My Dream of a Yoga Retreat
Theresa Polley
May 10, 2012
August 16, 2023
My Journey

I dreamed of a yoga retreat where guests could treat themselves. My dream turned into a reality when I hosted my first yoga retreat in October 2004.

I was inspired to begin hosting yoga retreats after 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 guests 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 with free time to allow a richer retreat experience. More importantly, I imagined a getaway that would be accessible to all, regardless of yoga experience or budgets. Focused on that idea, my first retreat was priced ridiculously low!

After a disastrous attempt at co-ed retreats, I chose to keep our Retreats “Women Only” because I want women to feel comfortable and relaxed and not worry about makeup or wearing pajamas to breakfast. I want women to share their challenges, their successes and their sorrows. Having men drastically changes the dynamic, and many guests over the years have shared they like the women only aspect. Many women tell me that the retreat feels like a slumber party – and they love that.

I believe keeping our retreats women only creates safe and sacred space, we are relaxed enough to get out of our comfort zones and find a change of perspective. The perspective change can be life changing.

As women, we come from different places, we're different ages and at different points in our life. It seems like we would have nothing in common. But when we gather together at Retreat in the Pines we realize we have everything in common. ~ Diondra - a former guest

All of our Retreat Leaders are certified Yoga teachers who teach to all levels and welcome beginners. Our Retreat Assistance Program assists those guests who need it. Our shared accommodations promote life long friendships.

Since that humble beginning to today, many women have journeyed to Retreat in the Pines to experience our magical sacred space. Women have traveled from as far away as Chicago, NYC, San Francisco and Boston to experience a weekend of yoga and healing. I’m thrilled so many women choose to come back yearly, often bringing friends or family with them.

When I opened the doors, there were very few retreat centers in the state of Texas and none were women only. 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. And while Yoga and Meditation are certainly an important part of our retreats, the sharing of stories, laughter and tears while gathered around our community dining. table is the real essence of our retreats and what sets us apart from other retreats. Looking forward to having you join us someday! You can book here.

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Theresa Polley

Theresa believes ALL women have the right to live life on their own terms. In 2004, she created Retreat in the Pines to give women a safe space to be their authentic selves without apology while finding the healing and renewal they deserve.

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