As working women, fitting play into our lives has always been difficult. This has never been truer than during this year of COVID pandemic. We are optimistic that by June 2021, we will feel able to safely travel within the U.S., to take time for a much-needed PLAY break!
Play, a fundamental health experience, is often overlooked by ‘responsible adults’. We see the value of play in helping kids learn, create, explore, and express themselves. But somewhere along the way, we adults traded in play for work and tamped down our yearning for playful experiences. Play frees up our creativity, enhances our ability to live in flow, and naturally brings us joy.
The Mudita yoga practice is about appreciating and sharing joy and happiness. Mudita will be our theme for this retreat. Setting the intention to prioritize joy — and to connect with others through joy — is among the best gifts we can give the world right now. Everyone everywhere could benefit from ‘lightening up’.
With Colleen as your guide, we’ll explore her 5 P’s for Mudita — living in joy:
Presence — Savoring the micro-moments. We’ll learn techniques for mindful awareness of the present moment while walking the labyrinth, and then practice these during yoga and adventures.
People — As human beings, we are hardwired to connect. We can train ourselves to be more aware of our innate capacity for ‘mindsight’, the feeling of mutuality we experience when we pause briefly enough to ‘be’ with those around us.
Purpose — Understanding your deepest ‘why’ and ‘how’ of play provides the fuel you need to live your purpose.
Passion — Listening to your inner voice and letting it guide you to the adventure of your choosing, whether that’s sitting by the pool, taking a hike, adventuring on a mountain bike, rafting, or communing with llamas. Periodic journaling prompts will help you tap into what ignites your passion.
Play! — Nothing we do will be too serious. The point of this retreat is to give yourself permission to unleash your playful side. Play like a kid again! Get dirty, be silly, and laugh — a lot.
- 6 nights accommodations
- 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
- Daily yoga practices
- Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
Prepare to be surrounded by mountains and colorful sky that stretch for miles as you explore the enchanted beauty of Taos, New Mexico. Stunning mountain views and peaceful desert landscapes on 3.5 acres with plenty of garden space and nature to explore. Historic architecture made in Adobe style, offering the best of both worlds – historic charm with all of the comfort and convenience of modern day accommodations.
Take a scenic hike up Devisadero trail or relax in a nearby mineral springs. Explore the rich art community of Taos, full of art galleries, museums, and ancient history. Grab a bike, take a hike, gaze at stars, watch for birds or just relax by the pool. There is something to do for everyone.
COLLEEN HARSHBARGER, MS, E-RYT500, NBC-HWC
Colleen is a certified health coach, wellness professional and yoga teacher who is passionate about helping people live healthy, vibrant, authentic lives. She started teaching yoga in 1994 and has studied with numerous esteemed national and international teachers and completed training in trauma-sensitive yoga. Colleen weaves together her understanding of yoga, mindfulness and whole person wellbeing to give clients practical tools to fully optimize health, vitality, and connection. She is an experienced registered yoga teacher and continuing education provider with Yoga Alliance, a certified Wellness Inventory coach with WellPeople, and a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach as recognized by the National Board of Medical Examiners. Colleen has extensive experience leading comprehensive, integrated approaches to creating cultures of wellbeing and has done so at Reebok International and West Virginia University. You can learn more about her business Wellbeing Solutions and approach at https://www.wellbeingwv.com.
“I learned a lot, while also having fun. Colleen truly cared about our whole experience from beginning to end.” ~Victoria Carvelli, Previous Retreat Participant
“This retreat provided a welcome opportunity for greater connection to fellow participants, nature, and myself.” ~Beth Nelson, Previous Retreat Participant
“This retreat was an incredible experience! The meditation, yoga and hiking/running activities were catered to each women’s needs and abilities and the fellowship with other women created a positive and welcoming experience. I look forward to the next retreat and would highly recommend it to others!” ~Susan Zerona, Previous Retreat Participant
“This yoga and wellbeing retreat was everything I hoped it would be and more. Relaxing, restorative, energizing. We stayed active without feeling pushed or pressured. Loved the hiking and option for length. Most importantly, I met a lovely group of women interested in spending time active and outdoors whom I expect will be friends in the future.” ~Nancy Spillane, Previous Retreat Participant
“Colleen is a great instructor, she is thoughtful/purposeful in her instruction. Keeping an even rhythm with varying degrees of difficulty.” ~Annnemarie Cash, Student
“Colleen took extra effort to focus on individual needs in private sessions. Lots of great hands-on help with proper form in poses. Great Retreat” ~Kandy Dunn, Student
The 1200 sq ft meeting room combines as a yoga space and features a fireplace with an aroma of burnt sage when lit. There is also a yoga yurt located in the garden that has a beautiful sky view. Take a dip in the pool, sweat it out in the sweat lodge, or enjoy a walk on the labyrinth mediation path. Disconnect from technology and enjoy all that is offered on this enchanted space.
While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in adventure activities and wonderful excursions. Some of the possible options include:
- Mountain biking
- Llama trekking
- White-water rafting
- And more!
*Price of some Activities are not included in tuition unless free or listed under inclusions.
Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.
For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.
The closest airport is Santa Fe Regional Airport (SAF). Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. You will be responsible for your own transportation to the center. The drive time to the center is approximately 1.5 hours.
Check-In: 3:00 pm
Check Out: 11:00 am
We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $150, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip.
We have partnered with two insurance companies: Trawick International and CSA Travel Insurance (available for U.S. Residents only). For Non-U.S. Residents this policy with Trawick insurance is available: Safe Travels Multi-National.
We encourage you to research the insurance company and policy that best meets your needs.
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Save $200 on full-price (shared only) of $1795 USD until May 1st!
Shared Accommodations – $1595 USD (Full Price $1795 USD)
Single Accommodations – $1995 USD
Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration. For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.
Sign Up with No Risk
In response to COVID-19, True Nature is offering a temporary exception to our cancellation policy. When you sign up for any 2021 or 2022 retreat, your deposit is fully transferable. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer to another trip or put your deposit ($350) on hold for a future trip until the final payment date.*
We want to make sure everyone feels safe to travel and we are here to help and support you throughout this journey.
*This offer is valid for any new registrations prior to 60 days before the retreat date.
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