Glow: A Wintertime Yoga Retreat

with Jen, Shauna and Devin

Give yourself the gift of time and space in a beautiful natural environment

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December 1-3, 2017

Held at the beautiful Kent Manor Inn, only a 1 hour drive from the DC area, this retreat will be warm with community, wholesome meals and time in nature.  Nurture yourself with an intimate setting, focused practice time and quiet reflection by the bay.

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The retreats includes : 4  yoga practices with different levels offered | Time for meditation in a group setting or solo | Charming room accommodations (Friday & Saturday nights) | Delicious, healthful meals (Friday dinner through Sunday Breakfast) | Access to beautiful grounds | Saturday evening outdoor circle | Open time for reflection, rest and connectionRetreats, Bethesda, Yoga, Affordable

Fees for the Retreat

Includes Room Accommodations and All Meals

Private Room
EARLY BIRD $725 thru Sept 15
$775 after Sept 15

Shared Room
EARLY BIRD
$575 thru Sept 15
$625 after Sept 15

Non Participating Partner (Includes Room and Food ONLY)
EARLY BIRD
$200 thru Sept 15
$225 after Sept 15

Weekend Schedule Retreats Bethesda


FRIDAY

4:30 – 6 pm | Welcome session | Yoga + Orientation

6:30 | Dinner

SATURDAY

7 – 7:30 am | Meditation

8 – 9 am | Breakfast

10:30 – 12 | Yoga Practice (different levels offered)

12:30 – 1:30 | Lunch

~ Free Time ~

3:30-4:30 | Restorative Yoga or Nature Walk

4:45 -5:45 | Meditation

6:30 – 7:30 | Dinner

8 – 9:30 | Campfire Circle (weather permitting)

SUNDAY

7 – 7:30 am | Meditation

7:30 – 8:30 | Breakfast

Checkout – All belongings out of rooms

10:00 – 11:30 | Yoga Practice (Different levels offered)

11:30 – 12 noon | Closing Circle

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Meet  Your  RetreatsGuides

Shauna Simon, owner of Simon Says Yoga

Shauna, founder of Simon Says Yoga, discovered Yoga at age 17 in a search for self discovery and an experience apart from the norm. She lived in a Yoga community (ashram) for over 20 years, traveling to India several times and truly integrating the practice of yoga into her everyday life. She brought up her children, now adults, from birth with Yoga and Meditation as a building block in order to face the challenges of life with the tools to live an insightful, mindful and peaceful life.

Shauna’s passion is building community and offering a yoga practice that is nurturing and uplifting. Her experience is diverse, with 20 years as a music teacher, and twice as many as an aspiring yogi, she loves to work with yogis of all ages, from little ones to seniors~

Finding a balance in life is Shauna’s focus, between the worldly and spiritual, seriousness and fun, strength and softness. She looks to Martin Luther King Jr. as an inspiration with his words: “We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.”

Simon Says Yoga, is family built and maintained; Shauna’s husband Stefan and son Zach built the beautiful wooden furniture and shelving and added special lighting for a peaceful atmosphere.  Zach also is the print marketing guru, creating beautiful schedule cards and workshop and event fliers from his home office in Austin.  And Shauna’s daughter, hand dyed the beautiful bolsters in the studio, and makes other beautiful hand dyed creations, some displayed in our boutique~

Jen Campbell Munn, Yoga teacher

Retreats, Bethesda, Yoga, AffordableJen Campbell Munn fell into yoga while pursuing a dancing career in NYC. Looking for another way to connect in with others (and her own heart), she began studying yoga in earnest in 1995. Since that time, she has studied many different styles including ashtanga, vinyasa and hatha. Jen spent 15 years as a full-time Pilates instructor as well, which informs her teaching to this day. Although she completed a yoga teacher training program in 1998, she didn’t begin teaching yoga until she completed her 200 hour training with Max Strom in 2010. Jen feels very privileged to be a yoga teacher–to provide others with a sacred space within which they can explore the depths of their being to find greater kindness and clarity for their busy lives. When not teaching yoga, you can find her hanging with her family, hubby Jeff, children Lucas, 4, Caelan, 14 and Taylor, 16, or perhaps, knitting.

Devin, Meditation Teacherdevin m pic

Devin is a practitioner and teacher of Mindfulness Meditation. He practices with the intention of cultivating awareness and compassion, and he shares the teachings with the hope that others might discover the happiness and peace that he has found. He has studied Insight Meditation and maintained a daily practice since 2011, including several weeks of silent residential retreats. Devin has studied under Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield and Jonathan Foust, among many others.

Frequently asked Questions Retreats Bethesda Yoga

I’ve never been on a yoga retreat before, what should I expect?

A yoga retreat is an amazing way to step out of your everyday life and focus in on what you’re seeking. Do you need a place to find more silence and hear what it is your heart is needing and longing for? Do you want to deepen your yoga practice and devote time (and muscle power) in a concentrated way? Are you looking to be exposed to new forms of meditation or practice? The beauty of a yoga retreat, is that even given a schedule of practice/events, there is contemplation time and space.

I’ve never been to your studio before. Will I feel welcome?

Simon Says Yoga strives to create a warm and welcoming community.  While much of the time will be spent in practice, there will also be opportunities to get to know your fellow retreat participants. A retreat is a wonderful way to grow deep and lasting friendships. During previous retreats, participants have also invited friends from out of town who have really enjoyed creating new friendships and becoming part of our yoga community~

I’d like to bring my spouse. They haven’t tried yoga. Would this retreat be a good place for them to start?

In a word, yes! While there are some activities that are for the whole retreat group, such as meditation, we will also be splitting the group up according to levels for asana practice. Each group will feel supported and challenged at their level and pace.

Are children invited to the retreat?

This retreat is only for adults.  Our winter retreat welcomes families including children~

What should I bring to the retreat?

Great question!  We ask you to bring your yoga mat and any other props that you might typically use in your practice.  We will provide blankets and meditation cushions.  Otherwise, bring your yoga clothes and any other items you need to be comfortable. Dressier clothes won’t be necessary.

What type of rooms are available at the retreat?

There are private rooms or shared rooms available.  Email Shauna at simonsaysyoga@gmail.com with any questions.

I’d really like to take advantage of the /outdoors/quiet time and skip a session. Is this an option?

Most certainly, this is an option. We want and encourage you to follow your intuition as you think about and plan your retreat. The fee for the retreat allows you to choose as many or as few sessions as you wish.

WHEN I AM AMONG TREES

by Mary Oliver

When I am among the trees,

especially the willows and the honey locust,

equally the beech, the oaks, and the pines,

they give off such hints of gladness.

I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,

in which I have goodness, and discernment,

and never hurry through the world

but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves

and call out, “Stay awhile.”

The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,”

they say, “and you, too, have come

into the world to do this, to go easy,

to be filled with light, and to shine.”