Salishan Resort Mindfulness Retreat
This past weekend I was fortunate to have been a participant in Salishan Resort’s first Wellness Retreat with an emphasis on mindfulness meditation. When they first reached out and asked me to be part of this, I was thrilled, as visiting the Oregon Coast was definitely at the top of my list of places to visit. Pair it with a weekend of mindfulness and I really couldn’t have thought of anything more perfect- and timely, for what I was in need of.
The retreat was mainly all day on Saturday and then a half day on Sunday- perfect for people like me who work Monday-Friday 8-5 type of jobs. We started Saturday off with yoga in the most beautiful room that looked out at all the unique trees of the Oregon Coast along the golf course just outside of the resort. We then got breakfast, which deserves a serious mention because it was easily one of the best breakfasts I had in a while- no joke! I ordered the Croissant French Toast with a side of eggs and potatoes. I can never decide between sweet and savory for breakfast so I like to order both and it was the perfect combo. But the French Toast?! I am going to have dreams about it for a while…
After breakfast we met for the first Mindfulness Talk led by Sarah McLean. We were provided with experiential learning as we were guided through several mindfulness practices after introducing the concept and tips. I easily learned that my mind was very future-focused in those moments, but by the end of that session I was able to quiet my mind just a little. After the first mindfulness session we had a few hours of free time, so I decided to drive down the coast a bit to explore and stopped at several spots along the ocean. It was a foggy, misty day, but I didn’t mind it. I made it back to the resort in time for a scheduled deep tissue massage. The Spa at Salishan was easily one of the most beautiful spas I’ve been to, and I’ve been to quite a handful! I felt immediate relaxation walking in, but once I was given the tour, that included the most magical infinity pool looking off into the ocean, I was so eager to get into the robe and enjoy every minute. The massage was epic, but so was just wandering around the spa and admiring its beauty.
The afternoon mindfulness session began and one of the exercises that stood out to me was introducing myself to someone new for 60 seconds. When I introduced myself to this person, I mainly provided information about what I do and where I am from (as everyone else in the room turned out to also do). We then had to shift and explore our identities in a different way and then reintroduce ourselves. My new introduction was, “I am compassionate, accepting, courageous, resilient and a healer.” It was empowering.
The evening ended with a lovely farm-to-table dinner that was made with ingredients from local farmers around the Oregon Coast. But first, we were given strawberries to practice a mindful eating exercise. It was the perfect introduction to thinking about where your food comes from, beginning with how it may have grown from the Earth. The dinner consisted of a yummy beet salad, chicken, salmon, roasted cauliflower and rice pilaf.
On the last day, there was an option to participate in a sunrise Loving Kindness meditation, but I decided to chase the sunrise along the ocean and take my meditation outside and on my own. Then I returned, had breakfast, then met again with everyone to participate in Forest Bathing. I was so excited about this because I read about Forest Bathing recently and loved the concept of it. We ended the retreat with one last mindfulness session, which included a bit of journaling and other mindfulness exercises. I had the opportunity to reflect on different areas of my life and what I wanted to improve upon them. One of the biggest messages I took away during this session was “What if life wasn’t happening TO you, but rather FOR you and for your benefit?” It was definitely a game changer for me, since I’ve felt like life has been a bit chaotic lately, but once I realized that the things that happened were for my benefit and for a bigger purpose, I became more at peace.
Overall experience at the Salishan Resort Mindfulness Retreat earns a 10/10. Would recommend!