Why I went to Doe Bay in April 2016...

For years, I have hopped around from studio to studio to anonymously attend classes and longingly watch people pop effortlessly into inversions with ease. One Monday evening last spring [2016], I attended a vinyasa flow class at Seattle Bouldering Project. I was so impressed with Bree's ability to facilitate such a large group and guide people into overcoming their need for a personal bubble, and go deep into practice, poses, and mindfulness. At the end of class Bree mentioned that she and Aubrey had a few more slots in their Doe Bay retreat featuring a workshop on inversions, my usually indecisive inner voice professed "yes, I need to do that." I'm forever thankful I did.


    What is was like...

    I love Doe Bay and have been there many times, but it was an incredible experience to go to such a beautiful space, deepen my practice, meet and be in community with such an incredible group of people. My partner is not a yogi but chose the Yoga + Food option to join for Aubrey's delicious and healthy meals, so we stayed in a cabin on the Doe Bay property. As an ambi-vert I enjoyed the thoughtful flow over the retreat weekend of yoga instruction and practice, group meals and activities, and play time to explore the Doe Bay grounds and Orcas Island surroundings.


    The takeaways...

    I left the retreat reinvigorated and inspired. I made new connections with retreat-mates, felt healthier eating hearty yummy vegetarian meals, and excited to continue to explore my new handstand and headstand skills. The experience also sparked ideas for reflection on my personal practice and routine - which later led me to take other classes and workshops with Bree.

    I also cannot stop thinking about the parsnip-butter and all the inventive meals that Aubrey made - which inspired me to follow her blog and explore new recipes and think about filling vegetarian food and meals in a whole new way. 

    - Laura E.