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CRAFTING RITUAL & CULTIVATING MINDFULNESS

HOT SPRINGS

NORTH CAROLINA

 

JULY 13 2018 - JULY 15 2018

starting from $320 per person

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

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HEAL THROUGH NATURE

Enjoy guided day hikes, fire circles, star gazing, and sunshine lazing. Experience the positive and lasting effects of nature on your being.

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NOURISH YOUR BEING

Discover new ways to enrich your diet, improve your wellness, and adopt a loving relationship with whole foods with personalized instruction from a professional chef.

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CRAFT RITUAL

Learn how to adopt small changes throughout your day to attend to each moment with love and appreciation.

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DEVELOP MINDFULNESS

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

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CONNECT WITH SELF

Practice meditation, breathing techniques, and mindfulness tools to create a deeper connection with your true self.

day 1 - Friday July 13

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 july 14

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 july 15

 

 

 

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.

As a child Schu dreamed of visiting North Carolina. She really liked the flag. When she was 17 she realized it was actually South Carolina's flag that she liked. Nonetheless she looked into applying at UNC, mostly because of their colors and the basketball team. Thankfully they didn't offer her major or else she'd have a lot more school debt than she currently does.

Cut to 2013, Schu had no ties to her home state of Pennsylvania so she packed her car and drove to North Carolina, a state she never set foot in. She camped out at Umstead State Park, drove around the Triangle for a few days and fell in love with Chapel Hill. After a week of apartment hunting, she found a studio and settled in. She assumed she would move in a few years like she tends to do, but five years have gone by and North Carolina feels more like home than anywhere else she's lived.

If you've never been, Asheville is the hippest little mountain city not only in the state, but the whole east coast and the *only* thing that keeps Schu from moving there is their subpar airport. Though she can't justify living so far from an international airstrip, Schu tries to spend as much time as possible in the Blue Ridge Mountains each summer and autumn.

After a trio of summers of dragging her buddies to the Blue Ridge, Schu had a brilliant idea, why not invite strangers too? 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.

 

But why trust Schu with your mid-July weekend? Schu is an expert retreat planner, nature-lovin' backpacker, and skilled meditation teacher. Schu blends her love of nature and meditation with neuroscience to teach applicable tools for a more mindful way of life. Join Schu for a nature-filled weekend to artfully weave meditation and ritual into your every day life for a more calming and conscious existence.


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

Schu was never that great at holding onto her money. She believes spreading it around is the best way for it to eventually reach its way back to her. A percentage of your program fee goes directly to a charitable donation.

Schu is still searching for the perfect charity for this retreat. She is hoping for a program that encourages children to spend more time in nature. Know of the perfect charity? Please send her an email with your suggestion.

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

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