Thursday, July 27 to Sunday, July 30, 2017

Blue Mountain Retreat Center
1032 Hoffmaster Road, Knoxville, MD

“Let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.”

-Elizabeth Gilbert

This retreat sets up the right circumstances for you let go and allow contentment to arrive. The schedule includes a balance of energizing active asana with slow gentle yoga sessions, lots restorative yoga practice, iRest® guided meditation, optional massage and Zentangle® sessions, delicious nourishing meals, and free time for hiking, reading, knitting, and chatting with friends.

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 welcoming home complete with a large kitchen, eight guest rooms for up to 22 guests, a massage room, a large deck, and lots of open sitting areas indoors, plus plenty of dining space – inside and outside – where guests enjoy meals together.

Rooms have access to three 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 or Cashew Cream
Black Bean Spaghetti w/Roast Cauliflower and Squash
Sliced Cheese
Mixed Salad Greens
Fruit & Vegan Gluten-free Brownies



3 pm – 6 pm arrival and check in
6:30 pm dinner
7:30 – 9 pm restorative yoga stations and iRest®


breakfast is self-serve and available at any time
10:30 am – 12 pm active yoga practice, restorative yoga, iRest®
12:30 pm lunch
1:30 – 3:30 pm Zentangle® Basics
4 – 6 pm restorative yoga stations and iRest®
6:30 pm dinner
7 – 9 pm Zentangle® Session 2


breakfast is self-serve and available at any time
10:30 am – 12 pm active yoga practice, restorative yoga, iRest®
12:30 pm lunch
4 – 6 pm restorative yoga stations and iRest®
6:30 pm dinner
7 – 9 pm Open Tangle with individualized instruction


breakfast is self-serve and available at any time
10:30 am – 12 pm active yoga practice, restorative yoga, iRest®
12 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. Read more. 


Cost includes Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night stay, 9 meals, and all yoga sessions.

Shared room for 3 or 4 with shared hall bathroom – $525 per person  *SOLD OUT*
Shared room for 2 with shared hall bathroom – $575 per person *SOLD OUT*
Private Room – $600 per person *SOLD OUT*

Optional Add-Ons
Basics Class – $40 (includes all supplies)
Session 2 & individualized instruction during Open Tangle- $40 (prerequisite: Zentangle® Basics or previous Zentangle® experience)
All Zentangle® classes  – $75

Massage – $75 per hour

The cancellation and payment policy is available here.

Registration for this retreat is closed. Check out next the next retreat October 27-30.