Bloom Retreat Blog

Save the dates! Our All Access Retreat Week is coming soon…

Woohoo! Our famous All-Access Retreat Week is coming to Bloom October 2-7th! Think of this as a week-long Open House where you can dive into the magic of Bloom all week long! There are only 50 tickets available, and I want you to be here. This is the perfect way to kick off the Fall off and sample our Signature Yoga and Fitness Series for a week. Here's the deal...

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It’s hard to know which way to turn.

Last week I spent the week up north in the Trinity Mountains. About half way through our vacation, the smoke rolled in. The fires were only 30 miles away, and we were trapped in clouds of thick white smoke and ash falling from the sky. One of the women who worked at the camp lost her home in the fire, and came back to work the next day because she had nowhere else to go and needed the money. We ended our trip early because the air was so bad and it was frightening to be up there. All I could think about was that I was breathing the ash of someone’s burning home. It was heart-breaking. It’s hard to know which way to turn right now. The fires are burning up north, floods and storms are moving through the south. It feels like fear and confusion are at an all time high. Here’s three things I know we need right now to help cure the heartache. Sacred self care. If we are going to make it through the madness we need calm nervous systems, and grounded thoughts. We need to put our self care on high gear right now. We have to be healthy and strong to show up for ourselves and those in need. Each other. This is a time when we need to come together, connect,...

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I touched death.

These last few weeks have been hard for me. I’ve been running at super speed, trying to work, create, write, and manage my kids while they’ve been home for the summer. I threw parties for my husband and my daughter, traveled to take care of my grandma, and started to write my book (which is an emotional process). The state of the world and the collective energy buzzing around us has also been taking a toll. For the last couple months, I’ve been racing as fast as I can, and I’ve felt completely drained. In a not-so-graceful way, my body gave me a loud clear message to stop: I got strep throat. Ugly. Fiery. Completely yucky. My body felt awful. I couldn’t think clearly or take care of my kids. I got on antibiotics, but still had to plan for a talk, and Bloom never slows down. I just kept pushing through. I got everything done, and pretty much ignored the fact that I wasn’t feeling any better. Then, this last week I went on vacation in the mountains with my family. It’s a trip we take every year and I was looking forward to it because I get to slow down and completely disconnect. But right when I got there, my sickness relapsed and I ended up at an urgent care center in Weaverville. I lost a day of...

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When was the last time you were spontaneous? (+ come try The Practice®)

These last couple weeks in The Practice® at Bloom we have been talking about Spontaneity as a practice to connect with our deeper sense of self. I have a personal story that left me in tears (the laugh-crying kind) and connected me in a new way I had been missing. I’ve been wanting to share this with you because I think you will relate. I recently went down to Long Beach to visit my grandma, who is almost 90 years old. I go down every other month or so to check on her, and I take one of my kids with me so they can have time with Grandma as well. On this last visit, I had my 8-year-old daughter in tow. Grandma usually puts us up in a fancy hotel near her house, so the kids love to go because it feels like a mini vacation. We get to swim, go hot-tubbing, watch hotel movies, and of course spend time with Great Grandma. This last time around however, our regular hotel was sold out and we ended up at a random 17-story hotel near the airport, where we could hear the planes roaring all night long. My daughter was not impressed. There were a lot of travelers coming and going, the hotel itself was pretty old and run down, and the pool was cold. One evening we...

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My Huge Aha…Announcing a New Expanded Position at Bloom.

You may have noticed a couple weeks ago I put out a job announcement for Bloom. As we have been diving into to the new role and looking closely at what we need, we've realized that we are expanding more than we thought and what we really need is a magical person to step into a larger role of Front Desk/ Client Support and Sales Manager. This is perfect for a woman who has a sales and customer support background, who loves working with women and supporting a community in a nurturing loving environment. The position is a 30-hour a week leadership position, where you will get to oversee the growth of our business and take care of our clients. We want someone who loves the mission behind Bloom, and wants to help us spread the magic to more and more women. If this sounds like you, please click on the link below, read all about it, and apply! Or if you know someone that might be a good fit, please forward this email. It is an awesome opportunity to be a part of a conscious, woman-run business with big dreams. Read About the Front Desk/ Client Support and Sales Manager Position To following our souls' dreams, xoxoxo, Michelle Michelle Long, MA Founder of The Practice® and Bloom Retreat...

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Got Kids or Tweens?

I wanted to reach out and make sure you know what we have coming up for all the kids and tweens in our community (plus a couple other happenings I don't want you to miss). Starting Thursday, September 7, we are kicking off another Kids and Tween Yoga Series If you have kids or tweens, imagine them learning yoga moves, how to slow down and breathe deeply, and how to listen to their bodies. Imagine them connecting with each other, playing, laughing, and exercising in a non-competitive way. Imagine your little one laying down in shavasana with an eye pillow, practicing big belly breaths, while being rubbed with lavender oil. Imagine your little one calm, free, and centered. Yoga’s the best. We love offering our kids programs as a series, because they connect deeply with Jenny, the teacher, and with each other. They get super comfortable, and Bloom starts to feel like home. All the details for the Kids and Tween programs are HERE.   We hope you can join us.   P.S We're hiring! We are looking for a new special woman to join our famliy and help us at our desk a few afternoons a week. We would love for your to take a look or pass on the word if you know anyone. All the info about our open position is HERE.   In devotion, xoxoxo, Michelle Michelle Long, MA Founder of The Practice® and Bloom Retreat...

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