Earth Day Hatha Yoga Retreat

Today is Earth Day and we celebrated this weekend with our annual Earth Day Hatha Yoga Retreat!

We were treated to unbelievably beautiful weather at the beach.  And, as incredible as this may sound, the snowy owls are still here in Ocean Shores! We walked out to Damon Point and looked and looked, but didn’t see any snowy owls  Just as we were about to give up the search and head back to the house, Rick spotted one.  We were like children on Christmas day!  We saw a total of three snowy owls yesterday!  I am guessing they won’t be here for too much longer.  Their breeding season is coming and they breed in the Arctic.  It is surprising they have stayed this long!

Here are two photos Rick took yesterday at Damon Point in Ocean Shores:

Breathtakingly beautiful!

Snowy Owl

It was a perfect weekend in every way!  Brent Matsuda, a biologist from Vancouver, B.C. joins us every year for this event.  He did a slideshow on the origins of Earth Day and showed photos from his travels in Africa.

Highlights from the weekend include:

  • seeing the snowy owls when we were beginning to believe they had already left!!
  • enjoying warm weather in April on the Washington coast
  • eating lunch outside in the back yard
  • restorative yoga
  • our regular yoga sessions and making the om circle with joined hands
  • getting to share a weekend with a wonderful group of yogis
  • eating good wholesome homemade food
  • doing shared readings and being introduced to great books: My Grandfather’s Blessing by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., Vis Major by Martin Burwash,  The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson, and Wild Bouquet by Harry Martinson
  • Brent’s Earth Day slide show

I put together a slide show of this weekend.  The African music I set the slide show to is for Martha’s son, Tosten, who is in the Peace Corps in Guinea:

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3 Responses to “Earth Day Hatha Yoga Retreat”

  1. marykay Says:

    What an amazing report! Exquisite photo of the Snowy Owl.


  2. Martha Says:

    Wonderful to look at, recall the energy and release. best, mb


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