HEALING YOGA RETREAT
In the North Georgia Mountains
Join us at the scenic Mountain Laurel Farm for a healing weekend retreat in the North Georgia Mountains. Release emotional and physical tensions and reconnect with your inner peace with a Master Yogi and her Ananda Shakti Five-Body-Healing Program.
This retreat is for all levels and contains various styles of yoga. Raja, or “Royal” Yoga, is used to create awareness of one’s state of mind, calming and bringing thoughts to a point of focus. This is coupled by Pranayama techniques which allow for control of one’s breath, to deepen relaxation and build a sense of flow in the yoga practice. Ananda Shakti is a form of self-exploratory yoga designed to help release mental blocks and help you find your full potential by giving guided Samyamas, or meditations.
Please bring comfortable clothes and your own yoga mat.
Special Offer! Receive a discount when sharing a room.
Perfect way to bond with your partner, best friend, or family member.
3 day/2 night
Healthy All-Inclusive Meal Plan
Daily yoga and meditation sessions
Beautiful Mountain Farm retreat-perfect for relaxation
Nature walks, personal time to reflect, hike, journal and meditate
Enjoy s'mores around the camp fire nightly
Minimum of 6 participants will be required for the class to make, max 18
Retreat prices starts at $640+
Isabelle Barger (Swamini Ma Shakti Devi) is the leader of the the Purna Yoga Ashram in Salt Lake City, Utah. For 11 years she has adopted the yoga lifestyle as a professional instructor, a yogatherapy teacher, and as a yoga teacher trainer in the U.S. and Turkey. She is the founder of the Intergrated School of Yoga and the classification Ananda Shakti Yoga.
Day 1 - Friday
3-6:00 PM Arrivals & Check in
6-7:00 PM Introduction
Refreshments: Grapes and Cheese Skewers; Tangerine Spritzer
Introduction to the Area
Information about schedule
7:30 PM Dinner
Menu: Lentil and Bulgur “Meatball” with Marinara Sauce and Salad
8:30 PM Optional Tours of Property and Historic Barn
Day 2 - Saturday
7:00 AM Coffee, fruit and light pastries available
8:00 AM Raja Yoga/
9:00 AM Breakfast
Menu: Steel Cut Oat Bar with Fresh Berries, Baked Apples, Nuts and Seeds, with Yogurt
11:00 AM Ananda Shakti Yoga
1:00 PM Lunch/Free time, Optional Thai Massage
Menu: Warming Organic Cashew Carrot Soup and Fresh Balsamic Salad; Selection of Infused Waters
4:00 PM Ananda Shakti Yoga
6:00 PM Break for the Evening
7:00 PM Dinner
Menu: Mediterranean Spread with Hummus, Roasted Chickpeas, Naan Pieces, and Crudités
8:30 PM Campfire and S'mores
Day 3 - Sunday
7:00 AM Coffee, fruit and light pastries available
8:00 AM Raja Yoga/
9:00 AM Breakfast
Menu: Egg, Pepper, Tomato, Spinach, and Cheddar Frittata with Roasted Potatoes
11:00 AM Ananda Shakti Yoga
1:00 PM Closing Remarks and Checkout
Mountain Laurel Farm is nestled on 21 acres
in a picturesque country setting, offering a
historic colonial Farmhouse circa 1914 with 4 themed bedrooms & 2 shared baths,
the 1940's Cottage is the former Caretaker House which also has 4 themed bedrooms and 2 shared baths with a few rooms having 2 beds. The property also features an authentic 1880's barn now event facility.
All have a spectacular mountain and valley views. The garden is set just beyond the
bubbling Turner creek accessed by a pedestrian bridge. Farm to table meals and communal fire ring, all of which overlook the Chattahoochee National Forest for a relaxed time surround by nature.
Spring-fed filtered water (Please bring your own bottle)
All yoga and activities
Linens, towels, and toiletries (shampoo/soap, hair dryer) are provided in each bathroom.
