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“The opposite of play is not work – the opposite of play is depression.”

- Dr. Stuart Brown

Admit it, you think that play is a waste of time – something reserved for children or irresponsible adults. You have no time to play. You have work deadlines to meet, a household to run and a never-ending list of tasks to check off.


In Gifts of Imperfection, Brenè Brown points out the danger of our cultural messaging that exhaustion is admirable and self-worth is tied to productivity. With this kind of thinking, it’s no wonder that we don’t take time to rest and have some fun!


Many of us feel weighed down by the demands and responsibilities of our life that fun has taken a back seat. And yet, play is proven to boost our well-being. In fact, it’s as important as rest – another endangered concept today.


In this retreat, Maddy and Kelley will serve as your guides to help you connect with your unabashed, joyful childlike self. You’ll be warmly welcomed into an intimate group of women, take adventurous hikes, play in a mountain creek, flow on your yoga mat, enjoy delicious food and soul stirring conversations. 


At the end of the retreat, you’ll be better acquainted with who you are underneath all the roles and responsibilities you hold. You’ll feel rested and restored to your natural balanced state.

Women on hike

Play & Rest: A Women's Hiking & Yoga Retreat

Thursday July 25, 2024, 5PM EDT  - Sunday July 28, 2024, 12PM EDT

INDIGO Nature Retreat, 137 Newberry Creek Rd., Old Fort, NC 28762

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What past retreat guests say

Thank you for this amazing experience Kelley & Maddy, truly life changing and completely filled my cup. It was everything my soul needed and more!

Just loved the group of like minded women uplifting women! Loved the activities! Loved the location! 10/10

This retreat taught me a variety of valuable self care tools that I can implement into my daily life.

Retreat itinerary





Arrival & check-in

Grounding exercise

Group dinner

Intention setting ceremony

Guided meditaiton


Group gathering

Hiking adventure


Free time

Creative art


Group dinner


Sunrise yoga


Group gathering

Hiking adventure


Free time

Cold plunge

Group dinner

S'mores by the campfire


Yin yoga & meditation


Group gathering

Guided forest bathing

Closing ceremony

* Itinerary is subject to change.

Included in price

  • Welcome gift upon arrival

  • 4 days and 3 nights in a cozy mountain cabin at Indigo Nature Retreat in Old Fort, NC

  • All meals- 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners (dietary restrictions can be accommodated)

  • Daily yoga and meditation practices to deepen connection to mind, body and spirit 

  • Guided hikes to breathtaking waterfalls and mountain vistas in the Blue Ridge Mountains

  • Facilitated group discussions around topics connected to theme

  • Experience a nervous system reset by tuning into your senses on a guided forest bathing walk through Pisgah National Forest

  • Pre and post retreat Zoom call to facilitate connection and transformational change

  • Invitation to a private Facebook group following the retreat

Not included

  • Airfare

  • Transportation to retreat

  • Trip insurance (recommended)

A special place surrounded by natural beauty

Tiny Cabin Accommodations

  • 4 tiny cabins are double occupancy. 

  • Each features two twin beds, one of which is a loft twin, the other a wrap around sofa that converts into a twin. 

  • Each cabin has two sitting areas, a mini fridge, coffee maker, heat and A/C.

  • **There is no running water or bathroom facilities in the cabins, however the community barn is less than 100 ft. away.

  • The community barn features 2 full bathrooms, a community kitchen, and indoor dining area.

Creekside Cabin Accommodations

  • Four creekside cabins (2 double occupancy & 1 quadruple occupancy).

  • Each backs up to a flowing creek.

  • 2-person cabin has two twin beds in a loft.

  • 4-person cabin has 4 twin beds (2 in loft and 2 on main floor).

  • Each cabin has a sitting area, kitchenette w/ cooktop, refrigerator, and coffee maker.

  • HVAC & electric.

  • Bathroom and shower.

  • Deck for outdoor seating.