Torch Yoga Adventure Retreat
August 20 - 23, 2020
About the Retreat
Yoga retreats don’t have to be all about the poses. Torch Yoga Adventure Retreat is all about the experience. Join us for an epic 4-day / 3-night journey into the mountains of Asheville, NC. Each day you will wake up in a beautiful oasis surrounded by adventure and nature. Start the day with a power yoga class to get the blood pumping, then be prepared to take full advantage of all the amenities located within Bliss Farm and Retreat center. Enjoy two farm-to-table meals prepared onsite, plan a massage or reiki session provided by the area's best or join the group for a daily hike. If relaxation is what you have in mind, lounge around in one of the hammocks or take a stroll through the garden. If you’re looking for a thrill, join us on the line for a ziplining tour in the trees.
Possibilities are endless! Run, jump and play all day with Torch Yoga this August.
Space is limited!! Sign up now to reserve your space.
What to Expect
This weekend in the mountains of North Carolina will include:
Daily yoga classes to energize
Two healthy meals per day beginning with dinner Thursday evening and ending with breakfast on Sunday morning
Three nights accommodation at Bliss Farm and Retreat Center
Optional activities are available in the area
A full schedule of meals, yoga classes and group activities will be provided closer to the retreat dates.
Optional Add-On: Treetop Zip Lining Tour
You have the option to join us for a Treetop Zip Lining Tour with Navitat Canopy Adventures, the premier tree-based canopy tour, that offers experiences that will thrill, educate, and inspire! All Navitat adventures are designed for first-timers and experienced thrill-seekers alike. At Navitat, you can zip with confidence, knowing you are in the hands of respected industry leaders.
The Treetop Tour is Navitat’s original tour, and this season it is better than ever! This adventure is what put Navitat on the map as one of the finest tree-based adventure companies in the nation. The Treetop Tour is 2.5-3 hours long and consists of 10 elements and 3 scenic trails. Included are 6 ziplines, 2 sky bridges, a spiral stair case, and 1 rappel to the forest floor. This is a truly immersive and engaging adventure that will have you zipping over 200 feet off the ground on zips as long as 1,250 feet!
If you wish to participate in this optional tour, please select "yes" on the retreat registration form. The $100 fee for the tour will be added to your final retreat balance.
Our host location: Bliss Farm and Retreat
Our host location is nestled in the lush Blue Ridge Mountains on grounds immersed in natural beauty. Bliss Farm and Retreat is designed for relaxing, connecting, and cultivating inner bliss...all while being a short 30-minute drive from Asheville! The farm is located right in Pisgah National Forest just a few miles from Mount Mitchell.
The grounds were built for world-class retreat experiences, offering a truly harmonious and tranquil setting for meditation, yoga practice, deep reflection, and restoration.
Enjoy organic foods grown onsite, wander or bike the on-property trails on over 50 beautiful mountain acres, and use the ample, sun-filled indoor and outdoor gathering spaces for growth and inspiration. Guests are welcome to experience gathering eggs for breakfast, milk goats, or simply hangout with the animals. Take a break and lounge in a hammock and fall asleep with a book and the sounds of nature.
Bliss offers a range of accommodation options with the Farmhouse that has three rooms, two cabins and three platform tents.
Shared Space in Cabin with Shared Bath: $855/person; $780/person if booked by April 22
These spaces are located in the newly built Cabins (the Osa and Bali Bliss), which can accommodate a couple in the queen bed downstairs and individuals in the twin beds in the loft. The Osa Cabin fits up to four people (a couple downstairs and two people in the loft), and Bali Bliss fits up to five people (a couple downstairs and up to three people in the three beds in the loft). Please note that the beds in the loft are on the floor (not frames), and the ceiling height is limited. The loft is not recommended for anyone who has issues with climbing ladders, knee problems, or issues with not being able to stand up fully in loft. Each cabin has an indoor bathroom and offers a fire pit, coffee maker, refrigerator and Bliss Snack Bar.
