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March 2016

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38 | MARCH 2016 ning or attending a retreat can look forward to a breathtaking setting, phenomenal food, boundless hos- pitality, spotless accommodations, and bountiful recreational opportu- nities. Amenities include a spacious wood-floor yoga studio looking out onto a view of horses, mountains, and a recently added teepee; the- matically appointed bedrooms that accommodate up to 30 (expect a roommate); six shared bathrooms; a cozy dining room that seats up to 25 (with additional seating options); an expansive outdoor deck that doubles as a yoga "studio" in the warm months; and an outdoor hot tub and indoor dry sauna. Breakfast, lunch, and dinnertime will find Tess Cashin helming the stove. Attuned to diverse dietary restrictions and allowances, Cashin is equipped to prepare dishes of any kind—every last one of which is mas- terfully executed and award-worthy. photographs by Erin L. Quinn Authentic. That is a word Gerry Scott uses to describe many things. For- merly a resident of Ipswich, Boxford, and Wakefield, the owner of Stowe Mountain Ranch Yoga Retreat Center says he moved to Vermont for its au- thenticity. "Everything in Stowe is lo- cally owned…there are no billboards, no eye-pollution…the people here are independent thinkers," he says, not- ing that the state's holistic environs are ideal for practicing yoga. Known around the village as "The Stowe Cowboy," Scott explains his retreat center as one that offers a boutique experience characterized by mindfulness. "I do it because it is meaningful," says the longtime horseman. In fact, everything that happens on the ranch is purposeful, communal, and intended to make guests feel physically and spiritually strong. Scott's interest in starting the center stemmed from a desire to connect people to the environment, to each other, and to their ancestry, which, he says, is inexorably linked to horses. As much as his ranch has to offer, it's his four prized horses Scott returns to time and again. "Everything you do with horses is therapeutic," he says. "They are in a natural state of harmony." Yoginis interested in either run- BY KILEY JACQUES For one of the most interesting, exciting, and restorative yoga retreats imaginable, head to Vermont's Stowe Mountain Ranch Yoga Retreat Center. Home on the Range Yoga on horses is one of many unique offerings at this retreat center.

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