The Whole Mama Yoga Retreat

Sept 6-7 | Rock Quarry Farms, Chapel Hill

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.

Motherhood is the best of times, the worst of times. It is marked by much foolishness, by much wisdom. New mamas and parents vacillate between doubt and faith in their choices and decisions. There is so much light, so much hope, and moments of darkness and despair, even when things are going the smoothest.

Join Alexandra and Lauren of Whole Mama Yoga for a retreat experience that is honest, nourishing, heart-opening, community-oriented, and spirit reviving.

In our time together, we’ll do mellow, restorative yoga and more moderately-paced yoga—all geared toward postpartum parents and mamas. We’ll eat great food, meditate on the ambivalence that parenthood and motherhood bring up, discuss tools for anxiety, and sit in community. We’ll write, journal, share, and get perspective on the most crucial job we do: parent.

Most importantly, we’ll focus on juicy, nurturing self-care—deep, restful yoga, sleep, gentle movement, self-kindness, and sweet surprises.

Our retreats always feature at least one scholarship space for a parent or mama to attend for free. If you’d like to know about this option, join our mailing list below!


Retreat Options 

We want to accommodate as many possibilities for this retreat as we can, so there are lots of options for joining us. If you have any questions, email us at wholemamayoga@gmail.com. There's lots of flexibility! On Friday, we'll connect, practice a grounding and restorative yoga practice, and then socialize over snacks and wine. For participants who spend the night, we'll offer a light and nourishing breakfast from 7:45 - 8:45 on Saturday morning. And then everyone will come together on Saturday from 9:00-5:00 for yoga, a tasty and nutritious lunch, connection and journaling time, and surprises!

Saturday only option, no accommodations, $180: If a one-day retreat meets your needs, join us on Saturday 9:00-5:00 for yoga, a tasty and nutritious lunch, connection and journaling time, and surprises! (10 available) 

Friday and Saturday, no accommodations, $220: If you live close by, join us Friday evening from 6:00-9:00 and return on Saturday! On Friday, we'll connect, practice a grounding and restorative yoga practice, and then socialize over snacks and wine. Return on Saturday from 9:00-5:00 for yoga, a tasty and nutritious lunch, connection and journaling time, and surprises! (10 available) 

Friday and Saturday, single room, twin bed, $260: If you'd like some solitude and a chance to sleep in, choose this option! You'll be with us both days and enjoy breakfast on the Farm, too. (1 available) 

Friday and Saturday, shared room, double beds, $285: Share a room, make new friends! Or, sign up with a friend and split this room. The room contains two beds. It could be shared by 2 or 4. If you would like to share a bed with a friend, one participant should purchase this type of ticket and one participant should purchase a "no accommodation" ticket for both days. If you'd like to share this room with a friend (and have your own bed) you should each sign up for this option. You'll be with us both days and enjoy breakfast on the Farm, too. (2 available) 

Friday and Saturday, single room, double bed, $300: If you'd like some solitude and a chance to sleep in, choose this option! Or, if you have a close friend you're happy to share with, share the bed! (If you choose to share, one participant should purchase this type of ticket and one participant should purchase a "no accommodation" ticket for both days.) You'll be with us both days and enjoy breakfast on the Farm, too. (1 available) 

Friday and Saturday, private cabin, queen bed, $350: If you'd like some solitude and a chance to sleep in, choose this option! Or, if you have a close friend or friends you're happy to share with, share the bed, bring an air mattress, and have a party! (If you choose to share, one participant should purchase this type of ticket and any other participants should purchase a "no accommodation" ticket for both days. This could reasonably accommodate 3-4 people.) You'll be with us both days and enjoy breakfast on the Farm, too. (1 available) 

Friday and Saturday, camping, $240: Join us for the full weekend from the comfort of your own cozy tent. Bring a tent and accoutremonts and find a comfy space on the property. You'll wake up to birdsong and nature! A full shower and bathroom are available for use. You'll be with us both days and enjoy breakfast on the Farm, too. (10 available) 

Please feel free to reach out to us at wholemamayoga@gmail.com with any questions, thoughts, or dietary concerns. We look forward to hearing from you, and to seeing you!!!


The retreat gave me a chance to disconnect from household duties and email/phone for a night and reconnect with my values and all that I cherish about parenthood. While I can find time for some self-care, it’s never in a big chunk like a retreat. And Lauren and Alexandra are really special women that thoughtfully planned so many wonderful opportunities for us. They’re filling such a need for support for moms of all ages.
— Kate Sayre
The Whole Mama Yoga retreat was the first night I spent away from my baby that was just for me. I loved having quality time with the friends I’d made in prenatal yoga and connecting with new people who got me immediately. The yoga was sweet and the venue couldn’t have been lovelier.
— Anna Jefferson
 
 
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Retreat Fall 2018

Our October 2018 retreat was held at Rock Quarry Farms in Chapel Hill. We had cool, blustery weather, great food and conversation, and sweet yoga practices. Special guests included essential oil experts and massage and reflexology therapists. There was much relaxation, laughter, and hot tea. Chapel Hill Magazine sweetly featured our retreat on their cover in the December 2018 issue!

It was so lovely to spend a weekend with other women experiencing motherhood, pampering our souls!
— Margaret Sheridan

WHy come to a Motherhood Retreat?

Moms and parents need space and time to process and reflect on the experience of motherhood and parenthood. Our retreats are for parents of kids of all ages— babies to teens. We think hard about our retreats. We make sure they are affordable, inclusive, and offer a variety of possibilities for participation (such as one day options and overnight options).

The best gift I could have given myself. I left feeling grounded, rested, and connected. Can’t wait for the next one.
— Jill Willett
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Renewal and Indulgence

Yes, this huge tray of desserts WAS at our last yoga retreat. At the heart of being a mom, parent, and a yoga practitioner is finding balance. Our retreats offer balance: yoga and indulgence, community time and personal space, effort and rest. We want you to leave feeling refreshed and pampered.

The ability to connect so quickly with women I didn’t know previously was really lovely. We all have the shared experience of motherhood and reflecting on it and supporting one another was just a beautiful thing. We were able to say “yes, I completely get that!” and to share things that made us laugh and cry. At the end, we all asked when the next one would be and how we can sign up!
— Kate Sayre