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Out-of-the-Box Adventure Yoga Retreat 

Sunday, July 18, 2021-Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Register Now! Call 800-222-4930 or download the Registration Form (PDF).

Choose your perfect yoga adventure partner and come join us in the Western North Carolina mountains for an amazing summer retreat. Escape the heat and the hustle and bustle for a much needed rejuvenation for your mind, body and spirit. This retreat, offered in partnership with Waynesville Yoga Center, is designed to bring out your inner explorer as you experience the freedom and joy of linking yoga and adventure for you and a friend. Free your inner wild child and take part in outstanding workshops and classes held over three fun-filled days with your ride or die bestie! You do not want to miss this! 

Scenic Lake Junaluska in the mountains of Western North Carolina is just a short drive from Asheville. Our peaceful lakeside village offers stunning lake and mountain views, comfortable accommodations, and convenient amenities such as our lakeside Walking Trailgardens and kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard rentals.  

The Out-of-the-Box Adventure Yoga Retreat  is $795 per person (and only $775 if booked at the early bird rate 60 days in advance!), and includes three nights of lodging at Lambuth Inn (single or double occupancy), eight meals from dinner Sunday through breakfast Wednesday, and all retreat workshops, sessions and activites. Check out the retreat workshops and schedule, and Lake Junaluska's other upcoming yoga retreats!  

Retreat Workshops

Waterrock Knob photo by Brindley Faile Visit NC Smokies

Opening Circle and Sunset Yoga

At Waterrock Knob

Join us for an opening circle at Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway followed by a sunset yoga class with Tara Scarborough. Tara will lead us through an opening and intention setting circle followed by a heart opening sunset yoga class at Waterrock Knob surrounded by 360 degree stunning mountain views. This is the perfect setting to kick off this amazing yoga adventure retreat for you and your retreat partner! 

What You Need: Yoga mat, warm layers just in case, and any props you like to use

Note: Transportation is not provided so you will need to plan to meet at Waterrock Knob and bring your own vehicle or arrange to carpool with other retreat attendees.

Photo Credit: Brindley Faile/Visit NC Smokies

Tara Scarborough with Waynesville Yoga

Tara Scarborough (RYT-200) 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 pediatric ICU, and now in pre and post operative care.

Yoga and the Nervous System

In the Lakeside Pool

This session with Natalie Lembeck will begin with a workshop on the nervous system and how slow, fluid rolling movements in and out of the pool can help keep the mind, body and spirit soothed and calm. The resistance of the water in the pool can help with muscular engagement while the buoyancy of the water can give the joints and body a break from gravity. Fluid movements in the water can help wash away worries, cares and fears, allowing the body to feel free and light in the support of the water.

Class: Yoga in the Pool: Balance, Strength, and Ease

What You Need: Bathing suit or sports bra and biker/yoga shorts (whatever makes you feel comfortable), towel to dry off after, and a cover up or change of clothes

Natalie Lembeck with Waynesville Yoga

Natalie Lembeck responded to her call to yoga over four years ago and finds that the practice of yoga is transformational. Within the first month of practicing yoga asana, she knew she had found something special and was immediately inspired to bring her knowledge to others. She’s a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor and thrilled to be sharing her passion of yoga with the Waynesville community. Her teaching style ranges from faster-paced, alignment-focused Ashtanga and vinyasa classes to more mellow, fascia-focused yin classes.

Beyond the yoga asana, Natalie incorporates mindfulness and breathing techniques into her classes and makes use of essential oils, incense, and some reiki to promote a soothing, welcoming environment.

Partner Yoga

This fun and playful workshop and partner yoga class by Jay MacDonald will illustrate the joys of working with a partner for added weight and support (literally and figuratively) in a variety of poses accessible to all levels. There is something unique and special about connecting with the energy and body of a friend/partner that brings a sense of feeling grounded and stable to our yoga practice as we practice to improve balance and strength. Bring your sense of adventure and humor with your yoga mat!

What You Need: Yoga mat and any props you like to use normally

Jay MacDonald

Jay MacDonald is the owner of Waynesville Yoga Center, a Yoga Alliance 500-ERYT (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.

Sunset over Lake Junaluska

Funktastic Jams Flow

During this class, Jake Gilmore will lead the group in an upbeat flow yoga class paired with some funky tunes. This class will have you moving and grooving into sunset.

