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Foundations of Yoga Retreat: Follow Up Blog

Our first Foundations of Yoga retreat, hosted at SunMountain Center in Manitou Springs, CO, was an amazing experience themed around living with intention and letting go of limiting beliefs. The entire weekend was beautiful: from the incredible students who showed up, to SunMountain's beautiful venue, farm animals, and meals, to the beautiful Rocky Mountains painting a scene in the backdrop. I am so blessed to have shared the weekend with each one of the participants who showed up! A huge thank you to each of the 20 students who came.

Scroll through this blog to journey through the entire process of our Foundations of Yoga Weekend.

Prepping

Putting this retreat together took months of preparation and coordination. We could not have done it without help from SunMountain Center's retreat coordinators (a big thank you to Gigi and Theresa!)

Hard at work making each participant's goodie bag!

Hard at work making each participant's goodie bag!

Final products! A Foundation's of Yoga Manual, hand-drawn goodie bag full of yogic surprises, and a Yoga Nidra/Meditation CD for each of our students.

Final products! A Foundation's of Yoga Manual, hand-drawn goodie bag full of yogic surprises, and a Yoga Nidra/Meditation CD for each of our students.

Setting up the space!

Setting up the space!

The beautiful studio space at SunMountain Center.

The beautiful studio space at SunMountain Center.

Setting up a Self-Care Station for all of the students to use throughout the weekend: organic dark chocolate, 'No Adjustment' cards, sage, incense, fresh mineral water, sacral chakra essential-oil-blend, lavender spray, rosewater spray, a selenite wand, and an assortment of beautiful flowers. 

Setting up a Self-Care Station for all of the students to use throughout the weekend: organic dark chocolate, 'No Adjustment' cards, sage, incense, fresh mineral water, sacral chakra essential-oil-blend, lavender spray, rosewater spray, a selenite wand, and an assortment of beautiful flowers. 

Accomodations

SunMountain Center truly was the perfect place to spend the weekend. Beautiful architecture, soulful land, and the mountain charm of Manitou Springs.

Onaledge Lodge

Onaledge Lodge

Rockledge Lodge

Rockledge Lodge

An example of one of the incredible rooms at SunMounain!

An example of one of the incredible rooms at SunMounain!

A view of Onaledge Lodge from the farm.

A view of Onaledge Lodge from the farm.

Outdoor eating space with a view of Pikes Peak.

Outdoor eating space with a view of Pikes Peak.

Opening

We began our retreat with a farm-tour, introductions, movement, and a Yoga Nidra practice to ground and settle everyone from a day full of travel. One of the most potent parts of the evening for me was creating an uplifting intention for the weekend and for life.

Enjoying the precious animals of SunMountain during the farm tour.

Enjoying the precious animals of SunMountain during the farm tour.

Classes

We had so much fun teaching yoga! Some classes from this weekend were: Slow Flow Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra, a Foundations of Yoga Breakdown, and Restorative Yoga.

Yoga Warriors!

Yoga Warriors!

Hike

On Saturday, we explored the beautiful destination, Garden of the Gods, which attracts travelers from all over the world!

Entering the garden!

Entering the garden!

Fire Ceremony

This ceremony was towards the end of our time together. We all spent time considering a limiting belief that is not serving our highest potential. One-by-one, we let a limiting belief go into the flames while the rest of the group held space and supported the process of letting go. Each student then received an optional sage smudging and spritz of rosewater. This was a powerful, emotional, and potent ceremony.

Beginning the ceremony.

Beginning the ceremony.

Closing

Our final closing circle, where we reflected and practiced group yoga to feel the web of community created through retreat. We offered the mantra of 'Lokah Somastah Sukhino Bhavantu' to allow the benefits of our practice to ripple out and create positive change throughout the whole world.

Beginning of our final circle. Bringing our practices off of the mat and back out into the world!

Beginning of our final circle. Bringing our practices off of the mat and back out into the world!

Final photo!

Final photo!

What a beautiful adventure! Thank you again to everyone who made this weekend happen. See you next year!


The Foundation's of Yoga Practice Guide used with this retreat is now available for download in my store.


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