“So, if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for.”
― George Mallory
We watched the storm clouds slowly blow in and sought refuge (and fishing) across the lake. Half-way there we came across a stream and waterfall that looked like it grew from the imaginations of Peter Pan or tinker bell. 🌕Pure beauty and magic. Vivid, lush green carpets of moss and grass sprinklers with beds of wildflowers. ⛰We sought out a barely-there foot path that led up alongside the magical setting but it was a dead end. Tromping across the pristine ground wasn't an option so we descended and sat next to the babbling water and watched the storm roll in.
We miss 100% of the shots we don't take..
Escape the ordinary and bask in the last of the summer sunshine at our wellness escape - Sunny Side Up (7 – 12 Sept) in the breath-taking Andalusian mountainscape. Book by end of July for £50 off! .
Whether you're already feeling pretty bright and sunny and want to keep it that way, or things have been a bit doom and gloom, taking time out to stretch out in a different space, relax, laugh, smile and feed your sunny side can help you see things in a new light, gain the clarity and vision to go forward and generally feel a bit lighter and brighter. .
You'll be able to take a taste of proven therapies and activities - to help you manage stress, smooth emotions, release tension and reconnect with those often overshadowed yet ever-present spaces within and around us where freedom, acceptance, creativity and imagination are abundantly flush. There will be lots of tips and ideas to take home with you to support your well-being way beyond the retreat. .
On offer - acupuncture, qi gong meditations, daily yoga, wild swimming, Ayurvedic skin food, local sightseeing, lomi lomi Hawaiian massage, guided relaxations, nature walks in the beautiful surrounding area, yurt living, and lots and lots of time to sunbathe by the pool with a good book, write, draw, snooze in the shade of the olive groves, eating pomegranates picked straight from the tree, whatever you need to feel good. .
Some feedback from our last escape in May... .
"Every activity encouraged me to be self-reflective and intentional in my thinking about my past and my future. That thinking and feeling space was just what I needed"
"Best bits were being among like minded people and honestly laughing loads! Oh and the yoga and acupuncture of course, it was great to be able to practice each day in such a beautiful environment"
Come and raise up your sunny sides with us! 😎🌞🌴
Holy sweatballs batman!! I'm dripping like crazy, LOL. Did 5 band-assist pull ups before the workout. Alternated 5-3-5 & 6-4-6 in the first EMOM (Every Minute On Minute), and did 8s on the 2nd... phew!! Felt great tho 😉💪 #likeagirl#sheboyganfbbc#sweatangels#givewater
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Luxury department store Ludwig Beck will be hosting a 2.5 week pop up event for Neola in Munich. Very excited!!! Obviously... Launch 7th of October, ground floor in the dedicated Neola area. After the pop up event you will find our jewellery in their jewellery section. More to come...
This was the exact moment when the landscape changed dramatically. It went from long green trees to rocky alpine terrain. We had to go down to take a traverse towards the left, hike up, scramble before you being a steep climb through the meadows and subalpine forest. Finally, pass couple ridges to reach the main summit.
I sincerely signed up for the unknown and later I realized that you "Should not attempt summiting unless you are experienced in scrambling and ready to take on a class 3 ascent." I still don't know what a class 3 means theoretically. So, I clearly wasn't ready and I know I wasn't experienced enough compared to my teammates and practically I can assure that a minor mistake on the ridge could lead to a rough fall and maybe a severe injury. Nevertheless, now I know I can do a class 3 scramble.
This is my personal best so far which definitely helped to push my comfort zone.
Mount Angeles, 6454 feet (1967m).
There was no finisher T or headband for me. Today I earned something new the Tough Mudder Volunteer T and hat. It felt good to help out the organization I fell in love with. And yes I am exhausted from running yesterday and working the 7am shift. Also loving my KT Tape for the recovery of my Achilles' tendon. #mudderstreetteam#escapetheordinary#toughmuddervolunteer
This mornings workout. Feeling a lot better after Conquer the Gauntlet. Body is better and poison ivy getting better. Watched #toughestmudder on #CBS yesterday and it's got me pumped and nervous!!!! It will he here too soon. Gotta stay focused and keep training! Looking forward to seeing and meeting a lot of peeps out there.