FP Escapes: To Sardinia & Corsica, With Love

FP Escapes: To Sardinia & Corsica, With Love

Our resident waterborne chef Sandy Ho recalls with magic and humility the emotion found on July’s sailing retreat…

Being a chef holds with it a good deal of responsibility — in essence, you’re looking out for those people who’ve chosen to sit at your table. Nourishing the bodies of seventeen beautiful souls on last month’s Escape through Sardinia and Corsica proved no less a challenge, but more so, an absolute dream.

We met on a hot day in the coastal town of Olbia, eager to immerse our spirits into the intentions set early in the week — To be present. To know your mind. With sails full of wind, water beside, behind and beneath us, I prepared lunch in the galley — clams in organic rose and marinated tomatoes with burrata and bottarga. Everyone was in the water, glistening under the sun. Time lost its rigidity.

Food never tasted better. We soaked up its last juices with fluffy quinoa and wiped up oozing burrata with fragrant leaves of basil picked from our boat garden. Forks and spoons were put aside, because we had our hands. We were full and joyful from this land, from this sea, and we ate like an Italian family.

I watched my fellow sailors practice yoga from atop an ancient fortress we found along the way. A place we would call home for the night. And now with the sun setting over these warriors, I prepared vegetables for dinner feeling the full presence of my purpose for the week. Every day, as our guests studied yoga and meditation, I practised my own meditation through cooking — not knowing what dish would come next, but intuitively healing and understanding what our bodies were craving through conversation.

Some nights we stayed up like children, giggling and dancing out all of our energy. Then we would swim under the stars. floating on our backs. I’m present again with those memories forged, and so thankful to have shared my meditation with new family.

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Photos by Stefan Wigand.

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FP Escapes: Chloe Kernaghan on Sardinia

FP Escapes: Chloe Kernaghan on Sardinia

As we take to the the Mediterranean seas this Saturday, yoga guru Chloe Kernaghan sheds some insight on the trip ahead…

Tell us a little about yourself — who is Chloe Kernaghan?

BIG Q! I’m first and foremost a mover. I joke that I speak in movement better than I do English. I’ve always been pulled towards movement: as a kid through dance, and now this world of yoga. I was born and raised on the island of Guam, a tiny slice of paradise in the middle of the Pacific. I was surrounded by an incredible community and was pretty much always dancing and performing. Upon moving to NYC, I started practicing yoga at studios around the village area as a way to complement all the dance and theater work I was doing at NYU, eventually leading to my first 200 hr certification. Two years ago, we started SKY TING YOGA…. So I guess if I were to compile all of that into a tag: I am a yoga teacher, a student, a small business owner and, most importantly, someone who lives to MOVE! 

Of all the paths within the wellness community, why yoga? 

I guess I didn’t even consider other paths as I began my yoga studies. I came to it because of the heavy emphasis on the physical (the asana practice) in group classes, which felt relatable with my movement background. But upon more in-depth studies, the greater questions and explorations that the practice brought up for me kept me wanting to go further, dig deeper. The braiding together and studying of the body, breath and mind continues to teach me on a daily basis. 

You’re about to embark on a seven-day sailing retreat with FP. What are you looking forward to most? 

Oh! So much!!!! What I am super looking forward to is just being on the water for 7 days. From getting up early to meditate and just taking in the expansive view, to falling asleep to the gentle rocking of the sea, it’s a real reset for me — a true break from city life! I also LOVE going to new places, and this trip is going to bring us to some incredible spots that most travelers don’t even have access to… small islands, secluded beaches, tiny Mom & Pop seafood restaurants… heaven!!!!! 

What are you most nervous about? 

It’s a funny thing to admit but, before every retreat, I always am a little anxious about meeting everyone! Basically we’ve all signed up for spending a week together on small boats traveling around foreign lands… and you have to wonder — will everyone like me?!? It always ends up great, but even as a teacher I want to make a good first impression! 😉 

How do you transition from teaching in the hustle of NYC to the open seas of the Mediterranean? 

The yoga locations on this retreat are way less formal than my studio in NYC, with some of the formality and maybe rigidity of a NYC class being taken away. We’ll still be practicing quality yoga, but there will be more room for playtime, workshopping a pose, asking questions, and gaining a greater sense of understanding for the practice. With this retreat revolving around water, I’m planning to incorporate how water can support a practice: in quality of movement, where the element of water is in the body, etc. 

What would you like our guests to take away from this retreat experience? 

I think every person comes on a retreat with a unique set of wants/needs/expectations. And generally, a retreat leaves you in a place you would never have anticipated. For this trip especially, I would love for everyone to leave with a greater sense of connection, maybe to the group of new friends they spend the week with, maybe with nature and our role in that system, maybe with the yoga practice itself, learning tools and techniques to bring home. This retreat will be intimate, so there will be lots of opportunity for exploring, sharing and relating — definitely some potent work to be done! 

What does free mean to you? 

I think, in some ways, we’re all part of systems and on paths that at times can feel inhibiting or limiting. One of the greatest lessons of the yoga practice has been understanding how to use the confines of a boundary to create more space and find more freedom. My teacher always quotes “paradise is a walled-in garden”, and I think there is power in using that to your advantage. When we surpass our own definitions of who we are and why we are and how we are, there is a one-ness that is unmistakable and liberating. However, we still have to exist on this Earth. So, to harness an inner sense of power over yourself, unlock any sort of limitation to use to your advantage! 

Be sure to stay up to date with Chloe and follow her on Instagram!

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Photo by Jana Kirn

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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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