Because Montana

Happy Leap Day! Like February needs an extra day, right? Well, an extra day is an extra day, so practicing gratitude over here.

A recurring life lesson is that things don’t always go as planned. In fact, things usually don’t go as planned – that’s the folly of making plans at all. And sometimes, the outcome is way better. February in Montana hasn’t felt like February; winter’s gone missing. So, our Winter Wonderland & Wellness retreat last weekend was renamed Montana Wonderland & Wellness. Because I’ve learned, no matter what…Montana always delivers. As one of last weekend’s retreaters puts it in her oft-used hashtag: #becausemontana.Here are the retreat’s best “Because Montana” moments:

 Winter joined us a few times, gifting us a sprinkling of snow squalls with big fat flakes falling.
Balo Vineyards wine tasting: nibbling on things like lemon, cardamom, dark cocoa and pomegranate seeds to flush out the flavors.
Playing outside is always a good idea. Retreater and author of Move Your DNA wholeheartedly agrees.
There is always enchantment to be found in the aspen groves.
Highly recommend the Ball Chair from Gaiam – active sitting is my new favorite thing. And lotus pose on it takes active sitting to a new level.
And, as our “Because Montana” girl summarized, we also had 6 yoga practices, a photo workshop, tea workshop, cooking classes and the wonder of new friends. There is something undeniably inspiring about women coming together to focus on their well-being for a weekend; we benefit from encouraging each other on our quest for daily good health. In my opinion, this is the ultimate souvenir to take home from a yoga retreat. Montana becomes the perfect icing on the cake. The kind that makes you want another slice.
The year is still young – join me on a 2016 retreat. Why? Because Montana.
Yeehaw & Namaste.