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4 Days Women's Creativity and Yoga Retreat in Texas

  • Marathon Motel, 645 Dickson, Marathon, Texas 79842

Marathon Yoga Retreat Texas

Take the time to step away from the routine, stop thinking about the to-do list and let the stunning beauty of the West Texas desert fill your senses. You will find a landscape that is alive with wildlife, clear mornings, spectacular sunsets, dark skies filled with stars at night, and a silence that will calm your mind and soothe your soul. Whether you are new to yoga or have years of practice, this retreat is perfect for you to reconnect with yourself and get the creative energy flowing.


  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Free time for creative activities
  • A visit to the studio of a talented local artist
  • Experience unequaled stargazing in the darkest US skies
  • An excursion to Balmorhea State Park Cold Springs
  • Healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Established in 1940 and recently renovated, the Marathon Motel sits on 10 acres with 10 newly decorated rooms divided among four duplex cabins. Guests can relax in the new adobe-walled courtyard with flowering native plants, fireplace, fountain, and spectacular views of the mountains and unusually clear starry skies.

Typical daily schedule:


  • 16:00 Welcome and happy hour yoga with Sarah
  • 18:30 Welcome dinner
  • 20:00 Star party with Danny Self


  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Morning yoga with Wilma
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 Excursion to Balmorhea State Park Cold Springs
  • 19:30 Dinner


  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Morning yoga with Wilma
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 Optional creative time or spa treatments
  • 16:30 Happy hour yoga with Sarah
  • 18:00 Local artist studio visit / happy hour
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 21:00 Optional visit to the White Buffalo Bar at the Gage Hotel


  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Morning yoga with Sarah
  • 11:00 Farewell brunch
  • Excursion to Balmorhea State Park Cold Springs
  • Local artist studio visit

Marathon, Texas is located in a remote section of West Texas known as the Big Bend Region, in Brewster County which fortuitously is the largest county in the country with the lowest population density. It is situated in what is known as, the Great Marathon Basin, and surrounded by mountains which protect it from light intrusion from neighboring towns. As such, Marathon boasts some of the darkest skies in the lower 48 contiguous United States!

  • Art classes
  • Massage
  • Shopping nearby
  • Stargazing nearby
  • Bar nearby
  • Dining area
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi

Meals are vegetarian with gluten-free options. Other dietary restrictions can be accommodated in this retreat.

On your free time, you can explore and discover the local surroundings of Marathon, Texas.

  • 3 nights accommodations
  • Assorted teas and coffee served with each meal
  • Daily yoga sessions with Sarah and Wilma
  • Delicious vegetarian meals
  • Exclusive trip to the studio of one of the local artists
  • Mineral water and wine served with dinner
  • Time for activities that will allow you to develop your creativity
  • Visit to Balmorhea State Park Cold Springs
  • Wilma's gluten free dessert goodies served after each lunch and dinner
  • Any additional spa treatments
  • Transportation


  • Review by Teresa
    9 out of 10

    "I cannot say enough about Head West Retreats. If you are into yoga, whether a novice, advanced, or just want to see what it is about, good food, arts, and relaxation, then this is the trip for you. I came into the retreat with many years of yoga knowledge, but had not practiced yoga in over six years. Sarah walked us through a beautiful flow yoga and meditation to boot that helped me to ease my way back into yoga. She also reminded me to know my limitations and for this over-achiever, I took her word. After foue days of yoga, I came back home with a renewed energy and a new willingness to return to my yoga practice. The retreat also renewed my spirit and my soul. I cannot wait for the next retreat in February. Thank you Sarah and Wilma for everything, you guys are special to everyone who comes into contact with you. Namaste."

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  • Review by Geneva M from United States
    9 out of 10

    "I am filled with happiness today! My husband gave me the most wonderful gift of a west Texas yoga retreat for my 40th birthday. I have spent these last 3 days with a super cool group of women, all of whom I now consider friends. We did yoga, we saw fantastic art, we drank wine, we ate delicious, healthy food and we laughed and had a blast. I will be forever grateful for this memory."

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  • Review by Linda C from United States
    9 out of 10

    "From that last stretch into Marathon, blasting Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces you get a glimpse of the place the retreat is held. And if its before sundown, the hint is a peach or rose colored tint. The sweet women who attend have good, happy energy which is contagious. The food is healthy and delicious, so you get a physical rest as well as emotional. The daily yoga is just right for me and sometimes there are two practices in a day. Wilma and Sarah take us on little trips, this time to Marfa and to Julie Speeds art studio which is amazing. Unending photo ops, views, friends and vistas. And maybe a visit or two to the White Buffalo at the Gage Hotel. Loved it."

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  • Review by Darla B. from United States
    9 out of 10

    "I am still wistful for my time in Marathon. What a wonderful getaway! Sarah and Wilma made the entire weekend spectacular. It was a perfect balance of fun (always optional) activities, chill-out time, energizing yoga practices, amazing food (with vegan options, I felt special!) and socializing. They let me bring my sweet dog, Nico, and he had a great time too. It is a long drive out there, but what better place to get away? The mountains and the big sky are like nothing else on earth. I also made new friends for which I am super grateful. Thanks for the fantastic experience! I look forward to attending another one in the near future."

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  • Review by Jennifer C. from United States
    9 out of 10

    "This was a truly amazing experience! Thank you for the delicious food, the super stretches and the wonderful companionship. I have one suggestion to improve the experience - Wilma Schindeler needs to publish a cookbook!"

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  • Review by Tina V. from United States
    9 out of 10

    "I have caught myself daydreaming about the retreat a few times. Dreaming back to that amazing sweet little Casa la Vista, where the classes flew by. I would awake from savasana, a better version of myself, inspired by those wonderful readings, staring out at that view of the mountains, and seeing sweet Maverick [Wilmas dog] checking us out through the window. Then we would head off to meet up for those beautiful, well thought-out meals, made from love. I really really enjoyed each and every one of you and our interaction."

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  • Review by Meghan D. from United States
    9 out of 10

    "I got exactly what I needed out of this retreat and more! From the gorgeous and unique scenery, stillness and silence of the desert, and grounding yoga, to the amazing healthy cuisine, fun art project, and fantastic energy of the beautiful women who absolutely contributed to the all-around perfect experience, Wilma and Sarah know exactly how to host a take-time-for-me getaway that fulfills you spiritually and physically."

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