2020 Fall Retreat to the Blue Ridge Mountains 

with Val Spies and Melissa Carroll


A Full Magical week in the Mountains: Friday, October 9  –  Thursday, October 15, 2020
COST: More coming soon
*Room rate is per person
*Includes 3 delicious healthy meals per day
Reservations are made through the Art of Living Retreat Center.

Expand your yoga teaching toolkit and embark on an inward journey through the chakras, yoga’s energetic system. Experience profound personal healing through the practices of chakra yoga and emerge with the skills to share this with your students.


The chakra system provides a brilliant map to navigate life and offers powerful tools to open, cleanse, and harmonize the energy centers within yourself and your students. 


Designed for yoga teachers of all levels and yoga teachers in training, this chakra immersion will give you greater depth, insight, and practical techniques to lead chakra-inspired yoga classes.

Through an in-depth study of the seven primary chakras, the subtle body, pranayama, asana, meditation, mantra, and self-reflection, you will:

  • Expand your knowledge of the chakra system

  • Energize and rebalance as you vitalize your own energy centers

  • Develop a stronger inward connection with enlivening meditations

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to teach chakra-inspired yoga classes


Return home with an enhanced experiential understanding of the body’s energetic system and the confidence to safely and effectively incorporate chakra balancing techniques into your yoga practice. Your knowledge will also bring a new depth and perspective to your ongoing classes.


Items to bring: Mats, blocks, and blankets will be provided, but feel free to bring your own mat and meditation cushion if you prefer.


47 Yoga Alliance & YACEP credit hours available for yoga teachers


Open to all levels of yoga teachers and trainees















7:15-8:30 am – morning yoga class
8:30-9:30 am – breakfast
9:30-10:00am – meditation
10:00-12:30 – philosophy/posture clinics
12:30-2:00 – lunch
2:00-6:30 – yoga studies and activities (break at 4 pm)
6:30-7:30 – dinner
7:30-8:30 – evening sessions
Additional time off is scheduled for hiking and optional spa services during the full week retreat.


Val Spies
E-RYT 500
Owner/Director of The Lotus Pond Center for Yoga Teacher Training, Creator of Women in Career Transition support series, Yoga for Healthy Living Speaker for medical conferences, Committee Member in the Board of Yoga Alliance Standards. She has been graduating yoga teachers and leading destination retreats for over 15 years. Her previous career in management of training for a major airline and her Kripalu Yoga education prepared her to merge the teachings of yoga with practical, everyday tools needed for a balanced, joyful and healthy life.

Melissa Carroll
Melissa Carroll is a lead teacher in the Lotus Pond Teacher Training Programs, college creative writing professor, and the author of four books, including Going OM: Real-Life Stories on and off the Yoga Mat. In 2006 Melissa discovered yoga and Reiki as paths toward inner peace, and she has dedicated her life to sharing these practices with others. Melissa has taught yoga for the past 11 years and specializes in philosophy, alignment, Yin Yoga, meditation, and the subtle body. Learn more at
Creator of the online course SHADOW+LIGHT: A Journey Toward Self-Mastery

  • Daily yoga and meditation classes suitable for all levels
  • Philosophy sessions
  • Nature hikes through the Blue Ridge Mountains (full week option)
  • Journaling to be more in touch with inner guidance
  • Interactive Group Discussions
  • Wellness and self-inquiry classes
The retreat will be held atop Heavenly Mountain at the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, North Carolina. 

6201 Lynn Road

Tampa, FL 33625


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