Grow your Yoga practice with an Evolution Retreat!

September 13-15, 2013
Yoga and Nature: Connecting with your Inner and Outer Landscape with Martha Whitney

You’ll enjoy:

  • 700 acres nestled in the Vermont mountains
  • a pristine spring-fed pond and streams for swimming
  • morning bird song, evening peepers, star-filled nights, campfire light
  • cozy cabins with bunks or double beds
  • delicious refreshing vegetarian meals
  • a 60 minute relaxing massage (extra fee applies)

Enjoy a fall weekend to slow to the world, nourish your inner self, and connect with nature around you. Join Martha for a revitalizing nature-based yoga retreat. Mornings begin with walking meditations and breathing practices out in fresh air. Practice yoga inside in the morning on a mat, and in the afternoon out on the land with the earth, trees and sky. Explore finding your postures from the inside out to inhabit your body with greater ease and pleasure. Practice feeling the support and freedom of ground and space. This mindful yoga invites integration of body, heart and mind, an aliveness of your senses, and play.

There will be spacious open time to follow your longings for a solo walk or to write or rest, as well as to enjoy the company of others on the beautiful land of Common Ground Center. We end our evenings with the relaxing and healing practices of Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra.

Rates & Registration

Fees are per person and include delicious vegetarian meals and snacks (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch), yoga classes, workshops, meditation, swimming, campfire and evening activities.

  • Workstudy – shared 4 person cabin 4 spots available. Will help with food prep or clean-up for four out of six meals. $250
  • Shared Rustic Cabin 4 people $400
  • Semi-private Rustic Cabin – 2 people $450
  • Private Rustic Cabin – Single $500
  • Ecolodge Heated 4 person Room *no private bath $500
  • Ecolodge Heated 3 person Room with private bath $550
  • Ecolodge Heated Double  Queen bed and twin loft with private bath $600
  • Ecolodge Heated room Single Queen bed with private bath $650

Please note: For the Ecolodge shared rooms the group must book together as the rate depends on the full double, triple or quad occupancy

Keep an eye out on our newsletter, blog and facebook page for special offers. Click here to register online. Please call the studio at 802-864-9642 if you would like to upgrade to a Semi-Private or Private Cabin.


Enjoy delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan meals produced by our onsite chef with fresh local ingredients. Meals will be provided Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.

Sample Menu:

Breakfast – Coconut pancakes, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, fresh fruit, toast, coffee and tea

Lunch – Salad of local greens, mole with pinto beans, whole grain corn bread, fruit salad

Snack – fresh fruit, cheese, nuts, seeds and dried fruits, hand-made whole grain crackers and flatbreads.

Dinner – lentil stew with caramelized onions and root veggies, polenta cakes, mixed fresh local greens with optional goat cheese and sunflower seeds, and blueberry apple crisp.


Bliss out during your retreat with a relaxing 60 minute deep tissue or Swedish massage. Our two certified massage therapists will be offering indoor and outdoor (weather dependent) massage therapy sessions to help you fully release all of your tension. Leave the retreat a lighter and happier you.

Massages are available on Saturday. We’ll post specifics in August.

Sample Schedule

Yoga and Nature Retreat with Martha Whitney

Friday 3-5 pm Arrival – Check-in, settle into your cabin and explore the grounds 5-5:30 Orientation 5:30-7 Dinner 7:15-9 Opening Ceremony and Restorative Yoga Class 9-10:30pm Bonfire

Saturday 7-7:30 Optional walking meditation and Prananyama outdoors 7 – 8:45 Breakfast 9-11:00 Morning Yoga Practice – Connect With Your Inner Landscape 11:00-12:00 open time – swim, rest, write, read, enjoy a massage 12 – 1:30 pm Lunch 1:30 – 3:30 open time – swim, rest, write, read, enjoy a massage 3-5 pm Yoga on the Meadow 5:30 – 7 Dinner 7 – 8:30 pm Bonfire 8:45 – 9:30 Yoga Nidra

Sunday 7:00-8:00 Fresh Air Pranayama and mindful walking to sit spot 7:00-9:00 Breakfast 9:00- 11:30 Mindful Yoga to Nourish your Body, Heart and Mind 12:00- 1:00 Lunch 1:15 – 2:00 Closing Ceremony

About Common Ground Center

About Common Ground Center: Common Ground Center (CGC) is a cooperatively run non-profit arts, education, and outdoor recreation and retreat center. The beautiful site demonstrates a commitment to environmental sustainability. CGC is built and run in harmony with the outstanding natural surroundings, leaving the smallest possible footprint. For more info visit –

Meet Martha Whitney

About the Instructor: Martha Whitney – Founder of Living Yoga Studio and senior teacher at evolution yoga

Martha offers a mindful, inspiring and welcoming yoga environment that fosters an enhanced self-acceptance and embodied well-being. Her in-depth training in anatomy, movement and breath allows her to artfully guide postures that access body ease and aliveness. Martha compassionately meets her students where they are while encouraging them to stretch beyond what they have known and to experience more fully who they truly are. Students leave class feeling more comfortable, confident and resilient in themselves and in their lives.

Martha has been studying yoga and body-mind therapy since 1991. In addition to group and private yoga classes Martha is in private practice supporting life change through Hakomi, a body centered psychotherapy. Martha’s other great passion is long canoe trips in the open landscape of Labrador, where, as in yoga, she feels vastly alive.

Reservation Cancellation Policy

Reservation Cancellation Policy A full refund minus a $25 service fee will be granted up to three weeks prior to the retreat start date. (August 24th for the September Retreats). No refund is available for cancellations less than three weeks prior to the retreat start date.

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