This past weekend I journeyed to Zion, Illinois to "Experience the Outlook of Freedom" at my Christian Yoga and Meditation Retreat for women. 

Zion is a suitable city name because Illinois Beach State Park is absolutely gorgeous.

At the retreat I was able to catch up with some old friends and make new ones as well. 

Throughout the retreat we participated in various activities to find freedom. 


Friday was "Freedom in Mind" when we found new perspective to our problems to "be a blessing to each other," Romans 1:12.  Saturday was "Freedom in Body", when we focused on the yoga exercises, learning to release grievances from our body.  And Sunday was "Freedom in Spirit" with a focus on meditation.

Each woman, in a different place on her unique journey, was moved and I absolutely loved how God used us, broken as we are, to help each other.  We didn't necessarily have to do or say much, in fact we didn't say anything at all during the meditation walk and circles.   Just being there as women together to "Experience the Outlook of Freedom" was enough.

As we are back to our normal busy lives, I'm enjoying the free music our fabulous entertainer Catalina Bellizzi gave us.   Our weekend away won't change our entire lives, though I know when we change one perspective, we start a slightly different road on our journey which can bring us to an entirely different place in time.  Freedom always brings momentum which is much better than being "stuck".  I learned to be free in who I am more than what I am accomplishing.  I have been able to live the working life, but also the life of raising kids for 10 years and feeling that my skills are not being fully utilized.  But, now to be able to help guide retreats and teach Christian Yoga I see how God has prepared me to fulfill his plans for me!  Experience the Outlook of Freedom was a complete success and I'm so grateful for all the women who attended and helped contribute to its impact!

Tara Galles

Tara is the founder of YOGATHEA® inspiring others to "Breathe the Peace Which Transcends All Understanding - Mind + Body + Spirit” through Christian Yoga + Meditation DVDs, CDsInstructor Training Program, and Women's RetreatsTara currently resides in Kokomo, Indiana with her husband and 4 children where she practices Occupational Therapy and has made peace with the snow.