Archive for March, 2013

Imagine a Week in Big Sky Country

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Have you registered for our Montana retreat, September 8-14?

Group drumming
Imagine walking into a room with a circle of handmade African drums, lit candles and fresh mountain air. You take a seat with a drum, and within minutes, you and the other participants of the Montana Tending Your Inner Garden retreat fill the space with powerful and intricate rhythms that rise and fall like the water on the shores of Flathead Lake. And that’s just PART of one evening!

That’s what’s in store during our Montana retreat September 8-14, where educator and recording artist Matthew Marsolek of Drum Brothers will lead us in a soul-stirring evening of drumming.

His wife, dance instructor Tracy Topp, will lead us in African dance (no experience necessary!). A dancer since she was three, Tracy has training in many dance styles, including modern, jazz, Middle Eastern and West African.

What else lies in store for you on the retreat?

A day in Glacier National Park.

We’ll visit via Going to the Sun Road, a spectacular drive into the park with majestic mountain vistas, opportunities to hike and a stop at the Visitor’s Center at Logan Pass for QiGong to fill us with the energy of the trees, earth and sky.

Afternoon free time for creative projects, shopping at the galleries and boutiques of nearby Bigfork, and opportunities to canoe, kayak or relax on your cabin porch, where you can read and admire the peace and beauty of Flathead Lake.

And, of course, mornings filled with Tending Your Inner Garden’s experiential exercises, discussion and interaction with nature as we meet as a group.

Hurry! Our early registration discount ends May 1!

Check out all the details and register online today. We’d love to spend a week in Big Sky Country with you!

Spring Cleaning, Inside and Out

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

As we get closer to spring, you may be thinking about cleaning house: opening up the windows, clearing out your closet, sprucing up your place a little. All those external signs of a new season mark the same transition plants go through. Dormant and lying in the dark for the winter, they suddenly want to reach out for as much sunshine, fresh air and growth as possible.

So, while you’re cleaning house this spring, take some time to tend your inner garden, too. When you’re walking, journaling, reflecting—or while you’re cleaning up the yard and clearing out last season’s clothes—ask yourself questions like these:

  • Are there behaviors or thought patterns that are hampering growth in my life?
  • What conditions will best allow for my own personal growth?
  • How can I devote more time and energy to things that I love and value?
  • What support do I need from family, friends and my community as I pursue goals and dreams?
  • What possibilities in my life excite me the most during the quickening of spring?

We’d love to hear your thoughts!