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HEART TO HEART

Mom & Me Winter Yoga Retreat
February 9-11, 2024
Orchard Hill Estate in Harriman NY

Welcome to Heart to Heart Mom and Me Yoga Retreat

a rejuvenating escape nestled in the lush Lower Hudson Valley. Join us from February 9-11 at Orchard Hill Estate, a pre-Civil War farmhouse built in 1859, offering 7,000 sq. ft. of historic charm on 5 private acres. Whether you seek relaxation, recharging, or connection, this stately home provides the perfect setting for a memorable retreat.

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The Location

Orchard Hill Estate, less than an hour from NYC, invites you to unwind in a tranquil haven. Convenient for travelers from NJ, CT, and PA, the estate boasts all the amenities for the perfect getaway. From the spacious grounds to the historic architecture, Orchard Hill Estate provides an idyllic backdrop for Heart to Heart Mom & Me Yoga Retreat

By the end of the retreat, I felt rested, relaxed and nourished. It was a perfect balance physical activity and rest time, solo time but also socializing with lovely people.

Diana Hu McDowell

The Experience

Embark on a journey of self-discovery and connection with a curated list of activities designed for both moms and children. Experience:

  • Daily relaxing yoga classes

  • Guided meditations & yoga nidra

  • Guided mom and child nature hike in Harriman State Park

  • This season’s retreat workshop on introspection and love 

  • Daily children’s program (4 hours) curated and led by Anu Mann, early childhood special education teacher, with additional childcare during free time and evenings as required. Children also learn about love and connection through creative play, dance, and art.

  • Daily seasonal, nourishing meals for both mom and child from LIC Restaurant owner and chef Diana Manalang of Little Chef Little Cafe

  • Afternoon tea, coffee and snacks each afternoon

  • Unlimited coffee, teas, and water

  • Welcome gift

  • Provided equipment and amenities: Yoga mats, straps, blankets, Children's toys and entertainment, towels, bed linens, hairdryers, and more.

Sample daily agenda

  • 7:00 am - 7:30 am: Morning sunrise yoga and stretch 

  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am: Light morning brekky self-serve in the dining area

  • 9:00 am: Children’s program begins

  • 9:15 am - 10:45 am: Traditional Tantra yoga class

  • 10:15 am: Mid-morning snack for children during childcare program

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Mom’s brunch

  • 11:30 am: Children’s lunch during childcare program

  • 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm: Yoga workshop

  • 1:00 pm: Children’s program ends

  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Guided mom and child hike in Harriman State Park

  • 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Free time, snack break (childcare included as required during additional afternoon activities)

  • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Group dinner

  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Campfire storytime

  • 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Mom’s Yoga nidra (movie night or baby monitor watching for children)

Note: This is an example schedule, and every day is always a little different.

Past retreats

Heart to Heart

Join us for a heartwarming retreat, fostering connection and love amid the serenity of Orchard Hill Estate. Embrace the opportunity to relax, recharge, and create cherished moments with your child. Reserve your spot now and make memories to last a lifetime!

Frequently
Asked
Questions

WHO COMES TO MOM & ME RETREATS?
We extend a warm welcome to all moms at different phases of motherhood, welcoming those intrigued by or curious about adopting a health-conscious lifestyle for themselves and their children. Whether you're expecting, navigating the postpartum period, or a mom with young children up to 12 years old, you'll find inclusivity here. We accommodate movement modifications and dietary considerations for both pregnant and postpartum moms, fostering an environment that supports diverse maternal experiences.


WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
In mid-February, the weather in the Hudson Valley, NY, often features a crisp winter ambiance. The landscape may be dusted with snow, creating a picturesque setting for outdoor activities. Despite the chill, this time of year presents unique opportunities for invigorating outdoor play, from snowball fights to building snowmen or enjoying scenic walks in the winter wonderland.

Indoors, cozy fires offer a warm retreat after chilly adventures. Imagine gathering around a crackling fireplace, both indoors and outdoors, providing a perfect setting for relaxation and connection. The contrast of the chilly air outside and the warmth indoors creates a soothing environment, encouraging a natural focus inward. Whether it's through introspective moments by the fire or outdoor play in the wintry landscape, mid-February in the Hudson Valley offers a balance of cozy comfort and the beauty of the winter season.

