Aug 16 @ 5:00 pm – Aug 18 @ 1:00 pm

About the Retreat:

Daily Yoga Sessions: Enjoy revitalizing yoga sessions led by experienced instructor Jennifer Kessler. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned yogi, these sessions are designed to help you deepen your practice and find inner peace amidst the breathtaking surroundings of the Catskills.

Guided Meditations: Reconnect with yourself through guided meditation sessions, allowing you to center your mind, reduce stress, and cultivate mindfulness.


Join us for an Evening Yoga Party at PLaY Outpost, nestled in the scenic Catskills. Relax and rejuvenate amidst luxurious amenities and stunning natural beauty. Unwind in our hot tub and sauna, surrounded by mountain views, or refresh yourself in our outdoor shower. Experience revitalizing yoga sessions with breathtaking mountain backdrops. End the evening with a gourmet meal made from fresh, local ingredients, treating your taste buds to wholesome flavors.

Nature Walks: Explore the landscapes of the Catskills with guided nature walks in magical places. Breathe in the crisp mountain air, soak in the beauty of the forests, and let the tranquility of nature rejuvenate your spirit.

Healthy Meals: Nourish your body with delicious and nutritious meals prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Dietary restrictions and preferences will be accommodated.

Community Connection: Connect with like-minded individuals in a supportive and welcoming environment. Share stories, laughter, and meaningful conversations as you bond over your love for yoga and nature.

Accommodation: Retreat in comfort at our cozy accommodations, providing a peaceful sanctuary for rest. Or we can help you find your perfect place amongst the many wonderful Airbnb options in the Catskills.

Jennifer Kessler

Co-Hosts
About Jennifer Kessler:
Led by 15 year yoga teacher Jennifer Kessler, in partnership with Tamara Speid of The Speid Experience, the yoga weekend getaway at PLay Catskills will be an opportunity to explore basic yoga flow, meditation, breathing practices, and connect with others who are interested in understanding how to bring yoga “off the mat.” Jennifer is passionate about getting back to basics with yoga asana (physical poses) and creating flow (Vinyasa) sequences that help people to explore their potential in their bodies and minds, to undo the habits we create in our bodies, and to just feel good. A former professional French horn player turned arts executive, Jennifer has been practicing yoga since she was 15, and teaching since 2009. Yoga has been the constant in her life, and believes that everyone can discover more joy, more expansiveness, and more reflection through yoga practice. 

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Tamara Speid

About The Speid Experience:
The Speid Experience is dedicated to curating ,in partnership with Jennifer Kessler, unforgettable wellness retreats and experiences that promote self-care, personal growth, and connection with nature. With a focus on authenticity and mindful living, The Speid Experience offers transformative journeys that leave a lasting impact on participants’ lives.Curated and designed by Tamara Speid, in partnership with Jennifer Kessler. Tamara is a heart centered revolutionary who sees herself as an Experience Artist. She artfully designs moments that celebrate our inner beauty. As a certified event manager and travel curator, she channels her gifts into creating meaningful experiences that expands our sense of self. In her role as Chief Experience Artist and founder of The Speid Experience, a boutique events and lifestyle brand, Tamara leads the curation of wellness travel aimed at nurturing our innate spiritual beauty. With 20 years of experience in customer-centric roles at luxury brands like Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys New York, Tamara’s creativity flourishes as she blends her love for mindfulness into enchanting mystical experiences.

About PLaYcatskills.
Welcome to PlayCatskills, a serene yoga studio nestled in the Western Catskills. Practice yoga surrounded by nature’s tranquility, uplifting music, and inspiring art.
Features:

Beautiful Yoga Studio: Experience yoga in our harmonious studio with top-notch ventilation and sound systems for optimal comfort.
Nature Surroundings: Enjoy panoramic views of the Catskills mountains, fostering a deep connection with the earth during your practice.
Music and Art: Immerse yourself in creativity with curated playlists and rotating art displays.
The Outpost: Extend your retreat with our exclusive outpost featuring hot tubs, saunas, and stunning mountain vistas. Complete your day with sunset yoga, meditation, and a gourmet dinner led by Jennifer.

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Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and embark on a transformative journey to nourish all five senses in the serene beauty of the Catskills mountains. We look forward to welcoming you to this unforgettable yoga getaway!

