Early this week in a conversation Chris said, “We might have to go and visit Sophia Retreat Center this weekend.” OK, where is it? About 6 hours drive from Colorado Spring. What!? 6 hour drive? As you all know, after relocating to Colorado Springs we are hunting for a great retreat center to rent for the upcoming retreat for Pause Your Life group.
I usually like to look into and learn about the geological significance of the surrounding place – any scenic route or interesting places to visit along our 2 day trip. When I was doing my research to my surprise we would be driving very close to Mesa Verde which I have wanted to visit since we moved to Colorado Springs. So we decided to leave Friday evening. After a 5 hour drive we rested for the night at Pagosa Springs.
As per the plan we reached Mesa Verde before noon and right away we bought our tickets for a tour of an 800 year old cliff dwelling – the Balcony House! The history of Mesa Verde is fascinating. It contains the remains of cliff dwellings built by the Anasazi people dating back 800-1100 years ago. It was a mind-boggling experience for us – to have a peek into the past. Humans have been so creative when living in a community in harmony. It wasn’t sophisticated living but a peaceful life. After a big A-HA in our hearts we headed for Sophia.
We were very warmly received by Mary and Vince who are the owners of the Sophia Retreat Center. They walked us through the property showing us everything – it was a bit overwhelming for both Chris and myself. The place itself was very open and grounding. I took a quiet walk in the labyrinth (which is an exact replica of the famous one in France) while Chris sat in meditation. Felt so calm and peaceful. We stayed for the night to experience and to get the feel of it. We could feel how much care they have put into making the place a great retreat center. We all have a calling and some of us are very fortunate to follow it. Looks like Mary and Vince are following their heart in running this retreat center. We felt so aligned in how we wanted to serve the community.
As per Mary’s recommendation, the next morning we visited the Anasazi Heritage Center. We were so glad we went there! This post was inspired by that place. What do you see in the picture above? Retreat to Kiva not once but twice a year. Yes, the Anasazi knew to nourish their Soul as much as their body. The purpose of Pause Your Life was all the more clear and strong. I always wonder how the great wisdom of balancing activity with rest got dropped in our modern way of living. When I hear the phrase, “I am busy all the time – it’s better than being depressed and sitting idle,” I usually wonder about the reality behind that. We seem to have great intelligence to bring all kinds of comfort to the body, but not to the soul!
Having been reassured AGAIN of our purpose and our journey, we started contemplating the dates for the next Pause Your Life retreat. If you truly in your heart feel the pull within to rest and rejuvenate, clear your calendar for summer 2017. As soon as the dates and logistics are worked out we will make all the effort to put together ALL the information and send it across for you to prepare for this journey.
He that has light within his own clear breast
May sit in the center and enjoy bright day.