For those of you who don’t know Camp Widow® is an incredibly unique experience for young widowed men and women, having been described as a combination between a conference and a retreat. It focusses on providing practical tools, valuable resources and peer-based encouragement for rebuilding your life in the aftermath of the death of a spouse or partner – all in a positive, uplifting atmosphere.
The program was created in 2009 by Michele Neff Hernandez who was a 35-year-old mother of three when her husband Phil was tragically killed in a cycling accident in 2005. Based in the United States, Camp Widow® is currently held annually in California, Florida and Canada.
One of the features that makes Camp Widow® so unique is that all events, including workshops, round table discussions and face-to-face networking opportunities, are all led and facilitated by young widowed people, for young widowed people.
How does this relate to MJC Botanical I hear you asking………
One of the major reasons I started my business apart from my love of plants and what I do is that it gives me purpose and it allows me to connect with people.
For those of you who don’t know my background I became a sole parent of 4 young children about 11 years ago. There wasn’t a lot of useful help at the time to guide me. I was left feeling lost and disconnected because not many people really understood what I was going through.
It’s taken awhile but I’m happy to say I feel like I’ve now found my real tribe and real happiness.
Luckily for young widowed people there is now a group based in Brisbane called First Light. They are an amazing group of 3 young Brisbane widows who help to connect young widowed people to resources, peer support programs and a community of others sharing the same experience. (Oh how I wish they were around years ago).
I feel honoured to have been asked to join them as a volunteer to run a workshop supported by Mappins Nursery during their @campwidow at the Stamford Plaza in May were I will be joined by other volunteers and ambassadors.