Why put the Liminal Space Collective on pause?
Letting go to breathe better
As you may (or may not) know, the Liminal Space Collective is taking a break. This project is incredibly dear to me, and I've made the difficult decision to take a step back and let it go for now.
1- I have the immense privilege of being a victim of my own success
In three years, my private practice has absolutely boomed. And this year, although I have made more money than I ever have in the past, I have also failed more launches (groups, retreats, the membership…) than I ever have before. These might be related.
What have I learned from this, though?
I need to take a break.
It is time for me to take a breather and enjoy a bit the wonderful private practice I’ve successfully built until now. How? I am reducing my workload to 4 hours of clinical work a day and focusing on artistic and spiritual projets (including a Seidr course I NEED to complete soon). Recent brushes with illness and aging in my family and found family remind me of the importance of those important moments with them as well.
Infinite, unstopping growth… That’s NOT our goal. That’s cancer.
So what better time to stop, and take in the teachings of trees at this time of the year. The medicine of letting go of things that may have been so important in the past but no longer have their place in the upcoming season. To direct our energies and life force towards a deepening only found in silence and slowness.
2- I’ve been trying to do what I ‘should’ rather than what I want.
Here I am, not taking my own advice (don’t we all). I thought that the creation of a membership-based collective would help me create opportunities for deep explorations of complex topics that I am myself confronted with. Instead, I noticed that interest for a ‘grow/start your private practice’ type of product, and well… I decided to give people what I thought they wanted. But I quickly lost motivation AND energy.
As a community I was looking for peers but built something for students. I am now playing with the idea of some sort of cohort program towards the creation of a private practice that has a finite ending and to see how the other community offerings emerge. Playing with work, when you think about it.
I also thought I had to offer everything online in order to be accessible. I’m realising that I like online work up to a certain level. Connecting body-to-body in real spaces nourish me in a way that I have never been able to find online. So… I want to develop more hybrid and/or in-person events.
3- It was not financially viable
Third but not last… I did not get enough registrations.
This seems to be a pervasive problem in our field, the lack of registration for group-based projects. I’m curious to keep digging at it,
I found out that developing, selling, and running a membership or collective for creative arts therapists is WILDLY different than developing, selling, and running a private practice as a creative arts therapist. Namely, around marketing.
I still have so much to learn on that level. Once again, I was trying to do what I was ‘supposed’ to. The techniques I have now been trained into must be made mine so I can communicate with people in the world in ways that feel true, authentic, and in service of myself, my clients, and our communities.
But for now, I am breathing.