By Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach
My life has been a whirlwind of activity for the past couple of months!
First, I travelled to Spain and walked my Camino in September. It was an amazing, life-changing experience and I’m so grateful I had the freedom to take the time in my life to do it.
I’m currently writing a novel about my Camino so stay tuned for updates!
Upon my return to Victoria, BC, I quickly packed up all of my worldly possessions into my car and drove across the Rocky Mountains to move to Calgary, Alberta in October!
The very next day after landing in my new home in Calgary, I got back into my car and made the short trip West to Kananaskis, AB for a Day of Wellness with Evolve Retreat Co!
I’m so glad I made the effort to brave the Rockies in October and come all this way to attend this wellness event! I really needed to practice some well-deserved self-care!
Kananaskis, Alberta is the perfect setting for a wellness retreat!
Tucked within the clear-cut Rocky Mountains, the Village of Kananaskis is a splendid gem! Perhaps you might have heard about Kananaskis during the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games.
My Day of Wellness took place at Crosswaters Resort, which features newly- renovated guest suites, four restaurants, conference facilities, a wellness spa, and access to amazing hiking trails with spectacular views!
I got my fill of mountain fresh air!
When I first arrived at 10:15am, I was warmly welcomed by the Evolve Retreat Co. team, especially the Retreat Coordinator, Tina Green.
We started the jam-packed day with a meditation with Yoga & Mindset Coach, Marin McCue. She invited us to tune into a word or intention to keep in mind during the rest of the Day of Wellness and my word was “freedom.”
From there, we were asked to choose one to three cards that were arranged on the floor that best described our experience in that moment.
I stepped out into the hallway where the cards were and I immediately had the sense to turn to my left. Right away I saw a card that spoke to me. I picked it up and didn’t need to look at the rest!
I chose this abstract card because two mornings earlier, my last night in Victoria, right before my solo Rocky Mountain road trip, I was thinking that walking into an unknown future is like walking into an ever-opening zipper!
I was reminding myself that I just needed to trust that with every step forward, the path would unfold naturally. It’s a wonderful space to be in!
From that insightful activity, we headed to the tennis courts where we had an exhilarating workout with celebrity fitness trainer, Tommy Europe, and I felt so blessed to be there!
There’s nothing like running around outside and getting your heart-rate up in the company of a bunch of friendly, smiling people, surrounded by green pine trees, grey chiselled mountains, and endless blue skies!
That’s the picture of wellness for me!
We had a lovely lunch at Forte Restaurant and then we went on a nature hike where I tasted Juniper Berries. Yes, they taste like Gin!
We were able to connect to the Earth while sitting on a cool, green, grassy slope while listening to the wind and the birds and a beautiful, guided meditation, lead by Yoga & Adventure Guide, Kristen Stuart.
To me, I felt the outstretched valley and the surrounding mountains, like arms wide open, were saying, “Welcome!” I know I have come a long way and although there may be another mountain to climb ahead of me, now it’s time to rest in the valley of receiving and enjoy the fruits of prosperity that I’ve been working so hard for.
And the blue cat shape in the sky is a nice touch, if I do say so myself.
Later, our group returned to the conference room where we joined the
5-day retreat group and learned about Nutrition with Registered Dietician, Melissa Goldsmith.
Her presentation, which included tasty smoothies and freshly-made Evolve Energy Bites, was followed by an eye-opening workshop on sleep with Medical Director, Ingemaud Gerber.
And then, with mellow, sweet sounding, live, cello music performed by Erin Beach playing in the background, we rested on our yoga mats and retreated inward to activate our Solar Plexus and Heart Chakras in a Yoga Nidra experience lead by Yoga & Adventure Guide, Sarah Harvie.
Very deep and relaxing!
And as night fell upon the mountains, once again it was time to eat, so we headed to the Cedar Room and enjoyed great conversations and a delicious and nutritious meal prepared by Crosswaters Resort chefs.
All in all, I had a beautiful and inspiring Day of Wellness in Kananaskis and I highly recommend Crosswaters Resort and Evolve Retreat Co!
And now that I’m back in my new home in Calgary, I’m ready to walk into my future with arms wide open!
About the Author
Maria Koropecky is a Wellness Coach and Blogger who specializes in self-care. Maria is currently accepting new wellness coaching clients. If you’d like spiritual guidance on this topic, please make an appointment for a 30-Minute Consultation or a Crystal Mapping session with Maria today!
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