May 25th through 28th, 2018 – Body, Mind, Equine is a unique men’s and women’s retreat and a great way to spend Memorial Day Weekend. Participants are led on a journey of awareness, growth, fun and adventure. This 3-night retreat offers daily yoga and meditation sessions, as well as arena and trail time with horses.
The event is available to anyone who wants to attend, regardless of prior experience with yoga or horses. Everyone, from beginners to experts, will receive instruction from “where they are.” This can be a great solo retreat, girlfriends’ get-away or couples retreat.
Bring a guest. Do you know someone who wants to spend the weekend at Flathead Lake Lodge but doesn’t care to attend the retreat? No problem. A special rate is being offered to guests, and there are plenty of other activities at this dude ranch for non-retreat goers. In addition, retreat attendees will have time to spend with their guests as well as time to enjoy the amenities.
About the program. At the onset, participants might think they are just coming to do yoga and ride horses, but the benefits often go far beyond initial expectations. Through yoga practice, we can learn about ourselves in a deeper way. There is a saying, “How you do
anything is how you do everything.” During the yoga, you will have the chance to really observe the inner workings of the mind and keenly tap in to your own energy, and watch as it shifts. The same dynamic can also be learned through horsemanship. In spending this integrated time together, we become more aware of the energies around us—those of other people, or horses, of nature. We can understand and move past obstacles in our lives and the things that may be holding us back, such as fear, lack of confidence, or power/control issues. We are encouraged to face and accept these blocks with without self-judgment. This allows us to live in a more mindful and empowered way. You will bring home new tools to use on and off the yoga mat, in horsemanship and in daily life. Combining these two modalities—yoga and horsemanship—is doubly powerful.
Parallels. In both yoga and horsemanship, the same skills are important: breathing, body awareness, energy awareness, strength, balance, and flexibility. Body, Mind, Equine teaches you how to become a more aware and conscious rider, using yogic principles (not just yoga postures) to improve horsemanship from ground to saddle.
Shifts happen. One of my favorite things about leading retreats is seeing the guests’ palpable transformation from when they arrive to when they leave. Time away in a new setting, being in nature, and unplugging have transformative and lasting effects. At the end, the participants embody a softer, lighter glow. They return home in a much better place—physically, mentally and emotionally rested.
Connect with the powerful spirit of the horse. Being around horses feeds something deep within us. They can be amazing mirrors, allowing us to see deep and subtle levels within. A horse takes every step into the present moment; we can learn the importance of living in the here and now from them.
Flathead Lake Lodge is a perfect venue for this retreat. In this beautiful part of the country, you will experience the magic of being surrounded by the bold mountains of Western Montana and the largest lake west of the Mississippi— just minutes from Glacier National Park.
Come join us! If you are seeking a fun, quality retreat of a lifetime, this is the one for you. Indeed, this is the favorite program I’ve offered in my 28 years of teaching. It’s the perfect blend, with a little bit of everything. Hope to see you there! Happy Trails & Namaste ~ Yogini & long-time trail rider, Cathy Woods
To learn more about Yogini Cathy Woods visit www.cathywoodsyoga.com