In 2011, I attended a week long yoga retreat in Greece. We started each day with a yoga class in a lovely studio on a hill. Check. We were fed amazing chef-prepared Cretan meals. Check. I took off every afternoon by myself to read on the beach & grab a glass of wine in the sun. Check.
We ended each day with a dance therapy class. No check. I most certainly did not know this was on the agenda when I booked the retreat. Every evening, I danced my anxious little heart out surrounded by European women who swayed & emoted, and worse - enjoyed it!
Sometimes we sang. Sometimes there was a drum circle. Sometimes the reward at the end of class was "two minutes, free dance!" I was in my own very vulnerable version of hell.
I will never do it again. But nonetheless, I came home with a post-retreat glow, missing those women & the time and opportunity to rest. One of my now closest friends I met that week. We bonded over eye rolling, exasperation & feta. We have since revisited that tiny Greek fishing village together (sans dance therapy), and will again.
When my sister Shannon & I decided to launch a retreat offering, our rules were simple. Create enough structure to feel purposeful. Enough space to feel relaxing & personal. Enough care-taking to feel indulgent. We love hosting, we love attending, and we miss the women & the shared experienced almost as soon as it ends. And we will never make everyone pick an emotion, then mime it.
Pictures from last weekend's Finger Lakes retreat: http://www.thebarrestudiohamburg.com/june-2017
And we are proud to say our September Finger Lakes weekend made Barre Blog's list of Stunning Barre Retreats Worth Registering For in 2017. 5 spots still remain. http://thebarreblog.com/barre-retreats-2017/