Let me start this post off by saying, if you are in the North East and preparing for Winter Storm Juno to dump close to two feet of snow on you, I’m incredibly jealous. I wait for snows like this all winter long. It looks like the DC area will be on the outer fringes of this storm with a slight dusting headed our way. In any case, I may have worn my pajamas inside out last night in the hopes of increasing the chances of a snow day! Stay safe and make sure you drink a glass of snow day wine for me!
Two weekends ago, the hubby and I attended a mini retreat at the Veritas Farmhouse. Veritas is a very special place for us. We visited the winery on our very first weekend getaway as a couple. We were married at Veritas almost five years ago. Any time we get a chance to visit the Charlottesville/Waynesboro area of Virginia, we make sure to stop for a glass of something. To me it’s sacred ground, the place I realized I was in love with my now husband and the place I pledged that love to him in my vows. The Farmhouse at Veritas now offers mini-retreats, a day long event that includes yoga, brunch, hiking in the vineyards and finishes up with wine tasting and cocktail hour. What I love about these mini retreats is they follow the seasons and the progress of the vines and the winemaking process.
In January, everything in the vineyard is pretty still – the vines, the work in the vineyard – everything. Pruning of the vines will begin towards the end of January/beginning of February, but until that time, it’s quiet. It’s the preparation stage if you will, the calm before all things that will follow in the coming months as the grapes begin to grow and the vineyards prepare for wine making. The retreat activities were aligned to this preparation stage. As the grapes lay dormant, preparing for the year ahead, so are we preparing for the year to come. We set resolutions and goals. We begin plotting the course of our year as best possible. And we begin to slowly initiate these goals, looking for personal growth and working to become the best version of ourself.
The day started out with yoga where we were asked at the end of class to write down everything that no longer served us, everything we wanted to get rid of this year. We then tossed the paper into the fire as a symbol of letting it all go. It was quite powerful and set the tone for the rest of the day. Yoga was followed up with a delicious brunch and bubbly, served on the most gorgeous plate settings. We hiked off our brunch around the vineyards where we learned more about the current state of the vines and took in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountain views. And we ended the day with a wine tasting and education session, learning more about the wines produced at Veritas and what goes in to producing some of the best wines Virginia has to offer.
For me, it was an incredible day. I left feeling centered, grounded and at peace. Just like the vines preparing for all that is to come this year, I assured myself it was OK to be still and not always have all of the answers. I threw away the “bad” into the fire to leave room for all of the good ahead. If you are in the area or are looking for a great weekend getaway, check out the rest of the mini retreats. The next one is in April when the buds break and the grapes begin to grow. The owners Patricia and Andrew are so lovely, and the quality time spent with them throughout the day learning about the vineyards and the wines is totally worth the trip. And of course there is wine so…yeah. That goes without saying!