Designed by men and for men, this retreat will help you tap into the power of yoga and develop balance, strength, + mindfulness in your practice! Learn how to incorporate yoga into your daily life in a way that best meets your needs and goals. This retreat will also be a great opportunity to discover how to introduce play and fun into your practice. Workshops and classes will each be led by one of the amazing instructors from Waynesville Yoga Center and accessible for all ages and ability ranges, as there will be challenges and modifications offered. Retreat lodging and meal packages include accommodations at historic Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska and meals from dinner on the first night through breakfast on the last morning.
Friday, March 18
6:30-8:30: Opening Circle + Juice and Jams class
led by Jake Gilmore
The retreat will open with a brief history of yoga, the story of its origin and how it relates to man. We will discuss the power of intention and goal setting as we set the tone of practicing with presence over the course of the retreat. The opening circle will segway into light play with a flow to some fun jams.
Jake Gilmore was born in Springfield, Missouri. Growing up in a small town, like many other folks he felt the pulling notion of “more.” Feeling the pull of wanting more knowledge and information, he enrolled in college at Drury University and majored in English and Writing, with a minor of Psychology in the study of archetypal symbolism. During his studies, he took a Yoga and stress course elective and his life changed direction, as he found asylum in the practice of Yoga, an introduction of Body, Mind and Soul practice. He completed his 250 hour Yoga certification with eagerness to teach, to share his passion of Body, Mind and Soul
Jake values the practice of Yoga more than just the physical poses. It is the promotion of self reflection and awareness of self and others, the pathways and thoughts we all have that help or hurt ourselves in our daily being. He uses his love of making music and music in general to enrich the Yoga experience, as he knows the power of sound and intent.
Saturday, March 19
9 – 12pm: Bringing Grit + Grace to Your Mat: how balance and strength lead to a better practice
led by Jed Lambert
As BKS Iyengar states, “Balance in the body is the foundation for balance in life.” The lessons we learn on the yoga mat can be translated to life’s wisdoms. Join Jed for a workshop and yoga class that emphasizes finding inner strength and learn the balance between effort and ease.
Jed will guide the class through a yoga sequence that invites greater awareness to these principles and ultimately Grace for oneself and others.
Jed Lambert is a dentist, alpaca farmer and yogi. Jed started practicing yoga over 10 years ago as a way to increase his flexibility and help prevent injury. He completed his 200 hour teacher training last December with Waynesville Yoga. Jed's classes focus on building strength and balance while allowing the students to determine their level of effort and ease. Each class is approachable for everyone with an open mind and desire to grow.
Jed is a full time dentist in his spare time. He and his wife, Elizabeth, operate Smoky Mountain Dentistry in Waynesville, North Carolina. They also have a small farm where they raise Alpacas.
1:30 – 4:30: Matters of Mindfulness: how to bring more mindfulness to your mat + life
with Jake Gilmore
Join Jake for a workshop that will unpack what it means to practice mindfully during yoga. You will learn about various kinds of meditation, specifically the step-by-step process of Mindful meditation yoga. You will also learn about grounding techniques and the positive side effects of mindfulness before moving what you’ve learned into a Mindful Slow Flow practice.
7 – 8:30: Drum Circle
Join together in rhythm and movement during this evening drum circle session, which focuses on the importance of intention without words. You will be taught the basics of the drum and be led through a beat progression. There will also be free play to experiment with what you’ve learned. Drums will be supplied but please bring your own if you’d like!
Sunday, March 20
9 – 12pm: A Matter of Balance
led by Michael Edwards
This workshop + class will focus on simple arm balances with a chance to experience the feeling of freedom and accomplishment as we take flight in a safe and supported manner. Michael Edwards will lead a discussion on the benefits of balance poses in general, and arm balances specifically. The workshop will be followed by a power flow with opportunities to integrate arm balances. There will be suggested modifications that offer a milder challenge.
12 – 12:45: Closing Circle
led by Michael Edwards
Join your instructors as you reflect on your retreat experience. You will be led through short movements to conclude your weekend with gratitude. You will also revisit the goals you set at the beginning of the retreat and leave with a stronger idea of the road forward.
Michael Edwards was born and raised in Asheville, N.C., and has a deep love for our beautiful mountains. Michael discovered yoga in 1995 and developed an immediate affinity with it. He got his first teaching certification in 1997 with a Kripalu style teacher. Extended holds and detailed attention to alignment. His last two certifications were in 2011 and 2014 at the Asheville Yoga Center which added an element of lightness and fun. He would like to honor all of his teachers by teaching yoga as a way of life rather than as a form of exercise. His yoga philosophy is “Every yoga pose, and by extension every second of our lives, deserves our full attention, our full awareness, and our full effort. I do yoga to remind myself to live life like that.”
The full package price with lodging at Lambuth Inn, meals and all retreat workshops and sessions is $714. A program-only option is available for $395. An early-bird discount of $40 is available if paid in full 60 days prior.