Welcome to Bloom Retreat, a home away from home, where you can kick off your shoes and show up just as you are.
As women we tend to give pieces of ourselves away – to our families, careers, and loved ones. This leaves us feeling broken, lost, or tired, and sometimes we need permission and a safe space to allow us to come back to ourselves.
Bloom is a wholeness center for women, meaning we are here to support the whole you and help you put back the broken pieces so that you can remember who you truly are.
We find wholeness when we nurture all parts of ourselves. Bloom is set up to help you do this.
You will find a warm, cozy space for you to unwind, practice yoga in an intimate setting, sweat it out in sculpt classes, pamper yourself with holistic spa and wellness services, and connect with other women while doing it. It is a very personal experience, where everyone knows your name, and you feel seen.
Bloom is much more than just a yoga studio or spa – it’s designed to foster community and support all of you: body, mind, community, and passion so that you feel whole.
Staying strong in our bodies helps us feel confident, healthy, and grounded as we face the day-to-day realities of our lives. At Bloom we help you come home to your body through yoga and sculpt classes, and through our menu of holistic spa and wellness services. Every yoga teacher and wellness practitioner is a woman like you. We get it, and we want you to feel like yourself again.
Our minds continually get distracted by the busyness of our lifestyles. We become restless, anxious, and worried. Slowing down with through yoga, taking time for a hot cup of tea and your book, or enjoying a slow massage or peaceful acupuncture session can help your mind rest.
As women, we crave authentic connection and community. We long for it, but our society isn’t set up in a way that makes it easy for us to make friends and connect with women who get us. This is why everything we offer at Bloom is laced with conversations and support, allowing you to be real. We’re a community of women with open arms. You will feel like you found home.
Outside of our careers and families, we sometimes forget what we love and are curious about. Moving our bodies, connecting with inspired women, and taking a break to quiet our minds allows our passion to be re-ignited. This happens at Bloom. And once it does, you will feel more like yourself than ever before.
I’m Michelle Long – dreamer, yogi, mom of two, and founder of Bloom Retreat and The Practice. This is my story.
In 2008 I lost my mom to breast cancer, and at the very same time, I became a mother myself. It was the perfect storm, challenging me in the deepest ways. After my mom passed, there was a moment when I realized I had a choice.
I could get up, tap into my strength and create a life I love, or I could stay down and drown in the impossibility of it all.
I decided to get up. Over the next couple of years I put back all the broken pieces of myself and found my way back to wholeness. I made myself a priority, and through my healing I discovered four aspects of myself that needed to be nurtured in order to feel whole. I needed to move my body. I needed to reach out and connect deeply with other women. I needed to quiet my mind. And I needed to follow my passions.
Without knowing it, I built a Bloom Retreat around me. I practiced my yoga, I had a circle of women that I could turn to at any point,
I carved out a space just for myself, and I fiercely followed my passions, which for me meant continuing to teach yoga even when it felt impossible.
In the process I yearned for a place where all of these things existed under one roof. Where women could show up for real, not hiding any imperfections, not trying to be anything other than what we truly are. I wanted a supportive and loving home, where we could become whole again.
This is Bloom Retreat.
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Part of the beauty of Bloom is that we are a tribe of women from all walks of life, sharing wisdom, strength, and encouragement. We are grandmothers, pregnant women, women with young children, women with kids in college, women who choose to not give birth, women birthing big businesses, and women with big dreams. The one thing that we all have in common is we yearn to connect in an authentic way. We all want to show up just as we are. We all want support, encouragement, and love. We are a tribe of women holding each other up and cheering each other on.
I hope you can join us.
To glowing women, and lives gorgeously lived,
There’s no place like Bloom. It’s a haven, where we find our “Self,” a creative space, a community, an inspiration, a support, a home away from home, a spiritual practice, a place of self-care. Bloom is LOVE. What do you think of when you think of Love? You will find it at Bloom.
Bloom is the place I know in the back of my mind is available when everything falls into place. But, more often, it’s the place I want to go when nothing really does. And after I leave there, places and things don’t matter anymore…
Restful, caring, relevant, casual elegance. A brilliant idea, perfectly executed.
I really enjoy the music tastes of the employees, I love the indie, alternative and folk rock I’ve been consistently hearing – very cool. I’m even digging the chanting music in yoga class, and the pop music in the cardio classes – whoa! The whole place has an excellent vibe.
It’s a unique place especially because of it's local, caring vibe. Who is not happy at Bloom?
Our two babies were being entertained and very well cared for by Bloom’s childcare workers. My 2½ yr old son didn’t want to leave! Both of our kids have a history of high separation anxiety, but to my surprise, in the 1 1/2 hours we were in class, not once were we interrupted. Thank you for bringing such a beautiful wellness center to the East Bay. Every mom in every city needs a Bloom. I will be back, because Bloom has helped me see that I deserve it.