Outer Banks Retreat

You are invited to an Outer Banks Beach Retreat!

August 20-24, 2017
Corolla, North Carolina

Join Amber Karnes and Chel Rogerson at the Outer Banks this summer for a 5-day, 4-night retreat vacation packed with gentle yoga, beach time, beginner-friendly hoop and pole dance classes, camaraderie, relaxation, rejuvenation, laughter, body-positive discussion, and self-care.

Corolla beach
Yoga class on the beach


If you want to practice yoga, but can’t find a teacher that knows how to accommodate your unique body, you’re in the right place. We’ll feel the ocean breeze as we practice gentle morning yoga together on the beach. In the evenings, we’ll enjoy sound healing meditations and guided relaxation to ensure the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had!

Hoop dance class

Hoop Flow

Find your flow! Hoop dancing explores the art of using the hula hoop as a dance partner for fitness, artistic expression and meditation known as “flow!” Anyone can hula hoop, including men and women of all ages. Together we will learn graceful dance moves and explore circus-inspired hoop tricks, all while getting an incredible workout with mindfulness benefits.

Pole dance class

Pole Dance

Pole dancing is a fun, empowering workout that will do wonders for your self esteem and people of all ages, shapes and sizes can build confidence while learning to pole dance. We will smile, laugh and create a riot good time during our pole party at the retreat! You might be surprised at how bold, beautiful and strong you can be!

This event is for you if…

  • You want to be around likeminded, positive folks who will accept you without judgment
  • You want to practice yoga or try hoop or pole dancing, but can’t find a teacher that knows how to accommodate your unique body
  • You’ve tried yoga, hoop, or pole before but were frustrated or had a bad experience
  • You want to feel wonderful and free in your body
  • You want 5 days packed with body-positive conversation, joyful movement, relaxation, beach time, healthy and delicious food, and laughter
  • You want to have time away from the distractions and stress of everyday life – either alone or with your friends – to enjoy nature, rest, relax, and rejuvenate
  • You want to renew and recharge, learning mind-body wellness and self love techniques that you can bring back to your everyday life after the retreat
  • You want to meet your new BFFs in the Outer Banks this summer
Corolla beach
Yoga class

I’d recommend this retreat to a friend because it was such a nourishing experience – I felt my body and soul get stronger, I felt my intentions take a more meaningful shape, I felt refueled. Plus, all the lovely people there are so supportive and made me feel like I had found a new community.


I felt like my world opened up and I was not limited by my body. I learned to make my body work for me and it was liberating. I also made lasting friendships and shared a lot of laughs!


What’s included


You can participate as little or as much as you’d like! Take part in every planned activities, relax at the beach, stay at the house and rest or read, swim in the pool or soak in the hot tub, take a nap, sit on the deck looking at the ocean, or just chat with new friends.

This is a sample schedule, subject to change.

Register and settle in
Opening circle & intention setting
Grounding, gentle yoga class with Amber & guided relaxation with Chel
Gentle morning yoga on the beach with Amber
Find Your Flow: Intro to Hula Hooping with Chel
Relaxation & free time
Vegetarian cooking class & dinner
Hoop and Fire Show!
Gentle morning yoga on the beach with Amber
Self-love & healing workshop with Chel
Relaxation & free time
Dinner out on the town
Sound healing relaxation with Chel
Gentle morning yoga on the beach with Amber
Body image workshop with Amber
Relaxation & free time
Dinner & pole dance party!
Gentle morning yoga on the beach with Amber
Closing circle & goodbyes
Must check out by 1pm

What’s they’re saying

“I was pretty skeptical about what to expect, despite having signed up on a last minute whim. I deal with social anxiety and struggle to step out of my comfort zone when it comes to meeting new people. This was a great opportunity to challenge my own insecurities and do so in a supportive environment with other women who face the same internal conflicts.”

“Being in a community of intelligent, authentic and like minded, yet diverse women is exceptionally empowering. To know there are others out there that you can identify with, learn from, and share community with is so impactful and can be carried with you in everyday life wherever you go.”