 

ARE THE ROOMS PRIVATE?
Orchard Hill Estate is a 3-story home that has 8 very comfortable private bedrooms with plush beds, charming decor, and 5 full bathrooms. If you have requests such as a private bathroom or the large rooms shared by extended family (such as two sisters and their children or mom and grandma and children) we will do our best to accommodate you. Requests will be honored on a first-come first served basis. You will receive your room assignment prior to the event. 


ARE BEGINNERS AT YOGA WELCOME?
Yes! Connie and Jeana have been teaching yoga to all levels of experience for over 10 years. If ever there was a relaxing place to dip your toes into the world of yoga, this retreat would be it.


WHAT IS TANTRA YOGA?
Our Yoga asana series is specifically designed to balance the three doshas (vāta, pitta, and kapha), promoting a harmonized state of being. By achieving this balance, it regulates hormonal activity, ensuring optimal functioning of the internal organs. This unique yoga practice prioritizes relaxation, allowing all āsanas to be performed with a gentle and gradual flow, making it accessible and beneficial for practitioners of all levels of yoga experience.

 

HOW DO I GET THERE AND WHEN?
Orchard Hill Estate, less than an hour from NYC, invites you to unwind in a tranquil haven. Convenient for travelers from NJ, CT, and PA, the estate boasts all the amenities for the perfect getaway. From the spacious grounds to the historic architecture, Orchard Hill Estate provides an idyllic backdrop for Mom & Me Yoga Retreat

February 9-10-11 2023
Check in is offered as early as 12pm Friday. Welcome reception and dinner is at 5:30pm.
Check out is 12pm Sunday

WHICH MEALS ARE INCLUDED?
All of them! 

WHAT DO WE EAT?
Chef Diana of Little Chef Little Cafe in Long Island City, NYC, curates seasonally-inspired cuisine that provides nourishment for both mom and children. Light breakfast will be self-serve in the mornings, the kiddos will have lunch and snacks during their time with Miss Anu, moms will have an adult-only brunch, then everyone will reconnect for afternoon tea/coffee/snacks and a large family style dinner experience. Best part: Mom doesn’t cook or clean or plan anything! 


I HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES, CAN YOU CATER TO THAT?
Absolutely. Once your registration is confirmed you will receive an intake form where you can list dietary restrictions and preferences for yourself and your children that will be sent to the chef to prepare accordingly and deliciously.


IS THERE A FRIDGE TO STORE MILK OR PERSONAL ITEMS?
Yes! We are happy to provide refrigeration space for your needs. The kitchen is also fully accessible to anyone, so if you want to bring particular snacks or appliances (such as a bottle warmer) we are happy to coordinate that. 

CAN MY PARTNER / HUSBAND COME TO THE RETREAT?
To maintain the nurturing and supportive environment we strive for, this retreat is designed exclusively for mothers and their children. While we appreciate the enthusiasm of fathers, husbands, and male partners, we kindly request their understanding in allowing the space to be dedicated to the unique experience we offer for moms and their little ones. Keep an eye out for future family events where we can all come together for a shared, inclusive experience. We look forward to creating wonderful memories with you in the future.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE CHILDREN’S PROGRAM?
Play, love, & connect. The children’s program is designed to reflect similar themes in mom’s yoga program. Here is an example of the children's schedule (subject to change based on weather conditions):
Morning Session:
9:00 am - 10:00 am: Outdoor Play and Nature Exploration
Engage in outdoor activities, games, and nature exploration to foster a connection with the environment. Orchard Hill Estate Sits on over 5 acres of private property for adventuring!
10:00 am - 10:15 am: Healthy Snack Time
Enjoy a nutritious snack during a break in the childcare program.
10:15 am - 11:15 am: Arts and Crafts
Participate in creative arts and crafts activities, allowing children to express themselves through various materials and techniques.
Lunch Break:
11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Children have their lunch during this time, with options designed to suit their preferences and dietary needs.
Early Afternoon Session:
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm: Zumbini Session
Engage in a fun and interactive Zumbini session tailored for young children, combining music, dance, and play.
1:00 pm: Children’s Program Ends
Conclude the structured program, allowing flexibility for children to rest, play, or explore.
Outdoor Adventure:
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Guided Mom and Child Hike in Harriman State Park
Embark on a guided hike in the beautiful and nearby Harriman State Park, fostering a connection with nature.
Afternoon Tea/Coffee Break:
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Tea/Coffee/Cocoa Break
Take a break for tea and coffee, providing a moment for moms and children to relax and recharge.
Free Time and Afternoon Activities:
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Free Time, Snack Break, and Additional Experiences
Engage in free play, snack time, and additional afternoon activities tailored to children's interests, with optional childcare as required.
Evening Session:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Group Dinner
Gather for a communal dinner, promoting social interaction and shared experiences.
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Storytime
Wind down the day with stories and tales around the fire, creating a cozy and memorable atmosphere.
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Mom’s Yoga Nidra (Movie Night or Baby Monitor Watching for Children)
Moms can enjoy a restorative Yoga Nidra session, while children have the option to participate in a movie night or be monitored in a designated area.

