Women’s Health + Wellness Retreat at Lake Junaluska

May 15, 2022 – May 18, 2022 all-day
Lake Junaluska
$395 without food or accommodation / $942 + with accommodation
Waynesville Yoga Center

Join us for this three-day retreat that will help you find balance in your mind, body and relationships through nutrition, movement + mindset. Enjoy this journey alongside other women as you expand into yourself, embody your power and embrace responsibility for your mental and physical health.

This retreat will support the clearing out of old energies so you can move forward with clarity and strength.


| Monday May 16th

| 9 – 12pm: The Power to say “Yes!” by Building Better Boundaries

| led by Amber Kleid

In this workshop, we are going to explore healthy and unhealthy boundaries and why they are the most important factor in self-care that you can utilize for yourself.  Without sacred boundaries, thoughts that include “I should,” “I can’t,” and “I don’t deserve” can override our thinking mind and keep us from doing for ourselves while feeling obligated towards others.  

We’ll discuss how you can implement healthy boundaries into your life without feeling guilty or compromised while taking into consideration mindset and how we can begin to shift it into a place of positivity and peace.  You’ll be treated to a nourishing Restorative Yoga practice which will allow you to tune inwards and give you some self soothing, well-deserved yoga postures you can use anytime to come back home to yourself.   

| Monday May 16th

| 1:30-4:30: Shift Your Energy- Change Your Life

| led by Jay MacDonald

Why is bringing balance and healing to our subtle energetic body as important if not more important than bringing balance to our physical bodies? What if I told you that there are some really simple techniques that can help you change your energy? 

Energy is moving through and around your body at all times and is essential to your body working and feeling it’s best every day. When energy is blocked or stuck, it can cause all kinds of problems and malfunctions in your body’s systems and rhythms. This stuck or stale energy can show up as heaviness or dullness in the body/mind/spirit. Over time, symptoms can show up in a variety of ways as the body struggles to compensate for this interruption of an energetic pathway or meridians as some call them. 

Join Jay for this deep dive into our energetic systems as we learn where and what each chakra energy center is designed to govern and resolve. We will learn simple but fun techniques for checking and clearing our chakras that can be used on a daily basis to keep our energy flowing and moving as it is meant to in our bodies. This will be life changing! 

You will be guided through an energy center assessment, which will then help guide you through a class focused on clearing all energy centers, with space to focus on your individual needs.

Recommended Reading: 

Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Bodies Energies for Optimal Health, Joy and Vitality by Donna Eden 

| Monday May 16th

| 7-8pm: Candlelight Restorative + Yoga Nidra

| led by Tara Scarborough

This class will consist of easy stretching and restorative poses, while also soothing the nervous system with soft lighting. Tara will conclude class with a blissful Yoga Nidra to promote ease and comfort.

| Tuesday May 17th

| 9 – 12pm: Love what you Eat. Eat what you Love. & Love your Body. Love your Yoga.

| led by Sara Lewis

Love what you Eat. Eat what you Love.

 Are you confused about food and nutrition? Do you feel like you are constantly being challenged to make peace with food? Do you feel guilty about eating certain foods and label foods “good” and “bad”?

This workshop will focus on finding freedom to eat anything, without eating everything, using a mindfulness approach. How you eat is just as important as what you eat. To go even further we’ll show that why you eat (for fuel and nourishment vs stress, boredom, or to satisfy a craving), when you eat, and how much you eat are all critical pieces to help you learn to love what you eat and eat what you love.

Love your Body. Love your Yoga. A consistent yoga practice can help you cultivate compassion, appreciation, and love for your body. One of the yoga teachings known as “Santosha” describes contentment, which can teach you to be satisfied with where you are and what you have. Santosha reminds you to be appreciative of how amazing your body is right here and now.

This 75-minute yoga practice will focus on being aware of the physical sensations in your body as you move through a gentle flow of asanas (poses). There will be an emphasis on finding ease in the poses using your breath.

| Tuesday May 17th

| 1:30 – 4:30pm: Mindfulness Practices for Everyday Life

| led by Candra Smith

If we can learn to bring the present into all of our waking moments, our lives can feel enriched and fresh. In this workshop you will learn a few basic practices that will help keep you in the present through all of the mundane aspects of everyday life. You’ll also learn a basic meditation that can help anchor your day, allowing you to bring intention in your life and to sit with what is. This will be followed with a mindful flow that will help you jump-start your journey to greater awareness. 


About Amber Kleid

Amber (RYT – 500) is a Yoga & Mindfulness Mentor whose passion is helping women reconnect with themselves through movement, meditation, and the practice of setting sacred boundaries. She is driven by her own transformation that yoga and mindfulness helped unfold when she stepped onto her mat in 2013 after being diagnosed with an auto-immune disease.  

When joining her for a Slow Flow or Restorative Yoga class, you’ll be invited to explore the infinite possibilities that good self-care can provide both on and off the mat.  Amber is a 500 hour certified yoga instructor who brings her silly sense of humor, creative sequencing, and everyone-is-welcome attitude into her classes for a refreshing experience from head to toe.

About Jay MacDonald

Jay MacDonald is the owner of Waynesville Yoga Center, a Yoga Alliance E-RYT (Experienced registered yoga teacher), a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) and has been teaching yoga classes for over 16 years. She started practicing yoga over 30 years ago after a back injury in her college days and hasn’t stopped since because yoga has kept her healthy and sane! Jay believes that all of us stay healthier and happier by staying mobile and active as much as we can in whatever form that takes.





About Tara Scarborough

Tara has been a student of yoga for almost 25 years.  She studied and has been influenced by the Iyengar, Anusara, and Ashtanga lineages.  Tara completed her RYT 200 training at Anahata Yoga Center in Mason, Ohio.  

Her style now includes mindful alignment cues that focus on opening and releasing to leave you relaxed, aware and free. On her days off, you can find her up in the mountains hiking, in her boat kayaking or mountain biking the local trails.  Tara is also a registered nurse having worked in a pediatric ICU, and now in pre and post-operative care and has recently graduated from massage school.


About Sara Lewis

Sara Lewis is a RYT-200, certified holistic health coach, and instructor at Waynesville Yoga Center. She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and has been teaching yoga since 2014. After a 25-year career in international public health, Sara began a second career as a Certified Holistic Health Coach. Her passion for food led her to yoga when she began studying the connection between mindfulness and stress eating. Sara emphasizes alignment and posture in all her classes. 

Her flow classes, which are fun and energetic, focus on lengthening the spine and improving balance and strength. Sara’s yin classes focus on pranayama (breath work) and deep relaxation.




About Candra Smith

Candra Smith is a RYT 500, LMBT and Ayurveda Wellness Counselor. She has been teaching yoga since 2006 and practicing massage since 2007. 

With over 500 hours of yoga study, her style blends classical yoga with a vinyasa flow. Candra is inspired to teach yoga for so many reasons but simply put, because yoga helps people become better people. Candra currently owns the Maggie Valley Wellness Center and teaches at Waynesville Yoga Center.



Workshops and classes during the retreat will each be led by one of the amazing instructors from Waynesville Yoga Center and accessible for all ages and ability ranges, as there will be challenges and modifications offered. Retreat lodging and meal packages include accommodations at The Terrace at Lake Junaluska and meals from dinner on the first night through breakfast on the last morning. 

The full retreat package price with lodging at The Terrace, meals and all retreat workshops and sessions is $942. A program-only option is available for $395. An early-bird discount of $40 is available if paid in full 60 days prior.

To Register: Download the registration form or call 800-222-4930


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