Spring Awakening 2017

Local Coastal Retreat

April 6-9, 2017

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Thursday, April 6, 2017 – Sunday, April 9, 2017

Trinity Center, Pine Knoll Shores, NC

Join Hal Smith & Chelisa Alavedra this Spring to the pristine coast of North Carolina.

Only a drive away from the hustle-and-bustle of your busy life…arrive to 4 days & 3 nights in nature, a gorgeous, tranquil 20 yard walk to the abounding Atlantic, surrounded by like-minded individuals, yoga, Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Aroma Yoga, Triggerpoint Therapy, ChiRunning/Walking, and guided meditations that awaken to the treasures of YOU!

 Take a relaxing walk on the “Crystal Coast” Trinity Center, Pine Knoll Shores, NC

Your Spring Awakening Local Retreat price includes:


  • A welcome Bag with relaxing treasures to use on your retreat and at home as a souvenir from the retreat!
  • 4-Days & 3-Nights in a “hotel style” bedroom with private bath and two beds: One double and One twin
  • 3 meals and a snack included per day: Your choice: Standard, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, & Sugar-Free meals available with prior request
  • 8 Workshops : Intro to Ayurveda, Aroma Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation, ChiRunning/Walking, Triggerpoint Myofascial Release, Yoga for Happy, Healthy Joints, Aromatherapy for Health and Relaxation, and Intro to Thai Yoga Bodywork Therapy (You can choose as many as you would like and all are included at no additional charge)
  • Yoga and/or Meditation classes offered evenings and mornings
  • Coffee and Tea offered at no extra charge

About Trinity Center

A true special gem nestled away in a maritime forest located on the gorgeous, pristine sixty-two acres from Bogue Sound to the Atlantic Ocean in Pine Knoll Shores, NC. “Maritime forests are shoreline estuaries along coastal barrier islands that are relatively pristine and support a great diversity of plants and animals. Maritime forests remain largely untouched by commercial development and closely resemble the woodlands where Native Americans lived and early colonists settled hundreds of years ago. Trees, bushes, and other plants in maritime forests and estuaries withstand strong winds, periodic flooding, and salt spray. Many species of mammals and reptiles make the forests their home, and thousands of birds migrate to maritime forests each year”, excerpt from the National Ocean Service website.

The Trinity Center is a retreat and conference center owned by the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina. Enjoy walking on the shoreline with the Trinity Center’s 1,500 feet of private sandy beach on the “Crystal Coast.” Trinity Center also maintains two swimming pools on its property – one is used primarily for youth groups, while the other is reserved for the conferencing groups.


Rooms are comfortable in a “hotel-style” type room with one double bed and one twin bed with its own private bathroom with stand-up shower, a dresser, vanity, and nightstand with alarm clock and reading lamp, and are individually heated and cooled. To maintain the retreat atmosphere, the rooms purposefully are left without the telephone, TV, and Internet connection. Towels and bedding will be provided, but please bring your own beach towels to the center. To keep costs reasonable, the Trinity Center does not offer daily maid service.

Our group will be housed in one of the clusters at the Trinity Center, which will include a shared living room for our group only. Simply walk out your door, cross the deck and enter the living room to find comfortable couches and chairs, coffee tables, cable TV/DVD, kitchenette with small refrigerator, microwave, ice maker and coffee maker with coffee supplies, a gas log fireplace and telephone. The shared living room has WIFI with coffee and tea available around the clock.


Prices below are per person. If you are traveling solo, please select Single Occupancy.

*Early Bird Rates are through February 15, 2017.

Double Occupancy: $547*  Early Bird/$697 Regular Rate  (per person)

Single Occupancy: $647* Early Bird/$797 Regular Rate (per person)

Early Bird Rates

*Early Bird rates are through February 15, 2017. Regular Rates are from February 16, 2017-April 5, 2017 depending on room availability. All rates include all taxes, 3 meals and 1 snack per full day. Dinner will be offered Thursday Night for individuals who arrive by the 6:00pm dinnertime. Breakfast will be included on Sunday (last day of retreat).

*Space is Very Limited, Reserve Your Spring Awakening Now!*

Payment and Cancellation Policy

If for any reason you need to cancel your retreat, our policy is:

  • More than 60 days before: payment refunded less $250 for double occupancy and $350 for single occupancy
  • Between 60-30 days before: payment refunded less $400 for double occupancy and $500 for single occupancy
  • Less than 30 days: Non-refundable

Contact Hal or Chelisa with questions

Hal Smith’s Bio

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Hal enjoys supporting and helping others to realize their dreams. After leading, serving on the Boards of Directors, and managing and investing in several businesses, public companies and private equity investments such as Bass Pro Shops, Builders Emporium, Home Depot, Pep Boys, etc, Hal decided to dedicate his efforts and investments in entities that help people grow and become healthier in every way.

