Posted on December 26, 2008 by Olivia Donor
This is a follow-up to my last post (Yoga and Meditation Resorts in the US). I was reading the news and one link brought me to another link which brought me to another, and then I found myself looking at a slideshow of MSNBC’s top meditation retreats in the US, so now I’ve got a few more to add to my list.
- The Abbey of Gethsemani, Trappist, KY
- Kripalu Center, Stockbridge, MA
- Menla Mountain Retreat, Phoenicia, NY
- Breitenbush Hot Springs, Detroit, OR
- Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO
- Mount Madonna, Santa Cruz, CA
- Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
- Ala Kukui, Hana, Maui, Hawaii
- The Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY
- Esalen, Big Sur, Calif.
One day I’ll visit them all
Other Spas and Retreats in the US:
- Spas and Retreats in Hawaii
- Spas and Retreats in Mid Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, OH, ON, PA, VA, WV)
- Spas and Retreats in the Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD, WI)
- Spas and Retreats in New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
- Spas and Retreats in the Mountain States (CO, ID, MT, UT, WY)
- Spas and Retreats in the South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN)
- Spas and Retreats in the Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX)
- Spas and Retreats on the West Coast (CA, NV, OR, WA)
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Posted on December 10, 2008 by Tim Groom
If you’re like me (which is probably in general not something to aspire to…), you like skiing, but hate the skiing experience. Sometimes I go out to Hunter Mountain, which is pretty close by, and then regret it almost immediately. Basically: I HATE CROWDS. I HATE COMMERCIAL SKI SLOPES. I HATE SKI SCHOOLS THAT CROWD MY MOUNTAIN. Yeah, that’s right, I get a little possessive. I usually drive for hours or even days to get to the slope of my choice, spend a crapload of money, and then can barely move as I get pushed down the icy, well-too-worn slopes. This winter, I’ve got one roadtrip planned and my goal is to find some empty slopes where not only can I ski in peace, but I can meditate and relax. Is it possible? We shall see.
Here’s a list I’ve found so far, posted a year ago on ForbesTraveler.com – but doesn’t the fact that it’s already been advertised as “crowd-free” for one year mean that all the crowd-avoiders will be there, thus making it a bit crowded? Well, maybe you’ve got insight—please let me know if you know of more crowdless slopes. (Though I understand if you don’t want to share—publicizing them would sort of defeat the purpose, right?)
Enjoy! Hopefully I won’t see you out there – you know what I mean.
(Thank you, forbestraveler.com for the list.)
Good Info on Skiing in General
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Posted on December 4, 2008 by Olivia Donor
If I could hop in my car and drive to Hawaii right now, I would. I just saw a slideshow of pictures from this stunning island and I want to be there! It looks like such a peaceful, mystical place, filled with a rich tribal history that is still so very much alive. Even the picture at the spa makes me want to go, and I’m not really such a spa person. So there are 11 slides and I just wanted to look up a bit about each of the places that are highlighted. You need to go to this slideshow and check out these pictures! I’ve cut and pasted the tag lines—the slideshow goes pretty fast and you may not get a chance to read them.
- Far-flung Maui has long been revered as a pure and pristine getaway.
- The pool at the Hotel Hana
- Pineapple growing on the side of the scenic Hana Highway
- Wind chimes at a fruit stand along the road to Hana
- A view of the Pacific Ocean from Kihei
- Local leis and headdresses in Lahaina
- The Misty ‘Iao Valley
- Carving a totem at the Old Lahaina Luau
- Snorkeling in La Perouse Bay in South Maui
- The Spa at the Grand Wailea
- An Old Lahaina Luau member sounding the conch
I think what appeals to me most about Hawaii (and I haven’t given this much thought before coming across these pictures, so just hear me out) is the combo of the old and the new, of tradition and modernity. Obviously there’s a lot of cheesiness going on in Hawaii with the tourist industry and all, but at the same time, native life has been brewing in Hawaii untouched by corporate America and such for longer than in most other places in the country. There’s still so much in Hawaii that is wild and rustic—the volcanoes, for example. I mean there’s only so much taming and commercializing you can do to a still active volcano, right? Anyways, my point is that I want to go. I want to walk around in a bikini and sip milk from a coconut on the beach. Is that too much to ask?
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