Memorial Day Yoga Retreat 2018: Recalibrate


Spend your Memorial Day weekend (Friday night to Monday midday) nourishing your body, mind and spirit with intelligent yoga, fresh air, nature, and organic meals. Just 1.5 hours from Washington, DC, near Harper’s Ferry in the hills of Western Maryland.

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you. – Anne Lamott

Earlybird savings on shared rooms available through March 1st ūüôā


6a013488339c57970c01a51084d13b970c-320wiMemorial Day Weekend Yoga Retreat –¬†May 25-28th, 2018¬†in the hills of Maryland at Blue Mountain Retreat Center, near Harper‚Äôs Ferry, WV. Our retreat center is located approximately 1.5 hour drive from Washington, DC.

Inner Peace is the New Success. 


Recalibrate your body & spirit with a long weekend away by the Appalachian Mountains. Nourish your whole being with yoga, meditation, extraordinary meals and sunshine.

Resilience is about how you recharge, not how you endure. – Shawn Achor

During this sweet 3-day Memorial Day Weekend Yoga Retreat, we will reflect on both our true nature as humans, and get out of the bustle of our everyday lives to spend some time in the rhythm of mother earth. Expect alignment, laughter, and creativity in the yoga practices, coupled with simple meditations, mudras and mantras.

Retreat price includes:

  • Ample and delicious homemade meals, mostly vegetarian [fish may be offered], organic, with¬†vegan / gluten-free friendly options, ¬†organic snacks,¬†coffee / tea / kombucha, Breakfast is prepare-it-yourself (fruit, cereal, granola, yogurt, gluten-free options, breads, bagels, eggs, and more available). Plenty of snacks will also be available 24/7.
  • 6 extended yoga classes (1.5-2 hours) and meditation taught by Dr. Ariele Foster (physical therapist and interdisciplinary yoga teacher – E-RYT 500), with audio recordings of each sent to participants afterward.
  • Lodging (fresh¬†bed linens, quilts and towels provided). You will sleep on ultra comfortable¬†European-style platform twin beds with high quality mattresses
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Optional bonfire, weather permitting

Therapeutic massage available by licensed massage therapist upon request for $75 (appointments made and charged separately, rates subject to change).

Spend your free time being outdoors, hiking, lounging or reading on the wrap-around deck, discovering Harper’s Ferry, treating yourself to therapeutic massage or acro-yoga’ing in the sun. Enjoy a second yoga class in the late afternoon that will challenge you in new ways.

You have a tendency to shine.

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Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit” – Bernard Williams

Memorial Day Weekend Yoga Retreat

A note on yoga levels and style, for those new to my (Ariele’s)¬†classes. I’ve¬†been teaching yoga since 2001, and am a doctor of physical therapy. This retreat has attracted beginners and advanced practitioners, teenagers and 60-plusers. Without question, I feel comfortable teaching in a way that creates safety and breakthroughs for all levels of practitioners. We are all participating to support one another. The classes will be a mix of challenging and therapeutic. You are always welcome to rest if you need, or to make requests! Check out my (mostly gentle) full length yoga classes on YouTube for a sampler.

Here’s a sneak peak into one of our practices (sped up x6!) from the 2015 retreat:

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Memorial Day Weekend Yoga Retreat Tentative daily schedule Рsubject to change:

Friday, May 25th
Arrive any time after 4 p.m.
7 p.m. Opening, Yoga Practice
8:30 p.m. Dinner, followed by making Ayurvedic “Golden Milk”¬†– Tumeric-based & sleep-enhancing
Optional: bonfire / card games

Saturday, May 26th
8-8:30 a.m. Serve yourself breakfast, coffee, tea
8:30-10 or 10:30 a.m. Morning Yoga Practice
10:30am-Brunch/Lunch + Free Time
4:30-6:30 p.m. Evening Practice
6:30 p.m. Dinner, Free time, Bonfire

Sunday, May 27th
8-8:30 a.m. Serve yourself  breakfast, coffee, tea
8:30-10 or 10:30 a.m. Morning Yoga Practice
10:30am-Brunch/Lunch + Free Time – Head to Town?
4:30-6:30 p.m. Evening Practice
6:30 p.m. Dinner, Free time, Bonfire

Monday, May 28th
8-8:30 a.m. Serve yourself  breakfast, coffee, tea
8:30-10 or 10:30 a.m. Morning Yoga Practice
10:30am-Brunch/Lunch, Closing Circle + Free Time
Optional Group Hike

Snacks will be available 24 hours/day ;). You will also have the option to pack your lunch if you take outings.

The things that excite you are not random. They are connected to your purpose. Follow them. 

Getting here:

**Option to take the commuter train into Harper’s Ferry train station – we can help arrange pick-up or drop-off.

**Carpooling: we will facilitate carpool arrangements in late April / or May closer to the date so that folks with a car can help offer rides to those without a car.

Please note (Refunds):
No refunds are possible after April 26th. $150 of your fee is considered a deposit, and is non-refundable at any time, though if you find another¬†person (same-gender, please, if in a shared¬†room) to take your spot, we’ll transfer that credit to them.


We prefer payment by check. You may also pay via PayPal (which will open in secured link in a new tab). All prices are inclusive of tax, meals, snacks, linens (including towels). Props, including yoga mats, blankets, blocks, etc, are available free of charge on site.


Please plan to arrive between 4 and 7pm on Friday May 25th. If you will be arriving later due to work schedule, no problem at all. Just know the first yoga class will be Friday evening starting approximately 7pm. It will be a gentle, somewhat shorter class, with a simple meal for dinner available before or afterward.

Our final formal class will wrap up around 10am Monday morning, followed by breakfast / brunch / free time, and weather-permitting, a nearby hike (walking distance).

Early Bird discount on selected lodging options is available through March 2nd, 2018! 

May I be at peace.
May my heart remain open.
May I realize the beauty of my own true nature.
May I be healed.
May I be a source of healing for this world.

Make a sanctuary for your soul.

We will enjoy treats from:

… coming soon! Previous years have included…

Additional information

Pick Your Lodging

4 Person Room, 4 Person Room with Sink and Outdoor Access, 3 Person Room, 3 Person Room, 2 Person Room, Private Room, Shared Housing 3-4 per room ($399 early bird/ $450 after March 1, non-refundable), Shared Housing MENS ROOM 3-4 per room ($399 early bird/$450 after March 1, non-refundable, Shared Housing 2 per room ($425 early bird, $475 after March 1, non-refundable), Private Room ($499 early bird, $550 after March 1 non-refundable)