” Retreats are, by definition, an opportunity to take a vacation from everyday anxieties and stressors: to ‘unplug’ from the ongoing chatter, and to recharge the body, mind and spirit before returning to reality. Getaways coordinated bt balance Studio in Cohasset to the Stowe Mountain Ranch Yoga Retreat promote the same benefits, along with a healthy dose of yoga, equestrian activities, wholesome gourmet meals made from fresh ingredients, and the pristine splendor of the adjacent valley and the Von Trapp Family Woods.
Owner Kellie Lynch opened balance Studio in 2007 as the ultimate destination on the south shore for comprehensive yoga, Pilates and barre classes. Twenty – seven certified instructors lead a full schedule of health and fitness- enhancing classes ranging from Yin, Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga, to barre cross-training, Pilates on the mat and Pilates on equipment- as well as a hybrid workout that encompasses a variety of techniques from all three categories.
Building on her goal to help people of all ages lead a healthy lifestyle, Lynch introduced Balance Studio’s first Stowe Mountain Yoga Retreat last year, to rave reviews. Participants at all levels, fro people who had never tried yoga before to those that practice daily, were able to inhale the crisp mountain air, savor the majestic landscape, relax in the outdoor hot tub and indoor cedar sauna, and enjoyed one morning and one evening yoga class each day.
” This portion of the retreat enable s people build a connection with a horse” Lynch explains. “we start off with trail walks and then trail runs, and we take them out into a field that is part of the Von Trapp Family Woods. Once we’ve developed a rapport with the horse, we do a series of yoga postures atop the horse”
Assisted by spotters, each participant engages in poses they feel comfortable attempting, from the relatively simple child’s pose to more complicated moves like one-legged downward-facing dog. “It’s harder than it looks,” Lynch says with a smile. ” But it’s a wonderful experience.” This years retreat has been schedule dot coincide with peak foliage season. ”
- This article appears in February’s South Shore Living Magazine 2016. by Jennifer H. Mcinerney.
Balance is returning to Stowe Mountain Ranch September 29th- October 3rd 2016
Accommodations range from $550-$675 pp depending on room selection. Deposit of $200 required to reserve your spot.
Tentative/ Sample Schedule :
Stowe Mountain Retreat Daily Itinerary
Thursday September 29:
4-5:30 pm Check In
5:30 Welcome Wine and Cheese Reception
7:00 Dinner served
8:00 Open Evening to relax, Hot Tub, Sauna
Friday September 30:
8-9:15 Morning Yoga Practice
10:30-1:00 Meet and help ready the horses, Trail Walking/riding with horses in Von Trapp Family Woods
1-2:00 Lunch @ ranch house
2-5:30 Options include: Hike to waterfall, Explore Stowe Mountain Area, Shop downtown Stowe
6-7:15 SPA Yoga
7:30 Dinner Served
8:30 Group Bonding activity
Saturday October 1:
8:-9:15 Morning Yoga
10:30-12:30 Yoga on the Horses
1:00 Lunch @ ranch house
2:00 Options include: Stowe Oktoberfest (downtown Stowe), Hiking,
Shopping, exploring the area
6-7:15 SPA Yoga
7:30 Dinner Served
8:30 Bonfire and Music
Sunday October 2:
8:30 Morning Fusion Class
12:00 Retreat Wrap up and check out.
Depending on the weather, yoga classes and meals can be taken outdoors on the deck.