Weekend Retreat at Chico was truly Magnificent and Powerful. Fourteen lovely ladies gathered together on Friday afternoon after soaking up the gorgeous scenery en route as well as soaking their bones in the soothing hot water.
We first gathered together in a ceremony of honoring the Goddess within. We released all extraneous responsibilities and distractions and shared our personal intentions for Nourishing Ourselves inside and out. We created an alter representing our inspirations and desires while recognizing the synergy of a supportive Circle of Feminine energy.
Venturing down to the Wine Cellar for a sumptuous Chico dinner, we shared the importance of blessing our food and appreciating the dining experience with all of our senses – the visual beauty, the aromatic scent, the unfolding of delicious flavors and textures, feeling the nourishment brought to our bodies while embracing a moment of silence to enhance the experience. And, as usual, in the company of women, we struck up titillating conversations and relaxed into joyous laughter.
Early on Saturday, the deer surrounded our Mountain View Home as we gathered for a healing Meditation followed by a simple breakfast, once again nourishing ourselves. An air of ease and contentment begin to sink in all around. We strolled in the crisp morning fog to the newly added Yoga Studio to Nourish our Bodies and Minds with a practice of Flowing Yoga, emphasizing our personal choices for establishing an authentic practice for ourselves. Free time followed with a variety of activities among the women – horseback riding, soaking, reading, hiking, napping on the lawn in the warmth of the sun….time to explore the ways in which we relax and renew.
The afternoon spilled into a state of creativity as an art project unveiled the visual representation of the things we love and desire to support in our lives. We adorned ourselves and dined once again, this time in the cozy comfort of our log cabin with Sara Valentine (my co-leader) serving up a delicious and nutritious meal finished with the beneficial effects of a chocolate tasting party!
Sunday was just was marvelous as we continued to Nourish our Spirits. I’ll leave that to your imagination…just wanted to share a bit of the Essence of Retreat and the Power of Inner Peace. Ahhhhhhhh