There’s Always Time For You… and a Retreat / 3 Retreats to Try Now

by Oui We Contributor Sam Spahr

We have finally passed through the end of January, into month two of the year, however it’s not too late to take advantage of the New Year. In my opinion, it’s always a good time to start a different routine or to jolt “your” new year again (time is arbitrary and man-made my friends!)

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Feel like maybe you’ve already hit a rut in 2018 or can’t seem to ditch the stress you wanted to? Then sis, a wellness retreat could be on your next horizon. These rejuvenating getaways have been shapeshifting in recent years - to the point where you can find one to fit almost any aspect of your needs. Whether you’re game for an intense meditative experience or really need some pampering and digital detox, there is a retreat waiting for you. Two nights in the mountains, two weeks in the jungle, even a DIY a worry-free weekend with your ladies, the options are abundant. Dipping your toe into the wellness spring can be a little intimidating but there’s no need to be a yogi or total guru to tap into your self-care.

So what’s right for you?

Who hasn’t uttered “new year, new me” at least once (if even ironically). We instinctively know the best place to start is form the inside out - not just spiritually, but with our food and physical practices.

Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico reads like the most relaxing summer-camp-for-adults to exist. They boast several all-inclusive packages as well as à la carte options to completely customize your time there. Not to mention nearly perfect weather year round means you can be surrounded in the beautiful glow of the southwestern landscape (squeal)!

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A unique feature of this Santa Fe paradise is the culinary experience. With so many of us experiencing an enlightenment toward how we nourish our bodies, Sunset Springs boasts there own farm and opportunities to deepen your knowledge about food in every sense - think culinary classes, menu planning, sourcing your food, and social dinners.

Even more, their Sunrise Glow Cleanse package offers a deeply personal detoxifying retreat. With the help of a nutritionist and focused sessions, you’ll be guided toward your total health goals - mind, body, and spirit. You may also find yourself attracted to their art activities, hiking, or meditative spaces, but don’t skip over Puppy Play - yes, it’s what you think it is, excuse me, I’m still swooning…

This is it - me time. I set my space, settle down to meditate, and 45 seconds later I am mentally compiling my next to-do list or wondering if my fan has always been that loud. You too? Stay with me.

Shambhala Mountain Center of Red Feather Lakes, CO was made for people like us. We have the best intentions! I know! Luckily this mountain nestled retreat understands offering weekends workshops like Learn to Mediate or The Art of Being Human and longer immersive experiences for those who so desire. Shambhala seeks to help you look inward and truly supports your internal healing and growth.

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They have tapped the healing art of Qi Gong to help their visitors do just this. Qi Gong is gentle movement based meditation (yay! fellow wigglers unite!) It’s rooted in Chinese medicine and allows those who practice to reach a greater sense of self awareness as they connect to the meaning of Qi Gong, “life energy.” A series of coordinated poses, deep breathing, and intentional focus will move you toward true holistic balance.

And sometimes the calendar year shifts and nothing has changed. Be honest, I’ve done it - or more accurately I have done nothing to change my situation. It’s okay. Repeat. It is okay…

Force yourself to slow down. Take yourself out of your environment in every way. Come away to the jungle; you just need some R+R. The Haramara Retreat in Sayulita, Mexico provides the ultimate unplugged experience for anyone looking to completely disconnect from the norm and reconnect with the world. Electricity is found in the restaurant and yoga studios only, and yes cell service is limited, but take one look at the lush jungle around you, and I promise your digital woes will quickly be a thing of the past. Imagine waking up under a thatched roof open-air room with vibrant green views at almost every turn. Once you find the will to leave this dreamy space, you’ll find an spa menu to quench your relaxation needs. The spa is proud to source their products as locally and sustainably as possible using many traditional and botanical techniques from head to toe.

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Let’s not forget, Haramara is in Mexico, and what’s Mexico without a gorgeous beach. The resort provides a private beach for its visitors as well as a stunning infinity pool to keep the relaxed vibes a-flowing. And when the time calls for a little adventure, Haramara provides chances to go whale watching, hiking, surfing, and so much more. Just be sure to work in a yoga class at one of their open-air studios before you head on home totally rejuvenated.

Cant getaway at the moment? No need. DIY an amazing Wellness Weekend for you and your gals with out having to check out of town. See my tips here.

