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Who says summer has to end after Labor Day? Not me!
Please join me the weekend after Labor Day on the beautiful shores of Bay Point Resort in Marblehead, Ohio, for a weekend getaway of beach yoga bliss. Come breathe, practice yoga, meditate, relax, feed the soul, and find your bliss on a beautiful stretch of Lake Erie beach. This weekend yoga retreat kicks off Friday evening with a sunset yoga and meditation class and continues through early Sunday. When you’re not relaxing with Maria’s gentle yoga flows, there will be lots of time to relax at the beach and enjoy all of the amenities and make new friends at the beautiful Bay Point Resort in Marblehead, Ohio.
One of the beaches at Bay Point Resort in Marblehead, Ohio
We will be staying together in a beautiful waterfront home(s – I’ll add another home if there is enough interest) just steps away from a gorgeous stretch of sandy beach on Lake Erie in Marblehead, Ohio. This home is located in Bay Point Resort, a private community that has many amenities including a clubhouse with pool and fitness equipment, picnic areas, basketball & volleyball courts, a par-3, 9-hole golf course is available for a small fee, a marina where jet skis and stand up paddleboards can be rented. There is plenty of areas to walk and ride a bike if you want to bring yours, and a restaurant/bar that features live bands on the weekends.
I’m really excited that my good friend Ross Dilley of Hollyhock Hill Catering is coming along to be our personal chef for the weekend, he has planned a healthy and delicious menu (There is a sample menu listed below and I’ll post the actual menu very soon) and can accommodate any other dietary needs (gluten free, vegan, etc).
Our yoga practices will be on the beach with the sound of the wind and waves for our playlist and the added bonus of watching Mother Nature put on a brilliant art show for us as we watch the sunset. If the weather does not permit outside practice, the clubhouse has plenty of room for us to roll out our mats and practice. Sheets will be provided to place under your yoga mats to keep the sand away.
When not practicing yoga or enjoying meals together, there will be free time for rest and relaxation, hang out at the beach or pool, perhaps scheduling a massage (we’ll have a masseuse available at the house on Saturday for appointments), rent a standup paddleboard or kayak at the marina, ride your bike or take a walk around the Bay Point Resort property, or visit nearby Marblehead attractions like the lighthouse, shopping in downtown Marblehead, Cedar Point, Kelleys Island, or Sandusky. Bay Point offers a shuttle boat that goes to Sandusky and Cedar Point on the weekends.
Included in the price of the retreat:
- 2 nights accommodation in a luxury beach home with water views and access to two beaches, pool, clubhouse, and all the Bay Point Resort amenities. Shared rooms with King or Queen beds, bunk beds, and sofa sleepers are available.
- Meals (dinner Friday and Saturday night, Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch Saturday)
- 5 yoga and meditation sessions with Maria
- Saturday night special group activity
Shared room in King bed: $425 Single Room King Bed: $625 Shared room in Queen bed: $400 Single room in Queen bed: $550 – Only 1 Queen Room Left Shared room in lounger/sleeper: $325 – Only 1 bed left
What’s Not Included, but you can book appointments for:
Standup Paddle boarding
1 Mini Cooking Class with our personal chef Ross Dilley
Bring your journal, walking shoes, bathing suit, and your bike if you would like to explore Bay Point Resort and Marblehead by bike.
FRIDAY. September 8
3-6 PM: Arrive
6:00– 7:30 PM Sunset Beach Yoga
7:45 PM: Dinner
8:30 PM: Opening Circle Beach fire/Games/Journaling
SATURDAY. September 9
7:00 – 8:00 AM Sunrise Morning Meditation on the Beach
8:30-10:00 AM: Beach Yoga
10:00 AM: Breakfast
11:00 AM: Standup Paddle boarding/ Massages / Henna Tattoos & Free Time to hang out at the beach or explore Bay Point and Marblehead/Optional Cooking Class
2 pm: Lunch
5:00 – 7:30 PM: Restorative/Sunset Yoga
7:30 pm: Dinner
9 pm: Special group activity & Banana Boats/Smores in the fire!
