Breathing Room: A yoga retreat for women craving space & ease

Take pause, find stillness, practice self-study, and move your body mindfully.

August 16-19, 2018 * Northern Georgia

JOIN THE WAITLIST

We are all carrying burdens, but sometimes life feels like it just won’t let up.

Do you feel like you’re constantly producing and striving but still failing to keep up? Do you crave more ease, equanimity, and peace in your day-to-day life?

Then join Kelley Carboni-Woods and Amber Karnes for a retreat at the beautiful Elohee retreat center in the northern Georgia mountains.

During this 4-day, 3-night retreat, we will set aside time to take pause, find stillness, practice self-study, move our bodies mindfully, and most of all – discover sustainable tools to bring restoration and ease into our everyday lives.

Rest and nourishment is not just for folks who have piles of money or lots of time off work. We can find moments of restoration in our everyday lives. Set aside time to come learn how.

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Catching Our Breath

& finding ease

What to expect

Gentle, deep stretch – yoga practices to help you feel better in the body you have today

Walking meditation (hikes around the beautiful property)

Fireside chats near the cozy fire pit each night

Wayfinder Mandala Workshop – figure out what’s your “why” – what drives you and where you want to put your attention and focus

Swimming in the natural, crystal clear pond (a truly unique experience)

Plenty of time to rest and reconnect with yourself in the gorgeous mountain scenery

Connection and community with likeminded and like-hearted women

Meet your guides

Meet Kelley 

Kelley Carboni-Woods was born and raised in North Carolina. She is a business owner, natural hair stylist, podcast host and yoga teacher. She is focused on making the practice of yoga accessible to all and strives to make her classes welcoming to everyone. She has a focus on teaching the living practice of yoga. Her belief that yoga is more than a physical practice is lead by the positive influence yoga has had in her own life.

Kelley loves cooking, biking, watching movies, reading, playing scrabble and traveling with her family. She thanks her mother Gloria, a librarian, for her love of reading and for instilling a thirst for knowledge. Kelley lives in Charlotte, NC, with her husband Christian and two sons, Palmer and Duke. She blogs at Peace Filled Mama.

Meet Amber 

I’m Amber Karnes, creator of Body Positive Yoga.

Yoga has been an integral part of my decade-long journey toward self-acceptance and body positivity – making peace with my body and helping others to do the same. I believe that through joyful movement and self-care, we can learn radical self-acceptance and positively experience our bodies, no matter our shape, size, age, or ability.

In my yoga teaching, I emphasize safe alignment and mindful transitions, and help you give yourself permission to honor the body you bring to the mat today, while also being empowered to learn about the body’s intelligence and power. I infuse my classes, workshops, and retreats with the foundational principles of inclusivity, agency, consent, body positivity, and self-acceptance. I live in Richmond, Virginia, with my husband Jimmy and we love hiking, swimming, and camping together. I blog at Body Positive Yoga.

WHAT They’re saying

“I didn’t think my second retreat could be better than my first. I have grown so much using my experience from my first retreat to the this second one. I maintained friendships, made new ones, deepened my connection with myself, others, and with my practice. It has taught me how to use what I feel on my mat and share it with the world. Most of all it has given me a place to calm my mind, feel confident, and be more authentic with myself. Loved every minute! ”

Megan W.

I’ve never felt so safe, accepted, and cared for by a group of perfect strangers. The yoga workshops were perfectly accessible, even if it’s been a long time since you last practiced, and I learned more than I dreamed I would. Can’t wait for the next one!”

Amanda B.

“Wished it was longer! I can’t wait to go to the next one. I was able to let go of a lot of issues that were holding me back. I feel like I have made friends for a lifetime at the retreat. As women we all have similar issues and to hear you are not alone and that we have shared experiences is a beautiful thing.”

Sara A.

Our Location

This retreat will take place at the Elohee retreat center in the North Georgia mountains. It’s about 2 hours from the Atlanta airport and 3.5 hours from Charlotte, NC.

We call the 220 acres of undeveloped land where Elohee rests Landsong. It is located in the North Georgia mountains in the foothills of the Blue Ridge near the village of Sautee Nacoochee. Andy and Carolyn Bralley purchased the land in 2010 while their daughter, Evie Cook, was battling refractory Hodgkins lymphoma.

