You’re invited to a 4-day, 3-night weekend retreat packed with yoga, joyful exploration of nature, my favorite swimming holes, camaraderie, relaxation, rejuvenation, laughter, body-positive discussion, and self-care in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
Body Positive Yoga Summer Camp
June 1-4, 2017
THIS RETREAT IS SOLD OUT!
This event is for you if…
- You want to feel wonderful and free in your unique, imperfect, powerful body for a whole weekend
- You want to be around likeminded, body positive folks who will accept you without judgment
- You want to practice yoga, but can’t find a teacher that knows how to accommodate your unique body
- You’ve tried yoga before but were frustrated or had a bad experience
- You want to stretch or strengthen your yoga practice with a teacher who knows non-conforming bodies and can help you find your own unique way to practice
- You want an entire weekend packed with body positive conversation, joyful movement,and laughter
- You want to have time away from the distractions and stress of everyday life – either alone or with your friends to rest, relax, and rejuvenate
- You want the ultimate summer camp experience
- You want to meet your new BFFs in the Virginia mountains this summer
I’ve put a ton of dreaming and planning into making this the best retreat possible, and it just won’t be the same without YOU. Please join me in September for Body Positive Yoga Summer Camp at Heartstone Lodge!
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.Rose
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!Megan
This is YOUR summer camp retreat and you can participate as little or as much as you’d like! Even if you take part in every planned activity, you’ll still have plenty of time to rest, read, draw, paint, craft, swim in the river, go on a meditative walk through nature, explore the beautiful grounds, take a nap, laze about in a hammock under the trees, or just sit by the fire pit and chat with new friends.
Note: mealtimes are planned around yoga classes so you don’t end up practicing on a full tummy, but light snacks and water will be available all day, if you need something to hold you over!
Thursday, June 1
Register and settle in
Opening circle and introductions
Grounding, gentle yoga class & guided relaxation
Friday, June 2
Morning yoga & meditation
Workshop: What’s your “Why”?
Relaxation & free time
Yoga & Anatomy Workshop
Saturday, June 3
Morning yoga and meditation
On-site relaxation on your own
OR choose from the following activities:
Trip with Amber to Goshen Pass Swimming Hole & Jump Rocks
Swimming & beach time at the Maury River
Visit nearby Natural Bridge
Visit a local winery or explore Lexington, Va.
Sunday, June 4
Gentle morning yoga
Closing circle & goodbyes
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.”
ABOUT HEARTSTONE LODGE & SOUTH RIVER HIGHLANDS
The retreat and nature preserve is located above the confluence of the Maury and South Rivers on 250 acres of forests, meadows and hayfields. From our hilltops you will have a 360 degree, seven county view of the Alleghenies, the Blue Ridge and the interesting cone shaped mountains of Buena Vista. The view stretches on forever.
Authentic, rustic log cabins from the Shenandoah Valley date from 1775 to early 1900’s. The fireplaces are of stone or hand made bricks. Each cabin has an array of porches, decks, loft hideaways, queen sized beds, modern kitchens and baths. All have heat and air conditioning. Each cabin is wonderfully unique.
Deer, wild turkey, over 100 species of birds and much other wildlife inhabits this nature preserve. The natural world is just outside your window. Hike on the network of internal trails or stroll along the Maury River’s Chessie Trail on the old canal path to Lexington, history, art, restaurants and shopping.
Our mission is to encourage you to experience a slower, quieter, more connected time with nature, away from the hectic pace of the modern day world.
View a map of the location. If you are traveling by plane, the easiest route is to fly into the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, which is a 45 minute drive from the retreat. Other options for getting to Heartstone Lodge:
- Fly into the Albemarle Regional Airport in Charlottesville, Va., which is 1 hour and 20 minutes drive from Heartstone Lodge.
- Fly into the Richmond International Airport, which is 2 hours and 20 minutes drive from Heartstone Lodge.
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!
Pricing & Accommodations
Ticket price: $549 (plus accommodations)
The $549 retreat ticket price includes all meals, classes, workshops, and on-site activities.
You’ll book your accommodations separately with South River Highlands.
- This retreat is sold out!!
This retreat is sold out!
Balance is due in full upon registration. Please carefully read the cancellation policy below before registering.
- Before April 15: If you need to cancel for any reason, we will refund the amount paid minus a $50 administrative fee.
- April 15-May 15: 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 May 15: No refunds or transfers
ONE FINAL NOTE
Body Positive Yoga Summer CampIf you’ve never been to a yoga retreat, it might seem intimidating, but I’m working extra hard to make sure this retreat is a safe, judgment-free, fun space for everyone! All bodies will be celebrated and acommodated, and you’ll be sharing space with other likeminded folks who are interested in self-acceptance, self care, yoga, nature, and body positivity.
If you’re at all concerned that this retreat might not be right for you, or if you need special accommodations, don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.
This retreat is a chance for you to get away from it all, connect with your best self, and celebrate your unique body and soul with an intimate group of fellow body-positive allies. Meet your new BFFs this summer in the Virginia mountains!
Don’t miss out, I can’t wait to see you there!
“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.”