Blue Mountain Retreat Center
1032 Hoffmaster Rd, Knoxville, MD 21758, near Harper’s Ferry

“When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
~Eleanor Brownn

yoga room at Blue Mountain

Fall is the perfect time of year for a weekend of rest and self-care. Come replenish your spirit, soothe your nervous system, settle your body and quiet your mind. This weekend get-away includes the perfect balance of active and restful yoga practices, iRest guided meditation, optional massage, and delicious nourishing food.

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



2 – 3 pm  arrival and check in
3 pm  introductions, gentle yoga, restorative yoga and iRest®
6:30 pm  dinner


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
4 pm gentle yoga and restorative yoga stations and iRest®
6:30 pm  dinner


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

Sample Meal


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

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).


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

Shared room for 4 with shared hall bathroom – $450 per person
Shared room for 2 with shared hall bathroom – $500 per person *SOLD OUT*
Private Room – $525 per person  *SOLD OUT*

Massage appointments available – $75 per hour

The cancellation and payment policy is available here.

Registration for this retreat is now closed. Registration for Tara’s winter retreat opens soon.