Escapes are necessary. Especially the new ones, the ones you never do. Exploring the things you don't usually explore with new people can be very revealing.
I spent the weekend at an ashram Upstate New York. I decided to open myself up to things, which I normally don't do or don't do anymore. Like I slept in a shared room! The place had no more private rooms left so I just decided to go for it. And I was so glad I did it - I met so many people and our long evenings filled with amazing conversations were very very precious.
I ate very healthy, drank a lot of green tea and I did yoga everyday. I was also going hiking a lot.
One thing that surprised me the most was the depth of the conversations. Hardly anyone was complaining, talking behind someone's back, there was very little negativity. We talked about travels, adventures, nutrition, philosophy, discussed the notion of addiction and genius. These are just a few things, which come to my mind.
Check out some of the pictures I took during one of my hikes - this place is gorgeous inside and out.