You are not your job. You are not your familiar role, what you have accomplished, what you failed to do. You are not what you have or do not have. You are not your talent or your looks. Do you remember who you are?
This year, we retreat to rejuvenate and restore on Spain’s southern coast, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It is common to feel guilty for taking time for yourself, and yet we would be better versions of ourselves if we did so. Our world is fast-paced and demanding, and we rarely allow for our bodies to properly rest. On this retreat, will be slowing down to spoil ourselves, remembering our essence by stripping away our daily routines and expectations.
The retreat is comprised of many offerings. You may participate in all, or you may find that you need to melt in to a lounge chair at the salt water pool or the beach. There will be a vinyasa or a slow flow class each morning, and an evening restorative practice. There will be an opportunity to make your own malas with Jess, flamenco dancing, hiking, and an opportunity to visit nearby Malaga, to visit the Picasso museum and explore one of Europe’s finest beaches. All meals at the retreat center are included, and there are tea and snacks available between. One massage or other treatment is included in the price.
An epic and transformational adventure to the mystical land that is Morocco. We will retreat at a boutique hotel in Marrakech that is recognized by Forbes, CNN, Elle Decor, and others as one of the world’s most beautiful. We will do some fun activities with the girls at SOAR Foundation, travel to the Atlas Mountains as well as Essaouira, explore medinas, and shop with guides through the markets.
We will explore this remarkable country both through the lens of a camera, as well as through the lens of yoga. Photojournalist Julia Cumes will instruct our group throughout the week with photography lessons and critiques. You may use a DSLR camera, or your phone to take pictures. Either way, you will learn how to beautifully document your experience in Morocco, and everywhere else you go. Yoga teacher Jessica Riley-Norton, will guide you through all level yoga classes each day, giving us space to drop in to our bodies and savor what we see, feel, smell taste and hear.
We will work along side Project SOAR, a non-profit organization which educates young women to give them brighter futures. Project Soar provides 50 lessons to empower teenage girls in the developing world. The Project Soar program is based off the 5 Pillars of Empowerment, which embody the beliefs that every girl should have the opportunity to know her Value, Voice, Body, Rights and Path. We will be donating cameras and a computer to the girls at the center, and teaching them how to document life through their lens.
By the end of the week, we hope to broaden your lens, shed layers of cultural identities that divide us, inspire you, empower you, and fill your heart.