Inspired Living—Dynamic Teaching

A Yoga Teacher Retreat
May 1 – 8


Val Spies and Ryan Devin

Val Spies and Ryan Devin

May 1 – 8
Add 7 nights of lodging and meals.
May 1 – 8
May 8, 2020 12:00 pm
Retreat Type
Featured PresentersFeatured Presenters
Professional Development & TrainingsProfessional Development & Trainings
Yoga & Teacher TrainingsYoga & Teacher Trainings
Retreat Goals
Personal DevelopmentPersonal Development


Val Spies and Ryan Devin guide you on a quest of self-discovery and integration in this inspiring immersion designed to breathe new life into the yoga teacher’s repertoire. 

There is a lot of competition in the yoga teachers’ world today. Val, owner of the Lotus Pond Yoga Center and director of the 200/300-hour teacher training programs for more than 15 years, has created this course to teach you how to enhance and elevate your students’ experience. 

Through practice teachings and heartfelt group experiences, this training explores

  • Daily yoga practices that bring light to new verbiage and delivery of the teacher’s inner strength and creativity
  • Guidance in drawing upon the dynamic teacher within
  • Philosophical teachings that can be infused into the yoga asana class
  • Revealing meditations and silence that illuminate the unlimited possibilities.

Throughout the week, Val and Ryan—lead yoga teacher trainer for Lotus Pond Yoga—offer powerful demonstrations of yoga class deliveries ranging from gentle to advanced, plus some fun with Acro Yoga attuned to all student levels. We’ll also take an exhilarating hike to an incredible rock overhang on the Blue Ridge parkway. Take your classes to the next level and become a force of positive change in your community as you bring forth the desired spirit, magnetism, and passion that everyone is seeking. 

Items to Bring Clothing comfortable for yoga practice, a journal, and hiking clothes.

This program is for yoga teachers in good physical condition.


Val Spies

Val Spies, E-RYT 500, created The Lotus Pond Center for Yoga and Health in 2005, where she directs and teaches the 200-hour and advanced 300-hour yoga teacher trainings.  She was originally drawn to yoga through an inner yearning to find peace and comfort in body and spirit. Over the years, yoga became a survival tool as she worked in corporate America and found less and less time for inner peace. After leaving the corporate world, she embarked on her mission to share the benefits of yoga: to bring not only stillness and happiness into your life, but also a total rejuvenation of the body. Her main studies have been through the The Art of Living Center, Kripalu Center,  and with master Iyengar teacher, Karin Stephan.

Ryan Devin

Ryan Devin E-RYT 500 is co-teacher on the Lotus Pond training programs. He has a bachelors degree in alternative medicine and is a certified teacher of AcroVinyasa, and a trained Yoga Nidra facilitator. Together, Val and Ryan take a heart-led approach to teaching and weave in stories and meditative practices inspired by yoga philosophy and elsewhere in order to support their students’ ability to create balanced, joyful and healthy lifestyles.

Rooms & Pricing

All options include daily vegetarian meals from dinner on the night of check-in through lunch on the day of check-out. (Rates below are per person.)

Private Hotel Room


$263/Night/Per Person

The private hotel room features either a king bed or two full beds, a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, a private bath and complimentary wifi.

Shared Hotel Room (2 People)


$198/Night/Per Person

The shared hotel room features either a king bed or two full beds, a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, private bath and complimentary wifi. One other person of the same gender will share the room with you.


Private Retreat Room


$218/Night/Per Person

The private retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi.

Shared Retreat Room (2 People)


$169/Night/Per Person

The shared retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi. One other person of the same gender will share the room with you. 


Shared Retreat Room (3 People)


$151/Night/Per Person

The shared retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi. Up to two more people of the same gender will share the room with you.



Lotus Pond Inspired Living/Dynamic Teaching Retreat Spring 2020 

Check in 4:00pm,

Friday, May 1

 Meet and Greet 5:30pm / Session 7:00-8:30pm Check out by 11:00am,

Thursday, May 8

No training session / Lunch is included 

Daily Schedule / Saturday-Thursday / One-Week Immersion 

7:15-8:30 Morning Yoga Class

8:30-9:30 Breakfast

9:30-12:30 Meditation, Philosophy, Posture Clinic

12:30-2:30 Lunch & Free Time

2:30-6:00 Afternoon Session

6:00-7:00 Dinner

7:00-8:15 Evening Session Schedule variation: Tuesday, scenic hike on the Blue Ridge Friday Morning check out / No class 

Shankara Spa Call in advance for a Spa Reservations, 800-368-5168 Suggested Spa time: Book at the start of lunch time (ask a friend to box a lunch for you to eat after your treatment). 

Use WhatsApp for text communications on the Mountain/ Details TBA 

The Lotus Pond Center / Val Spies 813-956-3506 


639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, North Carolina 28607

Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in our tranquil sanctuary set amidst 380 pristine acres high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina—the perfect place to begin your journey to wellness.

NOTE Avoid using GPS—it will take you up a private road to a locked gate.  Please use the directions provided on this site.

Distance from Nearest Airport

Two hours by car without traffic


For room reservations, spa retreats, and Art of Living Retreat Center (AOLRC) signature retreats, we have the following cancellation policy:

  • Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.
  • Nonrefundable credit toward a future AOLRC program or stay (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any AOLRC program or stay for one year following date of issue.
  • No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day, if you do not show up, or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.  AOLRC reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If AOLRC cancels a program, you will receive a full refund.  Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions.  For all other retreats, please be sure to check the registration page specific to that retreat.

To encourage a healthy environment we ask that guest to not consume alcohol or meat in our public spaces, however, guests may enjoy these items in their rooms.

Our property is always smoke-free.

Yes, we ask that guests with food allergies simply inform us so we can communicate those needs to our chef. Typically, we label potential allergens such as gluten, dairy, and nuts.

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