I mean we all been here, if you have plan a retreat before, the nervousness and the joy of just been there already. I find myself perched on the edge of an adventure. In just two days, I'll be leading a yoga retreat in the stunning paradise of Tayrona, Colombia. The excitement is palpable, but so are the pre-retreat jitters that seem to accompany every journey into the unknown. Its the second time I am there but with a new crew like always you just see new things.
First time in Palmino
And the Countdown Begins: As a yoga teacher, I'm accustomed to guiding students through moments of uncertainty on the mat. But the days leading up to hosting a retreat have a unique blend of excitement and anxiety that's both exhilarating and nerve-wracking. Tayrona's pristine beaches and lush landscapes are calling, and I can hardly wait to immerse myself in the tranquility it promises.
The Battle of Preparedness and Nerves: Every detail is meticulously planned – from the daily yoga sessions to the mindful hikes. Yet, despite my best efforts, there's a persistent flutter in my stomach. It's a reminder that even as a teacher, I'm also a traveler, vulnerable to the uncertainties that come with any journey.
Embracing the Anxious Energy: I've come to realize that this blend of excitement and anxiety is a testament to the significance of what's about to unfold. It's a reminder that I care deeply about creating a transformative experience for my retreat participants. And, truth be told, it's a sentiment shared by many yoga teachers before they embark on their own journeys.
The Essentials: What Not to Forget:
Breath and Presence: Amidst the whirlwind of packing and double-checking itineraries, I remind myself to breathe. The same presence I guide my students toward on the mat applies just as much to me in these moments.
Journal and Intentions: I pack a journal to document not only the experiences of the retreat but also my own reflections and intentions for the journey. This helps ground me and fosters a sense of connection with both myself and the group.
Comfortable Clothing: While it's tempting to overpack, I stick to comfortable yoga clothing and essentials. Mosquito repellent and sunblocks are a most. Simplicity brings clarity, after all.
Tech Detox: While I want to capture the beauty of Tayrona, I also remind myself to disconnect from technology as much as possible. Retreats are about real connections, not just virtual ones.
Open Heart: Finally, I remind myself that while I'm the guide, I'm also a participant in this experience. Keeping my heart open to whatever unfolds is key.
As the final day before departure approaches, I find solace in knowing that these pre-retreat jitters are not only normal but also a sign of the transformative journey ahead. I'll embrace the excitement, acknowledge the nerves, and step onto that plane with the intention to create a retreat that leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of all involved. And as I close my suitcase, ready to embark on this adventure, I know that the magic of Tayrona, the power of yoga, and the human connections waiting to be formed will make every moment of anxious anticipation well worth it.
LETS GO NAMASTE!