Nice to meet you, I’m Kate.
For as long as I can remember, I have created ways to gather my friends and family together; to have fun, to learn something new, to spend time together and to create memories. I had a blast with my kid’s birthday parties, I arranged a book club for my friends, I even tried to stage a performance of “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” in 7th grade.
Like many of you, I had a vision of what my life would be. For the most part, it’s pretty close, marriage, children, family. But life also has a way of throwing curve balls. For me, one of those came in 1999, after the birth of my second daughter, when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis, and then again in 2003 when I was diagnosed with Lupus.
So picture me, in a city far from home, away from family, with a husband who travelled and two babies under the age of 3. To say I was feeling stressed is an understatement. I spent years trying to make it all work. I felt guilty, which was a product of my perceived failures. Each day was full of pain, frustration and extreme fatigue. I had stopped living. I was just surviving from one day to the next.
By 2010, I had just about given up on life being anything more than, “just getting by,” when I discovered Soul Restoration by Melody Ross. Practicing Soul Restoration soothed me, led me to the truth, and left me feeling renewed and alive. For the first time in a long time, I began to dream about what was now possible. I began to dream about empowering others using Soul Restoration. I wanted to create for others the same renewed sense of self I was experiencing. That is how Gather was born.
As a Certified Instructor of Soul Restoration, I have the honor of sharing this beautiful curriculum with you through workshops and retreats. Take a moment to look around.
If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to meeting you, in the meantime, I’ll be saving a spot for you!
Kate Barton, Founder of Gather LLC