Tour of the historic farm
What's not included
Airport transfers are not included
Transport to and from the Venue are not provided
Yoga mats, blocks
What to bring
Yoga mats, props such blocks as needed
Smartphone or digital camera
Layers of clothing for weather changes
Comfortable walking shoes
Plug adaptors / converters
Natural Bug Repellant/Sunscreen
Journal or Art Supplies
Our retreats include all meals and snacks. We can accommodate diet preferences including: vegetarian and gluten-free.
The following meals are included:
The following drinks are included:
The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
If you have special dietary requirements please let us know in advance.
Things to do (optional)
Helen, Cleveland and Sautee Nachoochee
Guests at the retreat will have free time on Saturday to visit the nearby area, or may choose to stay on the farm and enjoy hiking the property or simply relaxing and taking in the quiet beauty.
A few local wineries and tasting rooms that are within easy distance of Mountain Laurel Farm
Hiking & Waterfalls
There are hundreds of hiking trails and dozens of waterfalls in the North Georgia mountains. Here are a few of our favorites that are easy to reach from Mountain Laurel Farm (approximate 3 miles).
Dukes Creek Falls – Just off the Richard Russell Scenic Highway through the mountains is a parking area for this trail. An approximately 1 mile trail from the parking area winds through hemlock and rhododendron to an observation deck where you can see the lower falls.
Raven Cliff Falls – Also just off the Richard Russell Scenic Highway is the parking area for Raven Cliffs Falls where an approximately 2.5 mile trail leads to the falls. While the trail does cross several small creeks and switches left then right and undulates up and down, the scenery along the way and the waterfalls are some of the most beautiful in Georgia.
Visit Nearby Helen, GA
For more area information see http://www.helenga.org.
The Alpine town of Helen takes its inspiration from the villages of Germany, complete with the building style of downtown shops and restaurants. But it’s also in the heart of Northeast Georgia, offering travelers outdoor sports like tubing and hiking, along with wine tasting at the many vineyards nearby. The area has both Native American history and an arts community in nearby Sautee Nacoochee.
During the warmer months, typically May to September, spend the day floating down the river with outfitters like Helen Tubing & Waterpark and Cool River Tubing, which drop you off and pick you up. They also offer changing rooms, showers, picnic areas and parking.
Mind Escapes is a themed escape room with masterful games for all ages. One room features Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, while another is about a mysterious cabin in the woods.
Zipline is another popular activity, which you can experience with Nacoochee Adventures and American Adventure Park at Unicoi State Park. Multiple courses wind through the surrounding forest.
Babyland General Hospital
In nearby Cleveland, native Xavier Roberts founded the Cabbage Patch Dolls brand. Today, visitors can see where they are “born” at the Babyland General Hospital, equal parts museum and store. Admission is free and celebrity photos cover the walls.
Free Spring-fed filtered water
Taxi or Uber/Lyft Available
How to Get Here
We are located directly on GA 75 Alternate
Mountain Laurel Farm
91 Heartland Drive
Cleveland GA, 30528
Upon arrival, you will be greeted and shown to either the Farmhouse or the Cottage, so that you may unload and park.
If I'm not experienced in Yoga, is this retreat right for me?
Mountain Laurel Farm Yoga Retreats are for all levels of yogis. One of the reasons we like to keep the number of guests so small is to better personalize the classes and yoga attention placed on each person and taught at all levels. After seeing where each guest is in their yoga practice and level, the classes can be given on what best suits the group. Plus, there is a range of styles and levels taught. The most "advanced" yogi are those who are honest and true with where they are physically and mentally - which can mean holding back and taking it easy when you need rather than over pushing yourself to twist into that advanced pose.
Is this a religious retreat?
We are in no way a religious organization. Some retreats may have a spiritual emphasis but not religious. It can be about finding something, letting something go, gaining balance in life, and enjoying many aspects of the holiday - from the cuisine, scenic walks on the beautiful mountain farm scenery, and new friends!
Can I bring a friend/partner who doesn't want to participate in the yoga classes?
Absolutely! Non-participants are always welcome. All classes are voluntary and there is always plenty of activities (or total relaxation) that can be enjoyed in place of one of the yoga classes.
Is attendance required?
Again, all classes (and activities) are completely voluntary. I always say to guests that the retreat is for whatever you need. So if you need to take it easy one morning, then by all means, do what you need physically and mentally.
