Another wonderful time was had at our bi-annual Vaughan Park weekend retreat.
The weekend got underway on Friday afternoon. We were very lucky to have the weather on our side. Kicking things off was the first of several lovely beach walks.
This offered a great way for those that travelled up from BOP and Pukekohe, and down from Warkworth to unwind from their travels. Those that could, had a chance to ‘ground’ themselves as they opted to walk in bare feet and we all know how beneficial it can be to exercise in bare feet. Any opportunity to walk in bare feet on grass or sand offers many therapeutic benefits.
We had a lovely dinner followed with a chance to get to know one another a little better before calling it a night.
Saturday: After breakfast the day started with our 1 ½ hour classes. Pam and Jennie shared a class engaging in everything from, hand weights, to ribbon work, to fun sequences to stretches and unique floor work. Sonia taught class in another room. Following her usual class plan, she filled the extra ½ hour using long dowel sticks. Participants experimented using them individually then exploring partner work – great for shoulder strengthening and mobilising.
After classes there was a little time to recover and refuel over lunch. We were then put to the test with our artistic abilities through a fun ‘Roll-a-dice-Picasso Art’ game. This proved to be quite a bit of fun resulting in a Picasso style self-portrait. It was very surprising how, even though the shapes were similar, each portrait was different yet reflected the personality of the artist.
During afternoon tea there was a prize-giving for the day long competition we had been running. Congratulations to Mo from Tauranga on getting the closest guess to the weight of the yoga mat.
More time to relax before our afternoon pamper session complete with foot spas, foot massage and relaxing eye rejuvenation. Thank you once again to teacher Jennie Hanvey and member Barbara Williams for bringing your massage skills to the pamper session.
Dinner on Saturday night was followed with a Murder Mystery Game. Props, name tags, and thinking caps were on. The thinking caps worked a treat as the mystery was solved quite quickly. Lots of fun and laughter were had by all.
Sunday Pam, Jennie and Sonia ran more classes, we enjoyed a delicious lunch and the weekend ended with our annual AGM.
Hopefully you are now inspired to seriously consider this bi-annual weekend event, set for March 2024.
Pencil it in, you’ll be surprised how quickly it comes around.
The weekend told in pictures: