Since 2004, I’ve watched Retreat in the Pines grow – from small retreats (there were two guests at our very first retreat) and we practiced yoga in the main house in front of the fireplace. Now we have many different retreat options led by myself and other talented instructors and we practice yoga in a our beautiful yoga studio. Our retreats are about yoga, wine and laughter, and most importantly, we celebrate our community of amazing women. From 2004 to 2013, I did everything myself – from the cooking to the cleaning to the yoga classes. I’m so happy introduce you to our staff – the amazing women (and one very special guy) who make Retreat in the Pines the paradise that it is.
All of our retreats are perfect for ALL women needing a getaway. No yoga experience needed. Our Mindfulness & Meditation Retreats are gaining in popularity, guests enjoy gentle yoga and guided meditation, plus tips on using mindfulness to find peace and joy. This is the perfect retreat if you find yourself struggling with anxiety and racing thoughts. Our Yoga Nurture Retreat continues to be our most popular retreat, plenty of free time to head into town to visit antique shops, art studios or a local winery.
Guests find compassion and encouragement in our community of supportive women. Our retreats are like adult slumber parties – with wine! Learn more about our retreat offerings here.
Our Dining Hall is officially open. You’ll be able to enjoy the view of the trees from every seat. Our long-term plan is to build additional guest accommodations. In the meantime, we are adding to our herb and veggie gardens, as well as creating a Serenity Garden for guests to sit in silence, to enjoy the peace and healing of nature.
We are excited to be working with the East Texas Veterans Resource Center to give scholarships to women who have selflessly served our country. We are giving these veterans a place to rest and renew as they get back on their feet. Our Scholarship program has provided financial assistance for many women over the past several years. If you know of any woman who could benefit from our Retreat Assistance Program, please refer them to this information. In the past, we have provided retreats for single moms, women struggling with tragedy and grief, college students and women coping with health and other issues.
Finally, we are happy to announce our new Retreat in the Pines Gratitude Club. This is for our guests who’ve retreated with us at least five times since 2004. If this is you, look for an e-mail in your in-box giving you all of the exciting details. There’s no cost to join and membership includes discounts on retreat and boutique purchases, special Invitation Only Retreats, free swag and so much more.
Every October we celebrate the Anniversary of Retreat in the Pines. Today I’d like to celebrate the opportunity of serving and meeting incredible women (like you!), as well as our staff of talented guest instructors and our kitchen staff – Heather and Christina – and all that they to do to make sure every bite you take is delicious.
It is my honor and pleasure to do what I do. Thank you to each of you, our beautiful community of amazing and inspiring women who show up for retreats. And for each other.
It was a chilly February morning in 2004. My family and I made the trip from Dallas to the town of Mineola to look at the property now known as Retreat in the Pines. Driving down the long and winding driveway through the trees, we had no idea what to expect. Suddenly we were in a clearing, and directly in front of us was a log house, smoke gently curling out of the chimney, the lights on beckoning us inside.
It looked like home.
We stepped out of the car into the stillness of the trees, inhaling the fresh air gently scented with pine, only the sound of the wind in the pine trees breaking the silence. No planes flying overhead, no traffic in the distance, just glorious blissful peace. We fell in love. Eric, my husband at the time, declared it was his dream home.
We had been to the area several times before to stay at Lake Fork and had really enjoyed all the charms that Mineola had to offer. The property was being sold by Lori, a fellow yoga instructor and her husband. She liked the idea of another yoga instructor buying the property. Neither one of us had any idea how “yogafied” their 30 acres of peace, serenity and pine trees would become. Lori and Bill had searched all over Texas for a place to build a weekend home. The area where the main house now sits had been cleared to drill for oil. Luckily there was no oil!