yoga, peace, and quiet

a semi-silent, super-recharging

introvert's dream yoga retreat

April 5-8, 2019     *    Heartstone Lodge & Retreat Center * Shenandoah Valley, VA

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Dear introverts. Dear moms. Dear resisters and persisters.

Dear women needing a break. Moments to yourself.

Time to hear yourself think. Time to care for YOU and only you.

Dear women longing to shift into a more self-honoring rhythm,

to rest and stretch,

to reconnect with your magic,

and simply to BE.

I have created a perfect spring retreat for you!

The Yoga, Peace, & Quiet Concept

This retreat centers your freedom to do what you like.

You’ll choose among a variety of yoga and self-reflection practices offered.

You’ll also have hours of free time, so you can:

Dive into your coloring book, your knitting, your watercolors, the book you've been wanting to read for months.

Work on a jigsaw puzzle in our shared space, or do a crossword by the fireplace.

Take naps.

Walk the Heartstone labyrinth, meditate in the Stone Garden, or hike the riverside nature trail just across the road.

And do much of this in sweet, sweet quiet.

This beautifully renovated vintage barn is our magical shared space - we have yoga in the hayloft! - and it houses the dorm loft rooms and suites.

This beautifully renovated vintage barn is our magical shared space - we have yoga in the hayloft! - and it houses the dorm loft rooms and suites.

Practicing silence together

Throughout the retreat, we practice silence together for most of the day.

We'll be quiet together all day, and then talk from a little before dinner until bedtime (so, about 4:30p until 10p).

Then we’re quiet again until the following afternoon.

It is such a luxury to be with ourselves.

(And no, it's not weird!! It's sweet, liberating, and intensely recharging . . . and it’s comfortable after about the first 10 minutes).

I find that shared silence deeply enables your ability to care deeply for yourself during this retreat

which is the whole point.

I was very skeptical. I live alone so I thought I didn’t need it. I found it really changed my home life after I returned. I read so much more because I was used to the silence and didn’t feel the need for the noise of the tv or radio. I have gradually shifted back into a noisier life and look forward to another reset.
— R.B., YPQ in Rehoboth Beach, 2018



Let's Go Live In the Countryside

The Heartstone Lodge & Retreat Center is an ideal and idyllic place to be with ourselves.

It sits at the mouth of the Shenandoahs, in a beautiful river valley, and is a 3 hour drive from Washington, DC, and only 10 minutes from beautiful Lexington, VA.

You’ll hear roosters in the morning, and enjoy an amazingly starry sky at night.

Accommodations choices (detailed below) range from a spot in the loft dormitory to a private suite to a solo cabin 3 minutes away.

No car? No worries! There’s always a generous driver happy to give you a lift, and we’ll connect you with her.



Our Spacious & Generous schedule

We begin Friday with dinner and an opening circle, and end Monday with a closing practice and brunch.

Saturday and Sunday are rich in optional activities and plenty of free time.

Your retreat features a spacious and generous schedule:

  • Open, self-guided, shared yoga time before breakfast

  • Yoga with Natalie before lunch

  • SoulCollage with Natalie in the late afternoon

  • Yoga with special guest Maria Elena Montero before dinner

All our yoga practices are sweet, kind, and adaptable for every body. They’re infused with coaching and love, empowering you to honor yourself, to let go of expectations, and to do more of what makes you happy, both at the retreat and beyond.

Our SoulCollage sessions offer you a perfect way out of silence and into self-expression, from the inside out.

And our evenings together - when we release our shared silence, and enjoy connecting with one another - are always warm, lively, and delightful.

Most importantly / best of all:

You are thoroughly invited to do or not-do whatever you want the whole weekend long.

Arrival time is after 3p on Friday, and departure is after brunch on Monday.

Thank you, so very much, for a relaxing, restorative, insightful retreat weekend!  This was my first ever retreat, and you have set the bar high.  You are not only a skilled instructor, but are also really talented at creating a culture / setting a tone where each person could feel supported enough to engage in some serious self care, while simultaneously being their best selves for other people.  And, what a great group!  I felt cared for and really connected with the other women there.  I’m so very grateful for that weekend.
— K.S., YPQ in YOGAVILLE, 2017

Accommodations

the dorm above the hayloft

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These are the most excellent group accommodations I’ve ever seen in a retreat center!

It is charming AF up here at the top of the vintage barn. Yoga is on the second floor, chow is on the first, so you get to stay in your sock-feet all day if you want.

The dorm sleeps 8 women, each with her own sweet little sleeping nook.

There are shared showers right down the stairs.

All-inclusive 3 nights plus dorm accommodation: $875.

Cabins

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If you’ll have a car AND you’d love to be extra-away-from-it-all, consider one of the cabins on the outskirts of the farm.

You’ll be welcome to come in and out of our shared space in the Barn, but also have extra breathing room in a whole home of your own.

Cabins are a couple minutes’ drive - or a short roadside walk - from our shared space.

The Homesteader Cabin has two bedrooms; DeHart Cabin has three bedrooms.

Both the Writer’s Retreat Cabin and the Stonecutter’s Cabin have one bedroom.

First registered, first pick!

All-inclusive 3 nights plus a spot in a shared cabin: $875.

All-inclusive 3 nights plus a spot in a solo cabin: $1,350.

Solo Suites and studios

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There are four private accommodations available:

Two solo suites on the second floor of our shared space.

and

Two small studios just steps from our shared space.

All solo spots have en suite bathrooms and queen or king beds.

First come, first pick!

In the Vintage Barn: Country Tweed and Country Garden Suites

Just steps from the Barn, with kitchenette and plenty of room to yourself: The Creamery Studio and The Poplar Studio

All-inclusive 3 nights plus single accommodation: $1,350.

Food, etc.

We'll enjoy delicious, healthy, balanced meals cooked by a personal chef.

We gladly support your dietary restrictions . . .

and also you're welcome to bring snacks and favorites to keep on hand in the kitchen.

YES there will be tea and coffee and sparkling water, and wine with dinner if you like.

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As anywoman who’s retreated with me will tell you: I love to treat you like queens.

Expect to be showered with love!

 

claim your space

We will be a lovely group of around 16-20 women - a wonderful size for both intimacy and diversity.

Your registration includes 4 days, 3 nights' accommodation, 8 meals, twice-daily yoga, two SoulCollage workshops, and plenty of treats.

Feel free to email me with questions - but if you’re ready, register now, as this retreat will fill quickly!

Do you really want to come, but need scholarship assistance? I have a small fund available; click the email link above and tell me about your situation.

Finally

Would you rather pay with a check? That’s great for me. Email me and we’ll make it happen!

Fine print

All spots are first-come, first-pick, my friends!

I’m committed to you, to the retreat center, and to the women helping me to make this long weekend beautiful.

So

I expect you’re committed, too.

While I will work with you if you find yourself in truly extenuating circumstances,

I don’t offer refunds.

If you’re worried you might need to cancel, I suggest you purchase travel insurance.

That retreat was exactly what I needed. I feel like a new person! I’m so glad we had the extra long weekend, and so much permission to do our own thing. I loved every minute and I cannot wait until the next one.
— L.G., YPQ IN YOGAVILLE, 2016