Healthy Beginnings

Resolve to retreat in 2018 – go on a meditation, yoga or wellness outing

Granlibakken Tahoe hosts twice-yearly wellness retreats, under its Sierra Soul brand.

So often we make New Year’s resolutions that feel like tasks — some sort of hurdle we have to overcome, a mountain we have to climb. As the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu put it, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

What if we altered our perception of what a resolution is? What if we viewed it as something that we deserve, an indulgence? Instead of viewing it as a set goal, a numeric point on the scale, a measurable quantity — what if we viewed it as something that we can take small steps toward, one day at a time?

You owe it to yourself to better mentally, physically and spiritually in 2018. This doesn’t have to be an insurmountable endeavor; it can be a series of small commitments that you make each day, week or month.

Join a yoga studio and promise yourself that you will go twice weekly. Subscribe to a YouTube channel with meditation guides (there are many to choose from!) and set aside 10 minutes each day to meditate. Treat yourself to a meditation, yoga or wellness retreat this year — the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate while staying on track to achieve your wellness goals.

Retreats are a fantastic way to reinvigorate, recommit and refocus. Similar to joining a class at the gym, sometimes we need guidance and encouragement to attain our goals and to ensure that we are reaching our true potential. Attending a retreat allows us to surround ourselves with like-minded people, making new friends and connections, while also growing and improving in our practice.

Whether you are a seasoned retreat attendee or new to the game, there are experiences near and far for all levels of knowledge, practice and intensity. A retreat can be as big or as small of an undertaking as you wish.

Sure, you can go to Bali on your own and practice yoga intensively for two weeks. Alternatively, a retreat can be as simple as a weekend spent with a few close friends focusing on self-care and personal wellbeing.

To fully immerse in a place, a culture and a way of being is an experience like none other. Retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world, and into the experience that you are having — learning new things, engaging with the world around you in ways that you hadn’t previously, and taking time to meditate on your experience.

Whether you attend a guided retreat, or just take a weekend to spend in nature, alone with your thoughts and your practice, it is important to set aside time for self-care and self-evaluation.

So often we are distracted by the world around us, caught up in work, responsibilities and commitments. When was the last time that you took a weekend to truly indulge and reflect on yourself, your goals and your achievements? Make 2018 the year that you resolve to retreat.

Annora McGarry is a lover of all things outdoors who has made her home in Tahoe City. She works for, located in Tahoe City, California. Visit to learn more.