On Saturday I participated in a day retreat. We drove an hour out of the city to a beautiful lake in a conservation area. The yoga teacher, an expert in outdoor education led us on a hike around the lake sharing the history of the area. We stopped halfway around the lake for an hour yoga practice and then finished our hike. Our yogi guide packed a lovely vegetarian picnic lunch and then we did another hike afterwards.
Overall it was a lovely day. Clear sunny skies. Cool autumn breeze. Fresh air and the quiet of nature. Plus there is nothing better than communing with nature while practicing yoga. Even though this is something I could have done on my own or with a friend, there is something special about being a part of a “retreat”. I didn’t have to worry about driving, packing a lunch or buying permits. All I needed to do was throw on my running shoes and strap my mat to my back. There is also the bringing together of likeminded individuals who have similar goals and desires. It is a great way to meet new people and potentially learn something new about yourself.
We don’t always have the time or money to go on a vacation or fly off to an exotic country for a week long or weekend retreat. It is so important to take time to take care of ourselves. A day long retreat is affordable, time friendly, and a great way to find healing by clearing the mind and body from stagnant energy and built up stress. It is also a fantastic opportunity to get to know your yoga teacher a little better or experience a new yoga teacher.
If you would like information on when I will be leading a city escape for the day, send me an e-mail and I’ll add you to my mailing list.