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So I’m here at this beautiful place overlooking the ocean. The weather is divine and the environment is laid back and creative. I’m doing a yoga workshop with some incredible people yet a huge part of me resists everything that’s happening right now. Yesterday I actually left a workshop early because I just couldn’t take the campiness of it anymore.
It’s interesting, I sign myself up for these events hoping for a magical expansion of awareness, for clarity, and direction, and all I seem to meet is resistance. I so want to open up to the context of this workshop as I desperately seek direction for my ambition, but the course does little more than irritate me.
Tell me your “feelings”…. what’s “coming up” for you….. now stand up and share all that stuff with a partner. UGH….I hate that sort of stuff!!
Anyway, I haven’t forced myself to do much that I don’t feel like doing. After leaving the workshop early, I grabbed my laptop and some yummy herbal tea and hunkered down for some blogging and journaling. Introspection at my own pace! I’ve decided to eliminate that portion of the retreat (which goes on for two more days) and opt instead for increased creative time, lots of reading, yoga, and meditation.
After dinner, I went for my second long walk of the day along the Pacific Coast Highway. It’s so beautiful here and the views just stop me in my tracks. I also can’t say enough about the uber yummy food here! Ugh…I haven’t eaten so much good stuff in a loooong time!
So beyond the few things that test my boundaries like the campy workshops and excessive nudity at the mineral baths, I certainly recommend some retreat time here for anyone looking to spend some decadent time in nature. Even the things that test my boundaries are valuable. How else would I know what works and what doesn’t!
Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and author of The Fit Habit. Here she shares simple, healthy recipes, home workout ideas and practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.