August 28th-30th 

in the perfect fall mountain weather of Boone, NC
at The Historic Valle Crucis Cenference Center

ARRIVING HOME is the theme for this years retreat. The home that you carry with you, the home that you hold your loved ones in, the space that motivates all your authentic moments, your joy, your happiness and your greatest intentions.......
Nourish yourself with a weekend full of Yoga, meditation, community, music & Kirtan, a devotional call-and response singing. Guest Teachers Kelly Golden & Jill Sockman will teach Master Asana classes, and musicians and Bhakti Yogis Lauren Hayworth, Rob Falvo, and Luna Ray will grace us with an evening of Kirtan and an asana class with live music. Vira Bhava 500hr graduates will teach a series of yoga and meditation classes throughout the weekend to bring you back to your home and your heart. Massage Therapists from the Myo Clinic will be available for appointments throughout the weekend to support you in fully embodying your practice.
Spend a whole weekend embracing the joy and grace that lives inherent within, allowing us to embrace our lives more fully, and embody our purpose with greater clarity. Current RYTs will receive 20 CEUs for the whole weekend.

Join us!

This years graduates are
Daniel Webb
Megan DeMatteo
Maria Borghoff Perry
Jenny Allen
Anis Crofts
Sherri Fedele
Sara Drummond
Marilynn Whitcher
Jardana Peacock

Jill Sockman e-ryt500

Jill Sockman is the founder of Blue Lotus Yoga in Raleigh, NC and director of the Blue Lotus Yoga teacher training programs.
With grace and compassion she holds the space for her students to uncover a new way of being in their bodies and in the world, to uncover for themselves what may have been lost along the way: strength of will, flexibility of character, clarity of mind, and contentment of heart.

Jill has been a student of meditation and yoga since the early 1990s, attaining RYT status in 2000 and E-RYT in 2006. she offers deep gratitude to all of the teachers who have profoundly influenced her practice and teaching: Gordon Sharpe, Warren Grossman, Suzanne Newton, and Rod Stryker.

Kelly Golden e-ryt500 & level 1 certified ParaYoga teacher

Kelly is the director of Vira Bhava Yoga and has been a student and practitioner of yoga for over 19 years. She studies and teaches in the lineage of Sri Vidya Tantra as taught by Para Yoga. Kelly has been training teachers in various programs since 2008 and has written for and Yoga Journal.

Through the exploration of the physical, philosophical, and meditative practices, yoga has touched every aspect of her life. She infuses her teaching with the passion that she has for the practice of yoga, both on and off the mat. Kelly pays close attention to the work of the body (anatomy and physiology), as well as the more subtle work of energy embodied in the mind and spirit of each individual student. For Kelly, yoga is a meaningful conversation between students and teacher that leads everyone closer to the remembrance of the real self.

The Myo Clinic in Boone, NC

The Myo Clinic is a massage & education clinic designed to serve the need for effective assessment based massage & bodywork. The Myo Clinic believes in a holistic approach to healthcare through bodywork, counseling and yoga.  Their massage clinic & education center draws from many sources of knowledge & wisdom to help create a massage & bodywork experience that is unique, dynamically effective and transformative, even in just one session. 

As members of the greater Appalachia community, they also feel a duty to help those in their community who need it. They use part of the centers proceeds to subsidize a sliding scale and sometimes full donation massage rate to make this incredible form of healthcare more accessible to everyone.  They believe we all benefit from a healthier, whole community and are dedicated to the people of Watauga, Ashe & Avery counties

The Retreat will begin at 9am on Friday August 28th with an optional hike and ends with lunch at 12noon on Sunday August 30th

A full detailed schedule will be available closer to the retreat. Please check back, as we will update it often!

  • $ 600    Room and Board and all Workshops, 2 nights, 6 meals
  • $ 480    20% discount for returning participants
  • $ 150     Deposit will hold your space
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RYT's will receive 20 CEU hours for the weekend.  As you know, yoga teachers are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education every three years to expand their knowledge and teaching skills and maintain their registration.  This is a perfect opportunity to take care of over half of them!

We are offering a special rate for studio owners and RYT's who come and bring at least 5 students. Please email us at for more details

The Apple Barn and The Mission House
at Valle Crucis Conference Center

Situated on 450 acres of mountain and valley land, the Valle Crucis Conference Center has been serving the needs of the community since 1842. The symbol for the Center is a Celtic Cross and written underneath are the words "Deeply Rooted on Sacred Ground". This symbol serves as a reminder of the circle of life that intertwines all beings.

In 1840 a botanist from New York came through this valley and was struck by its remoteness and natural beauty. He communicated his story with Bishop Ives who, at that time, oversaw the Diocese of North Carolina, which comprised the entire state. Bishop Ives soon traveled to this then unnamed area, held services, and talked to the people and was also deeply moved by their authenticity and kindness. Legend has it that Bishop Ives saw the image of a St. Andrews Cross, in either the two streams in the valley, or in their accompanying mist, and decided to settle there himself.

Since then, over 150 years ago, the site has evolved to serve the community in many different ways.  It has gone through changes and transformations due to fire, the great depression and environmental catastrophe, but the community has rebuilt everytime. All of the buildings are on the national historic register and the center offers hiking trails, waterfalls, outdoor labyrinths and more.

The Apple Barn, where the events will be held was built in approximately 1911. Its distinctive red siding can be seen all the way across the sacred valley. The building has been restored and embellished and now has heat so it can be used year round.  Careful attention was made to maintain the historical integrity and appearance of the barn. It now thrives once again and is used as a conference center serving groups of people with common cause. They range from youth groups on skiing trips, to diocesan events, to women's groups, barn dances for the community and yoga events.

In the second picture, to the right of the apple barn, you can see The Mission House where our group will be staying. Built in 1895, it is one of the original buildings that made up The Mission School. The school provided classes for first grade through high school as well as employment for people in the community. This, along with the development of 435 acres of land with apple orchards, a dairy farm, construction of a sawmill and wagon factory, and a hydroelectric power plant, was the center of all the social activity in the

Besides the natural beauty, the rich history and the part it has played in building community is one of the reasons we chose this place.

The Mission House has 9 bedrooms with 20 beds and 3 full baths. If you are traveling with friends we can do our best to room you together, just ask. There is a meeting room where massage with Myo Clinic will be offered on Saturday and a communal area with a fireplace to relax in the evenings.

If you have any questions about the payment plans, the venue, accommodations, or anything else, please feel free to ask! Please email us at

  • Meals and Refreshments will be provided and we are more than happy to accommodate any dietary needs or preferences, just let us know in advance.  
  • If you would like to do a payment plan we need to add an additional ­ $10 to each payment ­to cover administrative costs.  This  requires a bank draft done in  3 installments.
  • If you would like to have a private bedroom it will be an additional $150
  • In the case of bad weather we will move activities inside, we have more than enough space!
  • Cancellation policy - The deposit is non-refundable. if you cancel by 6/30  your full payment will be returned, minus $25 for processing.  if you cancel between 7/1 and 7/31 ­ half of your payment will be returned, minus $25 for processing. Unfortunately if you need to cancel after 7/31 we cannot return your any of your payment.  we hope you can undertsnad that this is because we have held your spot and turned down other participants.
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