Just Around That Curve…2018 Yoga Retreat to the Chesapeake Bay is Open for Registration!

Just Around That Curve…
A Chesapeake Summer Solstice of Bones & Satisfaction 

June 21-24, 2018 at Old Field Point, Elkton, MD

“What lies beyond might have no meaning for you. Here we both look into a cold eye of indifference. And because we both are held by this one small view our postulations are wrapped in hope or fear or certainty. 
Suppose I told you and all who’d listen that just around that curve beyond where we can see lies a river soft with heat and mud. And eagles drift and hunt for bass. And just where I tie my bright canoe an otter has decided to leave me the carcass and scat of her dinner. “See,” she says, “this is how you instruct the ones you love. Not with words, but bones and satisfaction.” And there’s a family of foxes and I’ve made friends with Fred the father leaving him bones and leftovers as instructed by my teacher the otter. Would you believe I have gardens galore? Herbs for healing and seasoning. Poultices and blossoms’ tincture for a baby born too soon but made strong by his mothers of earth and clan. Tender rocket and hot burst of tomatoes, sweet peas and gritty carrots to dig. And wide wild places of friendship sweat and delight. Welcome and sleep with me here. 
But no you’d say. This place is cold and dead. And unless I knew better I’d agree. But enough. Come.”

Join Ocean Earth Wind Fire, Virginia McKinnie and Blue Egg Nourishment for a lush & luxurious respite on the river. The location is pure peace. The trappings are fine- feathered FIVE star. The food is fresh/local/nutrient-dense divine. The yoga is deep and expansive, a dance of somatics, senses and sweetness.. The teachings create the sacred space for natural magic to reign supreme. From first gathering to departure, you’ll be held in the beauty and care needed to let your intuition be heard and to allow your soul to sing.

We’ll practice yoga in the tree-top studio overlooking the Elk River twice each day, dive in the waters at the beach, observe ceremony & ritual & fire circles under the careful watch of Bald Eagles and a sky full of stars. This is a life-changing kind of retreat. Plush and potent. Fun and fiery. Natural and so very needed!

This gorgeous, private location is easy to access from our home-base Phoenixville, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC and surrounding areas. Think wide vistas from the deck, food/herb/flower/fairy gardens to wander, a sacred labyrinth to walk. Fabulous, laughter-wild spaces and endless tucked away silent spots. A porch swing. A hot tub. Driftwood. Barges slowly plying the river. A tiki bar. Sumptuous linens. Sunrise.

The formal retreat, will include yoga with Virginia and Susan, bodywork, thematic programming each day, time for beach meandering and garden walks and nutrient-dense meals prepared by our own in-house chef, Tamara Sheen.

If you haven’t already, it’s time to meet Virginia! This Master teacher is a wondrous Mama-Bear and lifetime friend. She keeps it simple and real:

“Yoga and breath and writing and herbs and lots of open space to feel the Earth. That’s what I’ve been focusing on all my life in some form or another. And I want to share what I’ve learned. As far as letters go: RYT 200 and 500, Yin Yoga Teacher, Chakra Teacher, Poet, Space Holder, Spirit Guide, Wise Woman and lover of wet earth, warm winds, dashing water and brilliant fire. Come share my passions and claim your own joy.”

Tamara Sheen is a brilliant cook and she’s booting Virginia right out of her gourmet kitchen. Tamara’s kitchen component is utterly pleasing and profound…I will NEVER lead a retreat without her again! She has this to say about yoga, retreating and food:

“In a world where our food comes from thousands of miles away and is part of an Industry, is produced in factories and bares little or no resemblance to what our forebearers would recognize as food…here comes REAL FOOD! Feast on eggs from pastured hens, meat raised on grasses and vegetables grown in chemical free soil. Everything unsprayed and in Season, Food as Nature intended it! Nutrient dense bone broths, fermented and pickled foods, kombucha, fresh Fish , fresh berries, wild foraged food and golden milk…all this will bring your body, your soul and your spirit into balance. Then Yoga will truly be your life.”

The full cost of the retreat, room, programming and meals is $795 per person. We will be accommodating a total of ten guests. Please understand that these blissful trips are designed to be intimate and joyful…and spaces fill quickly.  Your $250 deposit will secure your spot. Formal registration materials with agenda and further details will be sent first-come-first-serve as the deposits arrive. Payment plans for balances are available by request. Please contact Susan directly with any questions.

This will be a transforming experience you won’t forget. It is my deep privilege to introduce you to this magic place and it’s powers of healing and vibrancy, as well as to my co-conspirators Tamara and Virginia. Please join us for a teaching trifecta of poetic living, vital nourishment & sacred movement! This Solstice celebration is your opportunity to revive and re-energize in the company of yoginis, with the support of the river’s flow and fresh winds. Find what’s waiting just around that curve…