Frequently Asked Questions about
Embracing the Mother Retreats
So you have questions? Below are some of the questions that have come up about the retreat! We hope these questions help you decide to join us on retreat and get away for a weekend!
Where is Manitou Springs, Colorado?
This little hidden gem of a town is one of Colorado's oldest and best kept secrets! Nestled right at the base of Pike's Peak in Colorado Springs, it is an easily-accessible mountain town that has cute, eclectic shops and boutique restaurants that offer a unique Colorado experience without the long drive into the mountains! The elevation is 6412ft, just a little over 1000ft higher than Denver.
It is a five minute drive from the Garden of the Gods, The Pike's Peak Railway and 20 minutes off I25, one of Colorado's main highways. It is an hour or so from Denver (one and half hours from Denver International Airport) and 30 minutes from the Colorado Springs Airport.
Sun Mountain Center is a 6-acre property built in the early 1900's up high on a rocky ledge. It has three mansions on the property. Our retreat is in the largest one, overlooking Manitou Springs and Pikes Peak. It is STUNNING both from the inside and the outside. The property has a long, interesting history that has led it to be a retreat center. Each room is distinct, ornate and spacious! From the marble fireplaces to the Swan-designed spouts in the baths, you are sure to feel as though you are in a different time and space!
For more information about how to get to Manitou Springs and the history of the area, click the link below!
What are the room options?
First off, the rooms are typically very spacious. This was first a private mansion and then a Bed & Breakfast (still is when not used as a retreat center). The rooms each have a distinct feel and design and some of the original pieces that make it so unique. The beds have recently been upgraded and are very comfortable (especially important to us for out retreat mamas!) and the cleaning staff takes great pride in how clean the space is.
Like most yoga retreat spaces in Colorado, there are mostly shared accommodation options than private ones. This has a purpose! We know that connecting with other moms is important for community and the shared accommodations support this! If you are a light sleeper and are in a shared space, maybe bring ear plugs (and know that the house is really quiet - except for the wildlife you might hear from being in a mountain town!), and you'll be doing yoga and meditation and soaking in wonderful hot springs, so our experience tells us you're sure to sleep really well!)
I am six years postpartum. Is this retreat for me, too?
We welcome mamas from various backgrounds and experiences. And we have had women who were in their second and third trimesters of pregnancy to 8 years postpartum, and everything in between! We have loved the diversity of backgrounds and experiences of the mamas that have come before and hope to continue to have women who are called to retreat with us.
What type of transportation is available to get me to the retreat?
If you are joining us from Colorado, it is likely the most ideal way to get to the retreat location is via your own car. We suggest carpooling if you are retreating with a friend. If you are coming from out-of-town/state, you will likely want to rent a car if you are driving down from Denver. There is also Uber/Taxi from the airport in Colorado Springs. Please let us know if we can help you locate a rental car or figure out transportation!
I am new to yoga and/or I have not done yoga for a while, is this a safe retreat for me?
Yes! This is a yoga retreat specifically designed to cater to the mama body as you are either healing from birth or are reconnecting with your inner and bodily strength many years postpartum. This retreat will be an active retreat for seasoned moms WITH OPTIONS! Our focus is to share the beauty of meeting yourself on and off your mat WHERE YOU ARE not where you think you SHOULD be! Both facilitators are extensively trained in wellness, all-things-moms and postnatal yoga and are experienced with helping mothers find the modification that meets them where they are.
Once at the retreat, if there is anything that the facilitators should know to help support you, please feel free to notify us and we will make accommodations!
I have a special diet, will this retreat be able to cater to my needs?
Absolutely! The chef at Sun Mountain Center is highly-skilled/trained to create healthy + delicious cuisine that caters to everyone's needs. The food on the retreat will be vegetarian and organic, ensuring ample protein and flavor as possible! When you register, please indicate your dietary needs and we will ensure they are honored.
I am breastfeeding and will need to store my milk while away from my baby, is there a fridge?
Yes! There is a small fridge where mamas can store their milk while they are at the retreat. And space to pump privately can also be made available.
Are babies/children allowed?
We LOVE babies and children but this retreat is for mamas only! There is, however, a LOT of fun things to do around Manitou & Colorado Springs, including the Great Wolf Lodge, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Cave of the Winds...etc...Your partner could always stay in the area and enjoy it too!
When you are considering spending the weekend with us, we encourage you to ensure all of your bases are covered - i.e. that your baby/babies are set to be two nights without you. This often means that you are prepared to pump breast milk for storage and comfort and that your kiddos have childcare so you don't have to worry!
If you do need to cancel, there is a policy put in place by the retreat center, who manages the payments for our retreat. Their policy is as follows: 31 days or more, SunMountain will refund 50% of the reservation cost to the guest. 30 days or less, no refund to the guest.
DO you have more questions?
Please don't hesitate to reach out! We try to make our website as comprehensive as possible, and we will undoubtedly miss something! We look forward to connecting with you!