Memorial Day Yoga Retreat 2018


Spend your Memorial Day weekend (Friday night to Monday afternoon) 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.

You have a tendency to shine.


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

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

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

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

Our theme this year continues the theme of previous years “True Nature” and unpacks it. Within that truest nature of our hearts is profound resilience. Let’s cultivate deep personal and community resilience with self-care, healthy food, laughter and reflection.

During this sweet 3-day 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:

  • 9 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 (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.Krishna's Crescent, yoga retreat, memorial day yoga retreat, washington dc 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:

Tentative daily schedule – subject 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.

Make a sanctuary for your soul.

Getting here:

**Pick-up at Harper’s Ferry train station (commuter train from DC) will be available.

**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 very gladly give you a full refund :).

Payments: 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.

Early Bird discount on selected lodging options is available through March 1st, 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.

We will enjoy treats from:

Additional information

Pick Your Lodging

4 Person Room (SALES WILL OPEN IN DECEMBER), 4 Person Room with Sink and Outdoor Access (SALES WILL OPEN IN DECEMBER), 3 Person Room (female – SALES WILL OPEN IN DECEMBER), 3 Person Room (male – SALES WILL OPEN IN DECEMBER), 2 Person Room (SALES WILL OPEN IN DECEMBER), Private Room (SALES WILL OPEN IN DECEMBER), 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)