Inspiration at Wellness Retreats


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Retreat in the Pines near Mineola recently celebrated 10 years of providing women with wellness and yoga getaways and has a full schedule underway for 2015. Some of its upcoming retreat packages include Love Yourself, Detox & Yoga, Yoga Nurture, Living Your Yoga, Escape from the City, Mind & Body Wellness, Burnout to Bliss, Strength and Healing, and Finding Gratitude.

While some people may hear “yoga retreat” and imagine an expensive, strictly-scheduled experience with hard-core yoga classes, Retreat in the Pines founder Theresa Polley and her daughter Nina Herndon pride themselves in hosting budget-friendly yoga and wellness retreats for women of all fitness levels and ages. Since 2004, guests from as far away as Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City have retreated to the beautiful piney woods of East Texas for a weekend of so much more than yoga and fitness.

Polley’s vision for the retreat center was to make it relaxing for her guests, inviting them to indulge in some of their favorite things like wine, coffee, chocolate, and delicious meals along with healthy yoga classes, nutritional workshops, and walks among the East Texas pines. Even more important, she imagined a getaway accessible to women of all sizes, ages, levels of experience, and budgets. Her all-inclusive weekend retreats are under $500.

The getaway is seemingly remote on 30 acres of peace, serenity, and pine trees, but it’s close enough that guests can enjoy a trip into Mineola, Lindale or Winnsboro to visit local art studios, antique stores, wineries and more. Many of the women enjoy the small-town atmosphere on Saturday during free time and have lunch at local restaurants and enjoy shopping at unique downtown shops.

The retreats offer delicious, healthy meals and guests often make new friends over the dinner table. The mother-and-daughter team make it their mission to provide women a safe place of refuge, inspiration, and renewed perspective that create an enjoyable – sometimes life-changing -- experience for all that attend Retreat in the Pines.

To learn more about Retreat in the Pines call 469.867.0766 or visit 

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