Scenic photo of yellow flowers growing by the shore of Lake Junaluska

Women's Health + Wellness Yoga Retreat

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.

Yoga Retreats at Lake Junaluska are offered in partnership with Waynesville Yoga Center. Each themed retreat features daily workshops that focus on self-care and self-love, which are critical to keeping a much-needed sense of balance in today’s world. The retreats take place at Lake Junaluska in the mountains of Western North Carolina, just a short drive from Asheville. Our 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 and medicine. Learn More.

Event Details:

May 15, 2022–May 18, 2022
Yoga Retreats, Retreats, Spiritual Renewal


A rose on the Rose Walk at sunrise
Sunday, May 15
  • 6:30-8: Welcoming /Opening Circle led by Tara Scarborough
Yoga Class at Inspiration Point at Lake Junaluska
Monday, May 16
Fruit tray at Lake Junaluska dining
Tuesday, May 17
Flowers outside the Lambuth Inn
Wednesday, May 18
  • 9 -11am: Checkout



Monday, May 16

The Power to say “Yes!” by Building Better Boundaries

9am-12pm | 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.

Shift Your Energy – Change Your Life

1:30-4:30pm | 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

Candlelight Restorative + Yoga Nidra

7-8pm | 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 17

Love what you Eat. Eat what you Love. & Love your Body. Love your Yoga.

9am-12pm | 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.

Mindfulness Practices for Everyday Life

1:30 – 4:30pm | 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.

Meet Our Instructors

Amber Kleid
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.


Jay MacDonald
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.

Tara Scarborough
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.

Sara Lewis
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.

Candra Smith
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.


Women’s Health + Wellness Yoga Retreat  – Lodging, Meals & Program – $942 (single/double occupancy)

The retreat with meals and lodging includes:

  • Three nights of lodging at the lakeside Terrace Hotel
  • Meals from dinner on Sunday, May 15, through breakfast on Wednesday, May 20
  • All retreat workshops and sessions

Women’s Health + Wellness Yoga Retreat – Program Only – $395
The program-only option includes classes and workshops but does not include meals or lodging.

An early-bird discount of $40 is available if paid in full 60 days prior. For more details about pricing and the early-bird discount, download the retreat registration form.

Nestled in the heart of Lake Junaluska, the lakeside Terrace Hotel is convenient to the Harrell Center, Stuart Auditorium and the Rose Walk. Come relax in a rocking chair on one of the balconies or read a book by the large fireplace in the spacious lobby.

Registration Questions
Download the registration form.
Call 800-222-4930 or email [email protected]

Program Questions
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