Join Albina Rippy for this three-day/four-night, electronics-free silent retreat. Detach from electronic devices and a constant state of being busy, on and doing.
In silence, stillness and meditation, you will find the space to access a greater sense of self-awareness, focus and inner peace.
The meditation practices plant the seeds for expanded consciousness and easing suffering.
For those who have not been on silent retreat, this is a great introduction to the practice.
For those who have been, this is an opportunity to regain the power of the experience.
each day has seated and moving meditation opportunities (indoors on a yoga mat or outdoor walking meditation)
Understanding and practice of HO’OPONOPONO: a beautiful Hawaiian prayer of love, forgiveness, gratitude and manifestation.
Walking meditation and Yoga
dharma talk and Q+A time
silent and blissfully electronic device-free environment
Delicious food lovingly prepared by Albina’s mother, Marina
Seva – daily selfless service work
Sweat Lodge Ceremony
Blue Sky Retreat Center at the Historic San Geronimo Lodge is a historic property that was built in 1925.
It is a signature New Mexico style adobe construction with a chili pepper-shaped swimming pool (open from Memorial Day to Labor Day), a hot tub (open year-round), a yoga yurt, a Native American sweat lodge, a meditation path, a garden and a labyrinth. It has been a farm house, a sanatorium, a boarding school and now a bed & breakfast and a retreat center that can host yoga, meditation, art retreats, company gatherings, weddings and family reunions.
We have 18 uniquely decorated rooms that vary from a cozy and romantic get-away for 2 with a warm and inviting fire place to larger rooms that can host a family of 6 or 7. Every room has its own full bathroom.
Blue Sky Retreat Center and bed & breakfast has a spacious dining hall that can be a beautiful space for a wedding reception, a formal dinner for a large group of people, or an inviting space for a yoga retreat for 30-50. Roger and
Albina are the owners of Blue Sky Retreat Center.
Albina’s mother, Marina, is an exceptional cook and she will preparing all of our meals with lots of love and care.
P.S. due to CV19, the hot tubs is currently closed and the sweat lodges are not a good idea. It is quite cold in the yurt in Feb, so we will not be using it. Instead, you will get to enjoy all the snow you want. Blue Sky is just a few yards away from the Kit Carson National Forrest, which makes it a perfect spot for a walking meditation.
P.P.S. the rooms with fireplaces are on first come, first serve basis. If you want a room with a fireplace, book your spot ASAP and let Albina know your room preference. Look at all the rooms HERE
Most people drive to Taos (we live in Austin, TX/Houston prior to that and we drive back and forth all the time. Southwest Airlines often has really great deals on flying to ABQ. You can rent a car or arrange a shuttle to take you to Blue Sky. Albina’s brother, Russell, can also drive a group of 4 people if flights are arriving and leaving at the same time or close.
The closest airports are Santa Fe and ABQ. If you fly in, you can rent a car or schedule a shuttle service that will drop you off at Blue Sky front door. You can car pull with your fellow retreatants.
What time is check-in and check-out?
The check-in is 3-5PM on the first day of the retreat. The check-out is 11AM on the last day.
How do I decide my lodging option?
We recommend single occupancy room in case you are attending alone. If you are attending with a close friend or a family member, you can choose double of triple occupancy. Please note that the price is per person.
Please note that housekeeping will not be offered during your silent retreat. Smoking is prohibited on the property. Well-behaved, house-trained dogs are welcome at $20 additional charge. Not all rooms have a fireplace. These rooms will go on the first come, first serve basis. Please let Albina know you want a room with a fireplace asap.
DATES: Jan 26-30, 2022 (we will start at 5PM on Jan 26 and you can depart right after breakfast on Jan 30)
WHAT TO BRING: layers of clothes. January in Taos can be very snowy. Pack a warm jacket, a hat, gloves, a scarf, snow boots if you have them (they are nice to have if you want to do a walking meditation). Pack a journal, a pen, lip balm, and refillable water bottle.
TRANSPORTATION: If you decide to drive to Taos, download awesome podcasts and great audio books. Pack snacks and make sure you fill up your gas tank every time you see a gas station. We recommend driving a four-wheel or all-wheel car in case it snows. If you fly to Santa Fe or ABQ, rent a four-wheel or all-wheel car, or get a shuttle service to drop you off at Blue Sky. We like Taos Ski Valley shuttles
and Mountain View Taos. Albina’s brother, Russell can also drive up to 4 people if flights arrive/depart at the same time. Contact Albina to coordinate 713-443-6466
Albina and Roger Rippy are yoga teachers, success coachers, authors, conscious community leaders and former yoga studio owners with over 40 years of collective yoga practice and over 26 years of collective teaching experience. They formerly owned YogaOne Studios, a community of 7 yoga studios in Houston, Texas and currently own and manage the Blue Sky Retreat Center, a historic mountain retreat center in Taos, New Mexico. They currently split their time between Austin, Texas and Taos, New Mexico and have recently returned from traveling the world for a year with their three children and a fluffy dog named, Dante. Their purpose is to help people live happy, healthy and inspired lives through yoga, meditation, self-inquiry, heathy eating and conscious living.
Roger and Albina have been leading RYT-200 hour beginner, RYT-300 hour advanced Yoga Teacher Trainings and yoga retreats all over the world since 2008. Roger and Albina co-founded and co-produced the Texas Yoga Conference from 2010-2013 in Houston, TX with peak attendance of 2000 yogis and currently co-curate the Taos Mountain Yoga Festival at Taos Ski Valley.
Roger and Albina have had the privilege to teach yoga at the US White House under Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative and Yoga Journal Conference Moscow.