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In need of a holistic reset? Come connect to the lunar energy of the harvest moon and find grounding in the divine feminine alongside other women as you recharge with self-care activities that nourish you inside and out. 

This weekend retreat is for those who are looking to engage in a holistic reset of the mind, body and spirit, and is an opportunity to connect more deeply with yourself + others. 

We will embrace the changing of the season in a full moon women’s circle, explore Ayurvedic + self-care activities that support our inner flame, and nourish our bodies and relationships with shared meals and yoga practices. In addition to a spa treatment of your choice, there will be opportunities to find release through sensory healing, meditation + restorative yoga classes with the nurturing therapeutic assist of massage therapists.

When + Where

The retreat will begin at 5:30pm on Friday September 29th at Waynesville Yoga Center with workshops + classes scheduled through to Sunday October 1st. We will wrap up our closing circle at 1:30pm on Sunday with additional treatment slots from 1:30  – 4:30pm.  

Tentative Schedule


5:30- 6:30pm:  Opening Women’s Circle led by Amber Kleid + Candra Smith

6:30 – 7:30pm: Full Moon Restorative Class with Massage Therapist Assists, Meditation + Sound Healing with Amber K., Candra + Jake

7:30: Group Dinner catered by Simply Sara


9am: Flow Yoga: Restore + Reset with Candra

10:30 – 12:30: Self-Care: Head & Scalp Treatments + Skin Care with Candra + Andrea

12:30: Lunch + Community Nourishment by Simply Sara

1:30: Ayurveda for Healthy Aging with Ginna

3 – 6: Treatments / Free Time

6:15: Group Dinner catered by Simply Sara

7 – 8:15: Candlelight Restorative Yoga with Yoga Nidra + Massage Therapist Assists with Jay


9: Aromatherapy + Movement with Jay

10:30: Restorative Rhythms + Sound Healing with Jake

11:30:  Lunch + Community Nourishment by Simply Sara

12:30: Closing Circle with Jay

1:30: Treatments / Departures

Treatment Slots

Included in the retreat is a treatment of your choice. You may select one of the following: 

  • Massage
  • Thai massage
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Reiki
  • Facial 
  • Ayurvedic consult 

You also have the option to add on hot stones, aromatherapy or cupping for $20 OR Samadhi marma treatment or a foot soak for $45. Add-on payments will be taken at time of treatment, but need to be specified on your registration form. If you would like an additional full treatment, please specify on your registration form, as well as your preferred day and treatment. 

Saturday September 30th

Treatments from 3 – 6pm

Sunday October 1st

Treatments from 1:30 – 4:30pm


Lunch and dinner are included in the retreat (4 meals total) and
participants are responsible for their own breakfast. The retreat will be catered by Simply Sara Wellness, a certified holistic health coach, who will be serving up nutritious meals featuring fresh and seasonal ingredients. There will be a snack bar with tea +  light bites available throughout the retreat, and we are located at the heart of downtown Waynesville should you want to grab something in town during one of the breaks.


This retreat does not include accommodation, but there are lots of lovely rentals in the Waynesville + Lake Junaluska area to choose from or nearby hotels. If you are open to sharing accommodations with others at the retreat, let us know and we can put you in contact. Here is a link to a sharable property from a member of our community. 

Additional listings from community members:

Vitus Farm

Andon Reid Bed and Breakfast

Suburban Paradise in Waynesville

(If you have a property you’d like to list, send an email to


The cost of the retreat is $695. This includes all meals, a customized treatment, classes, workshops + a swag bag of goodies to take home. 

Refund + Cancellation Policy

You are eligible for a 50% refund until September 4th and then no refunds will be given. 

Meet the Instructors

Jay MacDonald is the owner of Waynesville Yoga Center and has been practicing for over 30 years, teaching for 20 of those. In addition to over 8,000 hours of experience teaching classes, workshops, and teacher trainings, she also holds the following certifications: 500 E-RYT; YACEP instructor; certified in Merge (a Fascial movement discipline practice); Buti movement + DEEP; Yogilates; and is a Certified Level 1 Aromatherapist. Jay started her yoga journey after a back injury in college and has continued to practice for optimal health and wellness. She believes that we all need to stay active and mobile, in whatever form that takes, while managing everyday stressors for a happy + healthy life. 

Amber Kleid is a RYT – 500 and Yoga & Mindfulness Mentor whose passion is helping women reconnect with themselves through movement, meditation, and the practice of setting sacred boundaries to help develop deeper Self-awareness. She invites you to explore the infinite possibilities that good self-care can provide both on and off the mat, as yoga + mindfulness were essential building blocks to her personal transformation after being diagnosed with an auto-immune disease in 2013. Amber brings her silly sense of humor, creative sequencing, and everyone-is-welcome attitude into her offerings for a refreshing experience from head to toe. 

Candra Smith is the owner of Maggie Valley Wellness, ERYT 500, LMBT 7236, Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Panchakarma therapist. Candra has devoted her life to the study of health in relation to the body, mind + soul. She encourages and practices a holistic and well-rounded approach to well-being and thrives in sharing her life experience in relation to the ancient practices of Ayurveda and Yoga. Her background in massage and bodywork adds to the depth of her knowledge as shengreatly believes in the power of touch and its effectiveness in maintaining ease within. Candra loves assisting others on their journey to an improved life experience, a deeper connection with the divine, and a steady path toward higher consciousness.

Tara Scarborough is an RYT- 200 and has been a student of yoga for almost 25 years, influenced by the Iyengar, Anusara, and Ashtanga lineages. Tara is a registered nurse (having worked in pediatric ICU, now pre and post operative care) and LMBT. Tara is a John Barnes trained myofascial release (MFR) therapist and specializes in this gentle modality of freeing fascial constrictions. Her style now includes mindful alignment cues that focus on opening and releasing to leave you relaxed, aware and free. 

Sara Lewis is the owner of Simply Sara Wellness, is a licensed holistic health coach, RYT-200 and former international public health professional. In addition, she has certificates in traditional food techniques (fermentation, culturing dairy, preparing bone broth, etc.), using food as medicine, and participatory training techniques, among others. The food is always homemade using fresh, in season ingredients.

Ginna Bourisseau is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, having received an Ayurvedic diploma from Kavikulguru Kalidas  Sanskrit  University, of Nagpur, India, studying with Dr. Sunil Joshi at Vinayak Ayurvedic Center in Albuquerque, NM as well.   She has  participated in  studies at  the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM with Dr. Vasant Lad and Dr. Robert Svoboda, as well as at the Boston Shiatsu School in Cambridge, Mass. Ms. Bourisseau has also been initiated into the knowledge of ShankhVanshya Ayurved, receiving instruction from Dr. Rama Kant Mishra whose lineage in Ayurveda is thousands of years old.

Andrea Myers is a Licensed Esthetician, Skin Care Therapist (#E22615) and skincare teacher with over ten years in the skincare industry, ranging from luxury spa to medical settings. As an esthetician, she loves having the opportunity to educate people about their skin and tailor her services to match the unique needs of each and every client.

Jake Gilmore is an RYT-200 hour teacher who loves sharing his passion for making music and using music as a tool to enrich the yoga experience. He uses singing bowls, guitar, and other various instruments to help participants heal through the powerful intent of sound. When he’s not guiding classes through movements and meditation with a calm soothing voice, he’s getting your blood flowing and bringing the hype with great beats.

Registration closes September 4th!