Hello, Friends! I am writing coming off of an amazing weekend at the Omega Wellness Center in Rhineback New York. I was there for Baron Baptiste’s Immersion Workshop, and I can not begin to express how grateful I am for the experience.
This was the first time I had ever left Ella overnight, let alone a whole weekend! This was my early birthday present, and Michael was more than amazing about being on Daddy duty full speed ahead while I was gone.
I am happy to report that we all survived. Weezy had a blast with Michael, and she was just such a good girl for him. I was so incredibly busy all weekend that it kept me pretty distracted from the fact that I missed them both terribly.
We arrived on Friday to our hotel. We could have stayed at Omega but the cabins were pretty expensive and my friend Melissa had points towards a hotel room so we bunked up for free. I am glad, the extra 35 minute drive was worth the hot shower and soft bed. The accommodations at Omega are very humble—no tv, no air conditioning, low water pressure. The cabins reminded me of a lot of Dirty Dancing. The whole grounds reminded me of LOST and “The Others.”
You could also stay in a tent on the campground and use the bath house to clean up.It would be pretty cool to stay there, but we had to rough it at our Marriot
We got to check out the rooms since we knew people staying at Omega, and they were not bad. I was surprised at how many families with young kids stayed there! It was pretty sweet how they had kids programs so that parents could take the workshops but not have to leave their children at home!
Omega was very pretty, I really wish we had gotten a chance to check out the Sanctuary and the Center for Sustainable Livingbut it just never happened.
When we got there we had no idea what to expect. We checked in at omega, got our cards for continuing education credits and head over to the dining hall.
(this was my favorite meal—salad with fresh local feta, beets, almonds and mixed greens in a tahini dressing. I had two bowls of it!)
All of the produce, eggs and dairy are fresh, local and organic. Most of the meals are vegetarian, but they serve some fish and chicken on the weekends. I loved the whole idea and how sustainable the campus is. The staff is extremely friendly and it seems like a lot of local people come hang out there and eat dinner there regularly. The only drawback was that they used canola and safflower/sunflower oils in the cooking, and some of the dressing had things like veganaise and soymilk. If you are grain-free and soy-free it makes things a little difficult but there are definitely options for everyone. We had such intense asana practices all weekend that I really didn’t want to live on salad and hardboiled eggs so I ate some things I do not normally eat. My stomach was torn up Sunday night into today because of it. Oh well.
Oh, I forgot to mention. Yeah, we ate lunch and dinner next to Tony Horton all weekend. No big deal. He was everywhere we were. Seems like a pretty cool guy.
Friday night our workshop was from 7:00-10pm. We started with more of the group talking and a little journaling followed by a great yoga practice with Baron. The last 20 minutes of class it started thunder storming, you could see the lightning through the windows as the music got turned up. It was incredible.
What wasn’t incredible? Leaving in the thunderstorm, on the scariest, foggiest, narrowest road in America with no cell reception (google maps GPS!), hence not knowing where we were going. We just drove in the direction we thought we should go and eventually for the GPS to work, making it back to the hotel safe and sound by 11:45. Perfect. After our first yoga practice with Baron Baptiste, leaving this place like jelly only to tense up again in the car. Not fun.
Saturday was a much better day all around. We got up early to make it to Omega by 8:15.
Our first stop was for a very expensive green juice ($1.00 back for the jar so it was really 8.50)
Then over to breakfast to fuel up for a day of the unknown.
Our morning session was 9:00AM-12:00PM (but it went over until about 12:30). It was a 3 hour yoga class that left Melissa and I completely and utterly spent. I can’t even put into words how exhausted we were. Even when we had us break to partner up and really work on alignment with a partner it was incredibly physical. We barely conjured up the energy top grab some coconut waters from the café and load up on lunch at the dining hall afterwards (we were STARVING!)
Both of us wanted to explore the grounds but as I said we had no energy to do anything. We found a beautiful tree, laid out our mats, soaked up some Vitamin D and rested until the afternoon workshop started.
The next session was 2:30-5:00pm and it was mostly journaling, sharing, meditation. The theme of the weekend was “Being a YES.” What are you a “yes” for and what are you ready to give up NOW. As we delved deeper into that with Baron as a group, the things that came up were pretty powerful.
The evening workshop was from 8:00-10:00pm, another yoga practice. This time, two hours of hip openers and backbends. I will admit on Friday I was a little skeptical as to what I would get out of the weekend. Many people there were very enthusiastic and very wow-ed before Baron even stepped in the door. I had read his books and he is pretty amazing, but I just didn’t know if I would be as, I will say, ‘enthusiastic’ as others.
When we left there on Saturday night, we had the dumbest grin on our faces and the both of us were as ‘enthusiastic’ as the everyone else. Wow. Just wow is all I can say about the ending of that day. We left there feeling so open and so amazing, the assistants are all fantastic (and I even got an assist from Baron himself!) We totally “got it”—so that is what all the fuss is about.
We treated ourselves to the home made ice cream from local cream at the café after our evening practices.
The lavender ice cream and the coconut almond were out of this world!
Our drive back Saturday night was much safer and much less rainy. I also got to facetime with my sweet at the hotel since she was up WAY, WAY past bedtime.
Bubba Weez <3
Sunday morning we packed up and head over to Omega for a quick breakfast before our last workshop.
The practice on Sunday naturally extraordinary. Then, just I finally felt I was ready to open up to myself and get to the core of everything we were working on, it ended. We had to say goodbye to Omega, and to each other.
Melissa and I went through teacher training together, practiced taught for months to learn the sequence, and we both got hired on the same day at Sol . It is so funny to think how far we came together in such a small period of time. This weekend we learned so much more and had such an amazing experience that will not only help us as grow teachers, but will help us grow in our lives!
I am so sad to say that she is moving far, far away on Friday. This was our last hurrah, and I am so glad we got to experience it together. She is the best person ever and I am going to miss her dearly. This is a so long for now, not a goodbye! She is an amazing teacher, an amazing friend, and one of the most beautiful people I know—inside and out!
Who knows, maybe someday, far, far away we will go through Baptiste Level 1 training together!
We couldn’t leave without a sweaty post-practice picture with Baron.
Have you ever been to a Baptise training or immersion (or any yoga retreat for that matter)?