August 12, 2022

Wellness, Travel, and the Search for a Passion-filled life with Beyond the Nest

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Wellness, Travel, And The Search For A Passion-filled Life With Beyond The Nest

Making pasta
We gather around the cooking areas marble island, white wine in hand, and watch as everybody deviates with the pasta maker. Church bells sound in the background, the scent of garlic fills the air, and were talking, chuckling, and teasing one another. This is my preferred memory of the week.
We transfer to the formal table and enjoy the fruits of our labor, although its chef Sherry, together with Sundays assistance, who did the actual preparation and cooking.
She uses her cookbook, Cooking with Sherry and Other Spirits, for $20 each, and within minutes, the stack of books she brought vanishes.

Wellness, Travel, And The Search For A Passion-filled Life With Beyond The Nest

Because the retreat, co-owners Mary and Vanessa have actually decided to go their different ways and are pursuing their specific visions. They support one another and hope you join them on an adventure. Marys business, Go Beyond the Nest, is preparing for future retreats in both international and domestic places. There are some beautiful areas for retreating, including the Texas Hill Country.
The name of her company is Ikigai Journeys with the site set to release soon. I, personally, cant wait to see the outcome of Vanessas passion, spirit, and her dedication to helping others.
Mary and Vanessa each have charm, talent, and a drive to be successful in guiding others, which they no doubt will make occur, whether individually or together.
Lots of business offer comparable retreats. Some emphasize cooking, yoga, or yoga and cooking together.
For me, getting out of my everyday life, making brand-new connections, and yes, crunching down on crickets were all recovery and transformative. The point is to register and go. Youll be delighted you did.

Wellness, Travel, And The Search For A Passion-filled Life With Beyond The Nest

Personal trip of Santuario de San Miguel
Personal tours are one of the benefits of traveling with Beyond the Nest, whose staff has connections and contacts. Following the church trip, we go to the home of jewelry expert and long time expat William Harris, who welcomes us as if we are family.

Wellness, Travel, And The Search For A Passion-filled Life With Beyond The Nest

Sarah and Mary delight in a cocktail at private reception and trip of William Harris estate and precious jewelry studio.
Piedras Studio, featuring fashion jewelry developed by R. Luis Pantoja, a gifted artist and native of San Miguel, lies in their house and open to the general public by reservation. If you can swing an invitation to one of their parties, all the better.
Day Four: Friendships Form Through Travel, Wellness, and Even Shopping
After yoga, we meet outdoors near the swimming pool for the early morning discussion and examine what weve experienced this week. A single person shares that the emphasize has been satisfying Donna and me, and we nod our heads that the sensation is shared.
The new connections and just being here are the benefits. While my good friend and I might have prepared a journey to San Miguel on our own, having a company date and schedule encouraged us to make the choice. Without that structure, we would most likely still only be speaking about traveling.
After lunch, we pile into the van and head to La Aurora in San Miguel to search the great art and small galleries.
As were driving down the narrow, hectic streets of San Miguel, Margaret says, “This is why I came: to have somebody who knows what theyre doing show us the highlights.”

Wellness, Travel, And The Search For A Passion-filled Life With Beyond The Nest

Early morning workshop with Beyond the Nest travelers
I share with the group that retirement during COVID was a battle, specifically when friends in the same situation adjusted quickly. But, in some way, making the dedication to take part in the retreat somehow began my recalibration. The anticipation of going to Mexico, satisfying other travelers, and exploring options for next steps, helped me start to adapt to the concept of retirement.
Still, after over an hour of talking about personal issues, Im relieved when among the housekeepers, Maya, reveals lunch.
Botanic Gardens and Rooftop Cocktails
This afternoon, we take a van to the arboretums of San Miguel (El Charco del Ingenico– Jardin Botánico) for a directed trip. Andrew, an expat who has actually lived in San Miguel for 7 years with his spouse and young kid, describes the flora and animals.

Wellness, Travel, And The Search For A Passion-filled Life With Beyond The Nest

Day Three: Behind-the-Scenes Tours
We have actually developed a regular, with early morning yoga (my preferred part of the day), breakfast, and discussion, which today is “Shifting Gears.” We each share what drives us. We agree: happiness and contentment.
This afternoon, we are fortunate to have a behind-the-scenes trip of the Santuario de San Miguel, among the most well-known UNESCO websites in Mexico, normally near to the general public. The historic chapel homes invaluable artifacts and works.

Our taxi bumps down the narrow, cobblestoned street in the small town of Atotonilco, a ten-minute drive from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Canines run loose and a woman with her head covered in a headscarf walks along the path, carrying bags filled with produce.
My pal Donna and I have signed on for a week with Beyond the Nest, a company that includes health, travel, workshops, and expedition, all with a like-minded community.
The driver stops near a massive door shrouded by greenery and reveals we have shown up. He sounds the bell, and the ten-foot high gate opens to a rich, tree-lined vacation home, which seems like a secret paradise. Birds warble, a gentle breeze blows, and even the air smells scented.
I look at Donna and ask, “Is this paradise?”

” Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and valuable life.”
Mary Oliver

” Which one shall I purchase?”
She describes that she hasnt taken a trip extensively but likes to check out and just feels more secure having a guide.
Mercado de Artesanias
From the high-end galleries of La Aurora, we walk a couple of blocks to Mercado de Artesanias, an area loaded with small suppliers, each offering linens, bags, leather purses, or colorful blouses and gowns. We get each others viewpoints about gifts for loved ones, asking about whatever from a dress for a three-month old kid to a Day of the Dead statue. Im not a buyer but being with everyone else makes it fun. At the end of the day, my purchases amount to three tortilla warmers for 300 pesos or about $5 each.
Tonights dinner is casual– a decision we make together– and we order pizza and salads from a small Italian café in Atotonilco.
Day Five: Shopping for Last-Minute Treasures
We spend our final complete day starting with yoga with Vanessa, followed by a breakfast of fresh fruit, granola and yogurt.
First, COVID Testing
Today, we skip the early morning discussion since everyones getting COVID testing before the return trip to the United States. An on-call medical professional shows up to administer the test. Since this is my first journey out of the country because COVID, having this task arranged is a big bonus of taking a trip with a group.
This afternoon, while the others look for keepsakes, I detour from the group to explore on my own. I roam the narrow streets of San Miguel, stopping at Starbucks, a lovely location near the town center with a courtyard built in a centuries-old building. When all of us fulfill at our predetermined location, its fun to see everyone with their bags filled with treasures, and we decide to have a show-and-tell back at the rental property.

Vanessa leads yoga every early morning
Our first complete day begins at 8:30 with vinyasa yoga in the glass-walled health club, a two-minute walk from the main house. Vanessa guides the four people through our practice as we gaze out onto the lavish lawn and trees.
For breakfast, we dine on fresh mangos, yogurt, bacon, egg and cheese-filled homemade tortillas, and locally grown, dark-roast coffee. Then, we collect in the living room of the main home to discuss, “Who am I and where am I going?”
We each featured something on our minds and in our hearts, whether its the loss of an enjoyed one, change in professional status, and, naturally, the weight and concern of the pandemic.

Vanessa welcomes visitors to the estate
Were here to spend the next week at BTNs “Flying the Coop” wellness travel retreat. The name definitely fits. After 18 months of being caged due to COVID, coming to the estate seems like we have actually certainly flown the coop.
Tour of Property, Happy Hour, Welcome Dinner
Mary and Vanessa show us to our specific rooms in the primary home, which includes a kitchen area, dining-room, living areas, and a master suite and large bed room on the second flooring. Numerous smaller sized structures with bedrooms and sitting areas are situated throughout the two-acre home, in addition to a pool, horse stables, and glass health club, all amidst verdant gardens, olive trees and pomegranate trees.

Sherry McHarg teaches cooking class.
She reveals us how to produce homemade pasta and discuss the significance of adding loads of butter. Worn a black off-the-shoulder dress, precious jewelry, and with impeccable nails and makeup, she remains classy while chopping garlic or cleaning the occasional utensil.

Beyond the Nest travelers at Botanic Gardens in San Miguel de Allende
He takes one look at everyones open-toed shoes and encourages us not to stand in one location too long since of the ants. We chuckle, hop around, and right away get a move-on.
After our three-hour trip, we make our way to the high-end Rosewood Hotel for cocktails at Bar Luna, a rooftop bar with an amazing view of San Miguel. The auburn, gold, and crimson colors of homes and the imposing churches produce a striking background. A slight drizzle and the 68-degree temperature level feel wonderful to me, however my new good friends from Houston cover up with whatever they can discover including pillows on the chairs. We all get the laughs as they attempt to get warm.
The taxi flight back to the estate is much more enjoyable as the four of us– Margaret, Sarah, Donna and I– squeeze into a taxi and stop at a local convenience store to stockpile on some forgotten products. We pool what few pesos we have since we have not exchanged cash. Whether its the gin and tonics or the easygoing ambiance, we feel like old friends on an adventure.
Due to the fact that of the huge feast last night, we concur tonights meal ought to be lighter, previously, and more casual. Being versatile and getting to make decisions about what we do or do not do are elements I enjoy about remaining in a little group.
We sit on the outdoor patio at night breeze (the Houstonians are covered in blankets) and treat on chicken salad topped with pomegranates in an avocado.
Day Two: Reiki, Crystals, Spa, Shopping
Today, Tara from San Diego, a Reiki trainer, joins us after our yoga class. She describes the history of this Japanese practice that promotes healing. Tara likewise talks about Chakras and discusses the essentials for beginners.We each select a crystal from a table filled with amethyst and other stones.
I go directly for the smooth round piece of rose quartz. Todays session is relaxing for me and transformative for others in the group.
After yoga and breakfast, we collect for our everyday discussion. Vanessa and Mary speak about connections, transformative minutes, and having a joy-filled, rather than purpose-driven life. We each share stories of achievements, battles, and objectives.
For lunch, Sunday serves spring rolls with noodles followed by mango and a sweet rice dessert. When Donna mentions this is her favorite dessert, Sunday brings a 2nd assisting.

