Monthly Archives: April 2012

Yoga & Wine

Dreaming of Yoga & Wine

We have wanted to host Yoga & Wine Retreats for a while; and now it is happening.  The quote this morning from Gratefulness:  http://www.gratefulness.org/You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope. Thomas Merton

That says it- recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and embrace them with courage, faith, and hope!!  That’s what we are all about recognizing possibilities and acting on them.  Siloam was started as Siloam Retreat & Wellness; our intent was to offer this spirited place to those who would benefit from the surroundings and concept.  Since we have been offering services at Siloam we have reached out to hundreds of people; the natural course is to continue to expand and embrace new offerings.

Some may say that Yoga and Wine do not go together; others say Yoga is not a practice that people of faith should participate in…we believe that Yoga, Wine and Faith  blend together nicely.  

Yoga is an ancient practice that gradually trains your body and mind to be in a state of peace, wine is a remedy, which can raise your spirits and relieve your stress. But, according to an online story in iYoga Life, the two have more in common than you think.

“Yoga teaches you how to age gracefully just like a great bottle of wine ages gracefully,” explains David Romanelli, an instructor at Exhale Santa Monica, who teaches yoga and wine workshops across the country. “Pouring a glass of wine is a celebration of one moment in your day that you want to hone and protect.”  Says the posting, Romanelli has risked his reputation with unconventional yoga and wine workshops.

Are we willing to risk our reputation? If we have one, “yes!!”  Risk/Reward….the conversation is welcome, as a minister Julie is often asked about her faith and passion for wine and now another welcome conversation about yoga and wine; life is a collection of experiences, we are all in different places in our lives based on our experiences; it’s important to reach out to people through experiences-‘lift up every stone’ how can we embrace possiblities and challenges if we only do that which is safe/without risk?

We are proud to offer Yoga at Siloam on Sundays from 4-5 PM in the Wine Shop, on the Main Lawn, by reservation.

Weddings in the Pacific Northwest

Undercover Wedding

When planning a wedding in the Pacific Northwest one needs to be prepared for rain.  We have had weddings where equipping guests with umbrellas was the rain plan….this works with a short ceremony and having the umbrellas serve as the guest take-away gift.

Short ceremonies seem to be the trend today; at least for weddings here at Siloam.  We had a wedding last year where guests simply gathered on the lawn around the couple for a few minutes while they read their vows and sealed their marriage with a kiss.  We have had other weddings where everyone is seated at the table where they will also have their reception meal.  One of the pleasures of being a host site for weddings is seeing how creative couples are with their plans.

Causual Gathering Wedding Ceremony
Wedding tent added to front of Wine Shop

Using tents as a rain plan is also very common the downside to this is if it doesn’t rain you are left with un-optional cover and the ‘circus tent’ look…tents can be dressed up and certainly provide peace of mind for added space and cover if it rains.

Adding Space for a wedding with a tent

Whatever you are planning we are here to help.  Allow us to provide the Siloam Service for your wedding or event here at Siloam Retreat & Wine Shop.

Minister prepared for wedding ceremony & rain