I recently had the privilege to lead my first yoga retreat deep in the Palomar mountains of San Diego County. I will admit that I have never looked at a weather app as much as I did leading up to the retreat. We have experienced a lot of rain in the past few weeks and that meant lots of snow in the mountains as well. As it turned out it was a glorious sunny weekend with snow melting on the roof tops and full streams flowing down from the mountain tops. We had a warm fire going all weekend and plenty of herbal teas to sip to keep us cozy and warm.
It was a small and intimate circle. My intention was to allow a surrender and a turning inward to each woman’s own thoughts and needs. With gentle yoga and spiritual healing practices, guided meditation and breathwork, healthful meals and beautiful surroundings that was exactly what transpired. Everyone gave the other space to talk, journal, walk, nap, serve each other teas, read, or be alone with their thoughts, and in turn each one became aware of and sensitive to their own feelings and needs.
Each one of them is a caretaker by nature, and each recognized the need to invest this time in themselves. Rest and self care are so very important.
“Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause” Emma Kate Dawson
It was truly wonderful to watch what that meant to everyone individually. Maybe we need to remember, we are longing for some of the same things, but yet our journey is highly individual, our needs and ways of achieving these longings can vary. If we give each other the space needed to explore, own our voice, and ultimately feel safe enough to be our true self, maybe we can better understand and help others achieving this as well. That is my intention not only with this retreat, but in all of my holistic healing practices. Taking a break from all of this won’t come easy to me. When I come back from Europe it is my deepest desire to further build up my holistic healing practice and offer more retreats, workshops , women’s circles and bodywork therapies. For now I am looking forward to new adventures❤︎
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