THE RETREAT REVOLUTION
Wake up, have a light snack, practise guided yoga for an hour, enjoy a nourishing breakfast, cross-country ski for an hour or two with the guidance of an experienced coach, lunch, relax, more yoga, hot tub, eat dinner with a glass of wine. It sounds like the life of a skiing celebrity, but it's becoming more and more accessible with the growing retreat culture at many resorts and lodges.
Building on the popularity of yoga retreats, multi-activity retreats are also a growing trend. Geared toward participants who like a bit more cardiovascular stimulation than a day of yoga, but also crave the nourishment of stretching and self-care, these retreats combine the best of both worlds.
Retreat Golden, a Golden, B.c.-based small business, offers yoga-infused trail running and cross-country ski retreats on its beautiful trails. These retreats offer yoga twice daily, a solid dose of cross-country skiing or trail running and all the accoutrements of a fantastic weekend away: delicious meals, luxurious accommodation, hot tubs and lots of time to relax.
“Retreats are a really great way to get into sync, or back in sync, with your body,” says founder Magi Scallion, a runner, cross-country skier and business and marketing consultant for mountain lovers, who has competed at World Mountain Running Championships and in cross-countryski World Cups. “While we do see a wide range of people, we find that most of our participants are at a beginner-intermediate level of fitness or ability, whether in yoga, trail running or cross-country skiing. They come to learn, but, more importantly, to enjoy life and take steps toward changing their self-care routines in day-to-day life.”
Golden also provides a great venue for hosting the retreats. Luxury accommodations on the ski trails of Dawn Mountain are only five minutes away from the amenities of Kicking Horse Resort. “It's really amazing to be able to ski from the door of our accommodation, practise yoga in the same buildings and also be able to walk to the gondola to have dinner at the award-winning mountaintop Eagle's Eye Restaurant.
“Retreat Golden is about blending yoga and cross-country skiing along with learning, growth and balance while having an amazing time in a beautiful place.”