Yoga Retreats

2021 Yoga Retreats at Lake Junaluska

May 23-26, 2021  |  July 18-21, 2021  |  September 19-22, 2021

Join us for a rejuvenating three-day yoga retreat in the mountains of Western North Carolina

We are so excited to partner with Lake Junaluska to offer THREE themed retreats in 2021!

These retreats include lodging, meals, yoga classes and feature daily workshops that focus on self-care & self-love, among other things.

Lake J’s peaceful lakeside village’s stunning lake and mountain views, comfortable accommodations, and convenient amenities provide a soothing backdrop as you treat yourself to learning about the perfect prescription of movement & medicine.

Register Now! Call 800-222-4930 or download the Registration Form (PDF)

Lake Junaluska

Women’s Health & Wellness Yoga Retreat

May 23-26, 2021

Are you a caretaker and exhausted or burned out from all the stress of this last year?

As women, we tend to nurture and support everyone around us and sometimes we forget to fill our own cup and give ourselves the same care and attention we give others.

Treat yourself or that special female in your life with the gift of renewal and rejuvenation for Mother’s Day and take this incredible opportunity to enjoy one another’s company and celebrate the bonds you share!

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Canoeing and Kayaking at Lake Junaluska

Out-of-the-Box Adventure Yoga Retreat

July 18-21, 2021

*Filling Up Fast!*

Are you ready to drop kick yourself and your ride or die adventure partner out of feeling stuck or in a rut?

This retreat will offer a true unique yoga adventure experience designed to open your heart and mind to new possibilities and new experiences so you can start to shake off the old stale worries and fears holding you back!

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Aging Gracefully Yoga Retreat

September 19-22, 2021

Do you worry about maintaining your mobility as you get older, or being unable to participate in activities that require stamina and strength?

This retreat will help you gain insight into the aging process and show you how you can work now to maintain the agility necesssary for your highest quality of life!

Workshops and yoga classes will address common age related issues such as osteoporosis, problems with balance and coordination, nutrition and much more!

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Example Schedule


♦ 4 p.m. Check-in
♦ 5 p.m. Dinner
♦ 6:30-8 p.m. Welcome


♦ 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
♦ 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Workshop + Class Session
♦ 12-1:30 p.m. Lunch
♦ 1:30-4:30 p.m. Workshop + Class Session
♦ 5 p.m. Dinner
♦ 6:30-8 p.m. Class


♦ 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
♦ 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Workshop + Class Session
♦ 12 p.m. Lunch
♦ 1:30-4:30 p.m. Workshop + Class Session
♦ 5 p.m. Dinner
♦ 6:30-8 p.m. Class


♦ 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
♦ 11 a.m. Checkout

Lodging + Cost

Retreats are $795 per person and include three nights of lodging at The Terrace Hotel (for the May 23-6 and September 19-22 restreats) or Lambuth Inn (for the July 18-21 retreat), eight meals from Sunday dinner to breakfast on Wednesday, yoga sessions and workshops. Book 60 days in advance to enjoy an early bird rate of $775 per person ($395 without lodging or meals)! 


Contact Us

Register Now!
Call 800-222-4930 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday) or download the Registration Form (PDF).

Program Questions?
If you have questions regarding the program, please contact Tammy McDowell at or 828-454-6681 / Waynesville Yoga Center at / 828.246.6570

  • “Jay met me prior to class to help me polish my yoga teaching skills. I really appreciate her willingness to meet and teach me to make me a better instructor.”

    – Brooke H.

  • “Jay takes time to answer questions, to give help when needed in performing movements and is a gentle, calm person which helps my yoga experience.”

    – Anita S.

  • “Jay is a wonderful yoga instructor; has great variety in classes; is always dependable (there and on time); is kind and understanding; and always available to answer questions and give additional instruction if necessary. She is calm and classes are enjoyable no matter the challenge.”

    – Myndie S.

  • “That special moment when your body, mind and spirit blend into a yummy synchronized yogic OHMMMMMMM……..yeah, YTT has given me like a hundred of those so far! You guys are awesome!”

    – 2019 YTT Student

  • “My experience during my YTT at WYC has not only increased my confidence on the mat but has opened up endless possibilities and opportunities for a courageous, confident, and grateful life off the mat. “

    – Teresa F.

  • “With all of my health issues, I never would have believed I could ever learn to teach yoga. WYC’s Real Yoga for Real Bodies built my confidence as a leader, reminding me that my journey is my strength, and I will actually be a better teacher because of the challenges I’ve experienced. Thank you so much for creating a program that encouraged us to bring the beauty and the beast through this incredible transformation.”

