Wintertime Trails in Almost Heaven, WV

February 21-24, 2019


Looking for some snow and elevation? Desiring a place of rest, renewal, and grounding? Come join us for a long weekend in the mountains and discover your true self in the sacred spaces of Canaan Valley. Nourishing food, snowy trails, downhill or uphill skiing, yoga, meditation and warm & welcoming accommodations will all be provided on this rejuvenating winter retreat. Come BE a human being (and not a human doing) with us, just a three hour drive away in wonderful West Virginia! Sign up details below:

Your retreat hosts: A DC area yoga teacher & nature enthusiast, Elena Papina is excited to share her love of WV with you! And guess who else? Anne Farmer and AJ Wolbrum are back as well, offering a deep dive into yang and yin as well as discoveries of astrology and more!


When: 4 days/3 nights Feb 21-24, 2019

Where: Black Bear Resort, Davis, WV, with catering from the famous White Grass Cafe

Cost: $625/private room, $585/shared room , couples $1015/private room. The full package includes accommodations, 2 meals/per day and daily yoga classes.

Optional add on costs:

  • Downhill skiing/snowboarding/rental packages rates at about $200 per 2 days.

  • Cross-country skiing/snowshoeing  at around $50 per day

  • 3 lunches as we might be at different locations depending on type of skiing you might choose


  • Kitchen is fully functional. Feel free to bring any snacks or beverages you enjoy.

  • Lunch options include: White Grass Cafe, Timberline Ski Lodge, Canaan Valley Ski Resort Lodge, Hellbenders, and Davis’s Big Belly Deli

How to save your space: Make a deposit* of $200 by November 21, 2018 to save 10% (Early Bear).

*Deposit is non-refundable

Space is limited! Grab a friend and sign up using the link below.

Questions? Please email Elena at


April 2-7, 2019


The desert is an awe-inspiring place that reminds us of how huge and magnificent the world is. It gives us perspective on our lives, provides a reprieve from our usual stressors, and leaves us feeling renewed.

Join Bluebird Sky Yoga founder and yoga instructor Jennie Light and expert rock climber Hayden Miller for 6 days and 5 nights of adventure and community in Joshua Tree national park. Enjoy daily yoga practices followed by rock climbing and hiking excursions. At night, we'll unwind under the stars, sharing delicious meals, relaxing in our private pool, and telling stories at the lush Cactus Moon Retreat Center.

No prior rock climbing experience required; we'll provide the gear and teach you everything you need to know.

Retreat includes:

  • Transportation to and from LAX Airport on April 2 and 7

  • Shared accommodations at the beautiful Cactus Moon Retreat Center

  • All meals and snacks

  • Daily yoga classes and workshops in private on-site yoga studio

  • Intro to Rock Climbing and Intro to Geology lecture with PhD Geologist

  • 2+ guided rock climbing adventures

  • Guided hike through Joshua Tree National Park

Location: Cactus Moon Retreat Center.


  • Early bird (by December 1, 2018) $1275;

  • Regular pricing (by March 1, 2019) $1375

Your Retreat Leaders:

This is the second retreat co-hosted by Hayden and Jennie. We're excited to explore the great outdoors, build strength and confidence in the company of a supportive community, and spend our evenings laughing around the campfire.

Jennie Light is the founder and owner of Bluebird Sky Yoga. She has been hiking and exploring the great outdoors since as long as she can remember (with the pictures hiking mountains in her parent's backpack as a baby to prove it). Summers brought her to the European Alps and Alaska where she hiked with ice axes and crampons, Colorado where she scaled 14,000+ foot mountains, and Montana where she went an entire month in the wilderness running into more bears than people. In 2007, she fell in love with the practice of yoga, which provided her with the same sense of freedom and joy as the mountains did, eventually leaving her full-time job and opening Bluebird Sky Yoga studio in 2016. When she is not in the yoga studio, you can find her at the rock climbing gym and hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains. This is her fourth yoga retreat, and she is excited to bring together a community of people to delve deeper into the practice of yoga and discover untapped strength at the foot of the great outdoors. 

Hayden Miller has been climbing for 17+ years. His love for the outdoors led him to Colorado College, where he majored in geology. In 2018, Hayden finished his PhD in geochemistry at Caltech, studying how tectonics and erosion can be powerful controls on climate, just a short drive from Joshua Tree National Park. His studies and work has taken him out into the field around the world. While not traveling for work, he spends as much time as he can climbing in the Sierra and desert Southwest. Hayden also works part time at his local climbing gym, teaching group and private climbing lessons. His passion for teaching and climbing will ensure a fun, safe, and engaging experience for both novice and seasoned climbers alike. 


To register, please fill out the form below and follow the instructions below to pay a $200 deposit via PayPal. The full registration fee is due one month out from the trip (by March 2, 2019).

Step 1: Submit registration form.

Name *

Step 2: Send money via PayPal to reserve your space.