 

Sam Spahr is an artist-educator who gets her kicks sharing the magic of the arts with kids and adults alike. She has a penchant for ancient artworks and helping others find the connections between now and then. When not inside a studio or bookshop, you can find her paddling out somewhere with her hubs and pup. She loves experimenting in the kitchen, but loves eating even more, especially in new cities and cultures.
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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

Get Out Of Your Element

It's that end of summer mountain magic.

Growing up I was a beach girl, and a city girl ... these road trips to the National Parks have my synapses firing differently. It's good to change it up.

Often it's so easy to do the things we've done before, we get comfortable with the "known." Even when it comes to travels and vacations it's our human nature to pick the places we have a familiarity with.

Get curious about newness. 

Traveling is meant to free the spirit and reduce the overwhelm ya know? However, when we get out of our element often that's when that uncertainty can set in. That thing about me being a beach girl... well it meant that given the opportunity and the choice, I often chose my travel destinations based on my norm. Not anymore.

This year as I took on the responsibility that came with writing a book about traveling it meant getting out of my element. And what happened when I decided to do that? I fell fully in love with places I wasn't expecting.

Mountain hikes can be tough, btw. The air is thin, temperatures change with the elevation, there's an edge I'd never quite felt roaming my usual seaside haunts. And - as that edge begins to wear off, that's when the magic shows up. As we wrapped this hike, we turned the corner to begin our journey home and all of a sudden, directly ahead through the forest clearing: a rainbow bigger than I'd ever seen and papa moose less than 5 feet in front of us.

I truly encourage you guys to get out of your comfort zone when choosing your next travel destination. There's so much to see and feel out there.

Big thanks to Banana Republic for dressing me for this particular day in the Rockies. On this hike Ben and I were huffing and puffing all the way up the mountainside. The quality of the fabrics make for a big difference when the climate changes by the hour and, I'm pretty obsessed with this particular denim jacket. It's perfect for outdoor adventures and transitions perfectly for city nights too.

xoxo,

Andi

Banana Republic compensated me for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Travel Diary: Arapaho National Forest | Grand Lake, Colorado

Faeries, come take me out of this dull world, For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide, And dance upon the mountains like a flame.
— W.B. Yeats

September found a way of creeping up again. Last month was my birthday month, and I'll be honest, I'm having these moments of hyper awareness of time passing as I get a little older each year. The hyper awareness shows up the most during high anxiety times. 

For me those occur a. when I'm on an airplane (for a girl who for travels for a living I know that's weird) and b. when I can't see what's on the figurative horizon. 

The timing of getting moved into our new Nashville house, and travels and deadlines meant that I spent my actual birthday day - early in August - on an 8 hour solo drive. I actually love those. Being in the car, on the road is a great space for inner mind settling.

2 weeks post birthday landed me in Rocky Mountain National Park, a few days after Ben's Red Rock's show and something occurred to me:

As each birthday passes I'm finding my heart roots further in nature: fireside storytelling, brooding rainfall and misty mountain summits. I've always loved a wild child good time (ask my friend Lauren about the birthday party I had complete with a tattoo artist a few years ago), however equally lately, I love little moments of sanctuary style celebrations as much. These forest vagabond adventures are truly the best way to reset. 

We took these photos on an afternoon hike, Ben and I, the crystal clear lake and something like a million trees towering over us in the Arapaho National Forest. 

The Arapaho Forest is named for the tribe of Native Americans which inhabited the Colorado Eastern Plains. When traveling I like to research the history of a place. Seek out the off grid bohemians to gain a local perspective on the ancient traditions.

Keep close to nature's heart and break clear away once in a while ... wash your spirit clean. - John Muir

I find traveling the National Parks - this is our 8th one this year - has given me a renewed sense of connection that I didn't know I was missing. It's the 100 year anniversary of our park system and I highly recommend getting out there when you can. This week I'll be sharing additional views from our Colorado adventures and a few travel hacks I've learned along the way too. 

I promise to get caught up on all the summer trips soon. My book is finally submitted (!!!) so it's time I share those stories with you. 

My sweet Ben, my traveling and life soul partner.

My sweet Ben, my traveling and life soul partner.

Have a wonderful Sunday you guys. Thanks for coming by!
xoxo,
Andi

Sweater c/o GG Boutique, Tunic by Wildfox Couture, Bag c/o Hobo Original, Boots by Timberland

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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".