The At-Home Wellness Retreat You Can Do Yourself

Quarantine has been hard on everyone, of course, but there are certain people who seem better prepared for the socially-distanced moment than others. Take Kari Jensen. She’s founder of stalwart Los Angeles’ herbal source Poppy & Someday, a wise woman of all the tinctures. During the Before Times, she’s led popular desert retreats that used “seasonality as a philosophy,” served “high vibrational meals,” and invited everyone out for restorative yoga under the stars.

Desert retreats with dozens of other seeking souls seem unlikely in the near future, but Jansen sees how we can infuse our current days with the ethos behind her retreats. “It takes someone out of a cycle of moving fast and brings them to slow down, and that’s what we’re required to do now,” she explains. Mildly crunchy, maybe, but also refreshingly pragmatic.

“People are forced to be in this quiet space,” says Jansen, “and it’s nice to have a little outline—that tells you to journal, go outside.” Below, she offers just that—a map to creating a day of intentional calm, centered, introspective moments outside the work-from-home grind. Pick a day, hide your phone, and feel good.


First Things First

“When you wake up, clear everything out with warm lemon water,” Jensen says. “Then, write your plan down, so you can move through it. I’m a Virgo, I love to check things off lists.” Your plan, as you’ll see, is both structured and open to interpretation based on what feels right. From the very start, you want to avoid all those attention-stealers—Twitter, email, the TV, text threads—in order to clear some (mental) space.

For example: “In the morning, I listen to resonances that are 425 hertz or higher,” says Jensen. “They help calm your body and help you to align in the cellular realm.” If you don’t have sound bowls, Jensen recommends finding some aural astral wonderments with Jason Stephenson. “He’s my favorite for sound. That’s what I listen to in the morning to wake up and help me tap in.”

When it comes to the setting for your day retreat, Jensen prefers to go dark. She’s been really interested in pursuing spaces that imitate caves (dim, quiet, and cool), where she says our ancestors would retreat to for some relief. Barring your own personal cave, find a dark, cool spot on the floor to sit.

Movement I

“Before breakfast, on an empty stomach, try a cleansing ritual yoga practice,” Jensen says. She likes the teachers and flows on Glo, a sleek streaming platform that is helpful currently offering a 15-day free trial. They even have a morning-specific class called “Natural Caffeine Flow” led by Dice Iida-Klein.

Meal I

“When we do meals, we do based on season and ayurvedically,” she says. “The sun is out, everything is hot—so we want to cool,” she says. “Think raw food…aloe vera. Smoothies!”

Movement II: A Walk and a Forage

“Walking is an easy place for me to mediate. I can tap in easily and constantly in the rocking motion of walking and seeing things. I listen a lot.” If the sounds around you are distracting, Jensen suggests playing sounds that enhance nature—“the ocean, forest rain.”

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