I've been working for a few months trying to figure out what I would consider a perfect blend of relaxation, exercise and education for the Mayacamas Ranch Paleo Reset Reset Retreat coming up April 17th and think I'm getting pretty close so decided I would post the tentative schedule on the site.
Two comments I received in the evaluation forms from The Stemple Creek - Wellness and Yoga on the Ranch Retreat were:
"There was plenty of space and time to enjoy the place"
and "Relaxed pace!"
These were two comments that really struck me because part of what I'm trying to achieve with these retreats - and eventually at The Healing Farm property is not only a sense that you are getting practical wellness solutions through educational talks and exercise programs, but that it's all at a nice pace and not too overwhelming. With our jam-packed lives and schedules and vacations that are too stuffed with activity because we only get one or two a year, I think a well-paced retreat with plenty of down-time should be appreciated and enjoyed. Seriously. If I can and if it's warm enough the week of the retreat, I want to tie two inner tubes to a tree in the pond for people just to float and look at the sky. Doesn't that sound heavenly? It's something Brennan and I try to do once a year and it's incredibly relaxing.
So, not only do I think the Mayacamas Ranch speaker and practitioner line-up is getting to be pretty stellar with the following all participating:
- Keynote: Chris Kresser
- Two nutritional lectures by Chris' nutritionist Kelsey Marksteiner (plus private consultations available)
- Cooking Demo and Lecture by Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites/Practical Paleo
- Free healthy back workshop by Faye Alexandrakis of The Gokhale Method
- Beginner progressive yoga class every day with Patti Cocciolo of the Goodness blog
- Intermediate and advanced yoga class every day with Erin Cookston - instructor at Yogaworks
- Private Yoga sessions also available by appointment
But also, there's plenty of relaxation time built-in too. So, grab a book (or four), a sunhat, your walking shoes and your bathing suit and get ready for a well-paced and relaxing retreat experience!