After months of planning and dreaming, the Shake & Shine Retreat came to a close this past Sunday. I am honored and blessed to have been able to spend 3 days with such amazing women. We laughed, chatted, cooked, stretched, danced, sweat, and played together. Old friends, new friends, and people who have never met came together for what was one of the most blissful weekends of the summer.
If you’re feeling a bit bummed out that you weren’t able to attend – no worries! Today, I’m bringing you a full re-cap and an insider’s look at the 2015 Shake & Shine Retreat. Let’s go!
The week leading up to the retreat was a bit hectic, stressful, and nerve-wracking for me. Not because I had 101 things to plan and prep, but because I was fully prepared and feeling as though it simply couldn’t be that easy. There must be something I’m forgetting! But, there really wasn’t. The classes were planned, well loosely planned – if you’ve ever taken my classes you know how much I value freedom and spontaneity in class so that we can all do what feels good in the moment. The playlists were created. The meal plan was finished. The agendas had been sent out. The food had been purchased. The gift bags were fully assembled. Even my overnight bag was packed, and that, my friends, rarely happens ahead of time! Everything felt so natural, simple, and full of ease. It was that part that I wasn’t prepared for. As a recovering perfectionist and former anxiety-ridden woman, I began to feel as though there had to be something else.
Friday – Retreat Day 1
As it turns out, there were a few things that I did forget to pick up until Friday morning – bolsters, blocks, and a few final t-shirts for the gift bags. Though it was solved by a simple 8 am run to the yoga studio and the print shop. Friday morning consisted of loading up the car with yoga props, nearly 10 bags of groceries, and other retreat supplies. Then, I was off to the retreat venue. Continue reading →