FP Escapes: Montana in Review

FP Escapes: Montana in Review

A look inside our last FP Escape of the summer…

This post comes from retreat guide and yogi, Maria Margolies

Every retreat we take opens up a whole new world of opportunity. The opportunity to step out of our comfort zones. The opportunity to be adventurous and bold. To experience something fresh. Meet new people and learn from them. Connect with Mother Nature in ways we normally wouldn’t. Most importantly, it gives us the opportunity to slow down so we can pay more attention to what’s around us and inside us. To listen and feel, so we can drop deeper and become more intimate not only with ourselves but with one another. Ultimately, isn’t this what we are all searching for?

Glacier National Park blew me away in every way imaginable. From the striking contours of the landscape with its soaring mountain peaks and sharp edges to the never-ending stretches of evergreens and golden fields carpeting its valleys.  Even the colors and texture of the earth and its stones commanded my attention and touch every step of the way. And of course the water… It was everywhere: frozen in time in the ancient but powerful glaciers, cascading powerfully in creeks and streams, floating above us silently in massive clouds or falling rhythmically as rain on the meadows and forests.

This Escape managed to combine all elements of awakening mind and spirit in a breathtaking setting to create a uniquely incredible and inspiring experience. A seamless immersion with nature incorporating beautifully prepared and delicious plant-based foods to nourish us, yoga to start our days, meditation to end them, hiking to discover hidden lakes, horseback riding to take in the scenery, DIY beauty by crystal blue water and paddleboarding to test our balance.  All of this filled with many laughs and truly wonderful connections at every turn.

Thank you to the beautiful tribe of women that came.  I feel so grateful and honored to have held space for you to grow, open up, and plant a little seed of change. There will be many more journeys to come! Stay tuned.

A big thank-you to Maria, Under Canvas Glacier, The Cyclists Menu and Sorel for making this trip happen, we can’t wait for the next!

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For Maria Margolies, It’s All About Breath and Body

For Maria Margolies, It’s All About Breath and Body

What motivates the instructor of our upcoming Glacier National Park FP Escape? Come on and find out…

“[Glacier] is so vast, untouched and sacred. It appears as if no one has ever walked its grounds. I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the wild, connecting with the land and its creatures, and sharing guidance and energy with a beautiful tribe of women.”

Zodiac sign: Gemini

Birthplace: Bogota, Colombia

Your website says that you are a: Mystical Gypsy Traveler. Mother. Spirit Surfer. Plant Obsessed. Healer. Yogini. Teacher. Consciousness Awakener. Cosmic Dancer. Creative cook. Eternal Student. Sacred Activist. How did you come to embrace all of these wonderful qualities? This is the story of my life. Since I can remember I’ve been using my body, this vessel in which I travel the physical world as a tool to heal and access the world, it drives my curiosity. I passionately believe in movement as medicine. Movement is another form of nourishment, just as important as food and one of the most healing practices we can do for ourselves.

My interest for healing and wellness sparked at a very young age — dancer since the age of 5, vegetarian at 15. And as the closet nerd that I am, I read and study as much as I can about all of the things that interest me. I like to dive deep and not swim in shallow waters. Because of my air nature and gypsy spirit, I was called to move: to travel, to leave my native country to explore and experience the world firsthand. It was on this journey where I learned about myself and my path. My passion for health and wellness deepened and evolved: I developed an interest in cooking and experimenting with flavors, spices and medicinal herbs, understanding their benefits and how these affected not only my practice but my whole energetic and physical being… and of course, my love affair with riding waves began.

I weave all these teachings, passions, experiences, travel and studies into my daily practice and rituals. They are part of who I am and they inform my teaching as well as my holistic approach to wellness and life. But I never stop being a student. I continue to study and explore as much as I can with my teachers and on my own. I am very curious!

You will be guiding our next Escapes trip through Glacier National Park. What can our guests anticipate learning from you? Our highest intention will be to connect to our cosmic centre — that constant place of awareness within. We will be placing a great deal of emphasis on breath. I believe there is a direct connection between the breath and mind. If we work with our breath we can heal our minds, while yoga asanas heal our body. Breath provides us with our ebb and flow — it unifies, sustains and informs us in every level. It’s our life force. It communicates with our body, heals and stops the fluctuations of the mind and even increases our longevity.

