img_85201.jpgKatie O’Connell and Dragonfly Yoga have been leading retreats in exotic locations around the world and at her own retreat center, Dragonfly Yoga, since 2008. Traveling abroad to beautiful destinations, often along miles of sandy beach in Central America, up high in the mountains of India, in the shadow of volcanoes of Guatemala, and along the stone-walled fields and rocky shores of Ireland, is what brings joy to this wanderlust yogi who practices yoga with her students wherever they are willing to strike a pose.

How does Katie choose a retreat location? Well, there’s a lot that goes into it, actually! “I take into consideration the yoga facility and uniqueness of the retreat center as a whole, the scenery and opportunity to engage in the beauty of the landscape, and the culture and people are always important, too.  Oh, and the FOOD!! I often do personal site visits (it’s a tough job, haha!).  My guests love the opportunity to learn a little on retreat, whether it is about the local cuisine, handicrafts, or music of a culture, and even if the goal of most guests is to relax, revitalize, and rejuvenate, there is always some kind of an adventure to enjoy!” Don’t worry, if you don’t want to go zip-lining, boating, snorkeling, hiking, paddle boarding, and bird watching, for example, there is always ample time for resting on a beach, getting a massage, and just enjoying the scenery!

Did she mention the food? Enjoying amazing meals is of utmost importance when traveling on retreat, so rest assured you will be well fed with plentiful platters of healthy, organic, local fare that will be a feast for your eyes as well as your belly! You can be guaranteed the food will be fresh, delicious, and made with love! 

Yoga is a part of every retreat, whether it is on our annual Panchakarma cleansing retreat to India, or on a rooftop under the rising equatorial sun!  Even in our recent Ireland retreat, we practiced daily yoga class—one morning by the beer tap lights of the hotel pub! “Yoga is always an adventure when you travel with a Katie!” ~Sue

Katie and her husband Declan also facilitate many retreats at home in the White Mountains of NH.  The air is fresh, the watering holes and lakes are clean, the hiking is gorgeous, and the food is lovingly prepared by Declan, who uses the veggies Katie grows in the summer on site, as well as local produce from CSAs and neighbors happy to share their bounty.  Weekend retreats are perfect for those looking to get away and recharge their batteries, meet up with friends for a few nights, and guests who know how important it is to do self care and unplug from the busy-ness of work, family, and responsibilities at home.  Some common words said by guests after just a couple of days at Dragonfly include: “rejuvenated,” “energized,” “calm,” “joyful,” and “amazing food!” 

COVID NOTES: From our Covid Waiver

Symptoms Statement & Agreement: By submitting this statement, I attest that I am not currently exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 such as: Please note that if you or anyone in your party answer “yes” to any of these questions at any point during your stay at Dragonfly, we ask that you immediately return home and do not put staff and other guests at risk. Any deposit or a pro-rated portion of your stay will be determined by your visiting yoga retreat leader, depending on their company cancellation policy; OR Dragonfly training/workshop missed will be recorded and sent or offered to you at a later date. Dragonfly Yoga Barn cannot issue refunds to individual guests inside 90 days of retreat start date, regardless of reason by client; If Dragonfly must cancel a retreat due to the pandemic, we will issue 100% of the retreat fee to all participants. *
Exposure Statement: I attest that I have not been in close contact with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have had COVID-19 in the past 10 days. (Note: healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment are not considered to have a close contact exposure. *
Health and Safety Compliance Statement: I attest that I will follow all of the state of New Hampshire health and safety guidelines as well as those implemented by Dragonfly, including, but not limited to, and subject to change as needed: 1. Wearing cloth face coverings over mouth and nose to protect others when in public locations, as specified by venue. Specifications may change as NH guidance is updated. 2. Keeping a safe distance of at least 6 ft. from staff and other guests unless all guests are vaccinated and this is confirmed by retreat leader. 3. Practice frequent hand hygiene/washing. Please note that if you or anyone in your party has been found by Management to have been knowingly violating the state of New Hampshire and/or Dragonfly’s health and safety guidelines, we will ask that you return home immediately and not put our employees and other guests at risk. *

Whether you are a yoga teacher or leader looking for a beautiful and friendly location for your next group retreat, or if you are an adventurous spirit looking to travel to a beautiful place with an amazing group of like-minded people, look no further! Dragonfly Yoga Retreats has what you are yearning for: the journey back to yourself. Visit our Retreat listings for more information about our upcoming journeys and adventures.

With love,

Katie & Declan

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