Celebrating Ten Years of Yoga Retreats!
Celebrate with us…when you enter to win giveaways and take advantage of our special day of retreat pricing during October. This is our way to show gratitude to each of you. YOU have made the last ten years possible – ten years of growing, learning and meeting to many amazing women. Thank you for your love and support along this incredible journey.
How to Join the Celebration
Enter to win prizes that include a weekend retreat, relaxation baskets filled with goodies, gift certificates, yoga tank tops, and more.
Stay tuned for one-day-only 10% off a retreat special. We will announce the day via our Retreat in the Pines Newsletter, Facebook Page, and Twitter Feed.
Keep reading for details, and learn more about our story.
Enter to Win One of Ten Great Giveaways
Beginning October 1st, submit your entry to win; we will choose the winners at random and announce them the first week of November.
Happy Fall Y’all! I am SO excited for cooler temperatures, the changing colors of leaves on the trees (which, lets be honest, may not actually happen for another month), and all things PUMPKIN!
For several years I used to make lists of all the things I wanted to do to celebrate the season. For someone like me, this wasn’t effective. Every year I’d write all these fun things, and never actually get around to them. “Make Pumpkin Stuff” was always on the list but didn’t actually happen until last year – I went through 11 cans of pumpkin (and had no list whatsoever) and made everything from the conventional pumpkin pie to the off the handle pumpkin oatmeal (which I really wouldn’t recommend).
Some Food for Thought Read more
So many amazing yoga retreats…so little time!
You can stay in the states or travel across an ocean, you can practice beach side or mountain top, you can get a group of friends together or go on your own, you can choose from a retreat that is strictly yoga or find one where yoga is part of the bigger experience. It depends on you…where are you in your yoga practice…your life…your budget….your calendar. What location/schedule/theme speaks to you? Most importantly, which retreat will get you exactly where you need to be?
The Perfect Retreat…for You
Find Yourself in the Here & Now
The thought of a perfect retreat, you know where you come home transformed physically, mentally and emotionally with clearer skin and shinier hair on top of being free from all negative thoughts in your mind, aches in your body and fears in your heart…might seem over reaching (and it is)…but there is a retreat that’s relevant for where you are in your yoga practice, in your life and in your body. Once you rule out the choices that aren’t right for you, you’ll find the retreat that is perfect for you.
What are you holding onto?
What can you let go of?
Make some room for something wonderful today. Read more
I’ve had one of those years… a year of transition and change, which I know is for the best, but the process can be painful and challenging and decidedly lacking in peace. People that were close to me acted in ways that were unexpected and hurtful. I have struggled with heartbreak and personal challenges. But once I allowed myself to get over the hurt , I began to let go, move on, and find PEACE.
When we hold on to hurt – going over and over the circumstances in our heads, maybe even feeling responsible – our lives are anything but peaceful. If we allow that churning in our head and hurting in our heart to continue, it often turns into resentment that we can’t (or won’t) stop thinking about… it’s exhausting. Ultimately we choose to forfeit peace – or embrace it.
Peace begins with forgiveness. By embracing compassion we are able to find harmony. We can let go of what was said and done, move on, and remind ourselves that the things happening “to us” aren’t even about us at all – rather, the unkind actions or damaging words from another are likely from an internal conflict that they are experiencing (this is the principle of psychological projection). It’s not you! What a relief!
As I reflect on the upcoming International Peace Day (September 21), I realized that to find peace in our world we must first seek it within ourselves. Seemingly simple and obvious, but it must be a conscious decision.
Here are some tips that have allowed me to resolve resentment and find forgiveness.
We’re sad that Ham Orchards is officially closed for the season, but - like all things in life - peach season comes to an end. With a few peaches left on grocery store shelves, we wanted to share one last recipe for enjoying the juicy, golden gems that we never seem to get enough of. This recipe is enough for 2-4 people.
As always, feel free to play with it, spice it up, and make it your own. And be sure to tell us about it in the comments!
Grilled Peaches with Balsamic Blueberry Compote
I gave up sodas a few years ago, and have never really been a big iced tea person, so normally I drink coffee and water. As much as I love the two, it gets boring.
A couple weeks ago I was getting my daily dose of MindBodyGreen in, and this DIY: All Natural Ginger Ale recipe caught my eye. I had a bulb of ginger that was slowly dying in the fridge – I’d purchased it to continue my Ginger-Green-Juice (I’ll blog about that soon) habit, but I was in one of those weeks where I just didn’t feel like drinking it. (Is anyone else like that?)
Wanting to take advantage of peach season, I decided to combine it with a lovely Peach Simple Syrup I’d stumbled across one day while searching Pinterest.
It’s quite experimental, but I really enjoyed how it came out! You may prefer more sweetener, but I really like chocolate (especially the coconut oil chocolate I love to make) so I try to save my sugar for the really good stuff.
It’s a healthy alternative to ginger ale, and something different than ginger peach tea. Plus, ginger is great for your digestive system. Win win! (Side note, I’m not a big ice person, so I serve mine with frozen berries and peaches to help keep it chilled.)
Ginger Peach Fizz
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“One way to get the most out of life is to look at it as an adventure.” William Feather
Discover the adventures that are right before you…an adventure can be as simple as your mindset and as close as your backyard. The more time you spend yearning for that “perfect adventure” that takes you away from your life as you know it, the more opportunities you miss to experience what’s right in front of you. Invite yourself to experience adventure – a new place, a new activity, a new thought – just by changing your perspective.
The dog days of summer are here and even if you do have the money and time for a tropical getaway, why not take the opportunity to enjoy every day adventures? It’s easy to have fun and keep more of your paycheck in your pocket with a few tips to change your perspective and help you have an adventure close to home.
Get creative, open yourself up to new possibilities, engage your five senses, and ask yourself, “What will I discover today?”
Close to Home – Take a road trip; visit a local art gallery; or visit a science, history or art museum.
At Home – Wake up early and watch the sunrise from your porch or a local coffee shop. Stay up late and stargaze. Look at photos of beautiful places in the world. Take a new route to a routine place.
Women at a Yoga Retreat
As I celebrated Independence Day this weekend, I was reminded that in recent years women in the United States have come so far, yet unfortunately in many areas of the world, women are still struggling.
Realizing how I take what I have for granted, I made an intention to be more mindful of the simple freedoms I experience every day.
I am so grateful that I’ve found the freedom to be me, because it allows me to be myself unapologetically, speak my mind (even when others may not agree), and choose the activities and relationships that keep me moving forward.
Are you free to enjoy the life that you deserve? Take a moment to reflect on a few questions that may help you find the freedom you are seeking.
Freedom from expectations Read more
chocolate-banana ice cream topped with warm peanut butter and cinnamon, served with iced coffee.
I LOVE ice cream so much so that i can’t buy it for myself unless i have someone to share it with. I love ice cream.
Then, i discovered this amazing banana “ice cream” and it’s the perfect sweet treat, with no added sugar. I love it!
Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
- 6-7 overripe bananas, sliced and frozen
- 1/2 cup milk*
- 4+ tablespoons cocoa
- splash of vanilla extract
- for topping: almond/peanut butter, toasted pecans, fresh sliced bananas