The Summit in the Desert
Palm Springs, sticky notes and a special kind of forward fold spell skill-building road trip for RecoveringYogi
BY MAGAZINE CORRESPONDENT LESLIE MUNDAY
The Magazine of Yoga Conversation: RecoveringYogi
Here’s what happened behind the scenes
on RecoveringYogi this month:
Recovering Yogi founders Joslyn Hamiliton, Vanessa Fiola, and Leslie Munday will use any excuse to see one another.
The regularly scheduled annual girls’ trip, the talk-Leslie-off-the-ledge-after-being-dumped trip, and Vanessa’s first gallery show trip this year just weren’t enough. So they scheduled their first quarterly Recovering Yogi Summit Meeting in what-should-be-sunny Palm Springs, California.
The most notable thing about this work trip (aside from the Ebenezer Scrooge-esque-bomb nightdress provided by the badass hotel) was that we actually worked. See?
We shut ourselves in our room for two days straight armed with markers, oversized post-it notes, laptops, and wine.
Women, working together, in flattering stripes
With three uber-intelligent and strongly opinionated women in the house, the first order of business was our consensus approach. Here’s what we came up with:
Disagreement is okay.
NO CROSSTALK. Instead, go to your sistah. (We borrowed and re-gendered this one from the yoga cult where we met.)
Generally speaking, majority rules. But there are exceptions.
Then Vanessa got the hiccups
And although it sucked for her, our raging A.D.D was relieved for the respite.
To alleviate the condition, Leslie taught her to drink upside down — which she insisted upon doing with wine. On the third attempt, they were gone.
But our inability to focus on one subject for more than ten seconds was not.
An abbreviated list of discussion topics
from the rest of the weekend
- Which wine to drink first
- The fact that we do indeed deserve $120 nightdresses
- Roles and Responsibilities
- How many caffeine-induced heart palpitations can be ignored before calling the paramedics
- When to go get more coffee
- How disgusting the hangnail scene was in White Swan (for about 45 minutes)
- One or two orders of fries
- Which wine to drink now
- Coconut or key lime pie
- Web site
Stuck Around Town
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Cruising the streets of Seattle
Rainbow grocery in San Francisco
2010 – A Winner or a Kick in the Pants?
Per bullet number one of our consensus agreement, disagreement is okay. And folks, we disagree about the past year. While Vanessa had a great 2010, Joslyn and Leslie would prefer to scratch their eyeballs out than go through those 365 days again.
Once again, we’ll defer to our consensus agreement, which states, “Generally speaking, majority rules.”
So sorry, Vanessa. 2010 blew.
Onward and upward in 2011!
Thanks for the memories
As a sidenote, Leslie and Vanessa made this sweet short film commemorating 2010. It’s called “The Year in Review.” (NSFW)
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