We’re always so busy with our business, Inquiry Pop-up was the catalyst to say fuck it, I have no clue what will unfold but we’re going.
Carol and I made a conscious decision to open our eyes and hearts and let spontaneity, the journey, the group and the location take over. Loads of our service men and women in the El Paso airport, border patrol quite a ways from the border, the glorious big sky… AMERICA
The ongoing takeaway: measure less, carpe more.
Damn fine ROI, indeed.
Dinners with dynamic women from diverse locales. Conversations out of the ordinary. Unpredictable experiences. Including a midnight swim. An unexpected and mind blowing summer thunderstorm that roared through during an outdoor shower…
The ongoing takeaway: measure less, carpe more.
Damn fine ROI, indeed.
Inquiry was disruptive in a light, gentle, and profound way. It takes a special person, and place, and time to create that state. But you triangulated it and gifted it to me. You hosted with options, and without micro-managing—or taking away the opportunity to hear the knock on the door. Jen, you made space for other (unknown) things to fill me up.
It felt like the biggest gift to be together with you
and an incredible group of women.
I teepeed, I glamped, I hammocked, I walked at night without a flashlight! I was quiet. I made deep connections. Inside and out. During Inquiry my body picked up another soul. A soul reunion of sorts. And, now, I’m wildly turned on by the smell of campfire! It felt like the biggest gift to be together with you and this incredible group of women. Thank you. Thank you.
JASEN & ALLISON BOWES
The experience for us was very unique. To this day it leaves a lasting impression on both of us. In part because of the people. In part due to your energy. Probably in part due to the surroundings.
[Inquiry] allowed for a new way to see the world,
where the digital yields to the imagination,
and gems masquerade as dusty rocks.
There’s still a sprinkle of amazement for us that you reached out and brought us to Inquiry Pop-up. It allowed for a new way to see the world, where the digital yields to the imagination, and gems masquerade as dusty rocks. The reverb will be felt for a long time.
The wonderful emails you send before, during, and after Inquiry are so beautifully crafted, they breed an inspiring culture of intention. Everyone is ready, everything contextualized, everybody is cared for. Thank you for setting the tone—and for following it up with magic—the whole week.
You are a force of intellect and artistry, Jen. That combined with your undeniable sense of style and substance gave me the confidence to show up not knowing what exactly I was there to accomplish. The whole experience was both lush and austere, rich and delicate, funny and profound, bonding and also deeply personal.
I have always admired your way of being in the world. You seem to have your feet quite solidly on the ground but you bring an elevated spirit to everything.
I found the most interesting part was
the chance to hear the deep vibrations inside myself
that needed to rise to the surface.
My experience at Inquiry was an opportunity to tune into that balance. I found the most interesting part was the chance to hear the deep vibrations inside myself that needed to rise to the surface. It’s hard to explain but knowing I had this comfortable structure of the group and the dinners allowed me to sink into myself safely. And your one-on-one consultation helped me get right to the heart of my relationship to my work and worth. That was illuminating! And my business is growing.
Even the long drive was calming and electric with possibilities. All the women I met there inspired me. Thank you again.
My time at Inquiry was magical, and the fact that I hadn’t been alone without family on a trip in over a decade was palpable. I credit the experience with being the final fuel I needed to get something going that I’ve been talking about for a year.
I started a Flat Files at a local gallery where artists curate a drawer of their own work and viewers get to explore. I also took a grand leap an applied for a prestigious national drawing program. Again, I wouldn’t have made these leaps without the outcomes from my time at Inquiry Pop-up. The simple act of believing enough to apply was a step I haven’t had in decades, believing enough to again put myself out there, applying and being okay that “failure” may be the outcome… all began by saying ‘yes!’ to Inquiry.
I know I wouldn’t have made these leaps without
the outcomes from my time at Inquiry Pop-up.
8 months on… I remain committed to drawing and thinking about drawing in a way I haven’t been for years. I now notice when I’m diverting energy to something that is not going to give me joy. And, I’m not talking about immediate gratification joy. Because let’s face it, life simply isn’t designed to be easy. If you want your cake and eat it too, there’s sweat involved in making the cake and then you get a slice. The slice is super fantastic and more satisfying this way. An apt metaphor for Inquiry, too.
My feelings, as I drove away, still ring true today. The rigor and faith involved in saying ‘yes!’ to Inquiry endure as a source of continued strength.
(here, and above with Amy)
I went to Inquiry Pop-up feeling burnt out on my life. I didn’t know quite what to expect, but I had complete faith that you would create a magical experience—and you didn’t fail me.
You gathered together a group of fierce
women. Their curious minds and honesty
in all areas of their lives left me invigorated.
Marfa is weird and special, and seemed like just the right place for this reboot. The chance to connect with old friends, and make new ones, was an elixir. You gathered together a group of fierce women. Their curious minds and honesty in all areas of their lives left me invigorated.
Every day you arranged an interesting activity or conversation, punctuated with amazing dinners and more conversations (and wine). There was also time carved out to reflect and do my own thing. To this day I think back to my time at Inquiry—I can’t say enough wonderful things about the power of the place, space, and amazing women I was fortunate enough to take this journey with.
I think lovingly on my time spent at Inquiry Pop-up.
HOW: It was a trek—2 days of travel on either end of a week—but driving solo (like I did) I got to experience the vastness of our amazing country, two planes and a car ride later, I felt like a doggone pioneer making my way there and back by my lonesome, warrior-woman self. Then, when I arrived, I got to scale it all down to the pace of a western town with one traffic light. I was immediately struck with the juxtaposition of this place; a little oasis in the vast desert of high. Seeing new things, or seeing things in a new way, is one of the many joys of “doing” Inquiry.
WHEN: Early spring was a great time to go to the high desert; easy, summer temps during the day, and cozy, cool nights. The best of both worlds. And, I was able to show off my summer-to-winter wardrobe all in one day! From tanks and shorts, to puffer jackets and wool beanies.
I would definitely do Inquiry Pop-up again—
in the middle of nowhere, where so much can happen.
WHERE: From our homebase, driving into the lonely desert was easy. Going off road to see the what was there, just because, is just one of the many cool things I did during my free time.
WHO: Jennifer invited sublime Guests of Honor to teach, to schmooze, and to share our deep desires with. I made new friends, I learned new stuff, I ate new foods (awesome food, btw) and oh, so much laughter.
I love how my fellow Inquirers made me feel. In no time we were able to see each other to support and champion the gifts we all had. I would definitely do Inquiry Pop-up again—in that little town in the middle of nowhere, where so much can happen.
WHAT: Now, in my life today, I can still recall that sense of presence and self-realization that I built while in Marfa. Inquiry Pop-up was incredible, what fun, what inspiration! Let’s do it again! And, oh, what a literally awesome sense-experience I had!
As Malia (Mills) is wont to say… “Hell, yes!”