Sunday, September 22nd – Thursday, September 26th, 2024

Join us for 4 day, 4 night mountain retreat!

Bend of Ivy is a beautiful retreat center nestled in the heart of Appalachia in North Carolina.

We begin our days with guided meditation and yoga and then head to the kitchen to be treated to one of Chef Theresa’s delicious organic plant based meals.  After breakfast you have time to relax and read, sit and chat or enjoy a stroll around the beautiful 63 acres of our retreat center. 

We gather again for another ommazing Ayurvedic plant based meal for lunch and then head on to the trail for a wonderful opportunity to hike together and learn from the beauty of nature.

Dinner is once again a tri-doshic fall inspired Ayurveda culinary treat!  We will gather at night for a restorative practice to help send us off for a restful night’s sleep surrounded by the beauty of the grounds.

This retreat will sell out. You can reserve your room with a non-refundable deposit. Then pack your hiking boots, your yoga mats and your sense of adventure because this is going to be ommazing!


  • 4 nights’ accommodations

  • Retreat begins Sunday at noon and ends Thursday afternoon at 12:00 pm

  • Dinner on arrival day, brunch on departure day,  each full day 3 delicious organic plant based meals | a grab and go snack for travel home day

  • Ayurveda inspired tri-doshic organic plant based meals lovingly cooked by Chef Theresa

  • Daily meditation and yoga with Maribeth MacKenzie

  • One Ayurvedic seasonal consult with Maribeth MacKenzie

  • One nature inspired Tarot Card reading and guided hikes with Laurie Levknecht

  • One massage with Amy Matinchek of Body Peace Therapies

  • Time to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of life and reconnect with the beauty of nature while discovering how to nurture and celebrate your uniqueness with the wisdom of Ayurveda


The Lodge is 3 floors and each floor has shared bathrooms.  We have the entire Lodge.  No rooms are ensuite.  All linens and bedding are provided.
Twin or full bed | $3075 (SOLD OUT)
SHARED ROOM:  Twin bed | $2575 each (2.5 available)
KING ROOM:  Single occupancy | $3575 / Shared occupancy | $2575 each  (1 available)

First reserved, first served. No refunds. Full payment is due on or before July 1, 2024

Reserve your spot with a non-refundable $250 deposit by clicking the button below:


“I came to the retreat knowing I would find answers to my heaviness and feelings of anxiety. Little did I know the amount of clarity I would receive and the feeling of lightness I would leave with.”

Single Room: Twin Bed

King Room

Shared Room: 2 Twin Beds

Main Floor Living Area

Lower Living Area

Relaxing Pond Area


Maribeth MacKenzie is an Ayurveda Yoga Therapist, Certified Chopra Center Perfect Health Practitioner, and a Certified Joyful Belly Ayurveda Nutrition and Digestion Coach

Maribeth has been teaching yoga for over 25 years and sharing the teachings of Ayurveda for nearly 10 years.

Together she has combined her two passions of yoga and Ayurveda to create Coastal Ayurvedic Therapies where she shares her work through classes, workshops, online programs and retreats. Using these two sister modalities, Maribeth’s teachings focus on using the 5 elements to help you to recognize and celebrate your uniqueness with yoga practices, meditations, daily and seasonal routines as well as foods and herbs to help you bring you back into balance and maintain balance so that you can live your most vibrant life.

Laurie Levknecht is a retired RN who has a deep understanding of the body and the connection to Mind/Spirit. She has extensive experience creating outdoor experiences for people on both land and water.

Laurie has been reading Tarot cards for 15+ years and has nurtured a personal yoga and meditation practice for many years. She participated in a 400-hour Ayurveda Nutrition and Digestion course. In the past years, Laurie has deepened her spiritual connection with nature and has come to see and experience Nature as Divine and intimately connected with humanity.

Laurie creates rituals and ceremony with others who want to reaffirm our interdependence with all living things and participate in the healing of Mother nature.

Amy Matinchek is a Massage and Bodywork Practitioner and Certified Massage Trainer

Amy graduated from The Southeastern School of Neuromuscular massage in Charlotte, NC in 2009. She started a a private massage practice in Rock Hill, SC, partnering with local Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, personal trainers and yoga instructors, often treating clients who suffered with pain caused by an injury or muscle imbalance . In 2011 she and her husband relocated to Pawleys Island, SC where she continued her private practice out of a yoga studio.

She enjoys combining her knowledge of the muscles and movement patterns with her intuition and energy work. For the last 12 years she has worked in the Spa industry in Charleston, SC where she learned various healing and bodywork modalities that she incorporates into her healing massages. Amy is celebrating her 15th year as a massage and bodywork practitioner and splits her time between seeing clients and teaching other massage therapists continuing education and self care.

Theresa Johnson is an organic gardener and chef.

What began as a way to heal her own body has evolved in her life’s purpose. She pays special attention to growing nutrient dense veggies in her garden and then turning them into delicious medicine in the kitchen.

Theresa loves sharing her knowledge and hopes to inspire others along the path to vibrant good health. Theresa currently resides in the Berkshires.