I’d really love to book a flight every quarter to Bali, or Tahiti, or even Florida for a week or two of blissful sunshine, luxury accommodations, and gourmet whole food prepared by the best chefs in the industry. I’ve been to the beach before (when it was within driving distance to my house) and I fully believe that breaks like the one described above are absolutely essential to our health and well-being.
Trips like the one I described help us to de-stress, renew, fill our “cups”, and heal all of our cumulative little hurts—-the physical, spiritual, and emotional pains we endure on a daily basis.
Though someday I fully believe I will have the financial means to travel the world with my family and vacation for weeks or months on end, today I live in the real world.
Thankfully, in this real world, a retreat space exists to provide all of the benefits I just talked about, and it’s RIGHT HERE just outside of Minneapolis. Can you believe that?!
Ladies and gentleman, I give you……….Dancing Yarrow Farm, and Dennis and Melanie, the Experts-in-Everything owners.
These people are amazing. And their land is amazing. And you really should just drop everything and go there. With or without your kids—either scenario works great.
Melanie and Dennis have created a full-service, farm-to-table retreat experience complete with a running river, sauna, hiking, and Frisbee golf for those who prefer a mainstream family getaway. For those open to a little deeper dive down the rabbit hole, Dennis provides herbalist healing, dietary consulting, and will readily share his wealth of knowledge on energized mineralization of his soil and the evolution of his journey to complete sustainable living. It’s fascinating. Plus, they live in this really cool dome house that is a study in energy efficiency and creative space design.
Our meals (dinner and breakfast) were a rainbow of seasonal color and flavor, despite it being not-quite-spring. We enjoyed a local chicken, roasted to perfection by Melanie’s capable hands, fresh beets, green beans, and potatoes. Dessert was a German-inspired raspberry crumbly cake, finished with a coffee-esque drink called Dandy-blend, made from dandelions and other cool stuff. I won’t even mention the TWO kinds of pancakes and egg-quinoa-vegetable casserole deliciousness we enjoyed for breakfast the following morning.
Wobblers, THIS is a retreat for real people. You can chill out or fill your plate with activity. You can totally unplug. You can work (they love help on the farm, and reward you with food for different levels of work commitment during the growing season) or play, learn, sweat and swim, or even kayak on the Buffalo river.
Stay tuned, Wobble Tribe, because plans are in the works for a Wobble Yoga retreat at Dancing Yarrow in the Fall. Meanwhile, take yourself, your spouse, and/or your kids out there for some summer camping to get a taste. You won’t want to leave. Find them at http://www.farmstayus.com/farm/Wisconsin/Farm_to_Fork_Retreat_at_Dancing_Yarrow. Tell them Embrace The Wobble Yoga wishes we were there!
Even though the pics below were taken on a cold, wet, March day, there is still so much beauty and we left feeling warm, full, and renewed! Melanie and Dennis are featured in the second pic.