life, American painter Georgia O’Keeffe said, ‘I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.’ If you are going to answer the call of The Heroine’s Journey, you will have to begin again with the fresh eyes of renewed mind. This past winter FittsMilgrim traveled to Thailand for six months on her own Heroine’s Journey, seeking a beautiful place to call women to who want guidance for undertaking this sacred passage. Although at first she didn’t find what she was seeking, it all seemed part of having the faith to continue and keep asking to be shown. Then towards the end of her winter there, she discovered Tharn Thong Lodge, forty minutes outside of Chiang Mai in the north. ‘The minute I saw it, I knew it was the place of beauty I was seeking.’ Tharn Thong Lodge provides rustic/romantic accommodations, delicious food and an exquisite natural setting. And synchronistically, there she met with a new form of movement, Christopher Harrison’s Anti-Gravity Fitness/Yoga/Pilates. The AntiGravity aerial experience has lit up everything from the Oscars and Grammys to the Olympics and presidential inaugurations. “Weaving the AntiGravity experience into the Heroine’s Journey offers women worldwide a new groundbreaking opportunity for self-expansion and freedom – a path to grow beyond old limits of influence and impact in the world,” FittsMilgrim says. “AntiGravity founder Chris Harrison says that the AntiGravity experience allows one to move freely in all directions of open space and not only opens the body, but also the mind, and this is a beautiful fit with The Heroine’s Journey model.” Harrison’s exciting aerial program originates from New York but also trains instructors at Tharn Thong Lodge. They use soft hammocks suspended three feet off the ground as apparatus for decompressing the spine and strengthening one’s core. But even more coincidental, the principles that guide the AntiGravity experience are the same ones needed to take The Heroine’s Journey. Trust…. Acceptance… www.internationallifestylemagazine.com