Winter Retreat Blog Series: Setting an Intention & MUCH MORE with Julia!

Our retreat will kick off with an intentional gemstone bracelet making session with Julia!

Our retreat will kick off with an intentional gemstone bracelet making session with Julia!

Many people sign up for retreat during this time of year because of the natural tendency to go inward and dream. It’s perfect after the rush of the holiday season to pack your bags and bring the focus back home to the self—to settle into the quiet and restful energy of winter and be.

Everything that happens in the universe begins with intention.  The sages of India observed thousands of years ago that our destiny is ultimately shaped by our deepest intentions and desires. The classic Vedic text known as the Upanishads declares, “You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.” - From Julia’s website

This time of the year calls for the work that needs to happen before we plant the seeds of intention. To set the scene for what’s to come ahead. The good news is that the “work” looks less like work and more like resting, taking good care and not doing too much. Though there will be plenty of sessions available to keep you inspired, nothing is mandatory. It’s all a matter of choice. It’s your time, and we recommend you take a slower pace.

Each retreat we like to send participants home with a little gift. According to the Vedas, Gemstones are crystals of power that have a specific ability to aid a person in aligning their energy with the Universal energy. This year the offering will be a lovely gemstone bracelet infused with your energy, empowered within a community practice guided by Julia.

Julia is a woman who I respect so much as another human on the path devoted to her practice and living her yoga. She will be joining us for her second year teaching at the retreat. I first met Julia in 2012 when I was in a prenatal yoga teacher training. A pregnant woman doing a headstand caught the corner of my eye and her fiery spirit and outgoing attitude drew me in to eventually grab lunch with her over the weekend training. With both of us having familial ties overseas to different cultures and a strong sense of desire to share with the greater community, I felt an immediate bond to this sister. Over the next 5 years we would spontaneously run into each other in various yoga teacher workshops until we made our meetings intentional.

Our professional collaboration began when Julia came to my wellness space before it was a yoga studio (in my upstairs office), and we held two different mala making sessions that were SO MUCH FUN! Her knowledge of gemstones and Vedic Astrology is so deep! I so enjoyed having her in our space and engaging in creative process. We all learned so much.

Then flash forward to her signing up for our last winter retreat (this past January). I was so honored to see she was taking time for herself and felt drawn to our offering. Knowing how extensive her background is in yoga (and beyond) I couldn’t not ask her to be a guest teacher...and now the rest is history! I am so excited for what she will bring to the retreat this time around and couldn’t feel more supported to teach alongside this woman.

Sharing about “Om” in our group chanting session, ARC Retreat Center, January 2018

Sharing about “Om” in our group chanting session, ARC Retreat Center, January 2018

Crystal bowl sound bath to close the session, ARC Retreat Center, January 2018

Crystal bowl sound bath to close the session, ARC Retreat Center, January 2018

It doesn’t get much sweeter than nestling into the deep woods of Wisconsin, setting your intentions for 2019 while nourishing your mind, body, spirit and heart. Though, we tend to be a bit biased.

Stay tuned for next week’s blog about Suzanne and her Ayurvedic Self Care Practice she will offer at the retreat. Be sure to sign up soon, we are filling up fast! Like, as in, only a couple spots left.

Have a great week!

~Kali

At the retreat in addition to leading the group creative practice Friday evening, Julia will share a morning yoga nidra practice on Saturday and a special sound healing practice co-taught with Kali on Sunday. Julia will also be available to offer a few private Vedic Astrology Birth Charts + Custom Mala orders. Please make sure you reach out to kali@moonriverwellness.com for booking information.