Our Beach House

Treat yourself to a retreat at the OBX Beach Palace: an 8 bedroom, 5.5 bath luxury home in Corolla’s sought after Whalehead community. Enjoy the oversized private pool and relaxing hot tub, private volleyball court, game room with pool table, flat screen TVs in every room, and gorgeous views of the ocean, bay, and lighthouse from the upper floor. The house has wrap around decks with plentiful space to relax and enjoy spectacular views of the Currituck Sound. A short walk on the community boardwalk gives us easy and safe access to the exclusive Whalehead beaches where wild horses can often be seen! It’s also convenient to Corolla shopping and dining. This is a one-of-a-kind location for complete relaxation and rejuvenation!

You’re also in for a treat because Amber and Chel will be preparing all the meals at this retreat! We’ll be enjoying delicious, whole-foods vegetarian fare served family style. We’ve both been enthusiastic home chefs for years and can’t wait to have you at our family table. Each meal will be prepared fresh with attention to flavor and quality. Special dietary needs are easily accommodated! We’ll share all meals with the exception of Tuesday night, when we’ll have dinner out on the town at one of the great local spots.


North Carolina’s Outer Banks are over 100 miles of golden sand and pure Atlantic salt water. We can thank the multitude of parks, wildlife refuges, coastal maritime forest, golf courses and seashores for preserving the OBX’s wild side. The wind-shaped landscapes and world renowned waters of the Outer Banks are a natural playground waiting to be explored.

Locals here feel an innate closeness to these elements, often serving as a source of livelihood, but also a connection to previous generations and our own country’s rich history. Drawn to the open spaces and natural settings that stir the soul, the chain of barrier islands that make up the Outer Banks helps to remind us of our place in the world. No city lights or tall buildings spoil the view just open for endless possibilities.

Meet Amber

Hey, 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’ve been leading sold out, body-positive retreats all over the country and have been amazed and so grateful to see the transformations that take place when folks feel empowered in their bodies and confident in their minds and hearts. Are you ready to take the first step toward body peace AND have a fabulous, rejuvenating week at the beach? Join me and Chel for this Outer Banks retreat!

Meet Chel

I’m Chel, and I believe we all have the power within us to enjoy good health, happiness and prosperity. We do so through self-love, practicing mindfulness and compassion and embracing creativity and play! Dancing frees me. Yoga quiets my mind. Travel fills me with wonder!

Growing up, I never was a gymnast or naturally athletic. But in my late 20’s, I found a passion for pole dancing and yoga that has lead me to living a life beyond my wildest dreams. This once very self-conscious girl performs circus arts on stage as “Gypsea BombChel.” I also share what I have learned teaching classes and workshops for yoga, pole dance and hoop dance. I want to share with others these healing art forms of self expression and play!

I’ve trained all over the world, meditating in Nepal and visiting temples in Southeast Asia, studying yoga in California and with intensive 200-hour training from British Columbia, hoop dancing on the magical islands of Bali and Thailand! I perform with The Hoop Unit, a professional hoop troupe in San Diego. I’ve also learned a great deal about compassion by volunteering with orphans and underprivileged kids in Sri Lanka, Peru and Mexico.

I am a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified instructor and am Reiki level 1 and 2 certified. I have a California soul and a Carolina heart: living in San Diego, California, and Outer Banks, North Carolina. I also roam the world always seeking new knowledge to improve my performance art and a vibrant blend of life experiences. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram and at www.bliss-fit.com.

A personal note from Amber…

Chel and I met back when we worked together in corporate-land and have been friends ever since (12 years!). I’m so excited for you to meet her. Chel and I share a love of joyful movement, nature, and mindful connection. I’ve been so amazed to watch Chel’s journey as she went from self-conscious to totally badass and self-assured, not to mention being incredibly proud of her achievements through her practice and dedication to the flow arts. Chel and I have both had similar struggles with body image, disordered eating, and self-acceptance, and we’ve both found our way to a more peaceful, integrated place through mindful movement and self-care. We can’t wait to share some of the tools that got us there at this retreat!

Pricing & Accommodations

Ticket price: $649 (plus accommodations)

The $649 retreat ticket price includes all meals (except one dinner out), and all classes, workshops, and activities. Lodging prices vary from luxurious king master suites with deck access and a private bath to budget-friendly dorm accommodations. We have offerings for single or double occupancy so bring your friends and save money!