What You Need: Yoga mat, blanket and bolster

Jake Gilmore 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. It is to be present in the practice and not meddling in the past or future thinking, just the moment. 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. Exercising a 10 year relationship with Yoga, he is always ready to share Yoga with anyone willing to practice… to share pathway ideas of life longevity, self love, acceptance, Body, Mind and Soul awareness.

Gaia Arise Farms photo by Lisa Michael

Movement and Craft

At Gaia Arise Farms

In this movement and craft workshop with Amber Kleid at the beautiful Gaia Arise Farms, our focus will be on adventure! Our time together will include an asana practice focused on intention and manifestation, then we’ll get artsy creating a vision board specific to an adventure you’d like to have! Be ready to love on some goats, donkeys, pigs, and other cute critters too. So, will you be skydiving, trekking across the desert on a camel, or flying over the Grand Canyon in a hot air balloon? The sky is the limit - literally! 

What You Need: Water, a journal, a mat, blocks ( if you have them), a pair of scissors, a magazine to share, and any artsy things you would like to add to your vision board or share with your peers! 

Photo Credit: Gaia Arise Farms photo by Lisa Michael

Amber Kleid with Waynesville Yoga

Amber Kleid (RYT - 500) is a yoga teacher that loves getting yummy with her poses and using her sense of humor to make you feel at ease and welcome. Her style of teaching allows students to find their own expression in each pose. Amber has been practicing yoga postures since the mid 90’s; but her journey didn’t really connect until a few years ago when she was met with some hefty health challenges. Gradually, while practicing mindfulness and patience, her health improved and she took her first teacher training in hopes that sharing her story would help others overcome obstacles.

Thai Massage

Thai yoga massage combines stretching, massage techniques, acupressure, and assisted yoga poses to release tension and balance body mind and spirit. In this workshop led by Lynda Saffell you will get in touch with its many benefits. We will practice movements and exercises for individualized self care and learn how to assist a friend or partner with some of these techniques.

Class: Thai Yoga with a Friend

The workshop will be followed by a class where partners will be guided through a series of Thai yoga massage techniques for a truly transformative experience. 

What You Need: Yoga mat, blanket, bolster and/or block

Lynda Saffell with Waynesville Yoga

Lynda Saffell followed her dream to serve others in a healing capacity. She attended Bhakti Academe for Intuitive Massage and graduated in August 2004. She gained her pain management experience working two years in a chiropractic clinic specializing in neck and back injuries. Lynda has elevated massage to an art with her fine-tuned skill of “listening” to your body and the body’s energy. She practices a combination of relaxation massage, deep tissue therapeutic techniques, and healing energies to release tension and emotional stress and bring your body into balance. Each massage is a wonderful experience, custom designed to your needs in the moment, and includes hot stones and aromatherapy.

Candlelight Gentle Yoga & Meditation/Closing Circle  

This Gentle Yoga class with Jay MacDonald is a slow-paced, soft and nurturing practice supported by props. Set under soft, candle lighting, this class will be the perfect way to relax and restore at the end of the retreat. Following the class, Jay will lead a centering meditation and closing circle.

Retreat Schedule

Sunday, July 18, 2021

♦ 4:00 p.m. Check-in
♦ 5:30 p.m. Dinner
♦ 6:45 p.m. Opening Circle with Tara Scarborough at Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway
♦ 7:30 p.m. Sunset Yoga Class with Tara Scarborough at Waterrock Knob

Monday, July 19, 2021 

♦ 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
♦ 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Yoga and the Nervous System Workshop & Class in the pool with Natalie Lembeck
♦ 12:00 p.m. Lunch
♦ 1:30-4:30 p.m. Partner Yoga Workshop & Class with Jay MacDonald
♦ 5:00 p.m. Dinner
♦ 7:00-8:00 p.m. Funktastic Jams Flow Class with Jake Gilmore

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

♦ 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
♦ Morning - Yoga Movement & Craft Workshop with Amber Kleid at Gaia Arise Farms
♦ 12:00 p.m. Lunch
♦ 1:30-4:30 p.m. Partner Thai Massage Workshop & Class with Lynda Saffell
♦ 5:00 p.m. Dinner
♦ Evening - Candlelight Gentle Yoga Class, Meditation and Closing Circle with Jay MacDonald

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

♦ 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
♦ 11 a.m. Checkout

If you have questions regarding the program or are a local resident interested in a program-only option, please contact Tammy McDowell, assistant director of programming, at or 828-454-6681. Also, check out our other Yoga Retreats at Lake Junaluska!

Register Now!
Call 800-222-4930 or download the Registration Form (PDF).