As my spring retreat approaches, March 29-31 in Calistoga, CA, yephee. My mind spins backwards a bit to the lovely fall retreat last October, stay present. When the Fall Equinox retreat completed and it was all the positive female energy. The Sangha, community, created by gathering twenty-four women was beautiful and empowering. The feeling of strength, joy, love and laughter was contagious. The majority of the ladies came solo craving peace, quiet, movement and an intention of restoring their mind and body. Even from the first moments in meditation, the room was humming with a sweet and strong Goddess vibe. When the flow began, the Shakti (simply put divine feminine creative power) was rising! As the practice finished and we transitioned to dinner, the atmosphere had a true feeling of sisterhood. Strangers sat together and chatting like old friends sharing intimate stories and light filled the room. The environment was open and clear for anything to happen. The second day allowed for more yoga, massage, play and rest. Everyone was invited and encouraged to take the best care of themselves. Some women chose not to talk for a bit, others gathered or walked around to take in nature. By night time, it felt like family without all the dysfunction. Moving through the evening practice, I observed an incredible warrior like quality of power weaved with a supple free flow. Everyone was in the moment and feeling the mojo. So, when I decided to mix it up, it was no surprise the women embraced moving off the mat and getting funky all over the room. Imagine a groovy disco dance party for 17 minutes. The weekend was a reminder for all the women to stay true to their authentic divine self. Revealing their big hearts, strong muscles and flexible minds. Reflecting makes me smile and know deep down, GIRLS RULE!
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AUTHOR: Bex Urban
img source: Gisele Bundchen photographed in Vouge Paris summer editorial (vogue.fr)