Shared Tent with Shared Eco Bath: $800/person; $725/person if booked by April 22
The platform tents are filled with plush bedding and fun decor. Rustic chic accommodations that have eco-lodge style outdoor bathrooms for the ultimate rainforest experience. This accommodation is best suited for someone who loves nature, and is not afraid of bugs. The eco-style bathrooms have portable dry flushing toilets. Shower is campground style, outdoors with hot water. Each tent can accommodate two to three people.
Private Room with Shared Bath in the Farmhouse: $915; $840 if booked by April 22
There are two rooms in the Farmhouse that share a bathroom that are appropriate for those travelers who would like a private bedroom. *Note: if needed, one of these rooms can be booked as a shared room for a couple for $855/per person.
Payment Details and Cancelation Policy
Retreat rate includes:
3 nights accommodations
Breakfast and dinner each day (dinner only on arrival day and breakfast only on departure day)
Daily yoga session
Credit card processing fees
Retreat rate does not include:
Airfare (if applicable)
Transportation to/from retreat
Additional excursions or services, such as zip lining and massage
Bliss Snack Bar purchases
Payment and Cancelation Policy
To reserve your space on this retreat, a non-refundable US $250 deposit is required. Final retreat payment is due by July 21, 2020. Payment plans can be arranged, however, anyone registering after July 21, 2020 will be required to pay in full upon registration. Should you need to cancel your reservation at least 30 days prior to the start of the retreat, you will receive a refund for payment made less the $250 deposit. Should you need to cancel less than 30 days prior to the retreat, for whatever reason, we will not be able to provide a refund or credit. No refund or credit will be given for arriving late or departing early. In the unlikely event that Torch Yoga needs to cancel the retreat, a full refund will be given. We strongly advise the purchase of travel insurance at the time of booking your retreat in case of any unexpected events or changes to your plans before or during your trip.
Meet your guide
Jessica Proctor started her career in the fitness industry in Boulder, CO. When she moved to CO in 2005 the beauty of the mountains inspired her to do things that she had never done before. After hiking a number of mountain passes, overcoming the challenge of running at high elevation and even climbing rocky peaks she realized that she would love to inspire people to explore life and to push themselves beyond their expectations.
After receiving an Associates of Occupational Studies in Personal Training from Heritage College in Denver, CO, she went on to receive her personal training certificate from the American Council on Exercise and began working with clients from all walks of life. Soon after that she was introduced to CorePower Yoga in Boulder, CO. She fell in love with the practice of Power Yoga and decided to take the teacher training program to fine tune her own practice. While working through the program she found that teaching yoga came naturally to her. She was able to combine her skills of anatomy, physiology and psychology to offer a strong structure to her yoga classes that would challenge students to push themselves and to encourage them to get stronger safely. After a year of teaching in Boulder, Jessica decided to move back to her home town of Brighton, MI. It was here that she realized that teaching was more than just a job; it was a life style and a passion. She had the pleasure of being a part of a growing community of yogis. As her personal practice began to develop so did her classes.
After teaching a full load of classes in MI, Jessica decided she was ready for the next chapter in her life. She married Darrick Proctor, a firefighter for the Norfolk Fire Department. She moved to Virginia Beach and was looking for a studio where she could share her love of the practice. She realized the need for a space that offered freedom of exploration and creativity so she decided to open Torch Yoga Studio. She wanted to create a space where people could feel safe and grow. Her vision was to open people’s eyes to the practice of Power Yoga; to provide a space where people can feel free to move and breathe, to fall and get back up and to try new things whenever possible. She also saw the need to create a space where teachers could share their skills and feel free to challenge the students because she knows that without challenge there is no change.
Jessica started Torch Yoga to build a community of like minded individuals. She greatly looks forward to sharing her knowledge of yoga with you. “We will work hard, challenge ourselves, push ourselves to the limit and never give up. Don’t think, just do.”