I hope that the choices I make will create peace for our planet. One cold and dark winter night my phone rang. It took me a few minutes to understand who was calling and why. It was the director of Healing Services at Kripalu in Massachusetts. On a whim I had sent my resume to see if I could provide shiatsu, Japanese bodywork, for residents at this nationally known retreat center. She asked me if I would go out for an interview. Of course I said yes. I was overjoyed! I was hired and was told to show up June 1st for the 2005 season. The season was about four months long. I put my Evanston practice on hold, grabbed my computer and took off on what turned out to be a bigger adventure than expected.
I am a planner. I like to have everything set up before I attempt any project big or small. I was unable to confirm that I was hired as none of my attempts to reach the director got any response. I had no place to live and I heard nothing from the state licensing agency that had to approve my application to practice. I decided to go regardless. My friends said I was crazy. My father said, “What’s the worst that can happen? You have a vacation and come back.” Thanks dad! I had someone set up to handle BirthLink on the back end and I would be available by phone and email. I drove off with my teddy bear on one of the hottest days of the year.
I found a camp ground to stay in, got my license the day before I was to report to work. I showed up in the director’s office and she was glad to see me. I needed to get work in addition to the bodywork and I started to interview while I looked for housing. Using a cell phone in the area was challenging due to mountains, fog and forests. I had to drive quite a distance to get a service spot. I went to the library to access my email once a day. I had a time limit as there were many people in line. I found housing and started work. There were seventy-five therapists and thirty-five treatment rooms. I was therapist number seventy-five. I took the night shift which meant I was busy most nights but I was still concerned about how much money I would make.