Friday, January 24 to Sunday, January 26, 2020

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, 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. 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 in the retreat center 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.

*NEW for 2020* Tiny House “Ginger” provides an additional accommodation option. Located on the property, “Ginger” is a stand-alone tiny house that provides accommodations for two with a queen-sized bed in the lofted sleeping area and a twin-sized sofa bed in the common area. The house has a deep stock tank tub and shower, plus composting toilet. More photos and details.

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
6:30 pm dinner
7:30 – 9 pm Gentle Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga

SATURDAY

note: breakfast is self-serve; available at any time
8 – 9 am All Levels Hatha Yoga (practice will include sun salutation variations, standing poses, hip openers and back bends)
10:30 am – 12 pm Restorative Yoga stations
12 pm lunch and free time
2 – 4 pm Art Break: Zentangle Basics
4 – 6 pm Gentle Hath Yoga and Restorative Yoga stations
6:30 pm dinner
7:30 – 9:30 pm Art Break: Labyrinths

SUNDAY

note: breakfast is self-serve; available at any time
8 – 9 am All Levels Hatha Yoga (practice will include sun salutation variations, standing poses, hip openers and back bends)
10:30 am – 12 pm Restorative Yoga stations
12 pm lunch and free time

Massage appointments are available throughout the weekend.

Cost

Cost includes Friday and Saturday night stay, 6 meals, and all yoga sessions. Prices are per person.

Private room in the Retreat Center with shared hall bathroom – $525 SOLD OUT

Shared room for 2 in the Retreat Center with shared hall bathroom – $475 per person (1 bed in 1 room available)

Shared room for 4 in the Retreat Center with shared hall bathroom – $400 per person (1 room available)

Shared Tiny House “Ginger” (1 Queen Bed + 1 Single Bed) – $575 per person
If you register to stay in “Ginger”, you must indicate a roommate during registration.

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 in the Retreat Center, one will be assigned to you. Registrations for Shared Tiny House must have roommate indicated.

Optional Add-Ons

Massage – $85 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.

Labyrinths: Your Artful Path – $20
The ancient archetype of a labyrinth has been used for centuries for contemplation. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has no dead ends; there is only one path in and out, winding around the center the entire time, mimicking the twists and turns of life. Join us for this optional creative experience where Jessica will teach the basic form of a labyrinth and guide us in embellishing it with words, patterns, colors, glitter, etc., leaving you with a finger labyrinth that can be used at any time for your own meditative journey. No art background or prerequisites necessary. Just come with an open mind! Cost includes all supplies, plus Jessica will have additional products and labyrinth stencils for sale.

Read the cancellation and payment policy.