Autumn and the case for retreating

Autumn is my favorite time of year. The light as the days grow shorter mixed with the colors of nature as it prepares to rest for winter just make me feel so grounded. I love the seasonal flavors that start to appear around me and the clothes that become appropriate. But more than that, I love the sense of winding down. To me, it encourages a kind of self reflection and softness that I don't get nearly enough of at other times of the year. I find during this time of year I need more and more time to myself. Time to retreat into myself, check back in and unburden myself of some responsibilities. 

This is why I am so excited to be a part of something that honors this need! That is an autumn yoga retreat at one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, Allerton Park and Recreation Center ( and that's saying something coming from this mountain girl). This spot is 1,500 acres of the Midwest's finest landscapes, which in November, should be beautiful and warm colored with the changing of seasons. And on this land sit many gardens, sculpture gardens, lakes and forest areas, all open to exploration and perfect spots for reflection.

Lodging is mostly in the mansion, which was Robert Allerton's personal home built in 1900 in the Georgian style and still boasting much of its original form and decor. All yoga and meditation is in the gallery, solarium or library of the mansion (and outside if weather permits!). And for those interested in Allerton history, we have a tour guide who literally wrote the book on Allerton coming to give a tour. 

The food last year was amazing, and we expect the same this year. Catered to all manor of dietary needs, the food was fresh and delicious. We also have picked out great wine to enjoy after dinner each night in the gallery for those wishing to be social, along with acoustic guitar accompaniment. If you're looking for a spa rejuvenation weekend, we offer massage, tarot card reading and facials as well as the already planned yoga and meditation. Of course there will be yoga and meditation offered throughout the weekend with myself and Kristin McCoy, including sessions titled "Inhabit Your Body" and "Meditation in Motion". 

Obviously I can't say enough good things about this retreat. We have worked very hard to create the most relaxing and pleasant kind of weekend and I hope that you will join us. 

Think of it as your special self care weekend before the craziness of the holidays and the harshness of winter sets in. Check in on Friday and stay until Sunday afternoon. You could turn off your electronics or enjoy in room wi-fi. Bask in the golden sunlight and healing benefits of yoga by joining us in the Amara Yoga & Arts Autumn Yoga Retreat. 


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