Find Inspiration with Yoga and Creative Writing

Lavish in the fall colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains, unlock your creative energy, and give yourself the time and space to nurture your creative self-expression.
This retreat merges the introspective and inspiring qualities of yoga and creative writing. When the mind is at peace, creativity flows; Melissa will help you discover your unique voice and make your writing come to life – whether you are a published author or simply want to journal, no matter what genre lights you up.

The yoga sessions are appropriate for all levels: they harmonize the qualities of Iyengar and Kripalu yoga practices, attending to alignment as well as the flow of meditation in motion. Through the practice, we can learn to make peace with our inner critic, release judgment, and get inspired, which is essential to the creative process.

Throughout your retreat you will enjoy:

  • Morning yoga classes (appropriate for all levels)
  • Creative writing sessions that explore craft techniques, including the power of metaphor, storytelling, imagery
  • and the imagination
  • Guided meditations to make peace with your inner critic
  • Daily inspirational philosophy talks on yogic wisdom and living a fulfilled, creative life
  • Time for reflection in nature

You’ll leave feeling deeply relaxed and vibrantly inspired. The changing of the season is also the perfect time to transform your writing life, invigorate your creative energy, create new work, or make progress on an existing project. A perfect way to discover your inner creativity.

An ideal retreat for yoga students (of all levels), teachers, writers, and anyone looking to unlock their creative potential.

The program is accredited for yoga alliance CEU and YACEP workshops.


About Your Teachers

Val Spies, E-RYT500 is the owner and director of the Lotus Pond Center for Yoga and Health, originating in 2003. She has been guiding yoga retreats for 12 years and is the lead teacher the Lotus Pond Teacher Training Programs. Together with Melissa Carroll, their expertise is in teaching yoga combined with dynamic, heartfelt sessions on yoga philosophy and creative guidance in retreat immersions.

Melissa Carroll, E-RYT500, MFA is a creative writing professor, the editor of Going Om: Real-Life Stories on and off the Yoga Mat (Viva Editions, 2014), and the author of two poetry chapbooks: The Pretty Machine (ELJ Editions 2016) and The Karma Machine (YellowJacket Press 2011), which received the Peter Meinke Award. She is a contributing writer to Images and Vices of Hope , and her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines. Melissa specializes in blending mindfulness techniques with creative writing craft



  • Morning yoga class 7:15-8:30
  • Breakfast 8:30-9:30
  • Philosophy/Creative writing 9:30-12:30
  • Free Afternoon
  • Yoga class 5:00-6:30
  • Dinner 6:30-7:30
  • Art of Living kirtan 7:30-8:15

Date & Time

Starts: Sep 28, 2018 05:00 PM

Ends: Oct 04, 2018 09:00 AM


Val Spies

Melissa Carroll


Starting at $632
Includes room, meals & tuition

Related Events

May 30 - Jun 03
Yoga & Teacher Trainings

Yoga vs. Osteoporosis

Dr. Loren Fishman

Fishman Method Proven to Reverse Bone Loss

Learn More
May 30 - Jun 03
Art of Living Meditation & Mindfulness Spiritual Yoga & Teacher Trainings

Silent Retreat

Bhushan Deodhar

Sudarshan Kriya & Guided Meditations: discover your unlimited power and freedom, and tools for renewed peace and vitality

Learn More
Jun 01-03
Art of Living Meditation & Mindfulness Spiritual Yoga & Teacher Trainings

Happiness Retreat

Discover your unlimited power and freedom – not as a concept, but as a direct experience

Learn More
Jun 03-08
Wellness & Ayurveda Yoga & Teacher Trainings

Living Light Weight Loss Retreat

Ayurveda Spa Team

Be light. Feel light. Shine Bright.

Learn More