Women’s Wellness Retreat In Nahsholim

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I’m a yoga dropout.

I’m ashamed to admit it, but it’s true. I used to go every Thursday, but I stopped for a few weeks to visit my daughter  in the US. I meant to start back again when I returned to Israel, but apathy took over, and I never did.

Luckily, my yoga teacher is a woman with a merciful and forgiving nature.

When she and a few of her colleagues put together a yoga retreat in Nahsholim, dropouts were allowed to participate too.

Nahsholim, for those few of you who are not experts on Israeli geography, is located on the Mediterranean Sea. It was important during ancient times for it’s ports.

As you can tell by the photos, the place is gorgeous. The beach is spotless.  The water is a deep blue-green color. And, there are so many interesting shells, it’s almost impossible not to crunch them as you walk.

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Classes

There were a number of activities, some being offered several times, so that you could design your own schedule.

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Guided Beach Coves Walks
  • Chair Yoga on the Beach
  • Creative Writing Workshop
  • Massage (optional)

All of this was offered at a set price of 200 shekels (about 45-50 US dollars) except for the massage. There was an extra charge for the massage.

Between the unbelievable view, the classes, and the new friends, the retreat was an amazing experience!

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The Takeaway

I learned a new form of meditation. I don’t know what the official name for it is, so I’ll just repeat the instructions.

First locate a beautiful view. We had the ocean, but I think a park, the sun shining on snow or your front yard would be fine.

Next close your eyes and just listen. Hear everything for 1-2 minutes.

With your eyes still closed, feel. You might feel the sun on your skin or the breeze in your hair. Continue for 1-2 minutes.

Now smell. Take a deep breathe and smell the air.

Finally, open your eyes and look. See the beauty of nature. And realize that you are a part of it.

I found this meditation extremely relaxing and plan on continuing it on a regular basis.

If you try out this mediation, please send me a comment. I’d love to hear about your experience with it.

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