Brighten Your Life with Tahoe Retreat
Tahoe's weather is fairly predictable. From the winds to rain, the sun and snow, we usually know what is going to happen today, tomorrow and even three days in advance. This makes Tahoe a great place to visit when you need a getaway. We can plan, well in advance, the activities that will help you to get out of the hustle and help you reset.
Our Mild Winters
Pack your puffy coat, a cute beanie and your mittens. You won't need much more for your Tahoe Bliss Retreat. Rarely do the Winter temperatures in Tahoe drop below 20* and even when they do, the air is so crisp that you don't get very cold.
You'll warm up easily while we snowshoe, hike or cross country ski. If you want to adventure onto the resort or are more of a cozy fireside type, we'll be sure to schedule based upon you and your group's requests.
Every season is magical. The colors of Winter are some of the best. When the deep green and brown trees are coated in clean white snow, the lake is as calm as glass and the sky the brightest blue you've ever seen, it can be mesmerizing.
Allow us to guide you out onto the beaches and mountains surrounding the lake. Let's take some photos and enjoy the views. We can even wander up to the North Shore and perch atop Chickadee Ridge for a bit.
Relax, Reset & Refuel
Let's sit fireside and enjoy a glass of wine or enjoy a meal with lake views. We can celebrate a milestone with champagne and cheese or crawl from club to club to celebrate your bestie's upcoming nuptuals.
Tahoe's mild Winter weather rarely keeps us indoors. You'll notice that those of us who live here adventure throughout the year. No need to be rugged to explore our playground. We'll create adventures that encourage you to explore while keeping you within a close range to your comfort zone.
For Every Turn. . .Change
Everyone and everything changes. As it does we can choose to fight and battle the change, let go and allow it to take us along for the ride, or steer ourselves through the change with intention. Be careful, it can be easy to get swept up in change. . .
Farewell to a Decade
As I write this blog, two months remain in this decade. 2020 will soon be upon us. Change is happening. For the longest time I assumed that what I had would come again. I blamed my apparent failure upon others. I was angry. . . I still am angry.
I have become driven. As I look toward the future I see how I have been fighting against the changes of the last few years. As I let go of the past, of what I did from my arrival in Tahoe until now: a career, a business, a life all grown from scratch, I realize that the future holds so much I have begun to steer myself through.
Bliss is Available
Tahoe Bliss Retreat Center is more than a place. It is a space for health, healing, well being, adventure, exportation and connection. I want to share with you that which I have learned, all that I love and the best of the basin. As I endeavor to create Tahoe's best retreats for you, I invite you to release your past and steer yourself forward toward whatever it is that lies ahead.
Join me, my friends and local connections for a retreat in Tahoe. Have fun, eat well and enjoy the company of good people. You deserve it.
Just like all good things, this too must come to an end. I would like to quote Patti St.George who said, "This trip has seemed so long, but, not in a bad way." As we sat for dinner at a beautifully set table and shared our reactions to this adventure, none of us could really believe how much we had seen, done and experienced.
In the morning, we were given the opportunity to travel to the countryside and visit with some locals. The team at JWOC brought us around, showing us some teaching gardens and homes that have taken the practice to their property. We have never met people who were more proud of their efforts.
After lunch, we helped out with the children's craft class. We taught yoga, made snowflakes and helped the children write letters back to the children in Tahoe.
Our incredible, amazing, super, fabulous group has been working so hard and going non-stop. We all deserved some time off. We separated into small groups or couples and spent the day any way we wanted.
Some people headed to the silk farm where you can see the Khmer people making silk thread and scarves. Others, to the crocodile farm where, yes, crocs are turned into food, purses, shoes and more. Others headed to the market for some shopping.
In the evening, the group came together for a dinner theater. The Apsara Dancers performed traditional Khmer (Cambodian) dances.
it was dark when we got into the van to head out to three locations within the Angkor (city). With headlamps lit, we were granted special permission into the temple Banteay Srei, early. We walked through the grounds and perched ourselves on the landing surrounding one of the temples for an early asana practice. Surrounding us was the sound of frogs, birds and the resounding chanting of the monks at a nearby monastary. As the sun slowly shed light upon the land, we turned off our lights and quietly watched the sun shine upon the temples.
Next, we hiked up to the River of the Lingas. The Linga or Lingam is representative of masculine energy. The complimenting symbol, Yoni, represents feminine energy. At the river, three gods are represented; Siva, Krishna and Brahman.
Our last stop was at a temple that truly shows the results of time. Beng Maelea or Lotus Pond, is a temple in disrepair. For most of us, this was the favorite. We all enjoyed seeing a temple in its most authentic state.
After rising with an asana practice and some free time this morning, we found our way to JWOC. http://youtu.be/-mwTaT0l8Q4
We were able to meet some of the staff and participate on the English Conversation class. We really enjoyed seeing the location and were amazed by how big JWOC is.
After some rest, some of us headed out to town again. Some for Italian and some for adventure!
Our photos cannot do justice to the scale and magnitude of use temples, carvings and history held within the walls of Angkor. The city of Siem Reap holds much history and strife. The temples, fallen by nature and the Khmer Rouge as well as thieves have stood the test of time incredibly well. As we walked, miles, through fallen stones and restored facades, we still could not imagine the people who, 6000 years ago, built these buildings.
Today, we traveled for 6 hours by "speed boat." Our ride took us from Phnom Penh City to Siem Reap. The experience was quite different from the airport arrival just a fee days ago. The boat traveled at around 40mph. There was seating inside or on the roof. Once outside of the boat there was nothing to keep you on except for your own balance and strength.
Siem Reap is an area of mixed lifestyles. The water front holds residencies of floating villages and slum huts. The stench of rotted garbage is so powerful you can barely breathe. As we traveled to our hotel we saw houses up on stilts and lavish palace-like homes built above the levy. The separation of the classes couldn't be more obvious.
At the market, they cater to tourists, seeking goods and food that are both authentic and surprising.
We all agreed that today was a very full day. We began with a public by-donation practice at Nataraj Yoga. The group was a mix of our yogi retreaters and some of the teachers and practitioners at Nataraj.
After a quick lunch, we hopped onto the tuk tuks and headed to the Children's Surgical Center. Our visit theory really put a positive spin on things. The hospital is a non-profit supported by generous donors. Opened in 1998, they offer free public surgery on a "no appointment needed" system. People will arrive throughout the day and sign in. Most often, they are seen the same day, or, the stay overnight on mats or benches outside of the hospital so they can be seen the next day.
Meeting Piseth and the Nataraj board members before receiving a presentation, making out donation and offering a Master Class.
Chelsea shares some photos with the orphans a portion of our group visited at an orphanage just outside of the city.
Our work began today. We visited and made donations at a yoga studio and an orphanage. We were graciously received at each. They were honored to accept the donations and grateful for our visit.
Afterward, some of us traveled to the market. There are three main open markets; Central, Russian and the Night Market. You can find just about anything there.
Jenay Aiksnoras, Experience Curator