Who is this retreat for?
This retreat is for anyone who is interested in...
finding new ways to connect with themselves, others, and nature in an authentic way
meeting new people with shared interests and values
finding ways to stay warm this winter
reinvigorating that feeling we have when we are enchanted by our home town
enjoying a weekend of movement and rest, self-care and fun with rad people right here in Portland!
What does “playcation” mean?
Playcation: a joyful union of a vacation and a playdate. In this case, a ‘staycation’ where we play, connect, create and rest right here in Portland.
Do I need to have any specific experience or background to join the retreat?
Nope! We welcome everyone to this experience. The yoga, movement, meditation and hiking will be adaptable for all experience levels.
What are the benefits of a ‘staycation’ model vs. a residential retreat model?
You get to sleep in your own bed.
At the end of the day you get to go home to your family, sweetie, kid, pet, book, netflix, slippers, bathroom, etc…
Your night and morning routines can stay relatively intact
It creates a replicable and transferable experience so that you can recreate these opportunities for yourself in your everyday lives throughout the year
It saves you money - one of our goals was to offer an affordable, accessible retreat
What’s the food sitch throughout the weekend?
We will have healthy snacks, coffee, tea and sparkling water available every morning, as well as throughout the day when we are at The Brave Birth Studio for activities such as yoga-meditation and group programming
We will enjoy a simple, warming 4th meal together on Friday night
Lunch on both Saturday and Sunday will be provided
Breakfasts are on your own
We will do our best to accommodate all dietary needs, just let us know in advance
You are welcome to bring snacks of your own
Saturday night will include the special addition of wine tasting and food pairing with a certified sommelier
Where does the retreat take place?
Right here in our backyard!
Yoga, meditation, movement, art, wine tasting, meals and programming at Brave Birth on Alberta and 9th: 5010 N.E. 9th Ave, Unit B, Portland Oregon, 97211
Hike in Forest Park
Soak, sauna and rest at Knott Spring: 33 NE 3rd Ave, Ste 565, Portland OR
Do I need to participate in all of the activities on the itinerary?
One of our primary goals for this retreat is to create a comfortable environment in which folks can develop genuine human connections and relationships. We believe that consistency can help to support the cultivation of a safe environment and positive group development. We understand that life happens, and you may have priorities that need your attention throughout the weekend. All we ask is that you show up to participate with curiosity and presence and if you have any needs that are outside the offered itinerary, that you communicate those with us so that we can help to meet your needs.
What should I wear and bring to the retreat?
We suggest you dress for comfort. We will be both indoors and outdoors throughout the weekend, and you can check the day by day breakdown below for more specifics. We’ll have dailly yoga or movement practices so come prepared with comfortable, flexible clothes for those programs.
Just you! We will provide a simple 4th meal, beverages, and comfy seats. We will be indoors for the whole evening.
Hike, run, walk, stroll in Forest Park - It’s December in Portland, so the weather will likely call for layers and rain gear. We recommend non-cotton clothing, such as wool, so that if you do get wet (from rain or sweat) you will stay warm. Gloves, rain jacket, closed toed shoes with good traction, warm hat, warm socks, warm layers, and a water bottle are recommended.
Program Time - Bring a comfy change of clothes for after the hike.
Knot Springs - This lovely spa is co-ed and clothed, so please bring a swimsuit. Knot Springs will provide you with towels, sandals, water cups, as well as, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, and salt scrub!
We will be both indoors and outdoors on Sunday. Please bring warm layers and rain gear to keep you warm and dry during our outdoor program components. Wear comfy clothes for our final yoga, mindfulness and other indoor programming.
Although we are close to home, please bring your ID and insurance card each day as it is simply good practice and so that we can help serve you in case of an emergency
We will provide yoga mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps, but feel free to bring your own yoga mat and any desired props if you prefer to use your own
Feel free to bring extra clothing, snacks, or comfort items that will add to the quality of your experience at any point in the weekend.
Please bring a reusable water bottle (*not that we need to tell Portlanders this)
I don’t drink. Can I still participate in the wine tasting and food pairing?
