Inspired Summit Adventures celebrates wellbeing with retreat
February 10, 2015
Life is demanding.
It’s easy to get so caught up in jobs, deadlines and other obligations that many people forget to take care of themselves.
This is why Inspired Summit Adventures, a wellness organization, is offering the first Breathe Ski and Yoga Retreat, a four-day, four-night, all-inclusive retreat in Park City, from March 4 through March 8, said Inspired Summit Adventures owner Shaun Raskin, a certified wellness coach and professional skier.
"The idea is to celebrate the state of wellbeing, whether that means to come and meet new friends, eating good foods, and treating our bodies and minds well," Raskin explained to The Park Record. "It’s a celebration of the environment and lifestyle that many of us Parkites have gotten accustomed to. It’s also a chance for us to share that with those who don’t get to live our lifestyle and allow them to enjoy and find their own rhythm in the outdoors."
A portion of the retreat will take place at a beautiful luxury home in Park City, Raskin said.
"We will have an in-house private chef, Jason Kieffer, who is the executive chef and wellness coach at the Park City Medical Center, who will cook healthy good meals for us," Raskin said. "We will have two days of private snow-cat skiing with Park City Power Cats and two days of skiing at any of the world-class resorts in Utah."
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The retreat will also include yoga sessions twice a day.
"We tie the yoga into centering our internal space so, as we experience new friendships and new activities in natural beauty, we can appreciate things to their fullest and in the moment," Raskin said.
Jessica Winderl will teach the yoga classes.
Winderl, an Ayurveda yoga therapist and a certified yoga instructor and yoga instructor trainer, said she and Raskin have known each other for a long time and it was time to combine their skills to help others.
"We knew we weren’t the only people who love to be healthy and have cool experiences in nature," Winderl said. "So, we decided to combine our passions and open them up to other people to give them the opportunity to experience what we love through a high-quality and interesting experience."
The beauty of the retreat is that all yoga and skiing sessions are optional and customized to the participants’ wants, according to Winderl.
"We have two yoga sessions loosely sketched into the schedule one in the morning for 45 minutes or so, and one, an apres ski stretch, in the afternoon," she said. "The idea is to let the participants decide if they just want to relax and stretch their muscles after skiing.
"If there are more advanced yoga practitioners at the retreat who want a more challenging practice, we can offer that as well," Winderl said. "It’s all different levels."
"Participants are welcome to join and enjoy all of the activities, but nothing is mandatory," Raskin said. "We want everyone to feel freedom to create their own experience in our experience. So, we will open every door possible, but leave it up to the individual so they can customize their own experience."
"What that does is create a low-pressure environment," Winderl said. "People who are a little intimidated by cat skiing, or think they have to be thin and flexible to do yoga, can show up, knowing there will be something they can do. So, this is a cool way to have a one-stop shop.
"We tend to get so caught up in the busy-ness of life," she said. "So to have this opportunity to hit the pause button and take a step back and have some fun with a little deeper meaning and learn some new skills to take back to our daily lives is priceless."
"I have this great opportunity to collaborate with Jessica on this event," Raskin said. "We’ve been friends for a number of years and she has been involved in her own yoga pursuits, so it’s been fun to combine our skills. We’re excited to share the mountain lifestyle with everyone."
The cost of the retreat ranges between $2,400 to $3,500 per person, according to Raskin. Registration will run through Feb. 24 at Breatheretreatpc.com.
"The price is all inclusive pick up and drop off at the airport, dinner on Main Street, every ski pass, yoga class and even every sip of wine will all be taken care of," Raskin said.
Registration for the March 4-8 Breathe Ski and Yoga Retreat will run through Feb. 24. To register, visit breathretreatpc.com . For more information about Shaun Raskin, visit shaunraskin.com . For more information about Jessica Winderl, visit http://www.jessicawinderl.com . For more information about Inspired Summit Adventures, visit http://www.inspiredsummit.com .
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