The Elohee Center at Landsong is being created to provide a retreat space in Nature to allow for self-exploration, individual growth, and mind/body healing. It is a place where Earth and Air, Fire and Water nurture wisdom both ancient and new. This endeavor has expanded to include extended family and an ever-widening circle of friends who have not only joined us in its creation, but have enjoyed the transforming, healing power of the land on which it sits. Learn more about our mission.

Elohee ( EL-oh-HEE ) is a Cherokee word meaning “earth place.”

ACCOMMODATIONS

Options range from tent camping to a private suite with your own bathroom.

King bed, private bath
single or double occupancy

Twin bed, shared bath

Two twin beds, private bath
single or double occupancy

Tent camping, shared bath

BOOKING & CANCELLATION POLICY

Deposit of 40% of total retreat fee is due upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but if cancellation is made more than 2 weeks in advance of arrival, it is transferable to another retreat or person. If cancellation is made less than 2 weeks but more than 1 week in advance of arrival, the deposit is transferable only to another person for the same retreat. If cancellation is made less than 1 week in advance of arrival, registrant is responsible for payment of the entire retreat amount with no refund or transfer. Payment is due in full 1 week prior to arrival.

Take a pause

This is your time.

Don’t miss out on this chance to reconnect with yourself, recharge your batteries, and celebrate your body and soul in the gorgeous north Georgia mountains. Join the waitlist and be the first to know when tickets go live.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's included in my ticket price?

Your ticket includes 4-days, 3-nights accommodations at Elohee retreat center, tuition, and all meals. Rates include 15% hospitality tax, Georgia’s Hotel-Motel Fee, and credit card fees.

What's not included in my ticket?
Transportation to and from the retreat, alcohol if you wish to consume.
How do payments & Cancellation work?

Deposit of 40% of total retreat fee is due upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but if cancellation is made more than 2 weeks in advance of arrival, it is transferable to another retreat or person. If cancellation is made less than 2 weeks but more than 1 week in advance of arrival, the deposit is transferable only to another person for the same retreat. If cancellation is made less than 1 week in advance of arrival, registrant is responsible for payment of the entire retreat amount with no refund or transfer. Payment is due in full 1 week prior to arrival.

I've never been to a retreat and I'm worried I won't fit in. Help!

If you’ve never been to a retreat, it might seem intimidating, but we’re working extra hard to make sure this retreat is a safe, judgment-free, fun space for everyone! All bodies will be celebrated and accommodated, and you’ll be sharing space with other likeminded folks who are interested in self-acceptance, self care, yoga, nature, creative thought, and body positivity. Folks who have attended my previous retreats have told me they made friendships that have lasted for years!

Do I have to share a bed with anyone?

Not unless you want to! We have price breaks for double occupancy, so please bring a friend! But you can also reserve a private bed for yourself.

If you’d like to share a room with a new friend who’s coming to the retreat, let us know when you register, and we’ll try to find you a roommate who’s also looking!

I'm new to yoga. Will I be able to keep up in the yoga classes?

Yes! Amber and Kelley both specializes in adaptive, inclusive yoga practice for diverse body types. This is low-pressure, judgment-free yoga led by two women who aren’t “typical” yoga teachers. We welcome you into this practice!

What if I have a mobility aid, use a CPAP, or I need special help?

That’s fine! Let us know when you register and we’ll do our darndest to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible.

How do I get to the retreat center?

If you’re traveling by plane, we recommend you fly into Atlanta, rent a car, and drive the to the retreat. We are less than 2 hours from the Atlanta airport and 3 hours from the Charlotte airport. When you register, you may be able to share a ride with another attendee. You’ll be able to ask around in our private Facebook group.

What do I need to bring?

We’ll send you a complete packing list before the retreat, but you don’t need any complicated or fancy items. We’ll be bringing comfortable, casual clothing, a yoga mat, a bathing suit, and stuff we need for the outdoors (like sunscreen and bug repellant).

It says this retreat is for women. Does that include trans women?

Yes, of course. Women, trans women, femmes, and non-binary folks are all welcome.

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