Friday, January 29 to Sunday, January 31, 2016

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


Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
~Chinese proverb

If you are bracing yourself against the cold and dark of winter, you need the tension melting powers of a weekend retreat. Restorative yoga can help quiet your mind, soothe your nervous system, release deeply held tension, and unlock your body’s potential for healing. This retreat is designed so you can rest fully and completely with a schedule that includes active yoga practice, restorative yoga poses, 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 an 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.

P1020390The retreat house is a warm, welcoming home complete with a large  kitchen, eight guestrooms, 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.

Delicious organic vegan home-cooked meals are prepared by retreat center owner Beth Ehrhardt. Dairy and eggs are on the side and gluten-free options are available.

Guest rooms include options for a private room, or shared room for 2, 3, or 4, all with 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.

yoga room at Blue MountainThe 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 pm  dinner


Breakfast is self-serve and available at any time.

8 am active yoga practice

10 am  gentle yoga, restorative yoga stations and iRest®

12:30 pm  lunch and free time

4 pm gentle yoga and restorative yoga stations and iRest®

6 pm  dinner


Breakfast is self-serve and available at any time.

8 am active yoga practice

10 am gentle yoga, restorative yoga stations and iRest®

12:30 pm  lunch and departure


Shared room for 3 or 4 with shared hall bathroom – $450 per person  SOLD OUT

Shared room for 2 with shared hall bathroom – $500 per person SOLD OUT

Private room with shared hall bathroom – $525 per person SOLD OUT

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

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

Massage – $75 per hour appointment

Massage appointment are available throughout the weekend and you will be asked to choose a specific times after you register.

All necessary yoga props will be available for your use during the retreat. However, you are welcome to bring your own props if you would like.

Retreat Leaders

Tara Lemerise photoTara 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).

This retreat is sold out. To be added to the waiting list, contact Tara.