“Gwyn’s beautiful heart and love of yoga helped me gain new insights to my practice while enjoying mountain hikes with new friends, plus kayaking, campfire, drum circles, and other adventures. The gorgeous scenery and relaxation make it a must. I came home rejuvenated, relaxed, and inspired.” – Christine Discoe, 2016 attendee

Our Mountain Top Yoga Retreat with Gwyn Tash is coming up on June 14-17,2018 and we couldn’t be more excited to offer this amazing opportunity to renew your spirit and enliven your yoga practice.

This life-changing retreat will be lead by yogi, counselor, Reiki master-teacher, and certified meditation instructor, Gwyn Tash. Gwyn has led a number of yoga retreats at Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge and we’re honored to have her back. Gwyn’s classes are held in high-esteem as inspirational, creative, and challenging, as well as emotionally and spiritually evoking.

So what is Gwyn all about and what drives her passions? We wanted to know, so we sat down with her and asked a few questions. Check it out:

 

Q: Where are you from:

A: Born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. Moved to Washington D.C. at 11 years old through High School. I attended the University of Maryland and received a B.S. and M.S. in Human Ecology with clinical emphasis. I moved to Fort Collins in 1989 where I have pursued a private practice in Counseling/Psychotherapy, Energy Medicine/Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Meditation Instructor with two published Guided Meditation CD’s. I’m also an experienced Yoga Instructor, Inspirational Speaker, and Spiritual Coach.

 

Q: How did you first discover the passion for your area of expertise?

A: Movement, creativity, and the need to express myself through the arts has always been my passion: I have always been very spiritual and wanting to connect deeply with “God”, Source, or whatever you choose to call it. Since I was able to walk I was dancing, singing, writing, acting, and creating! Having an extensive childhood history of depression, mood disorders, and ADHD, yoga has been a lifesaver in many ways. It is my best friend and never fails to offer up life lessons and healings. It is a creative and expressive outlet for me; a path to calm my mind, release emotions, build strength, experience empowerment, develop spiritual connection, and so much more! My ability to instruct no only a physically challenging practice but a spiritual and inspirational one is a God-given gift and talent. Healing spirit flows through me when I teach and classes are revered as physically challenging, fun, and spiritual. Students are often amazed at how quickly the time flies (or flows). I blend invoking music, intricate and intuitive sequencing with spiritual, thought-provoking, and emotionally-driven themes. Yoga becomes much more than postures or asanas and alignment clues, both of which are very important. It becomes a self-exploration and expeditious modality for emotional, physical, and spiritual growth. Many students enjoy my classes for these specific reasons and say that it is truly a dance of spirit, highly meditative, and transformational. Yoga truly is a doorway to the Self. Before every class, I ask God and Divine to guide me and to help me serve.

 

Q: What are you most excited about discovering at Shadowcliff this season?

A: A place of beauty, refuge, awe, and inspiration. Nature that reflects the inner beauty and nature in us all. To be swept up in the magnificence of the skies, trees, mountains, rivers, and lakes… to be reminded just how small I am and find peace in that. To spend thoughtful moments with others and share in the infinite brilliance of the night sky and far-reaching rays of the sun. To offer what I love most – yoga, breath, meditation, healing, and inspiration in space dedicated to being sacred and healing to all. To learn and grow from all that I meet.

 

Q: Sunrise or sunset? Why?

A: Sunrise (Gayatri) – The illumination of the world and the ignorance within our own minds. Illuminated sight and knowingness nurturing the liberation of our spirits, new beginnings, life and true sight.

Sunset – To rejoice in the return of the darkness we all have come from, in the womb, where body, soul, and spirit collided and created most treasured manifestations, dreams, and passions. To see the sun kiss the stars… to take refuge in the light of a new dawn. Who needs more?

 

Q: What do you do when you’re not leading an amazing program at Shadowcliff?

A: I lead other amazing programs! I am blessed with limitless opportunity to do what I love: counseling, energy medicine, Reiki trainings, meditation and chanting courses, spiritual coaching, yoga classes, yoga trainings and workshops, write and perform original music and so much more.

Register for the Mountain Top Yoga Retreat with Gwyn by clicking here. Space is limited and we’re filling up fast so make sure to register today. We’ll see you there!