Yoga retreat recap and creating your own retreat experience
Posted Apr 20 2011 1:23am
This past weekend I was invited to attend a women’s yoga retreat at the amazing Samudra, a passionate centre for yoga, surfing, living food and sustainable living.
Before I share my experience of the retreat, I wanted to let you know about an article I recently wrote for the amazing Crazy Sexy Life website run by the ever fabulous Kris Carr.
It was incredibly tough for me to write this article as until now I have always been extremely private about this experience, but with the global crises and seemingly never-ending tragedies around us, I felt my experience could help others in their challenging moments..
If you have ever experienced tragedy or gone through a really rough time, or if you have been involved in the multitude of devastating tragedies happening around the globe in recent months, then you’ll find this guidance speaks to you.
Even if you just want to live the richest and most fulfilling life possible, this article will help you to do just that. Click here to read it .
Now on to far more indulgent things…retreats
Until this past weekend, I had never been to a retreat before. I definitely think they are a wonderful idea for your health, happiness and stress relief, but I’ve just never got around to it.
When I was asked to attend a women’s yoga retreat at the beautiful and inspiring Samudra this past weekend I jumped at the amazing opportunity.
Health retreats are an amazing way to:
Re-connect with your self
Switch off technology and dramas happening in your own life for a few days or more
Get some much needed rest and relaxation
Stretch your body and your mind
Eat healthy, nourishing food that you don’t have to make yourself (awesome!)
Learn in a dedicated, focused environment
Connect with people with like-minded interests
Be inspired by other people, a place, information and experiences that you might not get in the daily hustle and bustle of your life
Pull back and see the bigger picture of what’s going on for you and what you want to focus on when you return from the retreat.
That’s just for starters.
One of the biggest strengths of going to a retreat is to physically get away from your normal routine and environment which may not feel ideal to you right now.
However, if you don’t have the money to invest in a retreat, you don’t have to miss out on all the benefits. You can create your own at home retreat for a day or a weekend and still gain peace, clarity and rejuvenation. I have only ever done a retreat this way before this past weekend so I am talking from personal experience.
You can go even further and create “retreat moments” in your life every single day. This is my focus.
Why go on retreat once a year when you are already burned out when you can build moments of calm, peace and rejuvenation into your daily life? Then the decision to go on a longer retreat is just for fun rather than necessity.
Here are some ideas for daily retreat moments, many of which I use personally:
Get outside for fresh air between meetings and work responsibilities and take ten deep breaths
Say nice things to yourself every day, such as “you are beautiful and perfect just as you are”
Book yourself in for a massage, reiki session, acupuncture or other treatment you enjoy
Massage pure organic coconut oil through your hair and wash thoroughly
Put a clay mask on your face
Take an epsom salt bath with some lavender essential oil drops
Light a candle and say a prayer
Go for a walk to some relaxing music or just enjoy the sounds around you
Take a yoga class
Get a colonic or do an enema at home
Schedule your day so that you actually do these things and not just think about them!
Of course if you can invest in a health retreat that resonates with you, I definitely recommend it. The women’s yoga weekend retreat I attended at Samudra this past weekend was such a beautiful experience. The women were amazing, the staff and host inspiring and passionate. The food, all organic and raw, was truly incredible (and always is at Samudra), the yoga classes truly divine and the meditation session was so healing.
The planned activities were delivered with professionalism but also a big dose of friendliness and flexibility to allow the women attending to put their own stamp on the retreat experience. This applied even down to the detail of the foods provided. Being a particularly fussy green juice lover and someone who doesn’t feel great with gourmet raw food, my food needs were completely taken care of and catered to without fuss – something I was deeply appreciative of.
Samudra’s women’s yoga weekend retreats are perfect if you want to douse yourself in an open-hearted, warm, encouraging, spiritually-rich environment to learn, be inspired and motivated to obtain better mind, body and spirit health.
Even as a health and nutrition practitioner, I was able to gain a lot from the experience, particularly just the immersion in my favourite topics with like-minded people .
A note to yoga enthusiasts: if you are an advanced yogi you will find the yoga instruction is more catered to a beginner to intermediate level, or people new to ashtanga yoga specifically. However Samudra is considering ways they can cater to yoga aficionados so don’t hesitate to get in touch with them if you are interested in a retreat.
I think I’ll let the photos show you a bit more about the venue and the experience (I didn’t take shots of the retreat group or any action shots to respect everyone’s privacy)…
You can watch a video showing you some more of the Samudra shala here .
I honestly don’t have anything bad to say about the whole experience. It was also fun for me to hep the other ladies with nutritional and detoxification advice as questions arose. All in all, an incredible experience!
If you are based in WA, I definitely suggest you check out Samudra, Not only do they have amazing retreats like the women’s yoga weekend retreat, they also have daily yoga classes and an amazing live food vegetarian cafe (they sell cooked food too), plus a range of their own food, clothing, skin care and supplementation products which are truly a cut above.
Have you been on a retreat before? What are your favourite ways of having retreat moments?