Past Trips

Reviews

Kathy is a gifted teacher and organized an exceptional retreat. The yoga and HIIT classes were accessible and challenging for any level of fitness, the food was excellent, and there were a lot of unique experiences that demonstrated Kathy's incredibly thoughtful, encouraging, kind, and fun style. Highly recommend!
I had a wonderful time on Kathy’s retreat! It was very well organized and thought through. The yoga was phenomenal! The classes helped built my strength and flexibility over the retreat. The HITT classes were great for cardio and strength. Kathy added lots of amazing touches throughout the retreat!
SR
Kathy is an exceptional host. She put together an itinerary that accommodated all levels of fitness and adventure. Through her support and encouragement, Kathy helped everyone achieve a personal best; both on the mat and in our souls. Her humour, wisdom and kindness set the tone for what was an amazing trip, I will be looking to join her on adventures again.
JW
Simply the best. 3rd time on this retreat and each time I think it wont be as good as the last and every time it is. Kathy is an amazing instructor who takes pride in ensuring a fantastic experience for all. Looking forward to year 4!
JW
I am not sure where to begin as I think back on my time with Kathy in the Dominican Republic. I know for certain my words will not do it justice but here goes. Switching off from our busy world is one of the hardest things to do in life, but coming on this retreat takes you to a place of peace, joy and complete relaxation (despite the hard workouts!!). The hotel is very chill, simple, not luxurious but it has its own vibe that you just melt into. Kathy creates an experience that challenges you physically and mentally but nourishes your mind, body and soul. Whether it is meditating on the beach, holding strong in Warrior 3 or deadlifting weights during the gym sessions, you know that it will flow in a way that makes sense. Caring for your muscles and mind as you go through the day. There is always plenty of downtime to enjoy the beautiful beach and ocean and you never feel harried. I even kept my phone in my room and did not miss it! The food on retreat is amazing, 80% of it taken from the hotel's own local organic farm. You can stay on program or if you want to add the odd extra you should feel free (no lie the sushi is delish). This is not one of those retreats where you are made to feel ashamed if you want a glass of wine, or a plate of fries, but honestly the food is so good you don't really want to stray! If you are new to yoga / retreats or an expert you will love this. Kathy is very good at making sure you understand the pose or flow and the meaning behind everything, then giving you opportunities to stretch yourself. This sounds like a small thing but if you are a starter being able to achieve the pose is such a great feeling as opposed to thinking I can't do it, so whats the modification! I just cant recommend Kathy and her retreats enough. This is my third (second one here in the DR) and I look forward to them so much. I have already booked to come back next year. Give it a try, you won't regret it!! #livinglife
TO
It’s hard to imagine that The Kaaterskill is only 120 miles away from New York City. From the moment you pull into the gates, you are instantly transported into a land that feels a million miles away. My wife and I first experienced The Kaaterskill back in April when we attended this very same retreat. We left the first retreat thinking there was no way it would ever be as good if we attended a second time around, but boy were we wrong. The moment we found out that Kathy and Mary were hosting the retreat again in September we immediately signed up. Arriving at The Kaaterskill on Thursday afternoon is a bit surreal. You pull up and park and the first thing you might notice is the idyllic tranquility of the place. The brick red buildings are faded, but still stand stark against the green grass and blue sky. The grounds are neat, but not perfect. The “Guest Entrance” sign can be a bit hard to miss, but you’ll soon find your way through the trellis and into the main guest house. The main guest house has six guest rooms, a couple of common space rooms and my favorite room of all which is the full kitchen and dining area. Upon arriving, you are shown to your guest room (we actually got to pick our room this last go around!) and depending on what time you arrive you probably have some time to go exploring before the first yoga class of the retreat. If you are wondering what to pack, my suggestion would be tons of your favorite yoga clothes and maybe a pair of jeans and a sweater if you want to do a quick wardrobe change before dinner one night. If you decided to only wear your yoga clothes all weekend, trust me you will fit right in with the rest of the group. One of the many magical things about The Kaaterskill property is that you and your fellow yogi’s are the only ones there (sans the grounds keeper and property manager.) It’s hard to describe, but without any additional guests or activities going on around you it feels like you actually are living there and for those brief few days it feels like home. The property is also home to a couple dozen farm animals, so if you ever wondered what it feels like to wake up to a rooster crowing this is your chance. The retreat itinerary is pretty simple – yoga, eat, relax, (maybe more yoga) eat, relax, yoga, eat, relax, and sleep. Let’s start with what most people would say is probably the most important activity of the retreat and that is the yoga (I mean, it is a yoga retreat.) My wife and I had been attending Mary Horne’s classes here in Manhattan for about two years before we attended the first retreat back in April, so we were already very familiar with her and her teaching style. On the flip side, the first time we met Kathy Parsons was back in April when we attended the retreat the first time around and we had no idea what to expect. Kathy and Mary complement each other well – Kathy teaching the evening yoga classes and Mary the morning classes. The evening yoga classes start around 5:30 pm and take place in “the barn” or somewhere outside on the property. The barn is basically just a wooden structure that opens up overlooking the pond and tree line and is perfect for a yoga class. It was even more magical this time as they still had string lights and a chandelier hanging in the barn as the property is mostly used for weddings throughout the summer months. Kathy’s evening classes typically last close to 90 minutes and will be a mix of a vinyasa flow, followed by a yin practice and maybe even some meditation. Overall Kathy is a wonderful, gracious instructor and makes something as scary as meditation seem easy and accessible. Mary Horne leads the morning classes which last at least 75 minutes and would be classified as strong vinyasa flow. Starting at 8 am, these morning classes will make you sweat but will also energize you for the day ahead. Mary is an inspirational and beautiful instructor, but completely grounded and down to earth. Kathy and Mary are both very generous with their yoga knowledge and this retreat is perfect for those of you who want/need a little extra attention. Besides doing a ton of yoga, you also spend a lot of time eating. I know this sounds a bit counterproductive, but wait I haven’t told you about Emmett Moeller. Who is Emmett you ask? Well Emmett is a chef and a very special one at that. Remember how I mentioned the kitchen and dining area as being my favorite in the guest house? It’s all due to this guy and his amazing cooking. Emmett has this spectacular ability to make meals that are not only extremely healthy, but that also tastes good and looks like something straight out of your favorite cooking magazine. My wife loves to cook and she has now come away both times inspired by Emmett and all of his amazing dishes. If the weather is nice, you can expect to eat dinner outside. Think rustic old furniture, candlelight and seasonal floral arrangements all while watching the sun set and farm animals grazing in the open. The long weekend goes by too fast and it’s a bit heartbreaking when you have to say goodbye to your fellow retreaters, but you will feel strong, well fed, and hopefully super relaxed. All in all, worth every penny and we can’t wait to do it all over again.