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Dirty Dancing in the Rockies

Back in the “Dirty Dancing” era of my tween years, I thought it was an imaginary, fictitious, made up place. Now, a quarter century later, I discovered “Dirty Dancing” in the Rockies.

Actually, I don’t know what is going on after hours or behind the scenes, but I know a commune of safe, healthy, family fun. Bordering the Rocky Mountain National Park, YMCA of the Rockies is the quintessential experience for mind, body, and spirit rejuvenation.

For two weeks, my daughters and I enjoyed:

  • Early morning yoga and meditation
  • Journaling, prayer walks, and labyrinth
  • Scavenger Hunts, Orienteering Classes, Knot Tying, Survival Skills
  • Library, museum, and chapel
  • Evening family jams
  • Horseback riding at sunrise and stargazing at midnight
  • Guided hikes to see the Continental Divide and beaver lodges
  • Free shuttle around Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Art Center with mosaics, paints, silk and tye dying, leather works, and basket weaving

To experience this with my daughters is soul-enriching and life-changing. For my children, all this translates into:

  • Freedom & Discipline
  • Respect & Responsibility
  • Independence
  • All within a safe, prepared environment

This is what I have learned on my mini-sabbatical:

  1. The Spirit soars when the ego sleeps.
  2. Love radiates when fear is abandoned.
  3. Health is to Spirit as ego is to dis-ease (suffering).

I am in a place of Love, Spirit, and Health. To be aware of this peace and return often is my intention.

Namaste ~ the Light in me honors the Light in you,


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