    – CJH

  • I signed up for YTT thinking I had time to myself to focus on me, but the world has other plans. It’s still the best decision I’ve made, and I am so grateful that what I have learned has come to me at a time that I can apply it to so much real world trauma. This YTT has been a saving grace!

    – Kim T.

  • “I haven’t felt this good since I got my puppy, ten years ago!…”

    – Steve S.

  • “Amber is an incredibly gifted instructor, particularly when it comes to yoga. She is calming, thorough, and provides that extra-added touch of essential oils, gentle adjustments, and themed practices. I love that Amber’s yoga classes are dynamic and she’s taught moves in her classes that I’ve never done in 15 years of practicing yoga. She’s a breath of fresh air in the yoga scene. I highly recommend her!”

    – Christine G.

  • “I woke up one morning and realized I was 60 years old, that I could live well into my 80s and that I had to do something to improve my strength and stamina if I wanted a good quality of life. I was caring for small grandchildren periodically, and it exhausted me.

    As soon as I saw Waynesville Yoga Center was opening, I came. I am so thankful to Jay for a place where I feel safe, not self-conscious, and where I can attend classes that benefit me without feeling in competition with anyone else. Restorative and Yin have improved my flexibility and meditation skills; Beginner Flow, Flow Level 1 and Gentle Chair Yoga have increased my strength and balance and also challenged me, as has Barre and Balance!

    I feel better than I ever have – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I have met so many new friends. All of the instructors I have had are wonderful and willing to share of themselves. Thank you, Jay, your endeavor is making a tremendous difference in so many lives!”

    – Terri M.

  • “What has set the program apart for me, as well, is the approach to teaching that encourages us not to focus on a “perfect” pose, but rather perfecting a pose within our bodies and the bodies of our students. This means everyone’s expression of a pose will be slightly different, and there is such beauty in that. It runs counter to so much that we are taught elsewhere in life.”

    – Kristen, B

  • “When I first began practicing yoga, it seemed like the more I learned, the more I wanted to know. I bought a few books but still didn’t feel like a real student of the practice of yoga. When the 200 hour YTT was offered, I saw it as the perfect chance to really expand my knowledge. I have come to realize that with this deep dive into the practice of yoga, I have a strong knowledge bank that will allow me to continue to expand my knowledge of yoga for years to come.”

    – Jann F.

  • “Thank you all so much for offering this. It has truly been a gift in my life and I am very grateful to be part of this class!”

    – Kristen, B

  • “WYC YTT has given me such tremendous depth in my practice of yoga on and off the mat. I’ve loved seeing my evolution this year as I learned all the ways I can add yoga to my home and work life. I started just expecting to build a stronger personal practice, but now I am so excited to see where this will all take me in the years to come.”

    – 2019 YTT Student

  • “One of the things I have loved about the program is that we are not just learning how to teach certain poses; I have been learning things I didn’t even know I could learn about yoga in general, including about the subtle energies, how they tie to both anatomy and the philosophy of yoga.”

    – 2019 YTT Student

  • “Jay is an always-patient, highly skilled teacher who makes everyone feel welcome and able to participate. Her class is always a joy and rewarding.”

    – Barbara S.

  • “Since I started taking classes at Waynesville Yoga Center, I can now go down the stairs ‘normally’, instead of one foot at a time. I’m really pleased with how these classes are helping me.”

    – Carol L.

  • “I waited years looking for the right yoga teacher training program and WYC was definitely the reason why. I’m absolutely convinced I could not have found a program that was more creative, inclusive, or supportive. I would definitely attribute that to the meticulous design of the curriculum and incredibly talented teachers you brought in to lead so many cool facets of the course. You drew in some of the most amazing students with all this awesomeness and I’ve been so thrilled to learn alongside them this year so thank you, thank you, thank you for every last delicious bit of it.”

    – CJH

  • “After my first private session with Amber my body felt so good! Because of her guidance and personal assisting I highly recommend working with her.”

    – Barbara B.

  • “YTT provided me with the tools and knowledge to deepen my own yoga practice and help others with theirs. This program challenged me in unforeseen ways and I am so thankful to have experienced this journey with such incredible teachers and fellow students. It was truly a life-changing experience.”

    – Hayley P.

  • “Amber, you’re an incredible teacher! You are a natural at creating flows that challenge and inspire your students.”

    – Michelle G.C.

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