Summer 1970 - Weekend Planning Retreat
Foothills outside San Francisco
Women from different factions threw together a feminist planning retreat, hoping to find better ways to collaborate. More than 100 women made the two-hour drive to the countryside, often in a carful of friends. We gathered outside a rundown lodge devoid of any furniture, waiting for the discussion to start. But it never did. Since feminist culture distrusted leaders, no one felt comfortable taking charge. So we sat in the heat with our friends, bored. Finally, someone found a swimming hole and most everyone dove in. The next morning no one was in a hurry to leave. There had been no political discussions, but we’d strengthened our connection by just letting down together.
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