From August 7-9 I was in Hyannis, Cape Cod for Glow Retreat. In case you missed it, here is part 1.
Saturday morning we didn’t set an alarm as breakfast was at 10am in Kasey’s room. Being that I am an early riser, I quietly got up shortly after 7am and brought my ipad outside to read for a bit enjoying the morning breeze. I decided to head across the street to the donut place and get a bran muffin to enjoy. Around 8:30am I headed back inside as I figured my roommates would be awake. We then all got dressed into our workout clothes for the day and headed to the Green Lotus Café for juices. The juice cost me $8 but man did it feel good on my dry throat. I was still recovering from the ear infection and was hoping the greens of cucumber and mint would help. It did help that day.
After finishing our juices, we headed back and shortly after had breakfast. Breakfast round 3 for me, as I had already munched on granola I brought, ate a muffin and drank a juice. I had no problem grabbing a bowl of Mamma Chia granola with some coconut milk. [Side note: I am not a huge coconut fan, the smell of coconut oil and flour turn me off but I do like the flavored coconut waters blended with fruit in slushie form and coconut milk is not so bad. ]
We brought our breakfasts into the Cape Cod room in the hotel, which was our room for the weekend.
We began with a workshop with Heather called Dig Deeper, Fly Higher. This was definitely an emotional one as each of us shared things going on in our life. Heather talked about separation and the part we didn’t get to was attachment. I was thinking about separation as ways that I am unique and myself. Whether or not this is the right way to think about separation I am not sure. What was good about this workshop was just opening up about how I currently feel about my life and also knowing I am not alone with how I feel. What I loved about this workshop was how I could relate to what some of the other women talked about. While I know I am not alone with things I feel, sometimes it is comforting to hear other people’s stories to know you really are not alone.
All of us could talk for hours, in fact we went an hour over the time slot for this workshop, but we went with the flow of it. We ended with a short meditation as our beautiful Sage and Sea candles burned. Heather leads the most beautiful guided meditations.
After a short snack break and wiping our tears from our eyes, it was time to get our minds into a workout.
We had workout gear provided by Harbinger Fitness and HumanX. We started with a warm up with some leg raises across the room and some squats. Kasey set up a circuit with 5 stations. We spent 60 seconds at each station and rotated twice through. The stations included Balance Discs (I might buy one of these because it works on carpet and challenges you), bodyweight squats, abs using AbX Mats (I actually got to keep one and have already used it), jump rope (with awesome ropes we each got) and lunges with resistance tubes. Jump roping for a minute is SOO HARD!
To end our workout we did some hamstring stretches using our ropes and some resistance band leg raises.
After working out, it was time to eat and listen to a short presentation on fueling your body from Kasey. We had tons of hummus! Now I have to find Hope Hummus, especially the dark chocolate, original and there was a pesto one we had the next day.
Then it was time for another workshop with Heather. We talked about the sacral chakra and a quick overview of each of the chakras and their colors. When the sacral chakra is imbalanced, you might find that you have a lot of shame, guilt and unwillingness for pleasure. Some ways to get the sacral chakra back into balance is thinking about when you were 2 years old and free and creative. What was your favorite activity when you were 2 years old? Maybe it was playing house, playing dress up and the ways you would role play all with your imagination. Revisit that and meditate on it. Also the sacral chakra is orange so bringing more of the color orange into your life through clothes or food.
We ended the day with some restorative yoga with a very long savasana. I actually had trouble laying down that long and was also freezing under the AC, so that didn’t help. Since Katie was unable to make the retreat, Kasey and Heather got in touch with Shelly to lead the yoga for the weekend and she was a great instructor.
It was shortly after 5:30 that we ended and then headed back to the room to change and decide on dinner. I also loaded my car with some of the treats we were given like protein power, energy and aminos.
My roommates and I headed down to Main street and met up with most of the group at Beech Tree Cantina for some Mexican food for dinner. We started off with 2 bowls of guacamole made fresh at the table, YUM! Then we ordered. I got the chicken burrito with sweet potato fries. However after all the guac and chips and it being so late (I don’t normally eat much past 8pm) I only made it halfway through my dinner and got the other half of my burrito and the fried boxed up. [I actually did eat the burrito and fries the next day after my drive and it was pretty tasty still.]
We wanted a group photo and a guy at the table next to us got up and said he’d take it. So he gets the phone and says “say tofu” and we say it and laugh and then take two, he says “say camel toes” and we were just cracking up. Great time!!
After dinner, we met by the fire pit and it was already almost 10pm. We made sure to say Happy Birthday Alyson as it was her birthday on Saturday and so she went out with her mom who came along on the retreat as well. We were all pretty tired but talked until about 11 before finally going inside and heading to bed.
The day was so busy but it went by so quickly and every moment was enjoyable! Stay tuned for part 3 (the last part) coming Tuesday!
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