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. Read more