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CRAFTING RITUAL & CULTIVATING MINDFULNESS

HOT SPRINGS

NORTH CAROLINA

 
 
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JUne 14 2019 - JUNE 16 2019

Join us for a short respite to spoil yourself amongst nature. Allow the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains to be a reminder that you can rest and develop at the same time. Gather for a weekend focused on quieting the mind and crafting ritual to maintain stillness and contentment amid the more chaotic moments of life.

 

 
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RETREAT HIGHLIGHTS

 HEAL THROUGH NATURE  Enjoy a guided day hike, a dip in the river, fire circles, star gazing, and sunshine lazing. Experience the positive and lasting effects of nature on your being.

HEAL THROUGH NATURE

Enjoy a guided day hike, a dip in the river, fire circles, star gazing, and sunshine lazing. Experience the positive and lasting effects of nature on your being.

 NOURISH YOUR BEING  Discover new ways to enrich your diet, improve your wellness, and adopt a loving relationship with whole foods by helping out with easy to prepare, delicious meals.

NOURISH YOUR BEING

Discover new ways to enrich your diet, improve your wellness, and adopt a loving relationship with whole foods by helping out with easy to prepare, delicious meals.

 CRAFT RITUAL  Learn how to adopt small changes throughout your day to attend to each moment with love and appreciation. We'll talk about transforming chores into rituals.

CRAFT RITUAL

Learn how to adopt small changes throughout your day to attend to each moment with love and appreciation. We'll talk about transforming chores into rituals.

 Enjoy the moment  Soak in the present moment. Allow yourself to disconnect and focus on the now. Leave your phone turned off, gather around the fire, and just be. Make new friends or dive into a good book or craft.

Enjoy the moment

Soak in the present moment. Allow yourself to disconnect and focus on the now. Leave your phone turned off, gather around the fire, and just be. Make new friends or dive into a good book or craft.

 DEVELOP MINDFULNESS  Aquire tools to work on cultivating a personal mindfulness practice for your daily life from this moment forward.

DEVELOP MINDFULNESS

Aquire tools to work on cultivating a personal mindfulness practice for your daily life from this moment forward.

 CONNECT WITH SELF  Practice meditation, breathing techniques, and mindfulness tools to create a deeper connection with your true self. Enjoy ample free time in the forest.

CONNECT WITH SELF

Practice meditation, breathing techniques, and mindfulness tools to create a deeper connection with your true self. Enjoy ample free time in the forest.

day 1 - Friday June 14

Arrive & settle in. Self-guided grounds wandering. Welcome dinner and sunset gazing. Fire circle cleansing ceremony and intention setting. Evening guided meditation under the stars.

Day 2 - Saturday june 15

Sunrise meditation and pranayama (breath work) on the deck. Big delicious breakfast. Rest time. Guided hiking to a nearby waterfall & outdoor exploration followed by a picnic lunch. More rest time. Ritual crafting workshop. Dinner and discussion. Stargazing + yoga nidra meditation. Fireside hangs.

Day 3 - Sunday june 16

Tea + coffee ritual crafting. Meditation and pranayama. Big brunch followed by outdoor exploration and closing circle ceremony. Check out early afternoon.

 

 

MEET YOUR SCHU CREW

Sarah Schu

Professional photographer, travel guide, and meditation teacher.

If you've never been, Asheville is the hippest little mountain city not only in the state, but the whole east coast. This retreat is held in the Blue Ridge mountains outside of Asheville. I highly recommend getting into town early to enjoy lunch in the city or adding an extra day or two after retreat to really soak in this beautiful mountain city.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are teaming with therapeutic, calming, nature vibes. One afternoon of hiking in the mountains, dipping your toes in icy waterfalls, and eating snacks atop a big boulder will have you tapping into yourself, leaving the hubbub of modern day living out on the highway, far from your carefree, flowing head of hair.

Join Schu in one of her favorite spaces in the whole of North America. The Blue Ridge Mountains.

 

JAMI SAMUELSON

PROFESSIONAL + PERSONAL CHEF

Schu is so pleased to have her good friend Jami Samuelson helping with this retreat. Jami is a skilled chef and has worked in a number of different positions in the food and beverage industry, from hotels to restaurants to private residencies. 

Jami will prepare all our delicious meals (with some help from volunteers) during the weekend. Jami is happy to offer personalized guidance from knife skills to meal planning, but you'll have to join her in the kitchen to get those hot tips.

Jami's love of cuisine (ask her for a favorite and she will inevitably name them all) and passion for cooking is contagious. Cooking is seen as a task to most people, for Jami it is more of a joyous pursuit. Jami will lead by example, teaching us all that cooking is a ritual in itself and the more love and care that goes into each step the more care is cultivated for the overall act of feeding and nourishing oneself. 

 
 

GIVING BACK

A percentage of your program fee goes directly to Learning Outside.

Learning Outside offers hands-on outdoor learning programs that provide children with what they really need; time spent outdoors learning, exploring and discovering in the natural world.

Learning Outside provides children with experiences that support their curiosity and wonder; experiences in keeping with what current research confirms. Immersion in hands-on discovery leads to happier, more successful learning experiences for children both at home and at school.

 

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INCLUDED

In short, nearly everything is included. Here are the specifics:

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BEAUTIFUL ACCOMMODATION +

PHOTO COVERAGE

  • 3 days + 2 nights accommodation
  • Schu Tours swag, surprises, + goodies
  • Professional images of your retreat weekend
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DELICIOUS MEALS +

GUIDANCE from a personal chef 

  • 5 wholesome meals (all diets happily accommodated)
  • Meal preparation + instruction by professional chef
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MEDITATION + OUTDOOR EXPLORATION

+ RITUAL CRAFTING WORKSHOPS

  • Guided meditation + pranayama classes
  • Guided day hiking + outdoor exploration
  • Ritual crafting workshops + discussion

ACCOMMODATION

WELCOME TO THE OLDEST MOUNTAINS IN THE WORLD...

Situated on 63 acres of land, the Wheel of Bliss is a sacred retreat space nestled in the mountains near Hot Springs, North Carolina. Wheel of Bliss is a poetic translation of the Sanskrit Chakrasamvara चक्रसंवर तन्त्र. literally meaning Chakra “circle” or “wheel” and Samvara “union” or “collected together."  

Wheel of Bliss is an inclusive space open to all spiritual traditions and the surrounding community serving as a space to encourage growth, connection, and healing in a beautiful natural setting. Wheel of Bliss is dedicated to increasing the health and vitality of the forests, waterways, and wildlife on the property and the land currently qualifies as a certified Wildlife Habitat under The National Wildlife Federation. 

For more information about Wheel of Bliss, please visit their website.


WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED ?     THESE couple THINGS :

Transportation to + from Hot Springs, NC + Wheel of Bliss

Reliable internet + cell service