Celebrating Ten Years of Yoga Retreats!
When we opened our doors in 2004, we were one of the only retreat centers in the state of Texas, but as the yoga industry boomed, so did the retreat business. While I have seen many retreat businesses come and go, I’m proud to say Retreat in the Pines (formerly Yoga in the Pines) is still growing strong. Just Google “yoga retreat Texas” and see for yourself! I started the business in 2004 and my daughter Nina joined me in 2013. Read more on the beginnings of Retreat in the Pines.
I was inspired to begin hosting yoga retreats when I was invited to teach at a fitness retreat in 2004. While I was disappointed at the “un-retreat” like weekend – non-existent free time, very little sleep, and highly restrictive meals – I was also inspired. I wanted to create a more “retreat like” experience, inviting women to indulge in some of my (and hopefully their!) favorite things – wine, coffee, chocolate, and delicious meals cooked from scratch – all as a complement to yoga. Even more importantly, I imagined a getaway that could be accessible to women of all sizes, ages, levels of yoga experience, and budgets. Focused on that idea, my first retreat was priced ridiculously low at $199! In order to continue to reach more women and cover the costs of doing business, I’ve gradually had to raise the retreat prices. Prices now range from $369 to $499, a very budget friendly price in the retreat world.
First Yoga Retreat in the New Studio was Co-Ed, November 2007
At first, I hosted co-ed retreats, but I quickly realized that having men changed the dynamic, especially after experiencing a disastrous co-ed retreat in 2008. I wanted women to feel comfortable and relaxed and not worry about makeup or wearing pajamas to breakfast. Many women tell me that the retreat feels like a slumber party – and they love that. And I love that! We may occasionally offer co-ed retreats, but we will disclose that on the retreat listing, this is the perfect opportunity for you to bring that special man in your life! The rest of the retreats will remain women only. I believe women only is where the good stuff happens, we are relaxed enough to get out of our comfort zones and find a change of perspective. That perspective change can be life changing.
Empowering Women Through Yoga, February 2010
My passion in life has always been to make a difference in the world, specifically with women. I am grateful to be a part of so many retreat guests journey to empowerment. When I see one of you make a breakthrough: decide to leave an unhealthy relationship, find a job with a less toxic environment, or introduce healthy habits into your life, I know that through our retreats we are giving our guests the opportunity to not only change their perspective, but change their lives.
My oldest daughter, Nina Herndon, assists with various aspects of managing and expanding the business. She is passionate about healthy cooking and she caters many of the retreats. You may have enjoyed some of her recipe blogs about her quirky (and undeniably delicious) recipe creations. Nina has been sharing business advice and insight to me throughout her college years and time spent in Austin. She was at a point of transition in her own life, when she stepped into the unknown and trusted the call to pursue something she believed in…being a part of the journey to transformation for our retreat guests.
Our Detox & Yoga Retreat Sold Out, January 2014
In my first year of business, there were only a few retreats on the calendar and my first retreat had only two guests! Now, most of our retreats are filled to capacity, with 30 retreats already scheduled for 2015. The retreat center attracts women from Texas, as well as around the country, most fly into DFW or Love Field. Jill recently drove all the way from Minnesota! We’ve had women from NYC, Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans, Denver and all places in between. The more adventurous guests take Amtrak (and enjoy wine on the way!) to downtown Mineola.
Michelle, who traveled from LA in March 2014 for a Detox and Yoga Retreat told us, “I had a beautiful experience at the Retreat in the Pines. Theresa and Nina were wonderful and the women I met were incredible. Thank you guys so much. I am forever grateful.”
Nina and I are thrilled to be working together to provide women a safe place of refuge, inspiration, and renewed perspective. We look forward to the next ten years of growing Retreat in the Pines and meeting you!
Celebrate 10 Years of Retreats with Us
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 so 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.
To enter the contest:
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with any one of the following:
- Your favorite inspirational quote
- One of the reasons you love Retreat in the Pines
- A photo of your visit to Retreat in the Pines
- ANYONE can enter! But remember retreats are for women only.
- You can enter the contest as many times as you like, but submissions are limited to one per day.
- Submissions will only be accepted October 1 – 31, via email: email@example.com.
- We will randomly pick ten lucky winners that will be announced the first week of November in our blog, newsletter, and social media. (Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter, like our Facebook page, follow us on twitter, and share with your friends!)
- By entering you are giving us permission to share your quote or photo on our Facebook page or website.
The Special Savings
During October we will have a one-day-only special, inviting you to register for the retreat of your choice at 10% off the Retreat price… a savings of up to $50! You can register for as many retreats as you’d like. Invite your friends to join you.
All details for these one-day-only specials will be announced through our newsletter (click here to subscribe), Facebook (click here to like our page) and Twitter (click here to follow @RetreatPines).