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This article originally appeared in the March 2012 issue of Natural Nutmeg magazine.
by Amy LaBossiere
You don’t have to be Deepak Chopra or David Wolfe to organize, lead and facilitate a
wonderful retreat that helps others on their path. As a holistic practitioner or group
facilitator, you can deepen connections and provide peak experiences by serving your client
population with a weekend or weeklong retreat experience. Read more..
When I heard about the work that Roy Holman was doing in the world, I asked him to guest blog for us, as I think many of our site visitors would glean a lot from his experiences. Below is is his post:
Leading yoga retreats has been such a source of joy, learning, challenge and reward for me. Over the past ten years, I have led something like 30 retreats, half in my home state in Washington, and half in wonderful destinations such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Sedona.
Many of my passions are included in these trips: yoga, meditation, travel, hiking, connecting in community, kirtan, healing, wildlife, etc. But my biggest passion and purpose is in awakening, that is, the traditional goals of yoga to end suffering by remembering who we are, awakening from the dream and drama, and being the miracle workers we are meant to be.
In this sense, at times I have been a bit frustrated on our retreats, as many people see the trip more as simply a vacation, or even an escape, chance to party, etc. Of course, we are on vacation, and in a sense, we are escaping our usual mindset and environment and shaking up old patterns. And this is good. But the purist in me wants or at least ideally hopes to attract fellow travelers on the inner journey, those who are willing to connect, go deep, help each other wake up and offer our gifts to this magnificent shift on earth. Read more..
Westerly, Rhode Island is a sweet little town that’s a 35 minute drive from Still Waters. Tao and I took a day trip to see what the town has to offer lately. We started our trip by visiting a few of the yoga studios on a Saturday afternoon, but they were closed midday. So we stopped by an antiques shop called Repurposed Consign and Design at 36 High Street. There is a lot to look at, from furniture to candles to clothing. Prices were rather reasonable and they had a shop across the street as well. There are many little shops, art galleries and stores to meander into. The people are friendly and the items eclectic.
Next we headed over to the local health food store, Herbwise Naturals, 35 Broad Street. We can always find members of our tribe in a local health food store! Herbwise has a great selection of remedies and whatnot to suit your holistic liking. We purchased some fair-trade coffee, dandelion beverage and two bottles of GT’s Trilogy Kombucha. Herbwise has a great bulletin board with local practitioners and activities–I loved discovering information about Yoga on the Beach. Definitely going to check that out before the summer is over! We asked Ellen at Herbwise where to get lunch. She recommended the pizza joint next door, or The Bridge up the street.
We decided to check out Pizza Place, and see if they made gluten-free pizza. And, they did! We brought our kombucha in with us, and our server was gracious to accommodate our wish to enjoy it. We ordered a really delicious white pizza with gorgonzola, roasted garlic and baby spinach, plus some killer salads and shared a yummy gluten-free chocolate ganache cake. The food was fabulous. The gluten-free pizza was the best I’ve had in the area. The mixed greens salad was simple and very tasty too.
It was great that Westerly was so much fun to explore! Afterward, we drove 11 minutes to the ocean and enjoyed walking on the beach. 35 minutes later, we were back at the retreat center.
We’re going to create a nice binder for our guests that includes menus and maps of all the nearby fun places they can explore, although many of them don’t want to leave Still Waters, some of our extended stay guests want to venture out. It’s great to have nearby places in Connecticut and Rhode Island to explore!