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Friday, January 25 to Sunday, January 27, 2019

Blue Mountain Retreat Center
1032 Hoffmaster Rd, Knoxville, MD

Winter rest, from the German winterruhe, is when plants and animals reduce their activity in the cold months in order to be productive in the spring. It’s nature’s proof to us that rest is not simply laziness but a necessity. This retreat is an opportunity to renew your body and mind with deeply restful yoga practices and creative art projects.

The schedule includes a warming active asana with slow gentle yoga sessions, restorative yoga practice, iRest® guided meditation, optional massage, and optional art projects, delicious nourishing meals, and free time for quiet reflections, reading, knitting, drawing, sleeping, whatever you need!

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

Restorative yoga and active asana practices are led by Tara Lemerise and iRest is led by special guest instructor, Susan Timmons Marks. Art Breaks are lead by Jessica Davies.

Location & Accommodations

Room at BMRC

Blue Mountain Retreat Center is a homelike eco-friendly retreat center is situated on 27 acres of property in a small 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.

Nine bedrooms provide available accommodation options for a private room, shared room for 2, or shared room for 3 or 4.

All rooms have access to the center’s three shared hall bathrooms.

The cozy rooms have twin-size European-style platform beds and high quality mattresses for a simple but very comfortable stay.

Delicious organic vegan home-cooked meals are prepared by retreat center owner Beth Ehrhardt. Cheese, yogurt, eggs, and milk are available and all meals include gluten-free choices.

Retreat Schedule

FRIDAY

4 pm – 6 pm arrival and check in
6 pm dinner
7:30 – 9 pm restorative yoga with Tara Lemerise, and iRest® with Susan Timmons Marks

SATURDAY

note: breakfast is self-serve; available at any time
7:45– 8:45 am hatha yoga (all levels practice to include sun salutation variations, standing poses, hip openers and back bends) with Tara
9:30 – 11:30 am restorative yoga stations with Tara, and iRest® with Susan
12 pm lunch and free time
2 – 4 pm Zentangle Basics with Jessica Davies
4 – 6 pm gentle yoga and restorative yoga stations with Tara, and iRest® with Susan
6 pm dinner
7:30 – 9:30 pm Art Break: Flip Cards and Found Poetry with Jessica

SUNDAY

note: breakfast is self-serve; available at any time
7:45 – 8:45 am hatha yoga (all levels practice to include sun salutation variations, standing poses, hip openers and back bends) with Tara
9:30 – 11:30 am gentle yoga and restorative yoga station with Tara, and iRest® with Susan
12 pm lunch and departure

Massage appointments are available throughout the weekend.

Cost

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

Shared room for 3 or 4 with shared hall bathroom – $400 per person *SOLD OUT*

Shared room for 2 with shared hall bathroom – $450 per person *SOLD OUT*

Private Room – $525 per person *SOLD OUT*

There will be a space to indicate the name of your preferred roommate(s) during the registration process. If you do not select a roommate for shared room reservations, one will be assigned to you.

Massage – $75 per hour

Zentangle Basics – $36
Sometimes called “yoga for the brain,” Zentangle is an easy to learn and relaxing method of creating beautiful images using repetitive patterns. Students in this 2-hour introductory class will learn the basic method of creating seemingly intricate designs, become familiar with the vocabulary, learn how to use the tools of the trade, and leave with a finished piece worthy of framing. No drawing experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided.

Art Break – $20
Come and augment your meditative/yoga practice with art. Two projects will be taught during this creative session: never-ending flip cards and found poetry. Both speak to different parts of the brain and both are easy to replicate on your own after the retreat. Participants can use their new-found Zentangle skills on the pieces and/or try some of the other tools provided as decoration. All supplies and hands-on instruction for both projects will be provided.

Read the cancellation and payment policy.

*This retreat is SOLD OUT. To be added to the wait list, please contact Tara.*