I recently organized and led an overnight yoga retreat at a charming location in Sanibel Island, Florida. For the majority of us, it was only an hour drive to our cabin and private beach. It was a special and unique time to be in nature with a small group of yogis. We practiced yoga at sunset and sunrise, ate a lovely dinner around a beach bonfire, and shared a quaint rustic cabin. We developed a deeper connection with nature, ourselves, and one another.
A yoga retreat does not have to happen in a far away destination and cost thousands of dollars. It doesn’t have to be a several days long. It can be more tangible and flexible even for those who have the busiest of schedules. Traveling is wonderful but it can take a lot of time and energy. My schedule and finances don’t always allow my travel fantasies to manifest. So being open to the beauty within your reach is a great option in creating a private yoga retreat. It’s a wonderful way to break from routine in a time span that’s as little as 24 hours.
I look forward and am inspired to find more local gems for future retreats. I am also inspired to be conscious of the beauty that is around on a daily basis.
“For men and women alike, this journey the trajectory between birth and death, a human life lived. No one escapes the adventure. We only work with it differently.”
—Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life