This was such a beautiful nourishing retreat and if you ever get a chance to participate with Douglas Johnson at his exclusive Maha Patha Yoga retreats throughout the year, I would say most definitely go ! It is such a wonderful way to give yourself some love and in the process meet new friends , eat delicious food, and surround yourself with a deeper understanding of your practice . Taking the time to rejuvenate your body, heart , mind, and soul helps to cultivate the best version of yourself possible. The beautiful Maha Patha Yoga retreat took place at Elohee's Thanksgiving house . At first arrival , a smiling Eve welcomed me and others with a warm hug . We gathered our bags and entered through an inviting little wooden door that opened up into a gorgeous home that felt built just for the land . It mimicked the more than 100 foot waterfall that was its backdrop through the windows that can be seen on every level of the 3 story retreat center. It was such a welcoming feeling as soon as we arrived and you could see it on everyone's face.
Elohee is a retreat center with its own magical and energetic oasis in the North Georgia Mountains of Sautee. Its a very special loving place made possible by Eve Cook's dreams of providing an environment where people can find their healing needs of any level on the sacred grounds based in nature. Elohee provides so many opportunities for education, yoga, meditation , art , and sustainability . The word Elohee comes from a Cherokee meaning translated El’-oh-hee as “sacred earth place.” The grounds are surrounded with tall growth of trees and the soothing sound of the waterfall . We participated in daily yoga, meditation, fresh organic and local foods, nature hikes, gorgeous views of mountains , waterfalls, and a soak in the man made rock hot tub. Of course if your daring like, Hannah, then you'd enjoy a freezing jump and short swim across the natural eco - swimming pool ! Its hard to explain in words the beauty here but there were so many heartfelt touches including the trails marked with colorful hearts to lead the way to the top of the mountain . The food was beyond delicious and just as beautiful. Take a look at the slideshow below but really you need to go see for yourself how amazing this place is and please say hello to Eve for me ! <3
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