Escape to Moab, Utah, with In Your Element in May |

Escape to Moab, Utah, with In Your Element in May

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In Your Element leads a retreat in Moab every May. Events include a trip to a waterfall with yoga on the rocks.
Laura Schmalstieg | Special to the Daily |


In Your Element annual Moab retreat

Camping, healthy eating, yoga and meditation

May 11 through May 14

Register at or call 970-445-0361

VAIL — When the mountain is closed, weather is unpredictable and trails are muddy, what do you do?

“This is the time to escape to Moab,” said Kim Fuller, co-owner of In Your Element, local yoga and outdoor adventure company. “It has become an annual ritual for us to get to the desert in the spring. There is something about the dry air and warm sunshine that is so healing this time of year.”

Create your own Adventure

In Your Element has offered nature-inspired yoga retreats to Moab the past four years. Participants enjoy three nights of riverside camping, sunrise and sunset yoga and meditation, two healthy meals per day, as well as plenty of free time to create their own adventure.

Another trip is coming up soon, Thursday, May 11, through Sunday, May 14. It’s $450 and spots are still available. The trip includes camping costs, two meals per day, yoga, meditation and free time to play and explore.

“We know that after six months of busy winter work, what we want to do is get out and play,” Fuller said. “We created this retreat so that locals can find that work-life balance again. We lead twice daily yoga and meditation to bring our bodies and minds back into harmony, and then let participants choose to do what is most fun and nourishing for them.”

About the Campground

The campground, Goose Island, is a quick 4 mile drive or nice cruiser bike ride from the heart of Moab’s downtown, where participants can browse local shops, enjoy local eateries, and even get spa treatments if they are searching for more rest and relaxation. Alternatively, participants can explore multiple National Parks and recreational trail systems in and around Moab for hiking, biking, stand-up paddleboarding or climbing.

“I love going to Moab with In Your Element,” said Kirsten Henson, an Eagle resident who has participated in the retreat several times. “It takes the headache out of camping because I don’t have to worry about finding a campground or cooking. All the work is done for me so I can really enjoy my time immersed in nature, on my bike or on my yoga mat.”

Fuller and Mariah Schuette, In Your Element’s co-founders, have both taught yoga in the Vail Valley for years.

“We know how it feels to get to the end of ski season and be a little worn out, and how ready we are for summer activities,” Fuller said. “Mariah and I complement each other’s yoga teaching styles, with a little bit of movement and flow to loosen up stiff or tight muscles, and a little bit of slower restorative stretching to help your body recover in preparation for more fun the next day.”

Tools to dig deeper

The retreat also includes element-themed, self-development packets, with practices and inquires that participants can discuss over meals and use to dig a little deeper during the twice-daily meditation and yoga sessions.

“Give yourself a true gift of self-care, connection and rejuvenation after a long winter season, and sign up for In Your Element’s retreat in Moab,” said Christy Samuelson, an Avon resident who attended the retreat in 2016. “The food is amazing and the chefs catered to my vegetarian needs every day. Time spent off the mat was just as special to me, and the support and connection around the campfire every night was priceless. Thank you, Mariah and Kim, for sharing your gift with the world at the most affordable retreat out there.”

The trip is $450, which includes camping costs, two meals per day, yoga, meditation and the retreat content. For more information and to register for Moab 2017, visit or call 970-445-0361.

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