winter wonderland eco-adventure retreat

february 25-28, 2021 - deep creek lake (mchenry, md)

This socially-distanced destination retreat will provide yogis with a safe opportunity for travel, yoga, fellowship with like-minded people and LOTS OF FUN! 

 

Breathe in the fresh, crisp air from the mountainous region of western Maryland and treat your eyes to the beautiful views of the forest surrounding Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland. 

 

Give yourself a respite from the hustle and bustle of every day life - rest your mind, move your body, explore the wonders of nature, savor delicious food, relax by roaring campfires and drift off to sleep in your cozy cabin under the stars.  All of this and more will be yours during our Winter Wonderland Eco-Adventure Retreat!

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This amazing collection of tiny houses will be our home base!

Blue Moon Rising is a small village of tiny houses located at Deep Creek Lake and it will serve as the centerpiece of our retreat experience!  This little neighborhood began in 2008 with sustainable and eco-friendly construction techniques and building practices.

Tucked away into the forest, these cabins were constructed using reclaimed or earth-friendly materials and each one has a unique design - no two are the same!

In light of COVID, we believe this village is the PERFECT housing option: we'll be safe and sound in our own personal cabins while still being together!

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The western-Maryland mountains are the perfect setting for lots of outdoor Winter Wonderland fun!

Yogis will arrive at the village on Thursday, with check-in being anytime after 4pm.  Although, we've made accommodations for our yogis to be able to arrive a little earlier, if you'd like!  A terrific local eatery, Moonshadow, will provide our welcome dinner and we'll all gather around a big campfire before turning in for a good night's rest.

Friday will begin with a yoga class and then a delicious breakfast at the village. Then, we'll set out to explore Swallow Falls State Park by snowshoe (or hit the trails for some hiking, depending on Mother Nature!) with a local guide to show us all of the best hidden spots!  Warm up with a hearty lunch, then it's back to the village for our evening yoga class, dinner and a beautiful night beside the toasty warm campfire.

On Saturday, we'll kick off the day with another yoga class and yummy breakfast.  Then, you'll have a choice between skiing/snowboarding/snow-tubing at nearby Wisp Resort OR you can join us for a mosaic tile mandala-making class with a local pottery studio!  Lunch will be on-your-own (but we're happy to provide recommendations!) since our yogis will be in multiple places, but we'll gather back at the village for evening yoga.  Dinner will be in a beautiful igloo under the stars at a local brewpub, Mountain State Brewing Co., before ending our last night together beside the fire.

We'll have our final yoga class on Sunday morning, as our retreat draws to a close.  After a yummy brunch provided by Moonshadow, we'll check out and either head home or head out on one last final hike on the local trails.

*COVID:  While we are not implementing a strict quarantine for attendees prior to the retreat, we do ask that you plan to make wise decisions during the 14-day period preceding the retreat: minimize your exposure to others, limit in-person socialization with people outside of your immediate household, avoid "close contact" with others whenever possible, etc.  These steps will safeguard your health and provide a measure of safety for other retreat-goers.

Please note that all of our plans are subject to change, depending on COVID-related restrictions and circumstances.  But rest assured that we'll make any changes that are necessary to keep you safe and ensure that you have a GREAT time!

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ACCOMMODATIONS:

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Each tiny cabin will have everything you need to feel safe and comfortable during your stay:

  • complementary Wi-Fi
  • fully controllable electric baseboard heat (you'll be toasty warm!)
  • full bathroom (one cabin even has a beautiful clawfoot tub!)
  • kitchenette (including mini-fridge, cooktop, sink, toaster oven, french press, dishes, utensils)
  • all linens (towels, sheets/bedding)
  • coffee/tea/cocoa station, bottled water, snack basket
  • hand soap and dish soap

Check out the cabins and pick your favorite!  Cabins are available on a first-come, first-served basis - so, if there's one that catches your eye, don't wait to reserve it!

Kaya:

Overlooking the community from the front porch, the afternoon sun warms Kaya’s unique combination of reclaimed metal and wood exterior. Nestled under a curved corrugated metal ceiling the interior layout is perfect for a couple looking to get away and relax. Kaya’s kitchen offers a perfect spot to look out into nature while preparing your food. Out back through the pines is quick access to hiking trails and close by is a community fire pit.

Kaya has one Queen bed on the main floor of the cabin.

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Moonshadow:  SOLD!

From the cul-de-sac on the top of the hill, a private cart path leads to MoonShadow. Cedar shakes contrast boldly with the black board and baton siding that surround the bay window. An antique half- door stands out, under the tin roof of the porch, overlooking an oak-hickory forest. Designed for two, MoonShadow has a queen size bed off the gathering area, and an expanded bathroom to accommodate for a claw foot bathtub. As with all the cabins, here at Blue Moon, care has been taken to use eco-friendly products, from our bamboo countertops to the hand crafted light fixtures.

Moonshadow has one Queen bed on the main floor of the cabin.

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Evergreen:  SOLD!

