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FIRE & WATER Summer Solstice Celebration
June 21 - June 23
Come Open, Leave Ready
Ready to listen to your inner voice coaxing you to move forward? Join us at The Copper House for “Fire and Water” as we celebrate the longest days of the year and inaugurate the season of fertile growth to the beat of drums with festive food and drink around Friday evening’s bonfire. Early next morning, begin listening to the voice within as you practice meditative yoga followed by a quiet hike—on your own or with a companion. Join the group for a seasonal picnic breakfast in the meadow.
Connect with the season’s bounty at the farmer’s market as you pick out tonight’s dinner. Settle in at Copper House, and with the help of a skilled group leader take more time for a serious peek inward. In this fertile season are you feeling the urge to grow? What do you need? What are the blocks? With alert mind, it’s time for a yoga practice geared to stimulate the entire body, followed by a lunch featuring hearty seasonal salads.
Body and mind tended, break into groups and get ready for a hands-on cooking class as you prepare local ingredients for the evening’s feast. Get quiet again and ready yourself as you are luxuriously guided through the final restorative yoga practice of the day. As if in a dream, move to the stream and dip your toes in the water as you dine al fresco in (yes in) a babbling stream. Enjoy the stars and ethereal music of the glass armonica under the stars. Seal your weekend experience on Sunday with meditation, yoga, and a final shared brunch.
Join master yoga instructor and professional life coach, Rita Shepard, New York Times bestselling cookbook author, Pam Anderson, and seasoned small group leader and author, David Anderson, for a deep, delicious weekend of camaraderie and fun in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
What previous attendees say….
“…It was the perfect getaway that combined healthy and delicious food with incredible yoga coupled with mindfulness and education. It was just the right amount of time balancing yoga practice with discussion and socializing. I made some great new friends because the size was perfect – just big enough to get to know new people but not too big to get lost. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys yoga, good food and good company!”
“The weekend was a total uplift of my spirit. My body and mind were in need of some R & R and the combination of the serene setting, the delicious, healthy food and the restorative yoga was just what the doctor ordered! I came back renewed and refreshed. I can’t wait for the next one!”
“A wonderful combination of good fun, great food, a relaxing yet challenging yoga practice and good people to share it with-all the right ingredients for a perfect weekend.”
$399 includes instruction, food & beverage, and shuttle service to and from cottages to Copper House
Cottage Rates: $125 per night (Additional nights at the cottages available at $125 per person per night).
Sunday Road Home is a classic Upper Bucks County revolutionary war era stone home with period style interior. Located on a scenic unpaved public road that has only occasional traffic, and nestled on the edge of woods and a small stream, the house has lovely views, abundant wildlife, birdwatching and hiking opportunities.
Penbuck Farm is a beautifully renovated 18th century stone home nestled on 100 acres of lush Bucks County countryside. Enjoy the peaceful view from the flagstone overlooking Cooks Creek.
Royal Manor is a mid-1800’s stone manor house overlooking a small wild brown trout stream as it enters the Delaware River. Built by a Delaware Canal merchant as a summer residence, the home has been fully renovated while preserving its original character.
Massage sessions available before and after the retreat Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon by appointment.
One-Hour Thai Massage: Thai Yoga Massage is performed on the floor in loose and comfortable clothing. When receiving a Thai Yoga Massage, one is also receiving the benefits of Yoga. It can be described as assisted Hatha Yoga. This beautiful ancient technique incorporates martial arts moves, rhythmic motion, palming and thumbing along energy lines, gentle stretching and breath work, creating a slow, flowing dance around and with the recipient’s body. The benefits of this therapeutic practice are improved circulation, release from muscular tension and spasm, improved metabolism, it boosts the immune system, and it balances the body energetically, creating a calm mental state. The practice provides the recipient with a great sense of presence, grounding, calming and an overall wellbeing in the body, mind and spirit.
Friday, June 21
3:00-6:00pmCheck-in and Snacks at the Cottages
7:00pmShuttle to Copper House
7:15pmWelcome Reception and Introductions
8:30pmLighting of the Bonfire and Buffet Dinner
10:30pmShuttle back to the cottages
Saturday, February 22
6:30amShuttle Pickup for Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary
7:00-8:00amOutdoor Meditative Yoga Practice
8:00-9:30amNature Walk and Picnic Breakfast
9:30amShuttle Departs for Trauger’s Farm Market
9:45-10:30amShop for Dinner at Farmer’s Market
10:30amShuttle Departs for Copper House
11:15-12:30pmYoga Practice: Bud, Grow, Bloom!
12:30-1:30pmLunch: Create Your Own Legume Grain, and Vegetable Salad Bar
1:30-2:00pmContemplation Time: Your Definition of an Abundant, Fertile Life
2:00-3:00pmPresentation and Small Group Discussion: An Abundant, Fertile Life
3:00-3:15pmStream Dinner Discussion-Break into Cooking Teams
3:15-4:15pmHands-On Cooking Class
4:15-5:00pmAfternoon Break and Refreshments
6:30-7:00pmReflection Time with Optional Quiet Evening Walk
7:00-8:00pmCocktail Reception and Wood-Fired Pizza Demonstration and Tasting
9:30-10:30pmMusic and Star Gazing
10:30pmShuttle Back to Cottages
Sunday, June 23
8:00amShuttle Pickup to Copper House
9:30-10:15amPresentation and Small Group Discussion-An Abundant, Fertile Life: Add or Prune
10:30-11:45amYoga: Seal the Practice
12:00-1:00pmFarewell Picnic Brunch
1:00pmShuttle Back to Cottages
Pam Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author of nine cookbooks, including the Julia Child Award-winning The Perfect Recipe and the James Beard-nominated first edition of How to Cook Without a Book and Perfect Recipes for Having People Over, and the IACP-nominated The Perfect Recipe For Losing Weight and Eating Great. Pam was also the former executive editor of Cook’s Illustrated magazine, USA Weekend food columnist, AARP’s official food expert, and a blogger with her two adult daughters at the popular site Three Many Cooks.
Rita Shepard Endeis
Rita Shepard Endeis a Certified Yoga Instructor. She has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 20 years. Her extensive study of anatomy and physiology promises her students safe and intelligent instruction that allow them to find a practice that fits their needs physically. No one is left behind, and there is a fulfilling practice for each person who enters her class to comfortably explore their body, mind and spirit. She studied at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport and received her National Certification in MT in 2006. She specializes in Thai Yoga Massage. Rita received her Transformational Life Coaching Certificate at the Open Center in New York City in 2015. She uses her learned coaching skills, studies of eastern philosophy and spiritual practices to help her clients make positive shifts to lead a fulfilling life and reach their highest potential.
David Anderson is an author, teacher and spiritual guide. His books include Breakfast Epiphanies: Finding Wonder in the Everyday (Beacon Press, 2000) and Losing Your Faith, Finding Your Soul: The Passage to New Life When Old Beliefs Die (Convergent Books, 2013). Specializing in the phases of personal and spiritual development,David is a seasoned counselor and spiritual director. For thirty years he has led retreats and facilitated small groups focused on inner transformation. David blogs at findingyoursoul.com.