Namaste Retreat’s conception began in 1996 when the proprietor, Becky Zook, felt the need to move beyond the business of selling gifts and accessories for a Dallas wholesale showroom. “Providing sacred, beautiful, healing space for others has always been in my nature and moving to the hill country provided the opportunity.” As with most things, timing is everything. The house became available in 2006 and the floor plan naturally lent itself to this type of business. Becky could easily envision the potential for a unique Texas retreats venue. It was once 2 houses then joined together with a large dining room. A garage was turned into another bedroom and bath in 2007 and now there are accommodations for 21 guests, with 2 kitchens, 4 baths and 6 bedrooms.
Becky’s vision is to provide the space others need to help fulfill their needs, be it spiritual awareness, self help, the opportunity to bond, team build, explore new options in business, or just relax and have a fun get away with friends or family. New garden additions in 2010 are a labyrinth and a reflexology path, which provide the guests with the opportunity to explore their inner self while enjoying a walk in nature.
The 2-acre property overlooks the natural bluffs carved out by Cibolo Creek.
Cibolo Creek begins ten miles northwest of the town of Boerne in Southwestern Kendall County, Texas, and runs southeast for about 100 miles, forming the county line between Bexar County, Texas, Comal County, Texas, and Guadalupe County, Texas, and crosses Wilson County, Texas, to join the San Antonio River, about five miles Northwest of Karnes City, Texas, in Karnes County, Texas.
Cibolo Creek was called "Xoloton" by the early Coahuiltecan Indians of the area and "Bata Coniquiyoqui" by Tonkawa Indians. During the expedition of the Marqués de San Miguel de Aguayo in 1721 the stream was named "Río Cibolo." In 1768 the Marqués de Rubí included Cibolo Creek in his list of potential sites for posts to solidify the Spanish hold on Texas. In the late 1840s and early 1850s the communities of Schertz, Sutherland Springs, Cibolo, Boerne, La Vernia, and Bulverde were established along the creek.
"... In 1849 a group of German colonists from Bettina camped on the north side of Cibolo Creek, about a mile west of the site of present Boerne. They called their new community Tusculum, after Cicero's home in ancient Rome. In 1852 Gustav Theissen and John James laid out the town site and changed the name to Boerne in honor of Ludwig Boerne, a German author and publicist. A post office was established in 1856 with August Staffell as postmaster. The community had only ten houses in 1859, but it was chosen as county seat by a margin of sixty-seven votes after the county was established in 1862...." See Handbook of Texas Online