Friends, Yoga, Issaquah, Happiness

I forgot to mention RAIN in the title of this blog.  On Saturday, May 3, the first day of our retreat, we had record breaking rainfall.  Considering we live where we do in Washington, that’s a lot of rain!  Did I mention that our one-day retreats in Issaquah include  a two-hour hike?

Luckily, on Saturday, we had a rain “break” at the scheduled hike time, made a dash for the mountain trails, and had a great two-hour hike.  On Sunday, we had more rain and at first, I didn’t think the hike was going to happen at all!  BUT, at some point on Sunday afternoon, the rain came to a lull and Howard, Dayna, and I made a dash for the mountains and enjoyed a one-hour hike through muddy trails and bearded rain forests.  Despite the rain, or maybe because of the rain, both hikes were beautiful.

Hikers from Saturday's retreat in Issaquah.

Hikers from Saturday’s retreat in Issaquah: Gretchen, Tricia, Fran, David, and Maria

Saturday Hike, photo II

Saturday Hike, photo II (this time Rachel is in the photo!)

Sunday hike:  Dayna and Fran

Sunday hike: Dayna and Fran

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Dayna and Howard on a bridge over  a sea of green

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Wildflower: Trillium

The Issaquah Yoga Retreats are a wonderful tradition.  Every May and every October, I hold two one-day retreats at Crystal Creek Yoga Studio at the home of Cathy Pierce.  From the moment we walk into the door, we are all transported into a world of comfort, delight, and wholeness.  We are greeted by hugs, exquisite art, Cathy’s artful figures gracing the table, fancy yellow tulips with red stripes delicately placed in colored jars, parakeets chirping, and big windows looking out over forest and mountain.  While we do yoga in the studio, a warm fire burns in the fireplace, and I always feel like I am up in a tree house because of the greenery we see from every window.

Enjoy these photos from the weekend:

The studio at Crystal Creek in the morning light before the Saturday group arrival.

The studio at Crystal Creek in the morning light before the Saturday group arrival.

Cathy's artistry comes out everywhere you look!

Cathy’s artistry comes out everywhere you look!

Springtime at Crystal Creek  in Issaquah, Washington

Springtime at Crystal Creek in Issaquah, Washington

More of Cathy's table magic

More of Cathy’s table magic

And the food.....YUM

How about a bowl of soup?…..YUM (bean and kale soup)

Britt and Marilyn practicing inversions

Britt and Marilyn practicing inversions

Fran and Howard

Fran and Howard

Seriously, the best part.....shavasana!

Deep Relaxation.  Seriously, the best part…..shavasana!

 

 

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