Celebrate Summer: Yoga, Glamping, and Biscuits on a Hemp Farm

Hot Springs, NC 28743, USA

Sadie Chanlett-Avery
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Jun 20 - 25, 2021
Group size: 10 - 21
Celebrate Summer: Yoga, Glamping, and Biscuits on a Hemp Farm
Hot Springs, NC 28743, USA

Sadie Chanlett-Avery
  • Email address verified
  • Twitter verified
4 reviews

Jun 20 - 25, 2021
Group size: 10 - 21

About this trip

Ready for part summer camp and part retreat? Come join us for glamping and yoga in the lush Blue Ridge Mountains. If wagging your tail in downdog, eating farm-to-table feasts, and relaxing into ancient mountains sounds like your kind of Covid relief plan, read on. 

Our home for the week will be the spectacular Paint Rock Farm, a 163-acre organic hemp farm and private conservation forest. Overlooking the French Broad River and surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest, this location beckons you to slow down and breathe it all in. 

Once we arrive at the top of the gravel road, you won’t need (or want) to be anywhere else for the rest of the week. You’ll feel the sweet mountain breeze pass through the bohemian-style glamping cabin as you drop your bags and your burdens. Put your feet up and settle onto your private deck looking over the river or the meadow. 

As the sun rises over the dewy meadow each morning, we’ll gather in a renovated tobacco barn for an energizing and creative yoga practice. During the afternoon restorative session, we’ll release creaky joints, learn therapy ball massage, and sink into yin poses. A week of yoga will peel away layers of aches and anxieties. You will leave deeply realigned and strengthened from the inside out. 

Possibly the best part of the week: You won’t be responsible for a single meal. Our private chef will source from dozens of bakeries, creameries, and area farms to prepare the best of the summer bounty. She knows how to celebrate delicious Southern food traditions with healthy meals that honor dietary restrictions.


You are free to join a group hike, listen to live music, or enjoy a bonfire. There will also be plenty of downtime to read, nap in your cabin, or just stare out into the wildflowers. FYI, we’ll be easing up on the booze and the wifi is limited. But you can plug in to the surrounding forest and there’s a wide-open sky of intoxicating constellations. 

Planning Your Trip

On the weekends before and after the retreat, we encourage you to explore Western North Carolina. Asheville offers boisterous breweries, lots of music, and a thriving arts scene. The town nearest to Paint Rock Farm, Hot Springs, offers natural thermal springs and is a hiker’s paradise with the Appalachian Trail passing right through town. We are happy to offer suggestions but we do recommend making reservations well in advance. We will coordinate drop-offs for local tourism or to get you heading home. 

Inclusivity Statement

We commit to intentional inclusivity. We welcome the glorious spectrum of colors, genders, shapes, sizes, adult ages, and yoga levels. We understand that as we accept more parts of ourselves, we accept more parts of humanity. Given the rustic environment and the physicality of the event, we will do our best to accommodate varied abilities and ensure that all activities are optional. Building a diverse community takes effort and we are here for that rewarding work. 

What’s included

  • Ground Transportation
    Pick-up from downtown Asheville or the Asheville airport.
  • Five Nights of Glamping
    Cabins with memory foam mattresses, luxuriously soft linens, and a comfortable connection to nature.
  • The Bathhouse
    A new facility with radiant-heated floors and solar-powered hot water. Separate sections for men and women.
  • Morning Yoga
    Squirm out of work-from-home postures with innovative and invigorating classes.
  • Evening Restorative Yoga
    Unwind your neck, shoulders, and back as you slow down your mind.
  • Farm Fresh Breakfasts
    Sample menu: fresh grits bar with shrimp, farmer’s scrambled eggs, mushrooms, roasted red pepper, goat cheese, maple pepper bacon, tomato gravy, and scallions. And always plenty of hot coffee.
  • "Produce Stand" Lunchs
    Choose your own adventure from the cornucopia of local produce, cheeses, salads, soups, and artisan breads.
  • Hearty & Healthy Dinners
    Sample menu: buttermilk fried Dry Ridge Farms chicken, shiitake gravy, whipped butter potatoes, and summer vegetables.
  • Hike to Petroglyphs
    Explore the oldest known petroglyphs in the Eastern US
  • Bonfire & S'mores Night
    Flaming and burnt, or patiently roasted to a perfect golden brown? The debate never gets old.
  • Final BBQ Feast
    Wrap up our week together as we savor this North Carolina tradition with all the delish sides. Veggie options always included.
  • Travel to Asheville
    You got to get yourself to Asheville by plane, car, or unicycle. We will pick you up in town and get you out to the farm.
  • Optional Massage
    Once you arrive, you’ll have the option to sign up for therapeutic bodywork (cost TBA.)