Yes! One of the amazing parts of having a certified sommelier with us on Saturday night is that we will all get to experience and learn about wine beyond how it tastes. She will provide us with information about the origin of vines and grapes, the winemaking process and the winemaker, as well as other aspects of history, culture, agriculture, and geology.
Can I go alone? -or- What if I come by myself?
This is the biggest question! YES YES YES! We have both gone on several wellness vacations and retreats alone and while sometimes scary, in our experience, going alone is incredibly empowering. We will spend intentional time forming a comfortable group dynamic and creating opportunities for genuine connection between new and old friends.
What will I gain from this retreat?
Enlightenment…. j/k. Some of our goals for the weekend include time for self-reflection, adventure, connection, laughter, play and rest. Our hope is that this weekend leaves you re-energized; that you get exposed to activities available to you in your own back yard that can help you regenerate an enthusiasm for life throughout the cold winter months; and that you reconnect with practices that help you feel grounded, nourished, and joyful.
How often will we practice yoga?
We will be leading a yoga or movement practice each day! In the morning we will help you get into your body, wake up, and get grounded with a movement practice appropriate for starting your day. In the evenings we will wrap up with a restful, restorative practice to help you down-regulate and find stillness.
When should I arrive and depart each day?
Each day will be a little bit different, and we will give a more detailed snapshot of the next day’s schedule the night before.
Friday, November 30th - Please arrive at Brave Birth at 6:30PM. We will wrap up and say goodnight at 9:00PM.
Saturday, December 1st - Please arrive at Brave Birth at 8:00AM for our morning movement practice. (It’s early, we know! It’s a big day and we want to make sure to give you a fulfilling day of both play and rest. We will also have tasty morning snacks and beverages to sweeten the deal.) We will again wrap up and say goodnight at 9:00PM.
Sunday, December 2nd - Please arrive at Brave Birth at 8:00AM for our morning movement practice, morning snacks, and final awesome day together. We will wrap up and say our final goodbyes at 5:00PM.
What if I have to cancel? -or- What’s your cancelation policy?
We understand that things come up, life happens, and last minute changes need to be made. Please contact us directly via email or phone if you need to cancel a registration. Final payments are due 15 days prior to the start date, and cancellations after this point will not be eligible for refunds. If cancellations takes place 30 - 15 days prior to the retreat start date, 50% of the registration fee is eligible for refund but if we are able to fill your place a full refund will be considered. If cancellation takes place more than 30 days prior to the retreat start date, 100% of the registration fee is eligible for refund.
When and how do I pay for the my retreat?
You can register on Megan’s website: http://www.meganpetersonyoga.com/shop/portland-playcation
If you would like to set up a payment plan please email Megan @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I need to sign anything?
Yes. Upon registration you will receive a welcome packet, in which you will find a retreat waiver. Please review, sign and return the waiver prior to the retreat start date.
Can I join a waitlist if the retreat sells out?
Absolutely! If the retreat is sold out please email us at email@example.com to get on our waitlist. If a spot opens up we’ll notify you ASAP.
What’s the yoga like?
In the mornings we will lead you through a practice that is anchored in breath work, building from more restful and restorative poses, to a more energizing flow and exploratory movement practice.
In the evenings we will lead you through a restorative practice to help you down-regulate, rest, and reset.
All yoga practices will be adaptable for all experience levels.
Mats and props will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
If you have any questions or concerns about the yoga, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s the hike like?
The hike will take place in Forest Park. One of the awesome things about the trail system in Forest Park is that there are tons of choices! We will all be starting and ending in the same place, and offering a couple different routes from there so that folks can choose their level of challenge. One route will be approximately 3 miles long and enjoyed at a walking pace, and one route will be approximately 6 miles long and enjoyed at a running or jogging pace.
If you have any questions or concerns about the hike, please email us at email@example.com.
What if I want to sign a friend up as a surprise/gift?
First of all, if we’re not already friends, let’s become friends, cause that is so sweet! We can totally help you with this. Shoot us an email and we’ll hook you up: firstname.lastname@example.org
What if my question is not addressed here?
No problem! We are happy to answer your questions directly. Just shoot us an email: email@example.com
How will we get around town?
Each participant will be responsible for getting themselves to and from activity locations. We recommend carpooling because 1. Road trips are fun (even mini ones), and 2. It’s better for mother earth.