Registration begins Thursday 1:30 PM, Program begins Thursday 3:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM
In the heart of every woman lies a deep well of wisdom, compassion, creativity, skill, serenity and strength. Surrounded by nature, experienced instructors and supportive women we will tap into the inner self to reveal the power and wisdom of every woman.
We will uncover and face the inner obstacles that work against us so we reduce the struggle and begin to heal. In the serenity and beauty of a world renowned spiritual center in the beautiful mountains of Virginia, we will:
- Practice Kundalini and Hatha Yoga, meditation, mantra, inspiring discussion, body and spiritual wellness and journaling
- Lovingly unveil our most authentic selves
- See the reflection of our deepest heart and fullest potential as women, daughters, mothers, sisters, partners, and friends
The program is for all ages, capabilities and spiritual paths. The retreat provides a toolkit of techniques created for the modern woman to help us continue the transformation and maintain stability while balancing home and work.
Expect to leave feeling luminous, transformed, enlightened and empowered.
“The retreat was so much more than a yoga and meditation retreat – it was a life transforming experience – and I felt like I made 20 great new friends! Can’t wait until next year!”
–Virginia Retreat Participant
“…The yoga and meditations taught by Mary and Suzanne provided a gateway to walk through that door to one’s heart–to experience it safely in all of its power of experience. I continue to feel the awe of that weekend… and continue to correspond with the women from the retreat. ”
–Massachusetts Retreat Participant
“The yoga retreat weekend gave me the opportunity to connect with fellow women and Mother Earth like never before.”
–Pennsylvania Retreat Participant
“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about our wonderful yoga retreat in the mountains of Virginia and really look forward to the one next year. When I look back and reflect on the profoundness of the yoga retreat, I am once again transported to a place of perfect beauty, contentment and stillness. It makes me smile big inside my very being because I know that it is mine whenever I want and always will be!”
–Maryland Retreat Participant
“Inspired, gifted teachers.”
“Sharing in small groups, laughing with other women, the teachings and the yoga…”
“Seeing old friends, making new connections, getting support from the group.”
“Experiencing such a warm and open welcome from every woman at the retreat.”
“I liked the opportunity to spend time in silence.”
“Awesome, lovely, heartfelt!”
Mary Straub Pargas, B.A., E-RYT 500, has been instructing women’s classes, intensive retreats, and one-on-one therapy for over 15 years. She is a Certified Integrative Yoga Therapist (RYT 500), Certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Instructor (200 hour) with Advanced Certifications in Vitality and Stress, and Mind and Meditation. She is also a Certified Pregnancy Yoga Instructor as well as a Holistic Coach and Spiritual Guide. Mary holds certifications in CranioSacral Therapy, Massage Therapy, Acupressure, Reiki and other Healing Modalities.
Mary has degrees in Applied Health Science with a double major in Education and Public Health and a minor in Biology from Indiana University and University of Louisville.
Mary’s personal healing journey started at a young age. When Mary was sick for three years in her mid-twenties, 12 different western medical doctors could not find the reason for her pain and suggested she have some organs removed and apply for disability. Through yoga, diet, holistic healing, and embracing a new way of relating to the world, she healed herself in 9 months. Now 20 years later, with many years of lifestyle changes, certifications, and spiritual self-study, Mary dedicates herself to the service of women, children, and families, hoping to show others a path of
peace for the mind, body, and spirit.
Mary is passionate about healing through body movement and holistic therapies in conjunction with western medicine. She enjoys educating her students and clients with science and physiological changes as well as energy flow, chakras, emotional/mental healing techniques, and ancient yogic philosophies. Program design is one of Mary’s gifts as she continues her work with many years of creating and facilitating women’s classes, programs and retreats. She believes women are in their highest when gathered together with the purpose of healing and self-growth.
Mary has passionately facilitated her business with Yoga Therapy and Holistic Healing for 15 years. She is the co-director and co-teacher of the annual fall Loving Within Women’s Yoga and Meditation Retreat and she is the creator and director of the annual winter Anchor into Stillness Women’s Yoga and Meditation Retreat. She designed and facilitates a bi-annual Women’s Yoga Telecourse that is 5 years running called The Art of Being a Woman. Mary has designed and facilitated many women’s workshop series with topics like Healing the Chakras, Full Moon gatherings, Sutras for the Aquarian Age, and Holistic Healing for Stress and Trauma with yoga, acupuncture, and therapeutic group work.
Mary created and starred in a pregnancy yoga video in partnership with James Madison University to bring yoga and health education to low income pregnant women who need government assistance in the WIC (Women, Infants, Children) government program. Now, these women in Virginia and 3 other states can download for free a yoga program including yoga exercises for pregnancy, healthy tips for diet and lifestyle, and relaxation techniques.
Mary feels blessed to live in Virginia in the company of the mountains, her husband Fernando, and such kind, heart-centered people. She enjoys traveling, outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, biking, and swimming. During her daily home yoga and meditation practice, Mary is in constant gratitude for the health of her body, the peace inside, and the ability to serve others.
Find more information at MaryStraubPargas@gmail.com
Suzanne McCahill Perrine, BA, E-RYT 500, began teaching Yoga in 2005 after over 10 years of teaching ballet and Pilates. Inspired to connect to others in her community and spread the joy and healing potential of yoga, she opened The Center, Harrisonburg’s first dedicated yoga and Pilates studio. After two years of study in the Anusara Yoga tradition with teachers, John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, Christina Sell, Elena Browner, Suzie Hurley, Amy Ippoliti, and Douglas Brooks, Suzanne felt a strong desire to encourage her students to have fun, relax, and enjoy the splendid journey that yoga offers them both on their mats and in their lives.
Her teachings fuse inspirations received from every-day life, poetry, poignant articles, or current events with a solid bio-mechanical awareness and therapeutic alignment based asana. This combination helps students to get in touch with their bodies, replacing discomfort and fear with awareness and love, and elevates their appreciation for their bodies and the full spectrum life’s offerings. Her classes can be uplifting, humorous, and playful, or meditative, internally focused, and subtle. Suzanne is also a registered Thai Yoga Bodyworks teacher and delights in helping others through the powers of touch. She continues to find more joy in her life since discovering Yoga and meditation and sharing it with others. She is also eternally grateful to her husband, children, family, and teachers who have helped to pave this incredibly beautiful path and open doors she never even knew were closed before her yoga practice.
Find more information at TheCenterDowntown.com