Hello and Happy Monday, friends! I am checking in from Whidbey Island, Washington. I recently attended yoga retreat in Gig Harbor where I “checked out” for a few days and can honestly say it was one of the best things I’ve done for myself. Four days of being disconnected from electronics and social media while paying no attention to time of day certainly was nourishing for the soul. Perhaps even more restorative and encouraging was how more than 20 strangers came together and created a space without judgment or competition; all barriers were removed as we became one fully functioning entity, sharing only positive energy, smiles & laughter, and nutritious, organic whole foods. I believe it was a microcosm of what the world could be if we all chose to live and let live. The setting was lovely - deep in the woods with a small pond for swimming (though only one attendee other than myself dove in) and a wobbly raft covered in vegetation that made for some challenging balance poses. Wildlife was abundant and I found time to be creative between classes, taking photos or strumming my guitar when I was compelled but never did I feel obligated. In closing, I am grateful for another meaningful journey; the connections I made and the absolute bliss that we experienced. We’ve all become part of each other’s story as we return to our homes and daily lives with maybe a bit more wisdom and serenity.