The Fishing Trip

The Fishing Trip Breathing in and out each other’s strength until it grows and grows into a collective force. In Women Who Run With Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes writes of the natural urge for women to be together without men from time to time. She discusses the idea that it is a cleansing, healing experience to be solely in the presence of other women. I can very deeply relate to this urge, as close female friendships have always been of upmost importance to me, even at a very young age. There is such a deep and unspoken understanding that bonds women- one that is immune to time and distance. Recently, nine university friends of mine flew from all over the United States (and one from Australia) just to be together for a few days. Almost immediately upon seeing each other, we entered what Estes calls Rio Abajo Rio (river beneath the river) or, as I like to think of it, a “world between worlds”. This is our story… One month ago, a group of ten women traveled tens of thousands of miles collectively to be together for five days on an island off the coast of Massachusetts. Full time jobs, boyfriends, foreign visas, hours of traveling and financial restrictions could not have kept us apart one more day. It had been two years since we had all been together under...

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