Sometimes we just need to get away. Take some time. Breathe deep. Allow for healing and growth. Life is busy and stressful, and most of us don't have enough time to just be. It's good to take time to work on ourselves. It's not always easy, as busy as everyone is these days, but it's still really important. If anyone is feeling in need of a recharge, I recently learned about a wonderful event that is going on in Tuscanny this July, to allow just that.
Journey Into Love will be a retreat and workshop focused on awakening the love in our lives, healing our relationships, and caring for our bodies with yoga and meditation. Set in a gorgeous villa in the countryside, we will not only journey within ourselves, we will also get a chance explore one of the most beautiful parts of Italy, an area untouched by tourism.
This experience is being offered by Tracie Sage, a love and relationship coach, and author of the recently released book, The Missing Manual to Love, Marriage, and Intimacy. Tracie has a background in psychology and counseling, yoga and movement therapy, and she describes herself as a love catalyst, as well as a relationship coach.
I met Tracie through my friend Larry Korn, author of The One Straw Revolutionary, who has been so kind to host me during my stay in Ashland. Tracie is a housemate here, and as soon as I showed up, Larry was thrilled for us to meet. She was out of town at the time, but was to return soon. He showed me her book, which I borrowed and began to read. It's very good, and Tracie and I indeed got along quite well when she showed up. She told me about her retreat, and as I looked over the website about it, I really started to feel inclined to try to go.
We are planning, after all, to be in Europe this summer. We were going to spend the whole month of July in Scotland and Ireland, but perhaps a week over in Italy would be a good thing? Laura and I have talked often about getting some relationship counseling, but we've never really found anybody who seemed perfect for the job. I suppose we've always figured that when the right person came around we'd know.
Laura hasn't met Tracie yet, but I think they'll get along great. She is certainly on a similar path in life, with many of the same values and goals. One of the first things Tracie did was go to Williams and get several boxes of her dried herbs, which she loaded into the cabinet. She makes tinctures and salves and other medicines. She's also big into healthy food, and juicing. We had a really zesty glass of green juice this afternoon that has energized me for most of the day. (Usually I consume vast quantities of food, but I'm keeping busy here, and the juice was a great kick of vibrant living energy that was all I needed for most of the day.)
I can tell from the way Tracie communicates and how she conducts her own practice that she is highly aware and that she is sure to be a good teacher. I even went to a yoga class she taught here in Ashland, which was excellent, so I can personally recommend this retreat. I hope I am able to go to. You can contact Tracie if you're interested. Look for her info on her website.
Even if you don't make it to this retreat, consider how much good it might do you to go on a healing retreat of some kind, and to take time for yourself. Much of the stress and anxiety we experience in life comes from not taking enough time for ourselves, never getting a chance to go inward. To totally relax into doing something we love. This recharge time is essential, and if you're looking to better your world (which I truly hope you are!) then there's no better way to empower yourself than to take the time, make the time, for reflection and inner work. So find your peaceful spot and feel your breath; touch the earth, dream your dreams...