Fall in Bend, Oregon, brings crisp fresh air, pure landscapes and pristine beauty that both locals and visitors enjoy and appreciate as they embrace activities like hiking, biking, and even outdoor mediation and yoga. This weekend’s retreat with acclaimed yogi Rolf Gates was a perfect way to savor the wonder of fall in Bend.

We are blessed in Bend to have some of the best yoga studios in the Pacific Northwest, and Groove Yoga, which organized the retreat, is no exception. People gathered from several states to come together in Central Oregon with the shared purpose of deepening their yoga practice, creating space and stillness in their minds, and participating authentically in their own self-discovery.

I started my weekend with a Bend yoga and meditation session Friday evening at an amazing property in Tumalo, a rural community just outside of Bend. Situated on a large parcel of land, the Miracle Barn is a gathering place that feels magical. Gazing out on the seven peaks of the Cascades, and surrounded by the brilliant colors of the changing aspen trees, we were truly practicing our mountain pose at the mountain top!

Saturday morning brought some much-needed rain to the area, and the colors grew in radiance. The moisture also contributed to what the locals call “hero dirt” for incredible mountain biking conditions on Sunday. Even those of us who live here are constantly awed by the myriad opportunities we have available for enriching and fun activities, and I was no exception, as this last weekend I was able to practice yoga for three days with a world-renowned master, mountain bike through the forest, cycle on quiet roads, and even enjoy a pint at one of our amazing local breweries.

Maybe it’s time you channeled your inner mountain man–or woman!– and experience Bend, Oregon, for yourself. I encourage you to plan your visit to Bend and let us help you choose the perfect activities during your time in this extraordinary place!

–Michele Halderman, Owner of Bend Vacation Rentals

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