Ten years ago I left Santa Cruz for a relationship and ended up in the Rocky Mountains. They say that once people come to Colorado they never leave. After almost a decade here I understand the appeal with its crisp blue skies, stunning peak views, wide open spaces and mountain friendly folk. I have tried to leave over the years, even took a 6-month road trip up the Pacific coast in search of our new home and where did we end up? Back in Colorado!
Over the years since our departure from Santa Cruz, we have visited a few times and each time we have dreamed of moving back. We find reasons why not-it's too expensive, too crowded, too hard to get a job but once we hit the beach with a burrito from Vallarta's and a chai from the Bagelry we are hooked and can't imagine making the trip back to Colorado. Yes it's too expensive, too crowded and hard to get a job but nobody's perfect right? We've lived in affordable places that aren't crowded and didn't feel at home like we do in Santa Cruz.
So the moving truck is reserved, new lease is signed, yoga mats are packed and it feels like we are really leaving Colorado this time! We will miss these rocky peaks, aspen groves, dear friends and the many amazing connections we've made here. We love you Colorado! We'll be back...but just to visit!
Turns out it was a good move for me to leave Santa Cruz for the relationship! We're still together, married, and looking forward to celebrating our 5-year anniversary this September in Santa Cruz!
After a backpack in, we'll spend three days beside a sparkling alpine lake at the peak of Rocky Mountain wildflower season. There is ample time to day-hike, climb one of the Park's most glorious peaks, and simply relax and re-charge. No backpacking or yoga experience necessary.
Tuition: $610 -includes food, equipment, and instruction in backpacking and yoga. Outdoor clothing will be available to borrow like raingear, fleece and boots.
This retreat is offered through the Women's Wilderness Institute, a non-profit organization with the mission of strengthening the courage, confidence and leadership qualities girls and women, through the challenge of wilderness and community based experiences.
Kula is a sanskrit word meaning 'Community of the Heart.' In a kula we choose to see each other in the highest and we hold each other to the highest. In this supportive community of the heart we have the potential to expand our intentions, our goals and our conciousness way beyond what we experience as individuals. In relationship we deepen our capacity for love, growth, compassion and our pure divine essence. We can serve each other as mirrors to reflect back our darkness and our brightness in order to bring ourselves into greater alignment with our heart's longing. May we choose to listen and see each other more often from our heart and less and less often from our ego.
In this gentle workshop we will explore the foundations of Hatha Yoga. New students will gain the fundamental skills and practices of Hatha Yoga, while experienced students will expand their understanding of how the breath, mind and body can work together for greater strength, balance, flexibility, stress reduction and inner peace.
~Monday August 16th, 6-8pm; Please Pre-Register ~The Old Gallery on Hwy 7 (Near Downtown Allenspark) ~Early Bird Special $20 if Payment Received by Aug 9th; $25 After Aug 9th ~All Equipment Provided; Dress for Comfort
This workshop will be lead by Peggy Donahue and Allison Smith Sacks, certified Hatha Yoga Teachers.
Allison’s teaching style embraces all levels and abilities. "I love seeing the radiance and light that emerges from students when they experience shifts in their life through their yoga practice. This is accessible to all of us regardless of our conditions or body type."
Since 1999, Allison has had the opportunity to study with many masterful teachers from several yoga traditions including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Anusara. This is reflected in her classes which incorporate alignment, flowing sequences, therapeutics, pranayama-breath work, meditation and yoga philosophy. Allison received her 200hr. Yoga Teacher Certification through the Heartwood Institute in Northern California and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. She recently completed an Anusara Yoga Immersion with Jeanie Manchester in Boulder, CO. She is currently pursueing studies in Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga which emphasizes alignment with nature through lifestyle, diet and spiritual practice. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA with her husband Marc and loves to prepare delicious food for loved ones.