Save the Date for Our Debut Essential Excursion Nov 18 – 20, 2011

Welcome to Essential Excursions, a series of self-discovery retreats achieved through sustainable tools and creativity.
Photographer extraordinaire and Creative Director Ange Fitzgerald and I are excited to be launching this new endeavor and will host our first weekend retreat at Namaste in Boerne, TX on November 18 – 20, 2011.

Throughout our own journeys and successes in finding contentment and purpose, we realized that we needed to design this type of program and share it with others. There are many retreats available for intensive therapy, meditation, yoga, and spirituality, but we noticed a void of getaway programs centered around practical ideas that are not difficult to adopt, yet can have a very profound impact on our lives.

Whether you sometimes experience feelings of hopelessness, are too often tired, pulled in too many directions, or simply feel like something in your life is amiss, an Essential Excursions weekend retreat will give you the opportunity to find meaning, tap into your creativity and provide you with the necessary take home tools in order to experience continued growth and progress.

We all need to take the time to travel away from our normal surroundings to rest and rejuvenate. Our program will allow you free time to enjoy the lovely atmosphere, as well as participate in an engaging, creative and productive environment full of guided activities and practical ideas centered around these four principles:

– Slow Down
– Reduce/Reflect
– Simplify
– Create

All meals will be thoughtfully prepared to offer nutritious food throughout the weekend in order to enhance your well-being. Our goal is for you to have an unforgettable experience and gain a better understanding of what your true life dreams are, and how you can begin a path to reach them.

Pricing includes 6 meals, snacks, lodging for 2 nights, creative workshops, self-discovery sessions and plenty of free time in the beautiful surroundings at Namaste.

The retreat is located 30 miles NW of San Antonio and 40 miles from Fredericksburg. The cost for the full weekend is $350 per person or $675 per couple.

Register here, and if you have questions, please email us at

Warm Regards and Happiness to You,

Andrea Roberts

Founder and Program Director 

Essential Excursions

‘Smile, breathe and go slowly.’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh


4 Responses to Save the Date for Our Debut Essential Excursion Nov 18 – 20, 2011

  1. kris howe says:

    Sounds Amazing! Tell me more about the excursion

  2. Andrea Roberts says:

    The schedule for the excursion looks essentially like this:

    – Friday – Welcome, Introductions and Dinner
    – Saturday – Breakfast; Sessions I and II on Slowing Down and Reduce/Reflect with discussion and group activities; lunch; creative workshop; free time; dinner; conversation or free time
    – Sunday – Same schedule as Saturday with Sessions III and IV being on Simplifying and Creating; and dismissal is at 6pm after the creative workshop and free time.

    We will provide handmade journals along with some other takeaways, and the beauty of the atmosphere inspires rest, reflection, and inspiration to take home with you. I hope you will consider joining us.

  3. Kari Wade says:

    I am interested in learning more about the “creative workshop” as well as the group activities. What exactly are the inspirations one will experience?? It sounds amazing however, I would like more details on what to expect please.

    • photopolus says:

      Hi Kari! For our creative workshop we will make dioramas, and the group activities involve simple exercises such as expressing gratitude, and journaling about your ideal self and life. Each session is centered around each of these four actions: Slow Down, Reduce/Reflect, Simplify, and Create. So there are four sessions in all. If you are interested, I am running a 50% discount from now through next week. Let me know if you’re interested, and I’ll send you the discounted registration form!

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