This beautiful lady is Sheila Atchley and if you don't know her... you need to!!
Here's a little bit of information on this talented, funny, honest & open gorgeous lady:
Hi, I'm Sheila Atchley: artist-author, wisdom-chaser, silver-haired ordinary mystic.
I'm a celebrant, a congregant, and a flagrant creative.
I have a semi-empty nest, a pet husband, and five adorable grand-wildlings.
And I over-use the hyphen.
While I am equally drawn to words and art, words are my defining first love, and a big part of my art form. I'm here to encourage you with paint, prose, and poetry. I'm here to unleash an army of women whose metric is grace.
One of my passions is the middle age woman. This beautiful season of life is under-celebrated and under-valued. Middle aged women do not get enough support, by and large. I aim to change that, when and where I can. I believe that, just like Abraham in the bible, “everywhere the soles of your feet tread shall be yours…the Lord will extend your boundaries…”.
Middle age is a vast and gracious land, a land where many of us now find ourselves walking, a land where the potential fruit is enormous if you are willing to slay some giants. I’m busy doing just that, in my personal life, in my art, and in my writing and speaking ministry. I want to help you extend your boundaries, and to inherit what’s yours, in every season.
After all, if I encourage the women, I encourage the world.
So sit down, relax, and please overlook my hair (it is its own light source, my apologies.). Let's talk about the things that really matter, and laugh about the things that really don't.
Ok, don't you love her already?
I didn't even know this lady 4 months ago! Our dear mutual friend Jeanne Oliver mentioned her to me when we were in Italy together this past summer and she told me it was someone I needed to know. Well, a few hours later I got a Facebook message that was Jeanne connecting us. THANK YOU JEANNE! I truly am in Awe of the Lord's PERFECT timing and the way He brings people into our lives. I already love and adore Sheila and the conversations we have had just confirm it over and over. You do NOT want to miss this special, special lady having a BLAST in Italy with us next FALL!
You can check out more of Sheila's life and art at: Sheilaatchley.art
So let me share with you the WHY we decided to add this retreat next year. I know... I already have a retreat in Italy in 2018! And if you want to join that one... Please feel free to join us! I think I have a few more spots open if the Summer 2018 retreat works better for your schedule. I know for some people it's easier to get away when the kids have their summer break and that would be a great time to actually BRING the family! This past summer we had our biggest group EVER and it was because we said YES to hubby's or families and it was a BLAST!
Getting back to the FALL 2018 Retreat...