About a year ago, Beth and I booked Good Commons for a Yogawood fall splendor Retreat. When thinking about the thematic content, Beth blurted out: "Change is the only constant!" So true, and so readily apparent in the glory of fall.
The retreat quickly sold out and developed a waiting list. Our group coordinated carpools up to New England.
Behind the creaky old farmhouse, owner Tesha Buss landscaped a meandering path through the ferns. Beth and Susan took it in with a cup of coffee.
The retreat opened with a yoga to shake off the travel and a great meal. The first full day was sunny and luxurious. After morning meditation, yoga, and then lunch, most of the group decided to hike Deer Leap.
As Tesha put it, the summit offers the most bang for your buck!
Saturday was rainy and steel grey. I actually loved it.
Obviously. We practiced silence on the second morning to offer up more space for reflection and presence. When we did reintroduce our voices, it was with awareness that presence is really our best tool to be receptive to constant change and motion.
Before driving home, some participants took a morning walk.
And we had to hug and giggle with each other a ton.
Given the response, it seems fall in New England serves! That's the goal of these retreats-- to create a pause in a place that feels meaningful. I'm already hunting for 2015!