Accommodation Options

5 days, 4 nights at the OBX Beach Palace

Daybed & Trundle Room 6
Mid level, shared bathroom with King Room 4
Shared rate $499 ($799 single occupancy)

Dorm Space Top Bunk (2 left) – Amber & Chel are staying in here 🙂
Lower level, shared bathroom with King Room 5
Single rate $399


Want to extend your stay?

A full week in the Outer Banks is a truly healing experience! While the retreat activities span August 20-24, we actually have the house for a full week (August 19-26). You can choose to arrive a day early or add up to 2 days after the retreat ends. You’ll be on your own for meals and make your own schedule during these extra days, but you’ll have full use of the house during this time. Prices vary based on room choice. You’ll select this when you fill out the registration form.

What’s included

  • Accommodations of your choosing in our gorgeous, 8-bedroom luxury beach palace (prices vary)
  • Delicious, nourishing, plant-based meals prepared by Amber and Chel (dietary restrictions are easily accommodated)
  • Morning beach yoga classes led by Amber
  • Beginner-friendly hoop dance class with Chel
  • Pole party! Beginner pole dancing class for all ages and fitness levels with Chel
  • Facilitated discussions on topics like radical self-acceptance and body image
  • Nightly guided relaxation, sound healing meditation, and more
  • Vegetarian cooking class with Amber & Chel
  • All the beach, pool, hot tub, and relaxation time you can handle
  • A private Facebook group where you can connect with other folks to plan activities, share travel, get excited for the event, or keep in touch after the retreat

Not included

  • Transportation to and from the retreat
  • Dinner out on Tuesday night
  • Alcohol

Register Now

Pay your deposit of $350 to secure your spot!

Balance is due in full immediately. Once you put down a deposit and select your accommodations, Amber will invoice you for the remaining balance. Please carefully read the cancellation policy below before registering.

Cancellation Policy

  • Before July 1: If you need to cancel for any reason, we will refund the amount paid minus a $50 administrative fee.
  • July 1 – August 1: There are no refunds, but you may transfer your paid spot to another person, sending a friend or family member to the retreat in your place for a $50 admin fee (to be paid by original attendee).
    If the retreat is sold out, and you are unable to find someone to take your place, we’ll invite someone from the waitlist. If we are able to find a replacement, we’ll refund the amount paid minus a $50 administrative fee.
  • After August 1: No refunds or transfers

Weather & travel insurance: We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for this trip. While we fully expect awesome weather and sunny skies, there’s a small chance that we could get a hurricane or tropical storm in August in the Outer Banks. It’s rare in August, but it happens. In the case of a hurricane, the island will be evacuated and the retreat would be cancelled. If this rare weather-caused cancellation were to happen, we would not be able to refund your money. Travel insurance makes sure that you won’t lose your investment in the small chance that weather disrupts our trip and forces us to cancel.

“I felt more open and free than I’ve ever felt in my life. Never have I felt more comfortable with myself and my surroundings than I did that weekend. I’ve taken this sense of self-acceptance and love with me and have reflected on my experience daily. I’m trying to keep those good vibes alive!”

“Thank you so much, Amber, for organizing such an amazing weekend. The stars aligned and brought so many beautiful souls together in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. I am so thankful for the chance to meet you and all of the other campers – what a wonderful network we’ve created!”

“I enjoyed this retreat immensely. The friendships I made, the yoga I learned, and the experience will stay with me a lifetime. My practice feels more my own now and I feel comfortable continuing what I learned and incorporating it into my current and future practice. Amber is a phenomenal teacher and makes yoga feel like a natural part of life. Your feedback and your guidance made me feel good about yoga and my body. Anne-Marie and Lisa were exceptional and I hope they come back next year. There help and their corrections were key in helping me learn and grow as a yogi!”

“I felt extremely safe and the modifications that were given were very helpful to my overall practice. Also, the physical adjustments were key to helping me understand what a pose should truly feel like and I feel that I can now get myself to the correct pose(s) more successfully.”