January 27-29, 2017
Blue Mountain Retreat Center

1032 Hoffmaster Rd, Knoxville, MD 21758, near Harper’s Ferry

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire.” 
~Edith Sitwel

yoga room at Blue Mountain

Winter is the perfect time to give yourself the gift of space and time with this weekend of yoga, meditation, drawing, and heartwarming company.

This retreat is designed to allow you to rest fully and recharge completely. The schedule includes a balance of warming active asana with slow gentle yoga sessions, lots restorative yoga practice, iRest® guided meditation, optional massage and Zentangle® sessions, plus delicious nourishing meals. The cozy fireplace in the retreat house is the perfect spot to curl up with a book or some knitting during down time, or to chat with friends, old and new.

This retreat is suitable for students of all levels and abilities. No yoga, meditation, or drawing experience is necessary.

Location & Accommodations

Blue Mountain Retreat Center is a small, eco-friendly retreat center is situated on 27 acres of property in a rural community in the hills near Harper’s Ferry. This welcoming escape from the hustle of everyday life in the city feels worlds away even though it is located just 65 miles outside of DC.

P1020390The retreat house is a warm, welcoming home complete with a large kitchen, eight guest rooms for up to 22 guests, a massage room, and lots of open, cozy sitting areas with a wood burning fireplace, plus plenty of indoor dining space where guests enjoy meals together.

Rooms have access to shared hall bathrooms. Twin-size European platform beds with high quality mattresses make for a simple but very comfortable stay. All towels and linens are provided.

The yoga space is perfect for restorative practice. Conveniently located just a few steps away from the house, it is a lovely light-filled “great” room with high ceilings, large windows, and skylights.

See more photos and information about Blue Mountain Retreat Center here.


Delicious organic vegan home-cooked meals are prepared by retreat center owner Beth Ehrhardt. Cheese, yogurt, and milk are available and most meal options are gluten-free.

Sample Dinner Menu

Red Lentil Patties w/Tomato Sauce and Sour Cream
Black Bean Spaghetti w/Roast Cauliflower and Walnuts
Sweet Potatoes
Mixed Salad Greens
Fruit & Brownies



2 – 3 pm  arrival and check in
3 pm  introductions, gentle yoga, restorative yoga and iRest®
6 pm  dinner
7 pm Zentangle® Basics


Breakfast is self-serve and available at any time.
8 am active yoga practice
10 am  restorative yoga stations and iRest®
12:30 pm  lunch and free time
2 pm Zentangle® Session 2
4 pm gentle yoga and restorative yoga stations and iRest®
6 pm  dinner
7 pm Zentangle® Open Tangle with individualized instruction


Breakfast is self-serve and available at any time.
9 am gentle yoga, restorative yoga stations and iRest®
12:30 pm  lunch and departure

Retreat Leaders

Tara headshot 2016Tara Lemerise, E-RYT 200, was expecting the Ashtanga Primary Series but accidentally ended up in a restorative yoga class instead and was hooked. She is now known for leading deeply calming, nurturing restorative yoga practices. Tara’s skillful use of props and soothing voice help students optimize the healing power of restorative practice so everyone leaves feeling more joyful and more at ease after each session. Read more.

ST headshot 2013Special guest iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher, Susan Timmons is a longtime yogi and native Texan who especially enjoys the relaxing and easeful benefits of Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra.  In 2011, Susan received advanced training from the Integrative Restoration Institute® and teaches an adaptation of Yoga Nidra known as iRest® and is currently studying to be  a Restorative Yoga teacher.  When not teaching, Susan lives in New York with her husband and is an immigration lawyer who directs the Pro Bono Program for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Jessica DaviesSpecial guest Certified Zentangle® Teacher (CZT) and Mixed Media Artist, Jessica Davies is a busy professional by day, mom, artist, fierce friend and craftaholic. Not necessarily in that order. With a successful career and a son in college, Jessica began taking art classes and grew to love the Zentangle Method®. She took classes locally, traveled to work with nationally-renowned mixed media artists, and became certified to teach Zentangle. Her classes are relaxing and fun, and always injected with a small sense of whimsy and a big dose of positivity.


Cost includes Friday and Saturday night stay, 6 meals, and all yoga sessions.

Shared room for 3 or 4 with shared hall bathroom – $450 per person
Shared room for 2 with shared hall bathroom – $500 per person
Private Room – $525 per person

Optional Add-Ons
Zentangle® Basics Class – $40
Zentangle® Session 2 – $30 (prerequisite: Zentangle® Basics or previous Zentangle® experience)
Both classes, plus individualized instruction during Open Tangle – $70

Massage – $75 per hour

The cancellation and payment policy is available here.

This retreat is sold out. Mark your calendar for future retreats.