SCHEDULE:
Friday – arrive, meet and greet at the yoga studio
Light bites and drinks: charcuterie, cheese, drinks

Saturday

  • 9:00am arrive
  • 9:15am – 9:45am – Meditation + Pranayama (Breath Work) + Gentle Yoga Basics
  • 10:00am – 11:00am Community Yoga Flow Class
  • 11:00am – 12:30pm Brunch
  • Hike 1pm – 4pm
  • 4-5:30pm Free time (Sauna!)
  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm Sunset Yoga
  • 6:30pm – 7:30pm – Dinner
  • 7:30pm – 9pm Gathering

Sunday

  • 9:00am arrive
  • 9:15am – 9:45am Meditation, Gentle Yoga and Pranayama
  • 10:00am Community Yoga Flow Class
  • 11:00am *Final intention setting together/journaling
  • 11:30am Brunch
  • 1pm – some people depart, others take another hike or add on another activity
  • Depart 

Reserve Your Spot:

We believe that yoga should be accessible for everyone. While there are certain costs involved to ensure that we can organize a beautiful experience for participants, we have built this program intentionally to make it possible for people with different financial means to participate. Please see pricing options at the link below.Space is limited, so reserve your spot today to embark on a journey of self-discovery and rejuvenation in the heart of the Catskills mountains.

*Pick up from and drop off to Arkville bus station if needed!

Tier 1: Retreat plus entire 2 bedroom airbnb $900

*Stay onsite at the beautiful AirBnB attached to the yoga studio.2 Large bedrooms with queen matresses,1 bathroom, kitchen, living area.

Tier 2:Retreat plus a private room onsite accommodation $700

*Stay onsite at the beautiful AirBnB attached to the yoga studio, in one of two private modern rooms, with shared bathroom and kitchen, living space.

Tier 3: Retreat plus shared room onsite (up to 2 people) $575

*Stay onsite at the beautiful AirBnB attached to the yoga studio, in a shared modern rooms, with shared bathroom,kitchen and living space.

Tier 4: Retreat only (staying offsite at accommodation you book separately; or for locals) $375

If cancellation takes place before July20th, any payments made will be refunded . If cancellation takes place after July 20th, 50% of the trip price will be forfeited. If cancellation takes place after August 13, 100% of the price will be forfeited.

Need a payment plan? Reach out to us for arrangements.

Jennifer Kessler in partnership with The Speid Experience at PLaY!

$375.00 - $900.00

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For more information or questions:
playoga2018@gmail.com

This Valentine’s Day, have a love affair with yourself.

February is American Heart Month – time to check in with your beautiful heart. Please go to the American Heart Association website to learn more about maintaining heart health. Today, February 2nd is National Wear Red Day. Wear red to bring greater attention to heart disease as a leading cause of death for Americans and perhaps save a life.

It’s hard to believe it’s already February (more on that to come). This month in the studio we’re going to be focused on the Hindu deity Hanuman. According to the epic story from Hindy mythology, Hanuman, known for his incredible loyalty, meets Lord Rama and becomes his devoted servant. 

Hanuman jumps from India to Sri Lanka to rescue Lord Rama’s wife Sita, who has been kidnapped by the demon king Ravana. Hanuman’s leap to Sri Lanka is described as a remarkable feat! He uses his immense strength and divine powers to leap across the ocean – covering hundreds of miles in a single jump. This jump signifies Hanuman’s unwavering devotion to Lord Rama. 

I see Hanuman as the ultimate Valentine! Of all the things that may be transient, it is that enduring loyalty that speaks so strongly of love. His devotion gives him his superpower and I think that is very relatable. There is nothing in this world more powerful than the power of love. The ability to lift someone up when they are at their lowest is a remarkable feat! Understanding that we’re not alone is truly magical.

AND there is another profound message to consider. In this myth, Lord Rama represents the ultimate reality and Hanuman represents the ultimate commitment to reality. Can you love reality?

We all live in a dream world to a degree. It’s the human condition: 

“What kinds of perceptions and thoughts and feelings guide us through life each day? The answer at the most basic level, isnt “the kinds of thoughts and feelings and perceptions that give us an accurate picture of reality. No, at the most basic level the answer is “the kinds of thoughts and feelings and perceptions that helped our ancestors get genes into the  next generation”…our brains are designed to, among other things, delude us.” – Robert Wright, Why Buddhism is true. 

And the work is to choose the red pill like Neo in The Matrix, or in other words, to have a love affair with reality. 

We can choose reality – stay with it, be here, show up, be open, turn toward the sights and the sounds and the thoughts that pass through our minds – or we can choose to turn away. Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart. 

Do you love the idea of someone or do you love them as they are today?

“What would people look like if we could see them as they are-  soaked in honey, stung and swollen, reckless, pinned against time? Ellen Bass, If you Knew. 