Being on a retreat provides an ideal opportunity to venture within. To stop, contemplate and learn about ourselves. Through unified flows of asana and synchronicity with the breath, our experience with the internal and external worlds will deepen, tone our systems and rebalance our entire body. There will also be plenty of playtime! Plus, I’ll be sharing a hands-on Radical Radiance workshop with herbal alchemy and recipes to glow inside and out.

For those of us who can’t accompany you, what lesson/s can you impart on us to integrate into our daily exploration? I think that the biggest, most important message in these very difficult, busy times is to find quiet and go within. Disconnect. Listen. Witness. Observe your mind. Find time to connect to our cosmic center. The divine.

Nowadays we are always connected, constantly moving, with so many distractions and spending way too much time in front of a screen. So, consciously trading some of that time to mere contemplating, observing and cultivating a meditation practice is very important. A moment of meditation can refresh you on every level, give you the tools to cope with whatever life brings you, and ultimately guide you to happiness.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever got? Be you.

Worst advice? I can’t remember, it was that bad!

Spirit animal: Butterfly.

What does the word free mean to you? Free means to be me. Authentic. To be awake and keep consciousness alive. To Give. To Love myself. And to be attached to nothing, yet connected to everything.

Photos by Enrique Aviles.

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FP Escapes: What to Pack for Montana

FP Escapes: What to Pack for Montana

Adventure awaits in the great outdoors…

In two weeks we set a course for Glacier National Park, ready to embrace Mother Earth in all her glory. We head west to nourish mind, body and soul with yoga by Maria Margolies, and dance under the stars to later rest our heads at Under Canvas Glacier. For this great adventure, and perhaps your next spirit quest, check out a few of our favorite Montana must-haves.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Photos by Jana Kirn

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FP Escapes: Inside Glacier Under Canvas

FP Escapes: Inside Glacier Under Canvas

Get a glimpse inside the breathtaking campground, home to our August FP Escapes retreat

Where peaks touch sky, glaciers move earth, waterfalls carve rock, and wildlife roam free… Welcome to Glacier Under Canvas, and home to our August FP Escapes retreat. Glacier Under Canvas takes camping to a whole new level, with luxury tents and endless mountain views giving you the opportunity to camp without ditching the comforts of home. Still not convinced to join us this August? Read below our conversation with Crystal McDonald from the Under Canvas team to help make the trip to Montana that much more desirable. 

We love your mission statement, “To enrich lives by enabling people to share experiences in the outdoors in comfort and style.” Could you tell us a little more on how Under Canvas continues bring this mission to life. 

Being outdoors definitely inspires, restores and connects people!  Adventuring in the wild doesn’t come easy for everyone, but experiencing the outdoors also doesn’t have to mean “roughing it.” We provide unforgettable experiences and believe that immersing yourself in nature strengthens relationships and fosters environmental consciousness. Not to mention it allows you to decompress from the daily demands of being so connected!

Can you share with us some of the things that Glacier Under Canvas guests would be privy to: tours/activities/etc.?

We offer many fun activities that our guests can enjoy, like whitewater rafting and canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, horseback riding, guided backcountry tours to Glacier Lake, even cowboy cookouts. Did I also mention Llama Trekking?  How cool is that!?  The park is nearly one million acres in size, so the list is virtually endless. You might even spot some cute bear cubs!

Under Canvas has a few other locations. Where are they located?

It’s so hard to pick a favorite because they’re all so fabulous!  Next month we are opening Under Canvas Zion, and our team has some really special things in the works!  I hear there’s going to be an amazing lobby tent with a fire pit and trees inside, a campfire-inspired restaurant AND a huge yoga platform with a meditation area! Each location is totally unique and incredible in its own way — but you guys already know that because you’ve visited our camps in Yellowstone and Moab!  Here’s some other exciting news too — we have more new locations rolling out in 2018, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

5 words that capture the essence of Glacier Under Canvas?

Adventure, relax, escape, inspire, discover.

Giving back is a huge part of who Under Canvas is. The months of May & June are blocked off specifically for hosting charitable camps. Could you tell us more about this? 

Yes, giving back is at the core of who we are!  We love sharing the gift of nature and we support organizations who work in partnership to offer that experience to children, youth and the disadvantaged.  Before our Glacier location opens each season, we host charitable camps and help provide the ultimate experience in the great outdoors — and when it comes to sleeping in a safari tent there is never a lack of excitement (or late-night laughter)!

