What #retreatlife looks like

Imagine waking up to this...

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Sipping your morning coffee, matcha or tea here...

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And practicing yoga with this view...

Guess what? You can have all these things when you join me for my Maine Retreat in September!

The house we'll be staying at is right on the beach - you can catch the sunrise from the deck or walk 2 minutes to get the full sunrise-over-the-ocean experience (highly recommended - it truly is epic!).

After sunrise (and if you don't want to wake up that early, that's totally okay too! You do you!) we'll enjoy a light breakfast before our morning yoga practice. We'll either practice on said deck with the ocean in the background, or in our private woods studio.

Morning yoga will be followed by a break and then we'll gather back together for a delicious vegetarian brunch. Yes, there will be my infamous paleo pancakes and matcha lattes.

After brunch you'll have free time - you can take a walk or nap on the beach (there are giant rocks at the end which is my favorite place for a relaxing afternoon of sun bathing and reading), explore the local area (so many fun shops and sights) or stay cozy in the cottage where there a plenty of nooks for reading, writing or reflecting.

Later in the afternoon there will be an optional workshop designed to inform and inspire you - we'll talk about Human Design, Astrology, Katonah Yoga and more!

Before dinner we'll do a short meditation so that we can all be more full present with our delicious, mostly organic and totally delicious meal.

After dinner there will be tea, tarot and good conversation, or quiet time and bed if you're feeling like that would be more supportive. One evening we'll have a new moon ceremony and one evening we'll go out on the town, but like everything, it's totally optional!

Does this sound like a dreamy schedule? Come with us!

Spots are filling fast (I intentionally wanted this to be a small, intimate group) so even if you're a little bit interested, check out the retreat details here today: http://www.emilynachazel.com/maine-retreat-2019

The website has all the must know info: dates, pricing, what's included, how to get there and FAQs (yes, all humans are welcome, sorry no pets or babies for this one). There's also the option to extend your retreat beyond the weekend and stay for some extra time in nature and, if you'd like, some extra 1:1 time with me!

Early bird pricing ends on 7/15 but I have a feeling many of the rooms will be fully booked by then so don't wait. YOU DESERVE THIS GETAWAY!!

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If you want to be there, I want you to be there! Please feel free to reach out to me with any additional questions, concerns, or anything that is holding you back from putting down your deposit today.


For details + to register, head here:

2019 Maine Retreat with Emily

You're invited to my happy place (RETREAT!)

My biggest challenge (in being a coach, an entrepreneur and a human in this modern world) has been learning to manage my energy. I’m a naturally energetic person (especially when perusing my passions like healthy food, yoga and self development), but even I have found myself burnt out, feeling stuck and unable to create or move forward with the projects I’m working on, both professionally and personally.

The modern world is fuller than it’s ever been with our always available information, endless work and infinite possibilities for growth and learning. This can be incredible – now more than ever we are empowered to pursue our passions and live our #bestlives. There’s so much energy and so much support around manifesting the life of your dreams.

However, it can be challenging to tune in and listen for what you really want amidst the noise of the day-to-day, and it can be challenging to find the energy to dream if you’re feeling drained from your very full life.

One thing I’ve learned is the importance of taking time off. Not signing out of email for the weekend (although that’s important too!), but creating space to physically remove myself from my work environment, to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and to immerse myself in nature, self care and meaningful connection with myself and with others.

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My family’s house in Kittery Point, Maine has been one place I’m fortunate to retreat to several times a year, and now you too can join me for a relaxing + restorative weekend in my “happy place.”

I’ve participated, co-hosted, supported and collaborated on over a dozen retreats throughout the last 5 years. This retreat is everything I would want in a weekend and I’m thrilled to invite you to join me for it.

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This all-inclusive long weekend is for creatives, entrepreneurs and caregivers (if you’re a teacher, boss, parent, or simply someone who cares for others as part of your job or life, you’re a caregiver!) looking to recharge physically, mentally and emotionally. We’ll enjoy delicious healthy food, daily yoga, and the peacefulness of nature. There will be optional afternoon workshops designed to inspire and restore you, and give you the boost you need to move forward with whatever professional or personal projects you’re working on.

There's also an option to stay past the weekend and either have more time to relax, or dive deeper into your goals and challenges through a special coaching add on. Think of it like a mix between vacation, summer camp and a mastermind. It’s going to be incredible and I’m almost looking forward to this time more than the retreat itself. Almost ;)

There are very limited spaces - 9 total, 3 of which have already been taken. If anything here sparks your curiosity, I encourage you to check out the retreat page for more details and register.

I can’t wait to welcome you to this special place, for such a special weekend in September!


For details + to register, head here:

2019 Maine Retreat with Emily

Never underestimate the power of this

Truth: I had a ton of resistance leading up to this past weekend's retreat in the Catskills. Even though I was cooking for the retreat, my mind made up all these reasons why I didn't need to go and why I shouldn't go.