Tucked in the back of the resort under towering shady pines, Evergreen boasts cedar siding, a wrap around porch, Queen bed in the loft, and provides the closest access to our hiking trails covering 125 acres. As with all of our cabins, care was taken to use re-purposed, eco-friendly materials including an old schoolhouse bathroom door and walnut countertop.

Evergreen has one Queen bed in the loft.

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Morning Glory:

Morning Glory catches the first rays of sun from its wrap around porch bordering our conifer forest. The cedar shake exterior contrast sharply with the dark walnut flooring of the main room. A bump out for the kitchen and a queen size sleeping nook exaggerate the clever use of space, this combined with a vaulted ceiling add to the open feel of the layout. A second queen sleeping area is located above the bathroom. The back area features a communal fire pit.

Morning Glory has 1 Queen bed on the main floor and 1 Queen bed in the loft.

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Orion: SOLD!

Star motifs and stunning use of galvanized siding beg to be recognized among the modest motif of greens and browns provided by the forest. This is one of only three cabins at BMR catered to couples. The curvature of the siding finds its way into the main room via endless ornate decorative elements that flow into the queen sized sleeping nook.  Many relaxing afternoons can be spent on the front porch or inside the main room on a futon perfect for two.

Orion has 1 Queen bed on the main floor of the cabin.

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Skyeia: SOLD!

Nestled amongst the trees, enveloped by ferns you find Skyeia. Bold red trim stands out against the cedar shake and raw oak logs of the cabins exterior. The large front porch looks down over the hill where hiking trails reside, just above Gravelly Run a tributary to the lake.  One of the greatest finds for repurposed lumber was heart pine salvaged from the Andrew Carnegi locomotive shed; this pine has been put to use in several ways in Skeia. The ceilings and floors are constructed out of this beautiful lumber, as well as accents by the bunk beds.

Skyeia has 1 Queen loft bed and 2 Twin beds on the main floor.

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Walden:

Although we did not straighten old nails for the construction of Walden the interior hearkens back to a time when forest composition was different. Back to a time when, in the middle Atlantic, woods were filled with American chestnut. It has been utilized throughout from the queen sized sleeping area and island on the main floor to the railings surrounding the twin beds in the loft area. A sliding door to back porch and loft windows let in natural light showing off the old barn wood. Allow yourself to become immersed in the sights and sounds of the world around; all taken in from the back porch of Walden

Walden has 1 Queen bed on the main level and 2 Twin lofts.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • 3 nights/4 days lodging in your very own TINY HOUSE!
  • Every house is equipped with heat, full bathroom, kitchenette (french press for coffee, mini-fridge, cooktop), linens (towels, sheets), hand/dish soap.
  • Meals (Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast/lunch/dinner, Saturday breakfast/dinner, Sunday brunch)
  • 5 yoga classes (variety of styles)
  • Guided snowshoeing/hiking adventure at Swallow Falls State Park
  • Lift tickets for skiing/snowboarding at Wisp Resort OR tickets for snow-tubing at Wisp OR a tile mosaic mandala-making class (yogi's choice!)
  • Community campfires every evening.
  • Unlimited access to trails surrounding our resort.
  • Wi-Fi in every cabin.
  • Coffee/tea/cocoa, bottled water & snack station in every cabin.
  • Extra disposable masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray in every cabin.
  • Goodie bag of items from local merchants, hand warmers, lotion, tissues, etc.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Transportation from home to the retreat location on Thursday
  • Transportation from the retreat location back home on Sunday
  • Lunch on Saturday.
  • Equipment-rental fees, if you choose to ski/snowboard at Wisp
  • Clothing and personal toiletries
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • You're welcome to bring any snacks/drinks you'd like to have!

PRICING:

Single Occupancy:
  • $1,799 (payment plan: $250 deposit now plus 2 payments of $774.50 due 1/1/21 and 2/1/21)
  • $1,599 (discounted price if paid in full at time of booking)
Double Occupancy (group must book together):
  • $1,279 per person (payment plan for each individual: $250 deposit now plus 2 payments of $514.50 due 1/1/21 and 2/1/21)
  • $1,079 (discounted price if paid in full at time of booking)
Triple Occupancy (group must book together):
  • $999 per person (payment plan for each individual: $250 deposit now plus 2 payments of $374.50 due 1/1/21 and 2/1/21)
  • $849 (discounted price if paid in full at time of booking)

REFUND POLICY:

Due to concerns related to COVID, we are offering a generous refund policy for this trip!

If the resort is forced to close down or the entire trip is cancelled for any reason at any time, including COVID, full refunds of all amounts paid will be given at that time.

Cancellations >14 days prior to trip: full refund, less your deposit.

Cancellations 7-14 days prior to trip: 75% refund (unless we're able to fill your spot, then you would receive 100% refund!)

Cancellations 3-6 days prior to trip: 50% refund (unless we're able to fill your spot, then you would receive 100% refund!)

Cancellations less than 3 days prior to trip: no refund (unless we're able to fill your spot, then you would receive 100% refund!)

Space is limited - email Dana@YogaMandalaNJ.com to sign up!