Paradise, my inner Katniss, and playing lead Yogi.

This is the paradise that I was fortunate enough to be able to  immerse myself in this weekend.

When I was in my teens and early 20’s, I was fortunate enough to be a camper and counselor at an incredible summer camp in Quebec. What I have realized in the years since, is that camp (as a camper you’d go there for a month at a time!) allowed me to discover who I was. What my skills & strengths were. It built my self-esteem and a positive body image. I spent my summers leading canoe trips with teenagers through provincial parks – talk about learning responsibility!!…I wish everyone could have the opportunity I was given.

In the fall, the owner of the camp offers “Women Retreats”. Groups of girlfriends register for a weekend up there where they have access to some of the camp’s facilities: climbing wall, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, arts & crafts, archery…

Yup, they have a climbing wall - and I made it to the top to ring the bell up there!

I made it to the top to ring the bell up there!

Channeling my inner Katniss (don't judge the poor elbow form!)

Channeling my inner Katniss (don’t judge the poor elbow form!)

…and yoga/fitness classes – which is where I come in. I was brought in as the yoga/fitness instructor (and have been in previous years as well) – I taught 2 classes on Saturday and one on Sunday in this gorgeous 95 year old log building:

It’s cold up there in the mornings, so we had a roaring fire to warm the place up for my morning classes

I slept in this cabin

This was my corner for the weekend

And when I wasn’t teaching, I was able to enjoy the activities the clients had access to. As you saw, I did some climbing and archery…and another unique one was hilarious – a mushroom walk!

This woman in the middle is a wee bit (to put it mildly) eccentric, and is FASCINATED by mushrooms. She took us all over camp and we picked mushrooms and she showed us which were edible and which were poisonous. These are the ones we picked!

Seriously – how hilarious is that?!

We were also treated to some incredible sunsets…

I had a good weekend of relaxation…and more healing. Everyday is one day further away from this past summer. And that is good.

Abby, however, threw a tantrum as I was packing the car to leave on Friday

But was very happy to see me yesterday when I got home…and was VERY amused as I poured MY cereal into HER bowl this morning! Sigh.

I clearly need to get back to reality! lol

Happy Monday!

4 thoughts on “Paradise, my inner Katniss, and playing lead Yogi.

  1. Anna @ Piper's Run

    Such a great weekend. I worked at an Outdoor Centre in Onartio for a few years and we had Womens weekends. They were awesome and motivating to see women climbing, paddling or skiing. That’s funny about your cereal.

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