Our mission to bridge society to the great outdoors is a priority. Organizations can always contact us for more information!

If Glacier Under Canvas had (or has) a spirit animal, what would it be?

A bear! They are wild and powerful creatures, yet beautiful and graceful.  And nothing says adventure like a bear!

What does the word free mean to you?

Not having a care in the world.  But more importantly, being confident and truly comfortable with yourself!

+ Join us in Glacier National Park this August! Book here today!! 

Want to learn more about our Glacier National Park Escape? Meet and stay up to date with our yoga teacher and holistic health coach, Maria, who will be joining us in Glacier NP!

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FP Escapes: Announcing Our 2017 Schedule

Introducing 4 new must-do retreats…take a look and decide which best fits your personal growth plan…

In need of new life? Adventure, inspiration? Consider an FP Escapes retreat, where each trip serves to cultivate and nurture a genuine quest of culture and self. This year, we’ve partnered with an inspiring group of health and wellness ambassadors to create educational and uplifting communal experiences. Honoring regional biodiversity, each retreat is nourished by FP Gather chefs and nutritionists, infusing custom menus that celebrate the distinct culinary traditions of the area. From sailing the magnificent waters of Sardinia to hiking glaciers in Montana, we invite you to connect with a like-minded community of women and gain inspiration from the natural surroundings.

Read on for a closer look at our upcoming adventures. We hope to see you there. Let’s go!

Palm Springs: Release Your Block

Dates: May 12-15

Venue: Korakia Pensione

GuideNina Endrst

Nutrition: The Great Kosmic Kitchen

The Experience

Each day will commence with yoga asana and meditation, igniting a creative flow to awaken the artistic and innovative wisdom within us. After learning about mind-body connection, we’ll further explore creativity through a series of writing and culinary workshops. Journeying to Joshua Tree for a day of exploration, we’ll take in a sound bath at the Integratron, visit local favorites like the Cholla Garden, and finish out our adventure with an evening of live music and celebration.

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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua: Nourishing the Soul & the Spirit

Dates: June 11-17, 2017

Venue: Maderas Village

Guide: Kumi Saywers

Nutrition: Mikaela Reuben

The Experience

Awaken your naturally creative senses on a week-long retreat in the lush jungle and beachside boutique resort of Maderas Village. Tap into your inner creative and unleash your spirit daily with playful yoga and creative writing. On this retreat, we seek to gain inspiration from the local community, food and natural surroundings. Unwind and connect, and maybe take in some of the world’s best waves. Explore local flavor via culinary workshops and tastings, and relish in a breathtaking day trip to the grandiose volcanoes near Granada.

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Sardinia, Italy to Corsica, France: The Wellness Voyage

Dates: July 22-29, 2017

Venue: Sailing Collective

GuideChloe Kernaghan

Nutrition: Sandy Ho

The Experience

A week of sailing through the magnificent waters of Sardinia and Corsica? Yes, please. Catch anchor and tie up along some of the Mediterranean’s most historic city walls courtesy of our partner, the Sailing Collective.

Our destination? Places many of us have only imagined, or shared to our Pinterest boards…small islands home to quiet turquoise lagoons, hidden caves and pristine beaches. For the adventurous, we’ll be hiking the grand Vallee de la Restonica to explore its exquisite gorges and glacial lakes, kissed by the mist of Corsica’s magnificent waterfalls and thermal pools. For those who enjoy kicking back, daily yoga classes, visits to charming coastal towns, culinary adventure, and plenty of swimming through pristine Mediterranean water await.

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Glacier National Park: Mother Mountain 

Dates: Aug 13-18

VenueGlacier Under Canvas

Guide: Maria Margolies

Nutrition: Farmer & Chef

The Experience

Embark on a journey of self-discovery, connect to the land, and find inspiration amongst Glacier National Park’s treasured mountain wilderness. This 5-night retreat will challenge you via daily yoga and epic excursions across Glacier National Park, allowing us to root to our truest selves. Discover Glacier’s healing landscape as we explore the park’s rugged peaks, clear waters and glacial-carved valleys. Take in breathtaking views as we bask in the crisp mountain air and gaze up at the awe-inspiring Milky Way. Here we come alive, revived and refreshed with clarity and purpose.

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