Available Packages

Double Occupancy/Twin Beds
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Sign up with your favorite roomie. Share one room with separate, twin beds.  Have a river view from your private porch. 

Deposit: $900
Double Occupancy/Shared Queen Bed
only 1 left

Sign up with your partner or anyone you are wiling to share a bed with.  Have a river view from your private porch. 

Deposit: $1000
Double Occupancy/Separate Beds
4 left

Sign up with your college bestie, your sister, or whoever would be a fun bunkmate. There's a queen bed downstairs and a full bed in the loft (accessed by a ladder.) Have a  meadow view from your private deck. 

Deposit: $1000
Single Occupancy/ Queen Bed
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Walk around naked and snore because you get the whole cabin to yourself. Have a river view   from your private deck. 

Deposit: $1100
only 3 left

Bring a sleeping bag and pitch your tent at a camp site overlooking the mountains.  Come with another camping buddy or have the whole tent to yourself. 

Deposit: $599

Your Organizer

Sadie Chanlett-Avery
4 reviews
Yoga teacher, holistic fitness trainer, traveler.


This was a perfect opportunity to enjoy some downtime with wonderful people. Yoga twice a day, hiking, fabulous food, bon fires, guest speakers- this trip had it all!! Sadie is amazing and I highly recommend this vacation.
By Cathie D for Celebrate Summer: Yoga, Glamping, and Biscuits on a Hemp Farm on 23 Jul, 2021
The retreat was fabulous. The Stepladder Ranch and Creamery is a great location. There are wonderful views of the hillsides and the Pacific Ocean from the main home. My room was spacious, well-appointed, and afforded the same great views from the bedroom and bathroom. Sadie knows how to put together a trip that is special and memorable. The food was great -simple, healthy, organic, and also amazingly tasty. Rick's special drinks were a delight. We toured the creamery, and the highlight was visiting with the baby goats. And Sadie's yoga - in an old barn looking over the green hillside - was the fabulousness that one can count on from Sadie. And last but not least, the people who joined the retreat were friendly and interesting. Thanks Sadie!
By Lois P for Avocados, Pinots, & Backbends: A Farm-to-Table Yoga Retreat on 23 Apr, 2019
Sadie has a gift for putting people at ease and being in tune with the needs of the group. Each yoga class was calibrated perfectly to the time of day and the general mood of the participants. The food provided by our stellar chef was beautifully presented and prepared with health and nutrition in mind, yet there was no sacrifice in taste and experience. One highlight amongst many was the delicious avocado margarita... honestly one of the best cocktails I've ever had. The Stepladder Creamery is a charming and lovely setting - the entire weekend was a wonderful respite and one I hope to repeat!
By Vivian P for Avocados, Pinots, & Backbends: A Farm-to-Table Yoga Retreat on 10 Apr, 2019
This was an amazing experience! The yoga was excellent and the setting perfect! The food was amazing as well as the avocado margaritas that welcomed us on the first nite. The whole vibe of the weekend was very special and very relaxing. Looking forward to another one!
By Christie W for Avocados, Pinots, & Backbends: A Farm-to-Table Yoga Retreat on 09 Apr, 2019