Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Wonderful Weekend Retreat!

I recently returned from my first job as retreat facilitator!  It was a truly amazing experience and another dream come true!  About 7 years ago when I was a counselor running my personal growth group,  "Mother Nurture," friend and yoga instructor Karen Jaynes and I first talked about hosting a retreat where participants could nurture their mind, body, and spirit through yoga, art, meditation, massage, etc.  I am so happy and grateful to Karen for making it happen!

I created and taught the "Artful Affirmations for Living Your Yoga On & Off the Mat" Workshop, specifically designed for the theme of this retreat.  I chose the lotus blossom as a symbol of growth and transformation, providing inspiration for our project.

Ten beautiful souls attended my workshop.  We had a wonderful morning together sharing our journeys, playing with paint & paper, creating and expressing in a meaningful way.  Though everyone  started with a lotus flower,  each piece turned out so unique and each message was powerful and personal to the individual.  It was a truly moving experience!

Not only did I enjoy teaching my first Retreat Workshop, I enjoyed serving others, practicing yoga, going on nature hikes, eating healthful meals, attending holistic workshops, participating in a full moon bonfire ceremony, and most of all--connecting with like minded people both on and off the mat!  The only regret I have is not booking a massage when I had the chance.  Next time, I am definitely working that into my schedule!

I left the retreat feeling exhausted and exhilarated at the same time.  Though the retreat was a lot of work, it was well worth it.  I feel blessed and honored to have spent the weekend in such great company and with people sharing their gifts, their time, and their passion.  I look forward to doing it again in the near future!  We are hoping to host another retreat in Spring 2014 and will keep you posted.  Until we meet again, Namaste!

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