 

WHAT ARE THE CREDENTIALS OF THE CHILDCARE TEAM?
Anu Mann is the leader of the childcare program and owns Gugugaga Gymboree in Astoria, Queens. She is a certified early childhood special education teacher. All staff are certified in CPR/AED. Our childcare team is thoroughly vetted and background-checked. 

 

MY CHILD HAS SPECIAL NEEDS. CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE THEM?
This is a neurodivergent INCLUSIVE retreat! Our childcare program coordinator, Anu Mann, is a an early childhood special education teacher. Inquire with us about tailored accommodations if your child has special needs.

 

CAN I BRING MORE THAN 1 CHILD?
Yes! Additional Children can be added for $480 per child.

 

SHOULD I BRING TOYS AND BOOKS FOR MY CHILD?
If your child has favorite toys or books, you’re welcome to bring them. We will have plenty of toys and activities as well.

 

WHAT IF MY BABY NEEDS TO TAKE THEIR NAP DURING CHILDCARE PROGRAM?
We will coordinate with you before the retreat to make sure naps and special considerations are taken care of during your stay. 

 

HOW OLD SHOULD MY CHILD BE?
We can accommodate children ranging from 6 months to 12 years. 

 

SHOULD I BRING DIAPERS FOR THE WHOLE RETREAT?
If your little one is in diapers, you will need to bring them with you for the childcare team. 

 

WHAT IF I NEED EXTRA BABY SITTING?
Childcare is provided from 9am-1pm. We also provide complimentary childcare during free time, Treat Yourself experiences and in the evenings. Our 2-3 members of the childcare team are on site throughout most of the day.


WHAT ARE Treat Yourself EXPERIENCES?
Treat Yourself Experiences are thoughtfully curated to enhance your experience and are available exclusively at the retreat. You can access the menu of available experiences at your retreat from the welcome email you will receive after booking confirmation.

 

WILL I HAVE PHONE RECEPTION?
Yes! There is also excellent and complimentary WiFi.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Comfortable winter shoes for hiking
Swimsuit for mom (hot tub!)
Yoga clothes
Warm/cool layers for indoor/outdoor temperature fluctuation. 
Slippers or socks for indoors (shoes off at the door!) 
A water bottle for you and your child
Coat, mittens, snow pants (if the weather looks like there will be snow)
Pajamas!
Any hiking equipment you prefer to use for yourself and your child, such as a hiking backpack or baby carrier
Baby bottles and any preferred feeding utensils (we will provide the basics)
Any noise machine or additional items that helps you or your little one sleep. 


WHAT IF I CANNOT BRING EVERYTHING ON THE RECOMMENDED PACKING LIST?
With advance notice we can provide baby-wearing harnesses, child-wearing hiking backpacks, pack-n-plays, and additional beds. There is also a major shopping complex nearby with a Target, Wal-Mart, and almost any store you can think of that will provide forgotten amenities. 


Contact Connie directly with questions prior to booking by emailing her at connie@conniepastorius.com

About Connie

Connie is the owner of Pastorius Fitness LLC, based in Astoria, NYC. She is fulfilling her career dream to host retreats and inviting other moms to embark on an unforgettable wellness journey.

Connie is a dedicated fitness and healthy lifestyle coach of 12+ years, certified RYT-500, and a proud mother of 2, with two beloved dogs. She is the creator of the Strong as a Mother coaching program, where she helps moms get strong and gain energy so they can live sustainably healthy lives. 

With her wealth of knowledge and passion for exploring and travelling, Connie will provide you with a unique experience of yoga, health and wellness.

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