lululemon Retreat: Standing in Possibility

I may be well past the average age of your typical summer camper, but this past weekend I got the chance to check an empty box. I didn’t spend three, six or eight weeks on those cabin bunks, instead sticking around for a quick 30 hours. (Kids, I have a new respect for your summer adventure– that’s a long time to eat in a dining hall and sleep on a vinyl mattress with 12 people in a room. But, that waterfront view? Totally worth it!) I was surrounded by like-minded, pure-muscle, inspirational teachers, runners, business owners and lululemon team members.

Welcome to the first DC-region lululemon Ambassador Retreat:

Camp Letts Sign

About one hour outside of DC, I parked it in the Camp Letts lot and unloaded on Sunday morning. Immediately greeted by the the lulu team – made up of educators, assistant managers and managers from the stores all around the area – we were taken to our bunks & given some free time to explore.

Camp Letts cabinCamp Letts bunks
Camp Letts snack foodlululemon retreat baskets
Camp Letts Water

The “Salute Your Shorts Retreat**” was set up for local ambassadors; there are seven stores in this region, and there was a great showing from every area. Our Georgetown crew was represented by myself, tanO Mazi and Emma Saal (Epic Yoga DC).

We had fun summer camp-type activities on the agenda, mixed in with some goal coaching, action talking and lululemon culture love.

lululemon ambassador Salute your Shorts retreat sign

My mind is still absorbing everything that ran laps through it from Sunday to Monday morning. It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to really think about where I’ve been, where I’m going and what I want (ahem, set goals). I’ll get to that soon; for now, think about this:

What you say is what you become. I am ____. Someone else’s “I am” shows you their entire world.

When you stand in nothing*, you open doors to possibility.

*Let go of preconceived emotions and perceptions, past events that may hold you back from action, old frustrations, feelings and boundaries.

To bring this home for runners – imagine you had no idea what your last race time was, and/or have never looked at your watch for a split. Imagine stepping up to the starting line with no preconceived expectation. You simply told yourself that could run harder, faster, stronger. 

Standing in nothing, what would you allow your muscles to do?

Deep thoughts & ambitions aside (for now), we had fun. Those quick 30 hours consisted of zip-lining (or a ropes course, or both!), trail-running, tennis (or basketball, or beach volleyball), camp food, candlelight yoga by the water (i.e. bliss) and a bonfire with s’mores & vino.

Yep, these lulu-peeps know how retreat.

lululemon retreat notes 2Camp Letts direction signs
lululemon ambassadors zipline instagram
Camp Letts sunset

To get your brain movin’, fill in the blank:

Standing in nothing, it’s possible to ____________.

**Raise your hand – who started humming the theme song?!



Filed under about me, challenges, DC, Goals, Lululemon, travel, weekends

13 responses to “lululemon Retreat: Standing in Possibility

  1. wow!! i would have loved that retreat! so inspiring, like you. I say, standing in nothing, it’s possible to create JOY!

  2. Wow. That retreat sounds incredible. And? that last bit about standing in possibility?? Totally on my mind right now!! I may be linking to this post as part of my next post,I hope you don’t mind 🙂

  3. Wow – the retreat looks like it was so rejuvenating and inspiring! It must have been pretty awesome spending time with other like-minded people and setting new goals! You’ve inspired me to sit down and re-assess my own goals 🙂 Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Wow that sounds like SO much fun!!!! And thank you for putting that 90’s tv show theme song in my head forever 😉

  5. Mamacita

    What an awesome retreat and I want to hear about the zip-line; definitely something dad and I want to do. Love, Mamacita

  6. This sounds like absolute bliss. What an amazing company. I am really scratching my head on the fill in the blank, that is very revealing. I am not sure what I would say.

    I am seriously in awe of this retreat – it sounds like the perfect getaway, that motivates.

  7. Haha, oh wow I remember that show! Too funny! Seems like a great retreat! I actually got “stuck” in DC over the weekend due to my connection at Dulles being cancelled on Friday, but it ended up being a great way to pack 2 trips in to 1. I am not much of a city person, but I understand the appeal of DC! Great food, great people, great places to explore (via foot)! I actually ended up running by your Georgetown lulu store on Sunday morning before my flight!

  8. Jason

    Sooo I’m pretty sure I read your whole post, but I don’t remember anything after seeing “Salute Your Shorts”. Did you have a counselor named Ug Lee?? Was there a lovable goof with a speech impediment named Donkeylips??
    Alright I’m done…the retreat looks awesome and that fill in the blank is a great trigger for some serious self-reflection.

    Long Live Bobby Budnick!!

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  10. Wow, this sounds like SUCH an amazing time!!! I love the door analogy…it is so very true!! enjoy every minute!!

  11. This looks like such an awesome retreat! I’m glad you had a great time and I love the fill in the blank.

  12. Lauren

    hahahaa well Jason pretty much already summed up what I was going to say about Salute your shorts.

    Looks like a fun retreat!! Very thought provoking and beautiful scenery!

  13. love that you had this opportunity! so much of my experience with the lululemon culture and goal-coaching/setting is the reason I am where I am today, and I hope to always set goals and live the life of my dreams!

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