The final day of the first annual Spin Summit, held all this week high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, was comparatively simple, yet incredibly rich. Baxter of The Hoop Path, someone renowned for opening these sorts of gatherings, gathered our full group of spinners together for a closing workshop that started with a level of intimacy and connection and just kept going deeper. And on this, the fifth and final day of the longest hooping event held in North America, I can honestly say we were ready for it. It was the perfect instructional wrap up to our week of intensive education and fellowship before organizer Danielle Odette of Hoop Horizon, event organizer, led us into what would ultimately become a very emotional closing circle. There were as many laughs as there were tears, coupled with a reluctance to leave the supportive cocoon we’d created together in the aspens. That’s when we got the news that an oil tank truck had spilled its cargo along U.S. Highway 40, our route off the mountain. We weren’t going anywhere.
Many would opt for a relaxing afternoon at Hot Sulphur Springs, one of the nation’s oldest and largest natural hot mineral springs. After all, it was just up the road in the other direction. As for me, I planted my ass into a comfortable chair in the shade, took off my shoes and socks, put up my feet and thought about the Spin Summit. I thought about the woman going through a divorce who threw herself into her spin this week and found herself all over again – as well as a community of support. I thought about the 16-year-old girl from that small town who, not knowing a soul and having never taken a class before, got parental permission to show up for this anyway. I thought about the committee that put this shindig together, all they had learned this week and their discussions on how to improve things for next year that have been spot on. I thought about new moves I’d learned, old friends I had the privilege to reconnect with, new friends I will treasure in the years to come – and just how fortunate we all were to have been a part of this inaugural event.