RETREAT + WORKSHOP FAQ’s
Are transportation and lodging included in the cost?
Lodging, yes. Your registration includes a 2 night stay at the location of the retreat. (see Retreats page for current offerings)
Transportation, no. You are responsible for any necessary travel to arrive at the retreat location. In some instances, we can coordinate transportation to/from the nearest airport, train station, etc for those arriving at a similar time.
For two-day workshop format, transportation and lodging are not included in your registration fee. If you are traveling from out of town, your post-registration packet will include local lodging and transportation options.
How often do we do yoga? How often do we write?
Every day begins with a group gathering for intention setting, meditation, yoga practice. Every evening concludes with a closing circle and healing sound. There will be multiple yoga and writing sessions throughout the day for you to choose from during registration. You can generally expect 2-4 hours per day of yoga depending on your chosen schedule.
In the same vein, there will be group writing and sharing sessions, with a similar amount of time devoted to scheduled workshops.
Key yoga and writing sessions will be offered twice per retreat , allowing each participant the opportunity to experience the capstone of both realms.
If I am attending alone, how are my roommates determined?
The sleeping accommodations vary based on retreat location. We enjoy offering communal cabin style sleeping for a true camp and sangha (community) experience. We will work to place you with others of similar gender, age, and interests.
If you are traveling with a partner / friend / family member, we will ensure you are lodging together.
Overnight lodging is not included in the two-day workshop format. If you are traveling from out of town, your post-registration packet will include local lodging and transportation options.
Do I have to be a professional writer to attend?
RETREATS + WORKSHOPS:
Of course not! M+tM retreats are open to anyone who wants to explore their creativity and create with words. We encourage anyone to move through the our time together with an thirsty mind, an open heart, and a well stocked pencil case! The mini-workshops are crafted to cultivate creative expression in whatever form it arises. Although writing is the expressive focal point, attendees are encouraged to sketch, collage, or create in any way that provides a sense of coming home to oneself.
Do I have to have prior yoga experience to attend?
RETREATS + TWO-DAY WORKSHOPS:
No prior yoga experience is necessary. Samantha will be guiding all level practices with modifications and props. The physical practice during our time together is crafted for preparing the body and mind to sit and create. We believe in the concept of Ahimsa, or Non-Harming and encourage each student to be their own best teacher, honoring where their body is for each practice.
What should I bring?
You will receive a travel guide via email prior to your retreat weekend, including a detailed packing suggestions list. Generally you will want to bring a yoga mat, comfortable clothes for yoga and outdoor adventure, close toed shoes for hikes, sunglasses and sunscreen, journal and favorite writing utensil, reusable water bottle, and a camera.
You will receive a post-registration checklist prior to your retreat weekend, including items you might want to have on hand. Generally you will want to bring a yoga mat and blanket, comfortable clothes for yoga, journal and favorite writing / sketching utensils, reusable water bottle, and a camera. Props will be available for use during yoga practice.
What if I’m an experienced writer who is intimidated by the idea of practicing yoga?
RETREATS + TWO-DAY WORKSHOPS:
This is your opportunity to explore an edge, a new to you horizon! No one has to know you’ve never unrolled a mat. The yoga practices are designed to suit all levels from the beginner to the most advanced practitioner. You will be guided through ways of attuning to the energy in the body, and enjoy restorative, meditative practices that allow the body-mind-spirit to rest and recharge for more prose prowess.
Will there be free time?
Yes! A key focus of practicing yoga on and off the mat is creating space. The schedule (see sample here) supports the desire to explore, to process, to commune with nature, to have relevant conversation with fellow participants. We foster that by providing periods of time for you to wander on your own, browse the shop, or maybe schedule a private writing session with Stephanie or receive Thai massage from Samantha.
Yes! A key focus of practicing yoga on and off the mat is creating space. The schedule supports the desire to explore, to process, to have relevant conversation with fellow participants. We foster that by providing periods of time for you to wander / create on your own.
What can you tell me about the food?
Each retreat is catered by a local vendor, making best possible use of locally sourced, farm to table options. Retreats include 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and a variety of healthy snack options. You are of course welcome to bring your own snacks. At the time of registration, you’ll have the opportunity to make us aware of any special needs, food (or other) allergies, or dietary/medical concerns.
TWO-DAY WORKSHOPS :
Workshops do not include meal options, but beverages will be available throughout the duration. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks. Breaks will be provided throughout the day and each day will include a block for lunch. Your post-registration information packet will include local and convenient dining options.
What do you mean by self-inquiry and creative expression?
RETREATS + WORKSHOPS:
We’re glad you asked! As you might have deduced from our combining yoga with writing, we believe in an array of modalites to connect with self and community in a brave and authentic way. Activities include verbal and written inquiries to dive deep into the spirit, collaging, painting, group and self-guided creative expression. If you are an artist of any medium, feel free to bring your tools! By the end of the weekend, each person will go home with a variety of tangible expressions and how to unpack their meanings.