So many retreats, so little time….
Let me just say that if you are considering going to a yoga retreat, and are just giving yourself excuse after excuse not go….STOP IT!
“But the Cost”….it’s worth it
“I’m not sure I have the time”….make time, it’s worth it
“But the kids”…get a sitter, it’s worth it.
STOP with the excuses and do this for yourself. You will not regret it.
A little bit about the retreat Elements Yoga organized that I attended. This was a Friday afterwork to Sunday afternoon retreat in Water Valley Alberta. We stayed at a BE-AU-TI-FUL B&B (just happens to be built by Timber Kings….) Let me tell you, it took way longer to get there than anticipated due to Friday traffic, Line painting, construction zones etc etc. So I was a wee worked up by the time I got there.
I am not even joking you when you turn into this drive way, your entire body goes “Ahhhhhhh”. It is sooo peaceful, and quiet and beautiful and and and. I mean Look at this place!
how do you not relax?!
Friday night consisted of getting to our room – you had individual towels, and cute little stuffies, and chocolate on your pillow. WIN!
Once we sorted ourselves out, we had dinner. Tasty Rice, Smoked Chicken and the most amazing Salad. Stan is a wonderful cook and there is no way you go away hungry!
We then went outside and started our RELAX time. We had our opening circle in a non-traditional way. So many belly laughs and new friendships solidified. My face literally hurt when we went to bed I was laughing so hard. I think the best feeling in the world is laughing to the point it hurts! What a wonderful way to start the weekend.
Saturday was our busy day, we woke up to a wonderful light continental breakfast Keltie prepared for us. Muffins, yoghurt, piping hot coffee, tea, juice. And off we went for GOAT YOGA!!!!!
I can tell you right now this is the best thing ever. Goats, Yoga, Outside. BLISS! We had a wonderful practice in the mountain air and the goats kept up fairly grounded. They did their thing, we did ours. Early Dawn Goat Dairy also has classes on making soap, cheeses etc. Which I think I would really love to take part in! For booking the Yoga, go to FreeBird Adventures and they’ll hook you up. I think every single one of us absolutely loved this and will be looking forward to repeating with the new babies next year!
We then returned to the B&B for brunch…and let me tell you….. to DIE for. Smoked Salmon Frittata’s. Enough said. Literally the table full of women was silent. That’s how good this food is!
I hosted a quick class on how to make DIY foaming hand soap. Great discussions around chemicals in our home and life, how to start to get rid of these things, and how easy it is to actually make a switch, essential oils and how to incorporate them. Even if you are not a Do It Yourself-er, hand soap is SO easy to make that everyone should know how to mix up a batch.
Off to the Meadery! For those that don’t know mead is wine or beer mixed with honey. Shut the front door. So Good.
Fallentimber Meadery. These guys are a class act. From the welcome you get, to the tour and information (who knew bees didn’t fly in low light?! Mind Blown) and the tasting of their products. I came home with the Meadjito (which my husband drank most of ) The Hoppsmead, and the Saskatoon Berry Mead. A road trip is in the near future to re-stock.
Such a great afternoon! We headed back through Water Valley, stopped and got snacks. Because snacks are important. And headed back to the B&B. Our Sat evening dinner was smoked pork tenderloin, lemon garlic roasted potatoes, and salad. For desert we had lemon blueberry cake. So much yum!
We then went on a little nature walk around the property where Keltie showed us some beautiful vegetation they have on their grounds, both wild and planted. I wish my gardens looked that good! As we were finishing up our stroll; the much anticipated Card Reader arrived. Wanda was just great. We took turns going in for our card readings, and each of us had a great experience. I took a lot away from my reading, the cards I chose gave me the same general message my card readings at home were giving me, I just didn’t know what the heck they meant, and what message they were sending me. Wanda helped clarify a lot of questions, and which direction I should be heading in.
We spent quite some time reviewing each others readings and giving and receiving advice. I think overall it was a great evening event and helped guide a few of us on what we need to remember and what we need to do next in our lives.
Sunday Morning brought breakfast of blueberry pancakes and sausages. How such a simple meal can taste SO much better when someone else makes it completely baffles me!
We then set up for Chakradance, this is something that not many people have tried. I have always had a different experience each time I’ve gone, and it is always different for every person. It is about connecting and balancing your Chakra’s through movement and dance. You get a blindfold so it is easier to just stay in your bubble and block out the distractions around you. It can be exhilarating, cleansing, healing, and every other emotion in between. Each Chakra has a different beat and tone of music to it, and Michelle gives some guidance to help with visualization. When the dance is complete, you have time to create mandala art for anything you feel needs to come out.
Lunch time brought a Mexican Chicken Salad with avacado. A beautiful light lunch that went great with the hot weather! We then did some wire wrapping lessons and made tree of life key chains with our chosen stones. I love how different everyone’s turned out!
Overall, it was a wonderful weekend, and was refreshing and re-energizing for everyone. I can say not every Yoga retreat will be the same, but every yoga retreat is worth it. If you have an opportunity to go to one – DO IT. Follow Elements Yoga on Facebook for upcoming classes and retreats.
I can’t wait for next year!