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Self Care

Recipe for a Mini Retreat

Yoga Retreat Quote - Smile, Breathe, Go Slowly

A Beautiful Intention for Every Day

Can you remember the last time you did something for yourself? Then, think about the last time you did something for somebody else. Your partner, your child, your parent, your friend, your pet.

If you drew a complete blank trying to think of something you did for yourself (taking a three minute break from work e-mail to read this doesn’t count!), yet came up with an immediate list of ten things you did for others, it may be time to schedule time to take care of you.

Of course, if you’d like a little bit of community with your down time, join us for a retreat. Retreat in the Pines is the perfect place to press pause and nurture yourself with good food, yoga, wine and a healthy dose of laughter, enjoying nature and the support of other women. If budget is an issue, check out our retreat assistance program.

If all you have is an evening or an afternoon to spare, this is for you. All of these options can be done in the comfort of your own home, you can also take a mini-retreat outdoors.

Research has shown the more time working mothers spend taking care of themselves equaled improved physical and emotional health  for their children. Read more here.

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Celebrate Your Uniqueness

Let 2017 be the year you celebrate you and what makes you unique. Let this be the year you embrace your body for all of the amazing things it allows you to do. And the year you stop chasing after the “perfect” body.

Yoga allows me to love and accept my body exactly as it is.

I posted this quote to Facebook in 2010. I’d spent most of my life punishing my body for not being perfect. Yoga allowed me to (finally) celebrate my body. Celebrate, not only the way I look, but more importantly, celebrate what my body can do and the way I feel about my body.

This is my story of how I overcame shame about my body.  Maybe you can relate. If you’re struggling with acceptance for any aspect of yourself, join us for our Love Yourself Retreat. Begin the journey of love, acceptance and compassion for your body and every aspect of yourself.

I started hating my body when I was eight. My dad and brother called me fat and constantly made fun of me. I look back at photos from that time, and while I had baby fat, an 8 year old should NEVER be called fat. Over the next couple of years, I grew taller and slimmed down. But I STILL felt fat. I started hunching over as I grew taller – so nobody would notice me. My dad admonished me, “Stop slouching. Stand up straight. What’s wrong with you?”

Ha. I felt like so much was wrong with me. Not just with my body, but me. It’s interesting how the two are related.

In fifth grade, my best friend “unfriended me”.  This was way before social media, so of course that happened in person, right before class. The reason? My boobs weren’t big enough! Who even has boobs in fifth grade you might wonder. My former best friend and her new best friend, that’s who. I heard a lot about my non boobs for the next several years.

It was especially challenging through middle school and high school. I didn’t want anyone to notice that I was fat (I wasn’t) or that I didn’t have any boobs (I did). But I thought I was fat and boobless, so that made it true. I hunched over even more. I wanted to disappear. I felt too ugly and too fat to be out in public. I was 15 years old.

As a teenager, I found the more I obsessed about what not to eat, the more I ate EVERYTHING.  That continued through college. Except instead of just eating, I was eating AND drinking. In my early 20s, my “exercise” was to take the stairs instead of the elevator and park my car far away. I experimented with running…once or twice…and then realized it was pure torture and gave that up.  Looking back at the photos during those times, I was more curvy than fat. But I still felt fat, so that made it true.

Isn’t it interesting how our perceptions shape our reality?

If you were ever teased or made fun of or called names about your body, you know exactly what I’m talking about. And you know how difficult it is to shake the voice in your head, even as an adult. At that point, your actual body size and capabilities don’t matter, because you’ve been conditioned to think of yourself in a certain way.

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Give the Gift of Peace and Joy

Give a Gift of a Retreat – The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Maybe you know someone in your life (maybe it’s you!) who would benefit from a weekend away. It has been quite a year!

Give the gift that will keep on giving, long after you or your someone special returns home. A retreat is an excellent way to press pause on life and take a breath. It’s an opportunity to slow down and find stillness in the mind, relaxation in the body and possibility in the heart.

Our community of women support and encourage each other – at the retreat and in the days that follow – through social media or in-person connection. Some guests make instant connections with each other and return to a retreat together.

Retreat guests are able to –

  • Consider the direction that life is taking. 
  • Find a fresh perspective.
  • Discover gratitude for the little things.
  • Truly relax and unwind – no chores to do, no meals to prepare, no errands to run.
  • Savor delicious home cooked meals without chopping, cooking or cleaning a thing.
  • Enjoy quiet time in contemplation – walking, journaling or simply sitting in nature.
  • Engage in conversation with inspirational women, sharing stories and laughter.
  • Reconnect to self.

Choose the retreat you think is perfect, or let your recipient choose her perfect retreat. Gift Certificates are available for either option.

Choose the ideal retreat here.

Email for your Personalized Gift Certificate.

Choose Gratitude

Thank You

Maybe you’re thinking, “How can I choose gratitude?” Then again, how can you not? Gratitude, like many things, really is a choice. Some choices are challenging, while others come naturally – if you let them.

A yoga retreat puts everything in perspective, and allows you to choose gratitude. We finish every retreat with a gratitude meditation and a gratitude brunch. Book your retreat here.

Benefits of Gratitude

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.”  Melody Beatty.

Gratitude improves physical and psychological health.  Gratitude allows more restful sleep. Gratitude is good for self-esteem and improves relationship. Studies have shown that gratitude leads to happiness. Gratitude really is a game changer. Read More

Go Solo: Open Your Eyes and Your Heart

It’s an Adventure! When I traveled with my kids when they were younger, my common phrase when things didn’t go as planned (which is quite frequently when you’re traveling with children) was “It’s an Adventure!” Of course they grumbled and made fun of me (and still do!), but now I know when things don’t go the way I plan, it is indeed an adventure. Whether in travel or in life.

