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Retreat in the Pines: The Beginning

Main House

The Main House was the Only Building on the Property

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!

It started as a second home for our family. We enjoyed holidays and weekends in Mineola and whenever our busy schedules would permit we would immediately be off to the “country,” as opposed to suburbia where we spent too much time. It was always hard to go back home. In 2006, we moved to the simpler pace of Mineola. My son, middle daughter and I struggled to fit in. Eric spent more time in Dallas than in East Texas. Even though I lived in “paradise,” those were some of the hardest years of my life. I continued to host yoga retreats – shoving all of my kid’s belongings in to their closets, and bringing out my retreat decor, hoping no one would look to closely in the closets.

Guest House Bath

My Happy Place

In 2007, we began construction on the guest house. I came up with the custom home plan. I was designing my dream house…from the garden tub that looked out over trees to the serene yoga studio to the deck where I could enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. In November 2007, I hosted my first Yoga Retreat where we practiced in the Yoga Studio, looking out on trees in every direction. It was perfect. Prior to that, we had practiced in the main house living room, moving furniture out of the way.

I am delighted to share Retreat in the Pines, my refuge from the world, with others. Let it be your refuge from the world…for a weekend retreat: a girlfriend getaway or a solo journey.