Can you love yourself, in this moment perfectly flawed, or only the idealized version of who you may one day be? We hear it over and over, but it is worth repeating. There is no love without self-love. Start here: “May I be safe, may I be happy, may I be healthy, may I live with ease.”

This month we’re asking everybody to bask in the glow of Hanuman’s love story. I plan on spending more time noticing the love in my life, cultivating self-love, and getting closer to reality! `

Reserve your private celebration yoga class at PLaY!

Are you planning a special celebration in the Catskill Mountains? Consider adding a private yoga class at PLaY Catskills to the agenda. Celebration yoga can be a wonderful way to combine the benefits of yoga with the joy of celebrating a special occasion or simply the joy of life. Whether it’s a small, intimate gathering or a larger gathering, our focus will be on fostering a sense of well-being, connection, and celebration.

We can ground the theme of the class in whatever it is you are celebrating -a “gratitude yoga” session around Thanksgiving or a “new beginnings yoga” session for a birthday. We’ve been fortunate to have a number of brides and grooms walk through our doors for yoga during their wedding weekend, and we love the energy of a bachelor or bachelorette party! We can host you and your loved ones during a sunrise or sunset for an extra serene and beautiful experience.

The celebration yoga at PLay includes a 60 minute yoga class set to music of your choosing, followed by healthy snacks, socializing and a champagne toast. We’ll also take digital photos for you to remember the experience and share with friends and family.

What is there to do in the Catskills?
This is a question I get asked all the time and I love it!
It’s an opportunity for me to share some fabulous insider Catskill experiences. We’ve
been exploring the Catskills and the fabulous Delaware County for over fifteen years.
Here my top five ways to spend a day.
Yoga at PLaY (Peace Love and Yoga @playcatskills) followed by coffee at Watershed’s
deck (@watershedroxbury). Of course, this is our number one adventure. Start the day
in one of our expertly-led classes. You’ll be inspired by the incredible view, the
beautifully designed space, and the friendly community. After class, take a short walk or
drive down the road to Watershed. There you can sample delicious coffee or tea, and
tasty treats. Now that’s how you start a Saturday!
Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm. Halcottsville,N.Y.(@SusansPleasantpheasantfarm)They rent and sell kayaks and canoes.Paddle on their lake and river wetlands and enjoy the bird life. Osprey, eagles, great blue Herron,
kingfishers, common mergansers, owls, red tail hawks, wood ducks, cedar wax wings,
and more. They have a beaver lodge and dam too. There’s an charming spot to picnic.
Hop across the street to Sweet Pea Supply Company (@sweetpeasupplycompany) for
fresh food prepared with love in the heart of the Catskills.
Ski Plattekill (@plattekill_mtn) -Roxbury NY As local as local can get. Family owned and
operated by the Vajtay family. Fiercely Independent and “keeping it real” in the Catskill
Mountains. Authentic mountain vibe and a unique atmosphere. Powder magazine called
it “The Alta of the Catskills”! Follow a day of skiing with a sumptuous and hearty dinner
at Half Acre (@halfacrecatskills). Warm cozy vibe, friendly staff, and excellent seasonal
fare celebrating Catskills Heritage.
Rent bikes at the Roxbury General Store (@roxburygeneralstore) or take a relaxing
hike, stroll, ski, or horseback ride on the Catskill Scenic Trail. The Catskill Scenic Trail is a
multi-use rail trail along the former Ulster and Delaware Railroad right-of-way in rural Delaware
County, New York. It runs approximately 26 miles from Roxbury, New York to Bloomville, New York.
Halfway along the trail, you’ll find yourself in the backyard of the wonderful Hidden Inn 1893 in South
Kortright, N.Y.(@thehiddeninn1893). Great food, great service, and an iconic Catskills experience.


Last but not least, make your way to Big Indian and hike the majestic and challenging
giant ledge. Enjoy this 6.3-mile out-and-back trail. Generally considered a challenging
route. This is a very popular area for camping, hiking, and snowshoeing, so you’ll likely
encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to
visit anytime. Dogs are welcome and may be off-leash in some areas. After you’ve
worked up an appetite head over to Eastwinds Hotel and Dandelion Restaurant
(@dandelioneastwind) for the vibes and the food! But don’t believe me – read what
Conde Nast has to say “Dandelion, the property’s restaurant and bar, is inspired by cozy
aprés-ski bars, its hearth and warm corners designed to offer shelter and retreat. The

menu, consisting of “international comfort food,” is small, thoughtful, and impeccably
executed by Daniel Cipriani, the co-founder and F&B director.”