Why ‘Mujeres de Isla’
“Sometimes we just need to get off the grid to get our soul right.”
19 strangers came together from different provinces of my country. All different in many aspects but all with one thing in common- to disconnect to connect.
Some of us came on this trip to heal some wounds, some came to disconnect themselves from their daily busy routine. Others came to open themselves up by meeting new people and welcoming them into their lives.
When Carla Faxas posted this this “Only Women Weekend Trip” I didn’t hesitate and reserved my spot right away. She didn’t give out too many details. One rules was- to go ‘solo’, without a friend, best friend or neighbor. The point was for all of us to get to get to know each other and make new friends. To be able to open up to new experiences without fearing of being judged.
Once the trip was fully booked, Carla created a whatsapp group where she sent a list of the things we needed to bring.
Utensils (eco friendly brand made from bamboo I just came across from Ceroplast )
Lantern, White Candle
Soap, Tooth Paste, Bug Spray
Sunscreen (Eco safe sunscreen from Sunology)
Tennis Shoes and Sandals
1 Shorts, 1 Leggings, Exercise clothes
PJ and 1 Long Skirt
3 hours later we arrived in Barahona. We stayed in a small community called Polo.
The feeling I got was hard to explain. Seeing all of the kids playing looking at us with those curious eyes and waving with big smiles was beyond surprising. You could feel the good vibes, good energy of everybody in town.
We were going to camp outside but in the garden of a orphanage instead of being completely isolated into the wild- like it was originally planned.
After we unpacked we started building our tents. All working together as one, helping each other- that’s what I call strong women!
It was the most breathtaking view my eyes had ever seen. The first river we encountered had a mini waterfall and for those few minutes we all forgot about the tiring hike we just went through. I was in awe with its crystal clear water and I wasn’t the only one mesmerized with this hidden treasure spot.
We didn’t think twice. We took our clothes off and jumped straight into the water.
It was the coldest water I had ever been in, but it was worth it. We spent a couple of hours there, some stayed near the shore or went exploring and some (like me) climbed up the rocks to jump off from a higher place.
I got the chance to see the kids from nearby villages arriving and jumping straight into the water. It so was nostalgic seeing them… it just reminded me of my own childhood when there were no ipads, no smart phones, just toys and other kids to play with.
As part of the night activity, we all wore long skirts and sat next to a bonfire. We had a women’s circle which was pure magic. After we finished we brought our dinner outside, sat together and bonded with each other.
It was pretty cold, so my recommendation would be to take extra socks because even though we are in the caribbean it does get cold at night.
The next morning we had an acroyoga session for 2 hours. It was my first time and I loved it to so much that I decided it’s going to be my new hobby.
After the acroyoga we had breakfast and went into town to explore their Sunday Market. It was like a 10 minutes walk from our camp site. Once there, you could see many vendors. Some were shouting in order to get your attention and some where just sitting around waiting for you to stop by their stand. The majority came from other provinces of the country in order to sell their stuff.
We had a really good time and I’m pretty certain that we all bought something. Every stand had good deals and you could bargain the price of whatever you wanted.
As soon as the rain stopped we started heading back to the camp site to start getting ready to go back to the city. We arrived in Santo Domingo on sunday at 9pm. Even though it was a long ride back and we were all tired, when the time came to say goodbye, nobody wanted to leave.
Because of them, we all got something out of this trip- 19 new friends, a new perspective, new hopes and new anecdotes.
For some of the girls this was their first women’s trip, for me this was my second and definitely not my last.
I really recommend everyone to go at least once on a solo women’s getaway- Just DO IT!
Take a chance and go with it, don’t overthink, don’t go with any expectations, just go with an open heart.