Picture peaceful, green rolling hills with pastoral gardens. The soft sounds of nature, sunlight and the feel of grass between your toes. Now add to the scene comfortable shelters secreting a host of wellness practitioners, yogis, musicians and artisans within, all offering a pathway to inner peace and outer clarity.

Feeling calmer already?

Prepare to Get Out (!) and experience this sweet fantasy as reality during the upcoming NoVa Wellness & YogaFest Retreat, Oct. 6-8, at Leesburg’s Morven Park estate.

Turi Nevin-Turkel is one of several registered yoga practitioners taking part in the October wellness retreat.

For three days guests will enjoy opportunities to take part in meditation, mindfulness workshops, yoga classes (including kid’s yoga, yin, laughter, vinyasa and other modalities), wellness lectures and more, plus enjoy healthy food and live music from different local performers each night. Yoga classes will be taught by certified Yoga Alliance RYT-200 teachers, each with a minimum 200 hours of training and experience under their belts. Likewise, presenters include physicians, psychiatrists, healers, all expert within their fields.

The aim is to celebrate self-care and community wellness in a setting accessible to both seasoned practitioners and those new to yoga, mindfulness and similar practices. Three areas—the Blended Movement Tent, Calm Yoga Grove and Active Movement Tent—will host a series of workshops and classes each day, with activity ceasing at 6 p.m. to shift the focus to live, local musicians. Friday night is youth music night, featuring many of Loudoun’s most renowned up-and-comers like Maddy Curtis, Tommy Gann, Caroline Powers and others. Saturday’s tunes are more upbeat, with a performance by Justin Trawick and the Common Good. Then, Sunday night guests will be treated to a show by one of Loudoun’s most beloved singer/songwriters, Gary Smallwood.

Nearby each area, assorted vendors, energy workers, psychic practitioners and others will be set up to receive shoppers, patrons and curious observers. Retreat-goers will also be able to indulge in delicious, healthy food—Friday, lunch and dinner will be offered, while Saturday and Sunday guests may enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Andrea Boyd and Jeffrey Cohen are innovative yoga instructors known for their creative classes.

YogaFest is the brainchild of award-winning event founder Miriam Nasuti, perhaps best known for her annual showcase of Loudoun’s bountiful farms, restaurants, breweries and wineries, Farm to Fork Loudoun. Inspired by her own life experiences, Nasuti conceived YogaFest as a welcoming “restival” with something healing and inspiring to offer every member of the community. Nasuti is still working to put the final touches on the YogaFest schedule, including pinning down a chef and culinary team to create a variety of nutritious vegetarian and vegan offerings, and continuing to flesh out the vendor and presenter rosters.

For now, a preliminary schedule of events, details on various registration packages and information on confirmed presenters is available at novawellnessyogafestretreat.com.

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