Yoga, Wine, Running: EMPOWER Sonoma Retreat

Yoga, Wine, Running: EMPOWER Sonoma Retreat

I’m currently at the airport en route to my next destination (any guesses where?) and reflecting on an amazing weekend spent in Sonoma, California. Fit Approach hosted its first annual EMPOWER retreat in beautiful wine country, and I was thankful to be involved in the planning and execution.

Before we left for the yoga-filled event, I told my mom that I hoped it would be fun. She wisely responded, “Anytime a group of women comes together, it’s fun.” Don’t you love moms? (I feel pretty lucky that both my incredible mom and hilarious Aunt Sho were able to make the trip too.)

We happily sweat our booties off (thanks to Jamie’s signature HIIT yoga classes!) and indulged in delicious meals throughout the weekend. Westerbeke Ranch was the perfect setting for our sunny retreat and the twenty-five women who came together over their shared love of community, yoga, wine, and trail running made the weekend even more special.

The theme of the weekend centered on “empowerment”, the idea that it’s important to do what moves you, inspires you and makes you your best self. For me, this includes setting goals, moving my body through exercise, and spending time with the people I love. They make me BETTER!

My pants are by prAna. Fun fact: 5/6 of our team ordered the same pair… and we did NOT coordinate.

I was particularly excited to meet so many amazing women, from Jen, who solo-traveled through more than 35 countries, to Caren, who successfully left the corporate world last June to be her own boss (she’s killing it, by the way) to one of my dearest friends Becky, who has always excelled at everything she puts her mind to… and this time it includes law school, raising a rescue puppy, and growing the #sweatpink community!

We opened the weekend with ice-breakers (spirit animals and fun facts, anyone?) and ended with hugs and well wishes for future adventures. We made plans to stay in touch and cheer each other on as we took on new challenges, be it yoga inversions, trail running, business goals, or planning future retreats. The weekend was more than fulfilling. It was invigorating and inspiring, and that was precisely the point. I feel inspired by the strong, caring, and beautiful women I met and can’t wait for future #IAmEmpowered events.

Have a glorious week and stay tuned for my next adventure!


P.S. Want to join us for the next empowered event? Fit Approach & Titanium Racing are hosting the EMPOWERED Race Series this August! Join us for the FIRST women’s only yoga and running festival weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area.




    • The Daring Darling
      March 19, 2017 / 6:50 am

      Hey, Alissa! We are planning to make this an annual event + host more retreats at different locations. 🙂 I’ll definitely let you know about the next retreat. You would have LOVED it!

  1. April 8, 2017 / 2:11 am

    Hi Courtney, I loved your blog and I liked the pictures too. Yoga, wine, and trail running is the best empowered retreat that made the weekend more enthusiastic and special. Thanks for sharing.

    • The Daring Darling
      April 8, 2017 / 7:14 am

      Thanks, Cindy! The retreat was so fun — I wish we could go back! Thank you for checking out my blog. 🙂

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