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Solo Adventures at Retreat in the Pines

My favorite adventure is solo travel. The absolute best place to travel to by yourself is Retreat in the Pines. Find your tribe at a retreat. View our upcoming retreats here.

My divorce was messy, I was stressed, I needed to do something for myself. As I pondered my future, I knew I needed to do something to challenge my comfort zone and give me fresh perspective.  I decided to take a trip by myself.

I started to plan. I was thrilled when I bought the plane ticket, excited as I booked a room with Airbnb (Airbnb is my first choice when I travel) and feeling proud of myself as I figured out the details of a trip to San Francisco for the Yoga Journal Conference with a few nights in Napa.

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Love Yourself First

Love Yourself First

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.” Lucille Ball

All else aside, if you’re not loving yourself, you’ve got work to do. Only by taking care of yourself, are you able to do all those things you want and need to do. Somehow, somewhere, we’ve over complicated our lives with busyness, thinking this somehow makes us a better person. We trick ourselves into believing if we eliminate “me” time we will have more time for other things. That’s simply untrue. Running ourselves ragged leaves us exhausted, with neither the time nor energy to take care of anybody or anything. Plus, you may start to feel resentful.

Through self-care – physical, mental and emotional – your immune system and energy levels stay strong. YOU deserve the gift of self-love and self-acceptance! Begin your journey of self care in a group of supportive and encouraging women at a retreat. Book here.

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The Power of Not Making Resolutions

Be Yourself Quote by Oscar WildeIt’s tempting to jump into self improvement at this time of year.

  • Get Organized
  • Lose Weight
  • Stop a Bad Habit
  • Start a Good Habit
  • Save Money
  • Get a Better Job
  • Find Love

Not only are these all really overwhelming…some are just simply unattainable. Plus, New Year’s Resolutions are known to fail. Don’t set yourself up to fail. A perfect way to change your perspective is at a retreat, we have so many options to choose from, see them all here.

If you are unhealthy I encourage you to get healthier, taking baby steps.

Whatever you do, don’t try this at home: eat only vegetables, stop drinking and run 5 miles a day. I guarantee you will probably eat a lot of junk, drink MORE and you won’t want to walk anywhere, let alone run. Baby steps would be add more veggies to your diet, drink only on certain occasions and walk out the front door and keep going. And if you relapse by staying in bed all day and eating potato chips (close to a vegetable!) and drinking wine (staying in bed can qualify as an occasion, right?), don’t be too hard on yourself.

Start again the next day. Don’t give up on yourself after getting off course one time.

This year, live life. Joyfully. Passionately. Confidently. Just as you are. Because you are wonderful and lovely and perfectly imperfect.

Happy New Year. May this be the year of YOU!

Surrender to Your Discomfort

Believe in Yourself

Believe in Yourself

Six years ago I filed for divorce. Walking into that attorney’s office was very uncomfortable. I wanted – I tried – to make it work with my ex but he didn’t want to take responsibility, let alone apologize, for destroying our family when he had an affair. I could give you details, but that gives the story power, and while the experience is a part of my story, I’m no longer willing to let that experience be what defines me.

As women we have common themes in our lives. The theme of avoiding discomfort is universal. Share your story and find healing when you attend on of our retreats.

Discomfort is inevitable. No matter how wonderful anyone’s life looks from the outside, we are all in the struggle together. I, like most people, hate discomfort. I used to try to numb it with wine, shopping, busy-ness…anything to take my mind off of feeling. Until it was no longer an option.

“I wonder if pain comes from surrendering or resisting.” Donna Lynn Hope

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Five Reasons Why YOU Need a Vacation

Vacation at the Beach

Vacation at the Beach

You’re busy. I’m busy. We’re all busy…busy bragging about how busy we are (and it’s one of the 25 Things We Need to Stop Doing). You might think you are too busy to take time away for yourself. But the truth is, you are too busy to NOT take time away. A retreat is a perfect weekend get away – book here.

You NEED a vacation, a retreat, a getaway.  It can be a day, a weekend, a week or even longer. It’s a necessity not a luxury. You need time to reset, regroup, relax, recharge.

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Discover Your Detox

Focus on the new quote

Sometimes (ok a lot of times) there’s something I need to do, but I just don’t feel like it. Like detoxing (getting rid of anything that doesn’t add joy to my life)… it’s something I don’t feel like doing, but I recognize how GOOD I will feel once I begin. It seems easier to let the junk pile higher, the unhealthy habits continue, the toxic relationships suck the life out of us. But it only seems easier.

If you need help getting your detox started, check out one of our Detox & Yoga Retreats – all levels are welcome and we offer several per year.

Detoxing is an important aspect of wellness and finding peace. Don’t worry, I’m not referring to one of those detox fad diets where you only drink a disgusting “detox” formula for two weeks… those are dangerously unhealthy. For a delicious and healthy”Detox” drink, try our Ginger Detox Tea. I believe that a healthy detox is an ongoing practice of ridding ourselves of the things that are toxic to our lives. When talking about detoxing, most people immediately relate it to food – but toxins go far beyond food. Anything with an inherent property that “tends to destroy life or impair health” could be considered toxic. This means that negative self talk, harmful relationships, unhealthy habits, faulty coping mechanisms, stress, unnecessary clutter – emotional, physical and mental – are all forms of toxins… and the list goes on. With 2015 upon us, it’s the perfect time to make a positive change in our lives.

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