In Upstate NY, a Yoga Retreat With a Nutritious, Local Twist


The Garden retreat took place at a restored villa in Newburgh, New York. Credit: Emma Grady

This past weekend I escaped the urban jungle that is Manhattan and ventured to upstate New York for a yoga retreat. I had the chance to try out some yoga essentials sent over by Prancing Leopard, an organic cotton yoga apparel company that also has a lovely collection of knit and crochet artisan pieces made through their nonprofit Women Artisan Project. Click through for more photos from the retreat and more on Prancing Leopard Organics.
Local meals provided by Delicious Dialogues. Credit: Ellen Bain
The Garden is a boutique-style retreat with a focus on yoga and nutrition. I had read about this retreat on Yogoer, and I enjoyed its intimate nature; The gathering was small, only about twelve people in total. Nutritional--and cleansing--meals, comprised of organic, local ingredients sourced from the Park Slope Co-Op, were made entirely in-house by Dages Keates from Delicious Dialogues, which focus on a holistic approach to nutrition.


Credit: Ellen Bain

If you're looking for comfy, organic apparel for yoga, Prancing Leopard offers options made with yarns and fabrics certified by the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard). According to Bert Holland, co-founder Prancing Leopard (whom we interviewed over e-mail prior to the retreat), none of the cotton is GMO; the fabric is custom woven and made with at least 95% pure organic Turkish cotton and up to 5% elastane; and they are actively working on natural alternatives with manufacturers in Germany and Switzerland.


Credit: Prancing Leopard

As mentioned, I tried out these "Pamir Capri" pants by Prancing Leopard and they are definitely an activewear-staple piece for summer. They have a relaxed fit at the bottom with a snug waist, have pockets, and are great for yoga and other activities, including a hike to the top of Mount Beacon. More yoga apparel options, below.


Prancing Leopard Women Artisan Project ballet slippers. Credit: Prancing Leopard

Sultan's Rosebud Necklace. Credit: Prancing Leopard

Prancing Leopard also has a non profit arm, the Women Artisan Project. Cooperatives are established for underserved women to knit and crochet artisan pieces with organic yarn. They currently have cooperatives in Istanbul and they are trying to set up another one in Paterson, New Jersey.

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