T-Minus one month until the PM retreat in the Yorkshire Dales and we are getting super excited! While planning some things for the retreat I began to reflect back on my experience working as the trainer on our Ibiza Retreat last year.
I realized that the photos and videos from the retreat showed the sunshine, food, and laughs everyone shared, but they didn’t quite capture the incredibly powerful and moving moments that our Movers experienced during the retreat. Watching one of our lovely retreat goers completely blossom since returning home from that retreat has inspired me to share her story to give a bit of insight into what else our Movers got up to besides sunbathing and getting their killer workouts in!
Maria Elliot, a small but mighty ball of joy, has made some amazing progress in herself since attending the retreat and is now even training as a Kundalini Yoga teacher after experiencing this type of yoga with Nina every morning on the retreat. Below she kindly shared her experience on the PM retreat and how it continues to impact her life even now. Maria says…
What were your expectations about the PM retreat? And what was the reality of your experience?
My expectations were that I was going away for a week with people I didn’t really know, but with whom I shared a common interest (PM), some I had met and trained with, others I hadn’t. The reality of my retreat experience really couldn’t have been pre-meditated as it surpassed all of my expectations.
What did you learn/gain from going on the retreat?
I learned so much about myself. I consider myself to be very self-aware anyway, but the personal learning I had from this experience was quite profound. The biggest gain was spending time with and sharing the experience with another 10 like-minded people who have now become my friends (as well as the fab trainers, food and surroundings!).
Were you totally out of your comfort zone? If so, what would you tell someone else who is thinking about doing a retreat, but is worried it’s too far out of their comfort zone?
At first, it was a bit weird as I didn’t really know anyone, even though I’d been a member at PM for over a year before I went. As soon as we were paired up to share rooms and ‘get stuck in’, things became comfortable very quickly. My advice for anyone considering going on a retreat is this – go for yourself, this is not a ‘normal’ holiday. Be brave and put yourself out there. As everyone else is in the same boat it’s a lot easier than you would imagine. Bonds form easily because of the nature of the retreat, you will soon not be strangers!
How has your life changed since returning to England?
My life is very different now! I am much kinder to myself all round. I am stronger mentally and physically and a lot more considered in my approach to everything. I dealt with some very painful issues in Ibiza, things that had been holding me back for years. I now have an amazing support network in my fellow retreaters, who I am in touch with weekly. We have had about 3 re-unions already!! I came back a different person with greater clarity about who I was and what I wanted to be. It has changed my focus on lots of different aspects of my life – business, personal and spiritual.
Who would benefit from a PM retreat?
Anyone and everyone. PM members are there for a reason – it’s hard work and that generally means that they are made of tough stuff. That usually means there’s quite a lot of ‘stuff’ going on underneath that would benefit from being dealt with. A PM retreat is the ideal opportunity to do that, safely in a relatively familiar environment.
What was your experience with Nina like? What was your experience with Tim like?
What can I say? Both of the above individuals have gifts to share with the world and by taking part in the retreat, we all got enormous benefits from them both being a part of it. Nina has re-ignited my passion for yoga. Tim has helped me deal with lots of ‘stuff’ that was holding me back from being the best version of me. Nuff said!
If you had to describe your experience on the retreat in three words, they would be….
Inspiring, transformational, life-changing.
What is something you learned that you are now passing on to other people in your life or in the world in general?
I am now training to be a kundalini yoga teacher as a direct result of the retreat. This will enable me to stay on track with my spiritual growth, as well as eventually have the privilege of being able to pass the benefits of this powerful practice on to others. I also learned that taking time out for me is very important, it’s not indulgent or selfish to go on retreat – it’s something I would prescribe to anyone who needs a re-set and re-frame in their life. For sure the best investment in me I have ever made – thank you Prime Mover!
If you’re ready to work on your mind, body, and spirit with a group of the loveliest like-minded people, then you need this retreat! You won’t believe what can be achieved in just a short time 🙂
If you’d like more information on the upcoming Prime Mover Retreat, please click HERE.