Lupercal Leaders' Retreat

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

By Lyla Cerulli

Founder Skye Shirley's desk before the retreat

A few weeks ago, I and many of my fellow Lupercal leaders were able to get to know one another through the Leadership Retreat held on zoom. What was supposed to be a weekend getaway to one of our founding member’s house in Vermont was truncated into sitting in front of our computers, entering a limbo between cyber space and the real world.

The retreat program included a balance of screen time and unstructured free time where members would be able to choose from a VINCO board of Lupercal- related activities such as listening to podcast episodes featuring our very own leaders, admiring and creating bullet journal spreads, or doing a quick yoga session in Latin. I have to say that my favorite activity was our Phone-a-Phoenix (named after Sor Juana Inez De La Cruz’s title for herself “The Phoenix of Mexico). I was blessed to be able to talk to Emma Vanderpool for a full 50 minutes de quolibet. Every time we tried to say goodbye, another topic came up, and I left comforted by the fact we would end up on the same Zoom call a few hours later.