The Message from the River

July 11-13, 2014

Come join Carol Barry in beautiful Hot Springs, North Carolina, at the peaceful Laughing Heart Lodge. The theme of this summer retreat is “The Message from River.” The river being the French Broad which originates in
the nearby mountains and flows north. Few outsiders realize that the French Broad is the third oldest river in the world! Only the Nile and the New River, which also flows through North Carolina, predate it. The French
Broad is older than the mountains through which it flows! Think of the secrets this river holds from itʼs journey through time! Could there be a message for you in the river?

This weekend will have a balance of meaningful meditations, yoga practices (suitable for all levels), group meals, and free time. A river rafting trip is planned for Saturday in which we will incorporate yoga and “inner awareness” as we unite with the river on its journey. Midway through our trip, we will stop on an island in the middle of the river for lunch, and give you the opportunity to reflect on your experience.

“The river speaks to you, the river teaches you to listen, the river is ” the voice of life, a voice of being, a voice of becoming………..”

Other options available to you during the weekend are:

  • Soaking in the hot mineral waters
  • Treating yourself to a specialized massage with our on-staff masseuse
  • Browsing through the shops and galleries
  • Exploring the Appalachian Trail
  • Enjoying local music
  • Simply lying in the hammock reading a book.

Come join us for a weekend of adventure as we not only actually explore the river, but discover the flow of that inner river that flows through yourself.



4:00pm – 5:00pm – Check-In
6:30pm – Dinner in the dining room
8:00pm – Light yoga and mediation in the Chapel


7:00am – Coffee and Tea available in dining room
7:30am – 8:30am – Yoga Practice in the Chapel – “Finding the Flow of Your Inner River”
8:40am – Breakfast in the dining room
9:45am – 2:45pm – Guided Rafting Trip down the French Broad, with a lunch stop along the way. An opportunity to “connect with your inner river.”
5:00pm – 6:00pm – Social hour
6:30pm – Dinner at the Laughing Heart (cookout or barbeque)


7:00am – Coffee and tea available in dining room
8:00am – 9:30am – Yoga Practice in Chapel – “Maintaining the Flow of Your Inner River”
9:45am – Breakfast in the dining room
12:00pm – Checkout

** Vegetarian entrees available on request


Karen at (828)622.0165 to secure a reservation.

Laughing Heart Lodge

A Place for Lodging, Retreats and Healing