“I would highly recommend an Exodus Women’s Fitness retreat! The whole experience was rejuvenating and lots of fun! I enjoyed meeting a great group of women, sharing stories and getting to know one another better. There were so many highlights that it’s hard to describe all of them, but here are a few that stand out in my mind
Exodus’ founder, Robin, shared her personal journey of growth, reflection on her life and what she has learned from challenging times. I was able to take what she said and apply it to my own life and figure out where I needed some change. Although the issues I needed to work on were different, I was able to see the parallels in my own life. I felt liberated!
The mountain bike ride through Arches National park was spectacular! It was a great self confidence builder to be able to ride the bikes over challenging terrain and it was fun to watch all of the ladies as they “grew” more confident in their biking abilities as the day went on. The scenery was breathtaking and very spiritually renewing!
Since I went “single”, I was paired with a roommate who turned out to have similar interests and we ended up having a wonderful time together! On our “free” day we hiked Arches National Park and it was an amazing adventure, (which by the way, I learned is a “hallmark” of all Exodus retreats!) Both of us learned a lot about ourselves and about “life”… we ended up getting lost and finding our way again through rainstorms and lightning. Hiding under a rock as the storm passed, we looked up to see a spectacular double rainbow!
When I arrived at the retreat I was very stressed out and suffering from back pain. Exodus massage therapist, Kathy, gave me one of the best massages I have ever had in my life and said a special prayer for healing over my tired and sore body. Her healing prayers were a miraculous touch!
The exercise classes were “challenging” but very relaxing… emphasizing stretching and breathing, which is something that we all forget to do! We were given handouts so that we could “bring home” the exercises and incorporate them into our daily routines.
One of the things that surprised me most was an exercise where you were supposed to do something nice for one of the people on the retreat. I did not know my “secret sister” (the point!), however learned that she loved rocks! I ended up finding a great “rock shop” that I would have never visited before and buying her some really cool quartz rocks!
The talks concerning nutrition and stress management were particularly meaningful to me. This past year, with the economic state of the country, I have been very stressed and frequently pull out the handouts as a reminder of what stress can do to the body and also to remind myself of healthy ways to cope!
I would highly recommend Exodus Womens Retreat for any women who is looking for a long weekend adventure for the body and soul and to walk away armed with tips to live a healthier life…creating new, lifelong friendships and to feel rejuvenated body and spirit!”