Over the last 5 years, I've co-hosted, supported, helped organize and participated in over a dozen retreats. Each time some sort of resistance comes up. I somehow make it through and each time I'm blown away by the transformative power of a weekend (or week) away.

This weekend was no different.

Yogis do sunset in the Catskills - stunning!

Yogis do sunset in the Catskills - stunning!

The focus of the weekend was around self care: we meditated on what in our lives needs to go, we journaled on the practices or habits we felt needed to come in and we had real, honest conversations about our challenges taking care of ourselves as adults in the modern world.

Our three days in the mountains felt like WAY longer - there was time for all the things (yoga, healthy food, hiking, down time, sleep!). I felt myself shed an energetic layer of "stuff" I wasn't even fully aware I was carrying around.

The space and time for reflection also allowed me to get even clearer on my next steps: what's important to me right now, where I want to focus my energy and what I need to let go of in order for my goals to come to fruition.

Our weekend escape house - look at that blue sky!

Our weekend escape house - look at that blue sky!

As I've shared before, sometimes I feel like I'm just learning how to be a grown up now. Sure my parents, family and school taught me a lot of the practical steps, but as I walk through this 3rd decade of my life, I'm surprised at the emotional, mental and spiritual lessons I'm learning.

And while many of those lessons are learned in the day to day, the actual acknowledgment, processing and integration of those lessons usually occurs when I'm able to remove myself from my regular routine, like when I'm on a retreat or vacation.

I've said this after other retreats, and I'll likely say it again: never underestimate the power of a weekend away.

Whether it's a week in Sedona with your parents (major lessons there my friends - read this post if you haven't already), escaping the city for a quiet weekend in the country or renting an AirBnB for a night away from your regular routine, removing yourself from the distractions of your every day life has tremendous transformative and restorative power.

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On the bus ride back from the Catskills I was inspired to flush out all the details for an early fall retreat at my family's house in Maine. This is something I've been dreaming about for a long time (ever since we renovated the house 3 years ago). Even though I had other work to do, even though I was a little car sick from the ride, my gut said to DO IT and so I did.

This retreat is coming together (I promise I will be sharing details soon - it will be Sept 26-30 if you want to mark the date on your calendar!!) and I know none of this would have happened if I hadn't had the time away to recharge my body and my spirit.

Wildflowers EVERYWHERE! So beautiful.

Wildflowers EVERYWHERE! So beautiful.

One of my coaching clients joined us on this retreat. Earlier this week we had a call to recap what came up and how she wants to take what she learned in the weekend and bring it into her life.

My coaching for her (and what I do myself) was this:

  1. Create a small amount of space in your everyday life to retreat - Create some space in your daily routine where you disconnect from all the things (work, computer, TV, cell phone, friends and family) and reconnect to YOU. This can look like a yoga or meditation practice, nightly journaling routine or other ritual. Ideally this happens every day.

  2. Plan for regular, bigger retreat times. Aim to have a longer "retreat" on your calendar each week or month. Sure this can be a long weekend in Maine with a teacher who inspires you (!!), or a staycation where you leave the kids with your SO or parents and check into a fancy hotel, or a spa day with your best friend. But it can also be as simple as an afternoon where you turn off your phone and shut down your computer and are present with what's going on around you.

The important thing with both of these "retreats" is that you're able to tune out some of the noise of life (a lot of which comes from our technology!) and tune into YOU. Bonus if you can be alone and/or be in nature, but that doesn't have to happen every time.

So today I encourage you to look at your calendar. Do you have a true getaway planned? And if not, can you make the time and space for one, even if it is local, or more of a digital detox than a true vacation?

My next retreat will be in Maine - will you join me?

My next retreat will be in Maine - will you join me?

There may be resistance that comes up (I don't have time! It's too expensive! My family needs me!). This is NORMAL and likely means you're on the right path to something that your soul needs for change and growth.

And then I want to hear from you - what's your retreat plan? Are you going to join me in Maine in September? Is there another trip or vacation in the books? How are you going to bring this idea of "retreating" into your every day life? Leave a comment below and let me know!

For this past weekend's retreat I had the pleasure of fueling the group with delicious, healthy food. I put together a recipe book with all the yummy things we made including Paleo Banana Pancakes, Lemon Dill Salmon, Tahini Fudge and MORE!

Click here to download the Self Care Retreat Recipe Book.

What even happens on a yoga retreat

"So what even happens on a yoga retreat?"

My roommate asked me this question when I arrived home from a weekend yoga retreat this Sunday. It was a good question, especially since I didn’t share any of the weekend on my Instagram account.

Yoga retreats have exploded in popularity in the last 5 years, likely due to an increased awareness around health but also thanks to social media, like Instagram, which gives teachers and students a platform to share these picture perfect adventures.

But yoga retreats are not just for committed "yogis" - they present awesome opportunities to relax, explore and connect with like minded individuals.

