Theresa

Theresa

Founder & CEO

Bio

Yoga has been a powerful path to healing for me from the moment I started teaching in 2003. Not just physical, but mental and emotional healing as well. Yoga has transformed me from the inside out and has changed my life immensely since I first stepped foot on a yoga mat.

It took a series of traumatic events in my life to discover the power of yoga as a tool for not only healing, but self-discovery and peace. For years I avoided yoga. I was a fitness junkie. I’d observe a yoga class at the Y - and think “I could do that at home - they're laying on the floor!” Ha. I took my first Yoga class in the spring of 2003. My mom had just died, I was laid off from my job as Corporate Sales Director of the YMCA and a relationship ended suddenly. At that point, all I wanted to do was lay on the floor and cry. 

I skipped over Beginner Yoga and went directly to Power Yoga. I found peace and got my butt kicked! That was the beginning of a (huge) shift and an eventual life change. Not only did I find myself on my Yoga mat, I embraced myself for being exactly who I was - something I had struggled with for years.

In 2004, after teaching at a fitness retreat, I had an idea for a Yoga Retreat. My idea was exactly the opposite of what I'd experienced. The fitness retreat was a weekend of denial - no dairy, caffeine, carbs or fun. No thank you. I believe a retreat should be more of a treat and less of a punishment.

Wine and coffee (with cream!) and healthy yet delicious meals? Yes please. Dark chocolate and birthday treats? Of course! Retreat in the Pines was born.

Based on my 17 years of teaching yoga and leading retreats plus my personal life experiences, I've designed a retreat specifically for women to create a mental, physical and emotional shift. Over the years, I've met many inspiring women and learned so much - about each other and myself. Our retreats have evolved. Community and connection are reason for our retreats. When women sit at our community dining table laughing and sharing stories, there is the realization, "I am not alone in my struggles." That realization is life changing.

I believe ALL women deserve to live life on their own terms.

I struggled as a single mom, working several jobs to keep Retreat in the Pines going, for that very reason. I am passionate about women stepping into their power. We shouldn't have to earn respect, we deserve respect, from each other and especially, ourselves.

I am so over the back stabbing I endured from other women in corporate America, the PTO at my children's school and with so-called friends. It's 2021 and it's time to erase that from our culture. I believe we need to set the example and treat other women the way we deserved to be treated. My blog, Celebrating Women: Claiming Our Power, is one of my favorites.

All women should have the opportunity to experience the life changing power of a retreat. Our Retreat Assistance offers scholarships to any woman who needs it. Retreats should NOT be an elitist thing.

I couldn't do any of what I do without self care and self love as a priority. Setting boundaries and learning to say no allowed me to be able to prioritize the things in my life that are important to me.

To read my story of creating and growing Retreat in the Pines, read My Journey.

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