love & service Houston, TEXAS Retreat: Jan 2012

Jump start the new year with Love and Service. Enjoy yoga play time and quiet time with a beautiful Texas yoga commUNITY. Let the weekend to guide you into the New Year with intention and delight.

Grace Yoga Texas Retreat 
Jan 6-8, 2012

Retreat Includes
Weekend of fun, community, conscious discussions and activities on Love and Service. Potluck meals, 3 Vinyasa yoga practices, 1 thai & fly class, and Saturday night acro jam. Come rejuvenate in a lovely Mexican hacienda in the quaint west Houston town of Fulshear, Texas. Expect to share rooms and beds unless otherwise requested. Linens and kitchen supplies will be provided. In the spirit of community service, all meals will be community prepared/eaten. Please bring your favorite dishes to prepare and share. Thai massage is available for additional fee. (Email to book in advance or sign up on site.) FOR DIRECTIONS, SEE BELOW. 

$175 early registration by Dec 31st (email for payment info/RSVP)
$195 after Jan 1, (for cancelations, $50 non-refundable fee)
$75 Saturday all day
$25/class drop ins for Friday night or Sunday morning 

Mail Payment to:
Melissa Smith
3902 Rivermoss Lane
Katy, TX 77494

OMazing Events
5-7pm arrivals, settle in
7-9 Sankulpa yoga practice

7am walking meditation
8-9 breakfast on own
9.30-11.30 Vinyasa class
11.30-3.30 commUNITY pot luck lunch/free time*
3.30-5 Thai and fly
5-7 community dinner
7.30-late acro jam

8am walking meditation
9-10 community breakfast
10.30-12 class
12 departure

*Please join us for pot luck lunch and share in commUNITY and talk about our passions, Saturday, Jan 7th, from 11.30-3.30pm. This is free and anyone is welcome as part of the love and service Texas retreat. It's pot luck, so please bring something (yummy) to share.  Email to RSVP. 

Yoga Class Descriptions
Friday, 7-9pm, Sankalpa Yoga Practice
Asana and Pranayama, meditation, and stillness will culminate in setting a Sankalpa (like a resolution, but with a yogic twist) to guide us into the New Year with intention, intensity and delight.
We start where we are: on the banks of our own river; recognizing what change might be needed to begin our journey. A Sankalpa is designed to bring out the best in us. It's effect is to awaken our willpower within by uniting conscious awareness with our dormant unconscious forces. Sown in fertile ground with the heat of Asana, watered with breath, tended to with faith, humor and trust, we take the first step. Ultimately, very similarly to extending our yoga practice "off of the mat", a Sankalpa can become a motivating force that we live with and move towards every day.
All levels welcome. Melissa will offer variations and modifications to increase or soften the physical challenge.

Saturday, 7am walking meditation 

Sunday, 8am walking mediation
In walking meditation we use the experience of walking mindfully while using our breath as the focus. With bodies in motion, awareness is heightened, and we will seek to pay attention those sensations that arise. You will experience your body very intensely, and uncover deeper connections.

Saturday, 9.30am-11.30 Vinyasa Yoga

Sunday, 10.30am-12 Vinyasa Yoga
Experience a slow flow yoga practice that explores the balance between foundation and fluidity of postures and builds upon the principles of Leeann Carey YogaAll levels welcome. Melissa will offer variations and modifications to increase or soften the physical challenge.

Saturday, 3.30pm-5 Thai & Fly
Learn the fundamentals of therapeutic flying in this healing, relaxing and transformative group practice in a safe and supportive community environment. We'll also give and receive a Thai massage sequence. Everyone will have an opportunity to base and fly. No prior yoga experience or partner required. Come, play and have fun!

Saturday, 7.30pm-late acro jam
Playtime under the starry skies means fun, safety, personal responsibility and creative exploration. It's playfulness within a safe space. Weather permitting, we'll have a bonfire with dancing, acro, therapeutics, Thai massage and lots of love. Release ALL expectations and just have a good time. (*$25 drop in fee applies for the JAM, if you're not attending retreat).

Directions to el rancho:

If you have a toll tag, entrances to the toll off 59 S, 610 and Westpark, or Gessner and Westpark. Take the toll all the way until it ends (which is right past Grand Parkway 99). Keep going straight down what becomes 1093. You’ll hit Fulshear about 12 miles down the road. Take a right on FM 359 at the Shell Station. Go down about 1 ¾ miles and take a left at Rogers Road. Go till it dead ends and take a right on Pool Hill Road. We are down the road on the left and you will know it is ours by the yellow stucco walls. The numbers are difficult to locate b/c they are not on the actual walls. Address is 6030 Pool Hill Road.

I-10 W
Take I-10W. About 7 miles past Katy and Katy Mills, take the Brookshire exit. Take a left onto FM 359 and go under the freeway. Go down FM 359 about 4 miles. Take a right on Hunt Road. Take a left at the cross street, which is Pool Hill Road. The ranch is down on the right and you will know it is ours by the yellow stucco walls. The numbers are difficult to locate b/c they are not on the actual walls.. Address is 6030 Pool Hill Road.
You will need the gate code to get in: TEXT 713 357 8817 or 713 854 9333 for GATE CODE.

House number: 281.533.9017
Jennifer's cell: 713.854.9333


  1. Link to poem I read at the retreat:


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