He leads many diverse workshops and classes and is a certified RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Instructor, certified ChiRunning/Walking Instructor, certified Aroma Yoga Instructor, certified in Triggerpoint Myofascial Release, certified USA Track and Field Coach, certified Thai Yoga Bodyworker, certified Crossfit Trainer, and certified Aromatherapist. Once Hal experienced what Alicia Roskind (Okra’s founder) had created at Okra, he decided to invest in its growth and also became the managing partner of Okra and co-founder of Gumbo.

Chelisa Alavedra’s BIO


Chelisa is passionate about self-empowering people through disciplines such as yoga, meditation, health and wellness, and enjoys sharing these tools with her students through her own life experiences and trainings. After leaving the audio engineering industry, she decided after seven years of continuous yoga practice to pursue her yoga certification with her teacher of five years, Larry Schultz, in the Ashtanga Vinyasa Rocket system in January of 2009. Her passion for teaching yoga was ignited, but soon realized that most of the individuals in the health and wellness industry did not have any business skill sets to be truly successful. While most people in the industry were leaving their corporate careers, Chelisa did the opposite and was accepted to a prestigious MBA program at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA where she graduated two years later with an MBA in Marketing & Management.

Since then, she has coupled her passion for yoga and business by focusing and providing tools to empower others through yoga, meditation, workshops, and retreats. She is an E-RYT 200 Certified Yoga Instructor with Yoga Alliance, YACEP member and is currently working on her 500-hour training. She also is the Marketing and PR Director for her husband’s design agency creavistic, LLC.

8 Workshops

(You can choose as many as you would like and all are included at no additional charge)

Intro to Ayurveda

As the winter turns to spring, we enter the Ayurveda season of Kapha. We tend to feel sluggish, heavy, and lethargic.

Bring the body into balance by engaging the body and mind whole-heartedly and breakup stagnation, heaviness, and dullness. Let go of winter and move forward to the warmth and beauty of spring.

Yoga is the sister science to Ayurveda. Ayurveda basic principles are to maintain a healthy body by keeping balance between the 3 doshas: Kapha, Vata, Pitta.

What to expect:

·         Short introduction to Ayurveda

·         Determine your Dosha

·         Kapha Balancing Yoga Practice


Aroma Yoga

Awaken your senses with fun, easy-to-do yoga poses and chakra balancing exercises, infused with therapeutic grade Young Living Essential Oils (which will be provided for each Chakra for free as part of the workshop).

Discover how to integrate essential oils into your yoga and relaxation routines. These techniques will help you restore clarity, certainty, direction and purpose for the coming New Year.

You will leave feeling and smelling amazing with a new set of tools to restore calm throughout the year!


Mindfulness Meditation

Less Stress, Greater Focus, Higher Productivity, and an Increased Sense of Peace, Happiness and Fulfillment

This workshop is an excellent introduction to mindfulness for beginners. It provides insight into mindfulness, how to develop a mindfulness practice, and how mindfulness can be applied to daily life. It is also appropriate for experienced practitioners who want to revitalize their practice.


Come and learn how to use natural forces to run and walk more effortlessly and injury free! ChiRunning/Walking uses the principles of Tai Chi to cooperate with natural forces such as gravity rather than constantly resist those forces which can lead to injury.

In this workshop you will learn the key principles and experience what it feel like to move with the right posture, staying light on your feet, lifting rather than pounding, and learning to relax as you cooperate with gravity. By the end of the workshop you will be able to start your practice of incorporating these principles into your running and/or your daily activities and walking.

Yoga for Happy, Healthy Joints

A fun and informative workshop on the importance of moving your joints gently and kindly in ALL ranges of motion assured to leave you feeling energized and free! We will move through simple sequences from various yoga lineages to increase the circulation to your joints before you start your day. Suitable for ALL levels.

Triggerpoint Myofascial Release

Learn from certified Triggerpoint Myofascial Release specialist, Hal Smith, how to release tight spots and relieve soreness throughout your body with their leading deep tissue therapy products. In this 75 minute workshop we will be learning how to treat ourselves with massage balls, foam rollers, stick rollers, and foot rollers. Please bring your own yoga mats, but all therapy products will be provided for your use by Gumbo and Okra.

Aromatherapy for Health and Relaxation

Join certified Aromatherapist Hal Smith for an introduction to using powerful essential oils to enhance your health and support your relaxation. In this workshop we will be sampling various oils such as Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, etc, as well as blends such as Thieves, Joy, and Abundance.

We will use a variety of applications including diffusing, topical, and inhalation. All oils will be provided free of charge for this workshop.

Intro to Thai Yoga Bodywork Therapy

Join certified Thai Yoga Bodyworker Hal Smith to learn how to release energy throughout your entire body. Hal will demonstrate with a partner and then guide you through basic techniques from your feet and lower body all the way up through your core and upper body. This form of bodywork has been practiced for over 2000 years and is done with mindfulness and loving kindness.