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Personnel are like household in your home of William and Howard
Costs and his partner Howard have a reputation in the neighborhood as being individuals who open their home if theres a fund-raiser or– from what I can conclude– any other social event. They are beloved in the expat neighborhood in San Miguel, and its easy to see why. They are warm, amusing, welcoming, and captivating.

Personal villa for Beyond the Nest travelers
Sugary food Sendoffs
As we state our goodbyes Saturday early morning, we exchange e-mails, addresses, invitations, and birthdates to each others homes. We position for a final group picture, and Sunday sends us off with a boxed lunch and a hug. There are warm goodbyes with one another, the organizers, and staff.
Recalibration, for me, has come not throughout the organized sessions, but by remaining in a various nation with a brand-new regimen, fulfilling brand-new individuals. Bonds form during unforeseen moments: a taxi flight when we are squeezed into the backseat of a small cars and truck, laughing over apparently impossible yoga positions, and making pasta collected around the kitchen area with a glass of white wine. These are my preferred minutes of travel– and life– which are experiences that cant simply be added to a travel plan.
Beyond the Nest wellness travel retreat offered the setting and opportunity to make connections which will hopefully be lifelong friendships. I would do it all once again in a heart beat.
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Health Travel in Paradise
Co-founders Vanessa Famighetti and Mary Fusillo greet us with hugs (after asking authorization), bottles of chilled water and hand towels. I bury my face in the icy fabric and take in the aroma of eucalyptus. After a day of noise and grit in aircrafts and airports, it seems like a world of convenience, relief, and high-end.

Authors personal room
Part of the approach of Beyond the Nest wellness travel consists of a luxury aspect, and this privately owned house definitely has it. Art adorns each space; muted colors of grey, charcoal, and cream develop a contemporary yet unwinded vibe. A number of months back, Vanessa scouted properties in the location and picked this beauty, which Beyond the Nest has leased for the retreat.
At make-your-own-margarita pleased hour, we meet Margaret and Sarah, cousins from Houston, who are here for the very same factors we are: to take a trip after being on lockdown and do some self-discovery.
A local chef named Sunday introduces herself and discusses what she has gotten ready for our welcome banquet: esquites (corn) salad, chapulines (Tostada with guacamole) and huitlacoche (corn truffle) quesadillas. And those are just the appetizers. She also serves 2 types of mole with chicken, and chilis en nogada, (stuffed poblano chile peppers).
Sunday casually discusses the quesadillas are topped with crickets.We all laugh when Donna prepares to take a bite, but initially says, “Sorry, Jiminy.”
Travel and Wellness Vision
When I talked to Mary about the launch of their company, beyond the Nests vision is assisting others find out to develop a passion-filled lifeI first found out about Beyond the Nest. I was impressed by the companys vision– and I signed on.
Week-long luxury wellness travel retreats supply workshops led by specialists, with discussions about topics such as the value of being connected to an encouraging community.
Afternoons and evenings are filled with wellness and cultural activities such as hot yoga, meditation, or exploring San Miguels galleries.
Workshops focus on recalibrating after COVID, uncovering our inner-power, physical and psychological wellness, and remote work and travel.
The First Day Begins With Yoga

Table set for dinner
Sunday also surprises us with fortunes she wrote by hand, which we draw arbitrarily. This gesture appears simple yet so caring. We take turns reading our fortunes aloud and everybody concurs, when each individual reads theirs, that the words are a fit.
For me, these moments are less forced and reveal more of our personalities than when we are in the set up workshops.
This afternoon, we have an option of medspa treatments or shopping; Donna and I choose massages while Margaret and Sarah select checking out the small shops and galleries in the area.
The luxury Rosewood is a premier hotel and medical spa, and regarding be anticipated, the personnel treat us– right to a hot brew (we believe its turmeric) served in a dainty cup as we lounge in the waiting space.
Cooking Class with Local Chef
Tonight, Sherry McHarg, a transplant from Palm Springs, pertains to the estate to teach a cooking class Sherry owned the acclaimed Rose Inn near Ithaca NY, with her first other half, before it burned to the ground, and has a remarkable list of accomplishments.

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Sherry Spitsnaugle participated in this retreat at her own cost. However the article has actually been sponsored by Go Beyond the Nest. All opinions expressed here are those of the author.

Satisfy the Author: Sherry Spitsnaugle, guidebook author, travel writer, wife and pet dog mama, initially expressed her urge to check out at age 4 when she evacuated her little red wagon and removed for an adventure– around the block. Today, she continues to satisfy her travel bug propensities, checking out and composing about her experiences.Instagram: sherryspitsnaugle

I fulfilled Sherry S at a Denver event and discovered out that she was a travel writer! Were here to spend the next week at BTNs “Flying the Coop” wellness travel retreat. Part of the philosophy of Beyond the Nest wellness travel consists of a luxury aspect, and this independently owned house definitely has it. Since this is my first trip out of the nation because COVID, having this job arranged is a substantial perk of traveling with a group.
These are my preferred moments of travel– and life– which are experiences that cant simply be added to an itinerary.