Red Books, Simmering and the Azores!

Hello Blue Light community,

Although it was unintentional on my part, it occurred to me this morning that the last time I wrote to you we had just set our clocks back an hour for daylight savings, and here we are, springing forward again. I’m partial to springing forward over falling back. It’s always around this time that I reach for my Red Book. For those of you who don’t know about my trusty Red Book, it’s my personal guide to how to live better. I write down what I learn as I go, things like “Christmas shop early," “Buy travel insurance,” “Leave a day between coming home from vacation and going back to work,” “Turn the lights down when you’re hosting a party,” or today, I wrote “Break up routine with peace-ing out to places where less clothes are necessary and adventures are a guarantee, and if that’s not possible, put plans in place for when it is.” I often forget my own advice but nonetheless I keep trying to help my future self.

Taking my Red Book wisdom to heart, I’ve put some serious time and thought into planning some future adventures for all of us. Yup, that’s right, I’m back at it! After a suburb-induced hiatus, I’m jumping back on the retreat train, and my first stop will be to the Azores in October, right before we fall back again. This first one is an intimate not-to-be-missed affair on a volcanic island off of Portugal. Don’t wait to sign up (there’s only 12 spots). Be bold and book it. You won’t regret it. Scroll down for more information.

Other news is that I have a new website where you can find my weekly schedule and information about future events and retreats. I’m still on the hunt for a more permanent space to house Blue Light. I have a few things simmering. Speaking of, simmering is also in the red book: “let things simmer in life and in the kitchen.” I love to cook, but no one instilled in me the importance of low consistent heat to let the flavors meld and settle. I’m more of a turn-it-up and let-it-fry kind-a-girl. My poor children are constantly bracing themselves for when the smoke alarm will go off again. But lately, I’ve been trying to slow down. As the great Pooh bear advises: “No rush. No hurry." In the kitchen, these days, I give myself a little more time and I do a little more chopping and anticipating before turning on the heat. It turns out, this allows for some nice simmering time to catch up with Roo after work and before dinner. Beyond the kitchen, I’m trying to wait before I speak. I’m trying to practice patience when things are unclear or uncomfortable. And just in case you’re wondering where I find the best place is to let things simmer (besides in the kitchen or outside): on my mat!

I hope this finds you well and to see you soon, maybe in the Azores! Remember: Be bold and book it,


Blue Light in the Azores with Georgia Reath
October 17th - 23rd, 2017

Join Georgia Reath, senior teacher and creator of Blue Light Yoga, for a unique 5 night / 6 day retreat to the Azores, Portugal, where you will experience the culture, taste and feel of this sub-tropical island.

The Azores are a magical, volcanic land, full of natural, raw beauty, a temperate climate and endless outdoor activities. Truly an adventure lovers paradise, and under 6 hours from Boston!

Our days will include creative and inspiring Blue Light Yoga classes, hikes to some of the most incredible vistas on the island, soaks in natural hot springs, and exploration of neighboring towns. There will also be plenty of time for respite and retreat amongst the beautiful orchards of Quinta Minuvida, our home for the week.

All meals are included, and will be nourishing, fresh, and delicious, so that you can get a true taste of Azorean fare. Our accommodations feature lovingly renovated suites, each unique and gorgeous, with its own private bathroom.

Space is limited to 12 students. We anticipate this retreat selling out extremely fast, so please reserve your spot ASAP if you’re interested in joining. Take a sneak peak at our itinerary here.

What’s Included:

  • 5 Nights / 6 Days lodging at Quinta Minuvida, a unique orchard lodge surrounded by gardens, fruit orchards, a saltwater pool and plenty of private areas for relaxation.
  • Three locally sourced meals daily, some at Quinta Minuvida and some at nearby restaurants
  • Two group excursions to some of the island’s best hikes, relaxing hot springs, beaches and local towns, including all guides and transportation
  • Daily Blue Light Yoga with Georgia
  • Roundtrip airport transfers from Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) to Quinta Minuvida and back (about a 15 minute ride each way).

What's Not Included:

  • Airfare to Ponta Delgada (PDL) - we will provide you with info on which exact flights to book. Currently, they are $530 via SATA (Azores) Air.
  • Most alcoholic beverages (one is included with each dinner)
  • Additional excursions or cab rides


  • Single Occupancy with private bath - $1895 per person
  • Double Occupancy (shared double bed) with private bath - $1495 per person
  • Quad Occupancy (4 twin beds) with private bath - $1395 per person

Just book your flight, pack your bags, and show up. All other details are taken care of for you! If you’re interested in joining us, put your non-refundable $300 deposit down now by emailing Please indicate that you’re signing up for Georgia's Azores Retreat.