This past weekend I assisted in leading a retreat with my neighborhood yoga studio, Jewel City Yoga. It was such a joy to be a part of this experience, and such a pleasure to see how impactful this weekend was on each and every one of the participants, no matter their skill or interest in the physical yoga practice.

Yes, you can enjoy a yoga retreat even if you're a complete beginner, or if you decide not to participate in the yoga at all.

Today I'm sharing a bit more behind the scenes of this yoga retreat so that you can get an idea of what you might expect should you choose to participate in one in the future.

I'm also sharing three reasons a yoga retreat may be the perfect next vacation for you.

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Why go on a yoga retreat

Before we get into the WHAT, let’s talk about the WHY.

Why might you decide to go on a yoga retreat, versus simply traveling on your own?

  1. You prefer to have someone else take care of the logistics. With most yoga retreats, all of the details are handled with the exception of your flight or transport to the retreat location. You can literally just show up and not have to worry about food or outings or figuring out the best AirBnB to book. This can be especially nice when visiting a new foreign city, or if your life is particularly busy.

  2. You’re into health, wellness and/or self development. As I mentioned above, you don’t have to be an advanced yogi to go on a retreat, but you should have a general interest in health and wellness, or an openness to learning about these topics and yoga. I’ve taught at retreats where individuals opted out of the actual yoga, but they were happy to for the vibe of the trip to be health focused.

  3. You’re looking to connect with like minded individuals. In my opinion, the BEST part of retreats are the connections and conversations that co-habitating with other like minded humans for a week or weekend facilitates. Sometimes the retreat leaders initiate reflecting and sharing moments, but often it’s in the in between moments (in between yoga and brunch, during afternoon free time, in between dinner and bedtime) that conversation is sparked and connections are made. Each retreat will attract a unique set of people, all of which are there for a reason.

It’s definitely good if you like yoga, but there’s so much you’ll get out of a retreat regardless!

What actually happens? (example schedule)

Every retreat is unique, but I want to share this weekend’s schedule to give you an idea of what one might look like. With most retreats, the activities are always optional - you can choose to do everything, or decide to sleep in or spend some extra time with your journal (or hop over to the local winery, or whatever!).

The schedule below is for a weekend. Longer retreats usually follow the same flow, often with an adventure or excursion day in the middle of the trip to switch things up.

FRIDAY

5-7PM Arrive + settle in

7-8PM Dinner

8-9:30PM Welcome, intention setting + evening meditation

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SATURDAY

7:30-9AM Light breakfast + coffee and tea

9-10:15AM Morning yoga

10:15-11:15AM Free time

11:15AM-12:45PM Brunch

12:45-3:30PM Free time

3:30-4:45PM Afternoon yoga

4:45-6PM Free time

6-8PM Cooking class + dinner

8-9:30PM Post dinner discussion (we had a more formal chat about non violent communication, but often this will be additional free time)

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SUNDAY

7:30-9AM Light breakfast + coffee and tea

9-10:15AM Morning yoga

10:15-11:15AM Free time

11:15AM-12:45PM Brunch

12:45-1:30PM Free time

1:30-2PM Reflections, closing meditation + departure

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What do you eat? Is it only salads and green juice?

As you may expect, the food on yoga retreats is typically healthy, but also delicious. Sometimes a private chef is brought in to cook for the group, other times the retreat leader will do the cooking and ask participants to lend a hand with small tasks. If the retreat is held at a retreat center, the food is usually handled by their staff.

Most often meals are plant based.

Alcohol is usually not included, but not always discouraged - it’s simply up to you to purchase if you’d like to have it during your retreat. There was plenty of wine enjoyed this past weekend (not by me personally, but most everyone else had at least a glass or two with dinners).

DO I HAVE TO BE EXPERIENCED WITH YOGA?

The short answer: it depends.

Most often it’s completely fine to be a beginner, especially if you’re excited to learn. The beauty of a retreat is that you’ll get more time with a single teacher, and have the opportunity to ask questions, receive hands on adjustments and personal feedback.

There are some retreats that are geared more towards advanced practitioners and teachers. Likely you’ll know from the website if this is the case. And if you’re not sure, just ask! Get in touch with whoever is in charge and explain that you’re a beginner - would this retreat be a good fit for you?

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How do i find a retreat?

There are tons of companies these days who organize retreats as their full time business. And while you can absolutely find a great trip and have an amazing experience with one of these companies, I do suggest going with a teacher or studio you know if you can.

You’re way more likely to have a positive, enriching experience if you already know you like the teacher’s style (even if you’ve only taken a class or two but were into their vibe). In addition, you’ll meet people who live or work in your local community (which is less likely when going with a big, international retreat company).

That being said… YES, there are absolutely more yoga retreats in my future. Two are already brewing for this year :) Make sure you’re signed up for my weekly newsletter list to be the first to know about future retreat opportunities!




THANK YOU TO FROM THE HIP PHOTO FOR CAPTURING THIS WEEKEND SO BEAUTIFULLY