What if I'm a single traveller?
Many of our guests come alone. Most tend to relax in the common areas (salons, terraces, pool, etc) when we're not in class or having meals. It's up to you if you prefer to socialize, but it's not required if signing up alone.
How do I sign up for the retreat?
Sign up by using clicking on one of the "Register Now" button under the ROOMS section above. We have options in the Farmhouse and Cottage. Once you select your desired room, it will be added to your shopping cart, and when you're ready to check out, click to your shopping cart in the upper right hand corner. You will then fill out an information form and payment? We then will send you an official confirmation and welcome email with a disclosure and emergency contact form to fill out and sign, as well as any pertinent travel information you may need.
Cancellation Policy & Terms and Conditions
Please note that because Mountain Laurel Farm Yoga Retreats are limited to a small number of attendees, to allow for a more personable, intimate experience, our cancellation policy is in place to help guests and us alike work together sharing expenses that may arise from unexpected cancellations.
Cancellation requests but be received by email and submitted within 7 days of the retreat date, 50% of total amount will be refunded.
Sorry, No Refund requests after 7 days, no exceptions.
The class must have at least 6 participates for the class to make. We reserve the right to cancel retreats with inadequate participant interest, in which case all money paid to Mountain Laurel Farm will be refunded. Notification of cancellation will occur at least 7 days prior to retreat start date. Mountain Laurel Farm cannot be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or retreat cancellations.
No one books a retreat with the intention of cancelling it, but unexpected events do occur, so please consider purchasing travel insurance (see below) and that it is your responsibility to read and understand our cancellation policies. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds or credits for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat, or for arriving late or leaving early. We recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. We encourage you to purchase trip cancellation insurance in order that your trip fees will be covered should you or your family have a medical problem prior to your trip or while on the trip. Trip insurance should also be purchased to cover medical expenses in the event you have an accident while on the retreat. Most travel insurance must be purchased within 14 days of making your reservation. We reserve the right to cancel retreats with inadequate participant interest, in which case all money paid to Mountain Laurel Farm will be refunded. Notification of cancellation will occur at least 7 days prior to retreat start date. Mountain Laurel Farm cannot be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or retreat cancellations.
Mountain Laurel Farm and all persons involved in the retreat (herein after referred to as "AGENTS") act only in capacity as AGENTS for the participant in all matters connected with travel, sight-seeing journeys and transportation, and as AGENTS hold themselves free of responsibility for any damage occasioned by any cause. AGENTS will not be responsible for any damages or expenses or inconveniences caused by late departures or change of schedule, strikes or to their conditions, nor will be responsible for loss or damage to baggage or any of the participant's belongings. All prices quoted are correct at time of printing, include the cost of operation of the journeys, and are subject to currency changes. AGENTS shall not be responsible for personal injury, death, accident, delay, loss, damage, irregularity or property damage as a result of force majeure or for any other losses or damages incurred by any person or journey participants caused by any delay or change of itinerary or arising out of any act, including, but not limited to, any act of negligence, any person acting for or on behalf of AGENTS for transportation, accommodation or sight-seeing provider or any other person or entity rendering any of these services or accommodations being offered in connection with this journey. This agreement supersedes all previous oral or written communications, representations, or agreements between the parties. Participants assume the risk involved when participating in yoga, foreign travel, and any and all activities and/or pursuits voluntarily undertaken while participating in the retreat. Participants agree that any and all disputes between Participants and Mountain Laurel Farm shall be governed by Georgia law. Participants agree to mediate any and all disputes prior to the institution of any litigation. In the event of any litigation between the Parties to this agreement involving their respective rights or obligations, such litigation shall take place in White County, Georgia and the prevailing party shall be entitled to recovery of reasonable attorney's fees and court costs of litigation. In regard to the stay during the yoga retreat, AGENTS will provide safe, careful instruction and safe premises, but ask that each participant to take personal responsibility for their own self-care and (in the unlikely case) for any injuries incurred during retreat. Modifications are given to students with specific needs. If participants are unsure of their physical ability due to previous injuries, they should seek the advise of a healthcare practitioner beforehand.