SUNDAY, September 10
8:00 – 9:30 AM: Yoga & Closing Circle
9:45 am: Breakfast
11 am: Check-out
(vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options available)
Friday Evening – Summer Porch Party:
- Corn Chips with Guacamole and Black Bean & Corn Salsa.
- Stuffed Zucchini Boats.
- Salmon Cakes on Arugula.
- Gluten Free Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream.
- Gluten Free Pumpkin Spiced Hot Oatmeal.
- Fruit Salad.
- Baked French Toast.
Saturday Lunch – Soup & Salad:
- Gingered Summer Squash Soup – served hot or cold (weather depending!).
- Cape Cod Quinoa Salad with apple, radish, kale, cranberry, scallion, pecan, celery in a lemon vinaigrette.
- Mediterranean Couscous Salad with Israeli Couscous, tomato, carrot, zucchini, broccoli, red pepper, scallion, olives, feta cheese, herbs in a red wine vinaigrette. Tuna available upon request.
- Molasses Spice Cookies with Cacao Nibs.
Saturday Evening – OPA! Greek Feast:
- Spankopita Bites.
- Greek Salad.
- Vegetarian Moussaka – Lentil & Eggplant Casserole.
- Gluten Free Lemon Bars.
- Gluten Free Blueberry Coffee Cake.
- Potato, Chard & Pepper Frittata.
- Fruit Salad.
Throughout the weekend we will have available:
Bottled spring water, coffee, assorted teas, organic pre-squeezed juices
Homemade and commercial energy bars, assorted muffins
Fresh whole fruit
Please bring any additional beverages or snacks of your choice. Refrigerator space is limited – so bring a cooler if needed.
Payments and Terms & Conditions
Step 1) For overnight accommodations, a $100 deposit per-person is required to reserve your retreat space and is non-refundable. Pay via PayPal below or with a check. If paying by check, please contact Maria at info @dailydownwarddog.com to ensure space is available.
Step 2) Once we’ve received your deposit, you will be contacted via email with registration, room selection, and logistical information.
Step 3) Final payment is due on July 30, 2017. You will be invoiced and can pay by check or online with PayPal. No refunds for cancellations after August 8, 2017.
Please review the Terms & Conditions before making your reservation.
About Maria Santoferraro, E-RYT 500
Maria Santoferraro spent the past 25 years ravaging her body in the crazy corporate world. Needing a detox from an unhealthy Blackberry addiction, boatloads of stress, and an aching back, she sought out a healthier lifestyle and is grateful to have found her physical and spiritual release through the practice of yoga.
Today she is living a balanced and blissful life, teaching yoga, leading international yoga retreats, sharing inspiration on the Daily Downward Dog, creating meditation videos for Hang 10 Meditation, and contributing her writing to Elephant Journal, Daily Cup of Yoga, and MindBodyGreen.
Her playful, heart-opening teaching combines meditation, breath, alignment, and asana in slow-flowing Hatha yoga classes that encourage students to reconnect to their bodies and breath as a means to fill up with joy. Maria incorporates uplifting class themes, music, poetry, laughter, and the spiritual teachings of yoga to create a peaceful environment where students can quiet their minds, let go, and experience a deep sense of calm and well-being.
Maria’s passion for yoga led her to gain her 200-hour teaching certification from Try4Life and also blossomed into this blog. In January of 2016 Maria completed her 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training with Mary Pat Murphy at Namaste Yoga Studio. Over the last few years, Maria has been fortunate to study with Erich Schiffmann, Angela Farmer, Doug Keller, Max Strom, Rodney Yee, Kathryn Budig, and Cora Wen. She plans to continue her yoga education and journey for the rest of her life.
In 2011 she was able to combine two of her greatest passions – yoga and the beach – to start her own beach yoga “studio” on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie, Ohio, where she has shared yoga with hundreds of students.