by Maria Koropecky, Free Spirit Coach, Author, TV Host & Retreat Leader
Have you ever heard the song, “Verdi Cries” written and sung by Natalie Merchant? It’s one of my favourite songs and every time I hear it, I picture a woman on a retreat. She eats pastries, takes long baths and goes to the beach – meanwhile her next door neighbor in room 119, plays Verdi’s Aida from morning till night as the soundtrack.
“With just three days more I’d have just about learned the entire score to Aida.
Oh holidays must end as you know.
All is memory taken home with me:
The opera, the stolen tea, the sand drawing, the verging sea, all years ago.
Ah la la la la la. Ah la la la la la.”
If you’d like to hear the whole song, here’s the link to a recent performance of Verdi Cries where Natalie tells the story of what inspired her to write the song.
Natalie Merchant is a gifted songwriter and storyteller. I love how she paints pictures with words and music, drawing from her personal life experiences.
That’s what my Free Your Story Retreats are all about!
I’ve recently written a novel called Closer to Indigo which was inspired by my solo backpacking trip across Spain which turned into a TV series and now I coach Spiritual Storytellers to have some fun, go on their own adventures and tell their own stories.
Our stories are ours to share and if a retreat to a quiet beach town sounds heavenly to you and you’d like to immerse yourself in a creative environment and start writing your own stories, I’m happy to tell you more about my spiritual, healing and storytelling retreats here in Victoria, Canada, on Vancouver Island in the Pacific Northwest, that have been designed just for you!
We have beaches and mountains and a mild climate and Victoria, BC has been recognized again and again as a top destination in the travel and tourism industry.
Come and visit and let me show you around.
I offer retreats for solo travelers, couples or groups and they all include nature hikes, coaching, journaling, spa time, dance parties and a viewing of my TV series, Saanich: Emerging Land; Emerging People with popcorn all to help you Free Your Story!
Let this year be your year to write your book, film your documentary and sing your song!
Book a call with me and let’s do this together!