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Retreat, Restore & Renew: December Retreat with Erin @ Snowbird’s Cliff Spa

Retreat, Restore & Renew

Annual December Retreat with Erin

at Snowbird’s Cliff Spa

Saturday & Sunday Dec.6th-7th, 10am-4pm

Registration Now Open!

I’d love to have you join me for my annual December retreat at Snowbird’s Cliff Spa.

As the hours of light shorten, and the holiday busyness starts to amp up, I’m offering a weekend of just what the doctor (your inner wise self, that is) ordered.

We’ll gather from 10-4 each day (with a lunch break) to support ourselves in experiencing bodily restoration, soul-renewal, and a day of retreating from the busyness of life. Together we’ll create a space where you can truly connect with your deepest self, set down “the ten-thousand things” of the everyday world, and find underneath it all, your open heart, your deep wisdom, and the source of your radiant well-being.

Mary Oliver’s poem, The Old Poets of China, says it so beautifully:


Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe
that I do not want it. Now I understand
why the old poets of China went so far and high

into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.



Would you like to bow out of December’s busyness and creep into the mist for a day – or a weekend?




Please join me!
This workshop usually fills quickly, so please respond soon.

I’ll send you a registration link once I hear from you.

As you may know it’s not a huge yoga room and I’m limiting attendance this year to 18 people each day.

So – if one of these spots has your name on it, please sign up soon! I’d be truly deeeelighted to have you.


Our time together will include:

  • a deeply nourishing restorative yoga practice
  • gentle Feldy movements to unwind your body & mind
  • brilliant Embodied Life practices to support you in taking the sanity and well being you find in retreat into your daily life
  • guided meditation
  • an opportunity to really listen inwardly for the guidance and wisdom inherent in your own presence
  • connection with other wonderful human beings as well as quiet time with yourself
  • practices to support your wellness and vitality
  • time to enjoy the Cliff Spa’s world class amenities and the fresh mountain air in a truly gorgeous setting
  • my wholehearted care and super-inspired guidance throughout the day


Some things I love about the spa:

  • Swimming on a rooftop in the Wasatch Mountains in a warm salt pool, with snow falling all around
  • Soaking in a large hot tub with an incredible view of mountain peaks from the 11th floor rooftop of the Cliff Lodge
  • Breathing in eucalyptus infused steam in a warm steam room that nourishes my skin, warms my bones, and can almost make me forget it’s winter
  • Enjoying clean, fresh, mountain air, even when the winter-inversion has set into the city
  • Savoring super delicious (and 1/2 price!) small plates and a glass of wine at the Aerie after the retreat ends. yum.
  • That it’s not a long drive from my home in Salt Lake, but it feels very far away


The dark days of winter are often a challenge for me.

Including things like a day-long retreat at Snowbird or a week in Costa Rica have made all the difference in allowing winter to be a wonderful time of well-being for me.

I hope you’ll join me!


cliff spa pool


Please reply to this email asap with a “YES!” if you’d like a spot.

And please clarify which option you’d like to reserve.


Your options are:

  • $135 Saturday only
  • $135 Sunday only
  • $235 whole weekend


Once you let me know of your interest, I’ll send you a link where you can register immediately with paypal to secure your spot.


If you are interested in registering someone else along with yourself, just let me know and I’ll send you an appropriate link so you can both ensure your spots are reserved.

Often people like to make a full retreat of it and book a room at Snowbird so you can relax and enjoy the evening and won’t even need to drive down the canyon, but just make your way to your cozy bed. While I don’t do the booking for you, I’m happy to point you to a link where you can book your accommodations. You can find that here. In fact, you can stay at any lodging at Snowbird, it needn’t be the Cliff. It’s quite easy to get around the resort.

(And can I also highly recommend planning on dinner at the Aerie Restaurant right down the hall from our retreat space? It’s my favorite restaurant at the whole resort, they offer 1/2 price small plates until 6pm (which is great since we’ll be done at 4! Restaurant opens at 5, so you can soak or swim or steam for an hour! Yeah, baby!) It’s a gorgeous place with lovely food and atmosphere. Check out this review here. )


A week before the retreat you’ll receive an email with details on what to bring, where to park, and everything you need to know.

One more gem from David Whyte as a little inspiration:

REST is the conversation between what we love to do and how we love to be. Rest is not stasis but the essence of giving and receiving. Rest is an act of remembering, imaginatively and intellectually, but also physiologically and physically. To rest is to become present in a different way than through action, and especially to give up on the will as the prime motivator of endeavor, with its endless outward need to reward itself through established goals. To rest is to give up on worrying and fretting and the sense that there is something wrong with the world unless we put it right; to rest is to fall back, literally or figuratively from outer targets, not even to a sense of inner accomplishment or an imagined state of attained stillness, but to a different kind of meeting place, a living, breathing state of natural exchange…

Excerpted from ‘REST’ From the upcoming book of essays CONSOLATIONS: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words. ©2014 David Whyte


Please note:

If you need to cancel your registration, please let me know as soon as possible so I can open your space to another interested participant.

If you cancel by Nov. 26th, we will credit 50% of your registration fee within 30 days of your cancellation.

If you cancel after Nov. 26th, we will be unable to refund your registration. Thanks for your understanding.

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