When I first received the email invite to a wellness retreat, my first thought was “why would a plus size woman go to a wellness retreat? Why would they invite a plus size woman to a wellness retreat? Do they know I am not a fitness guru?”
I think those were reasonable questions to ask myself. I think most women would ask themselves the same if they aren’t regularly participating in fitness. But I still went. I was at a point in my life where I needed to be in a stress free environment and to get in touch with myself, my goals, relax, and get back to a normal state.
I am now happy to tell you – wellness retreats ARE for everyone.
So what is a wellness retreat? My first thoughts were that it would be all exercise. That’s not entirely true. Wellness is more than just exercise. Wellness comes from food, mental health, stress free environments, bonding with other people, and being able to focus on you. I find that I spend so much of my time focusing on things other than me – so it was a real pleasure to spend a few days in beautiful Lake Tahoe focusing on me <3
The retreat consisted of yoga, Pilates and restore classes, hiking, spa days, workshops, speakers, delicious food, and other activities in and around the resort.
Prior to my visit in Lake Tahoe at the Resort at Squaw Creek, I hadn’t had much experience with yoga. I took a couple yoga classes and I must say, they can do wonders for you in ways you can’t even imagine. I felt this sense of freedom, zen – I felt good about where I was and the stress relief it instantly provided me. After returning home I realized I miss it. Needless to say, I was turned on to something I hadn’t had much experience with before and I LOVE it.
One of the things that I really enjoyed the most was the vision board workshop. It gave me time to sit down and really think about where I was going and where I wanted to end up. I realized in those moments of working on my board that I wanted to keep traveling and seeing all of the world, but eventually wanted to settle back down at home in Michigan. I don’t think I realized that home meant so much to me until I really sat down and thought about it.
Something that inspired me during this retreat were the two women who spoke. One of them survived a plane crash – which if you know me, that is one of my top fears. She very gracefully told her story of survival and all the obstacles she has overcome, which has led her to be an author and public speaker. You could not comprehend what she has been through and she did it all with a smile on her face. It truly makes you feel like your problems are very small and fixable. The perspective she gave me was priceless. The other woman was the first to summit Denali by herself. I can barely imagine taking a 2 mile hike alone, let alone surviving and hiking to the peak of a mountain in the snow. What an accomplishment. She made me see that my fears are simply that, fears. I shouldn’t let anything hold me back from greatness.
Did I mention how good the food was? No? Ok.. it wasn’t good – it was SPECTACULAR! I ate at all the restaurants at the resort, including room service and the shop/cafe they have. Not one complaint. Everything was perfection.
Many thanks to all the staff who put this wonderful retreat together and I can’t say enough good things about it. I am now a firm believer in wellness retreats and think everyone should go to one. If only to decompress .. then it is worth it. We spend so much of our lives working – treat yourself. You deserve it!
Lastly, the sunsets are intense – so don’t miss them when you visit!
I was hosted by the Resort at Squaw Creek. As always, opinions are my own.