Savor the last days of summer on Block Island! This is one of our most popular retreats of the year, and for good reason. If you are searching for a unique yoga weekend getaway in one of New England’s sweetest spots, look no further! Block Island is a stunning island 13 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, easily accessible by ferry. A leader in conservation, it is chock full of nature and breathtaking scenery at every turn. Visitors can venture out on a gorgeous hike or bike ride (bring your own or rent a bike or moped on island), bask in sun and stillness on one of the many pristine beaches, or peruse the downtown shops and eateries. Taxis are also readily available if you would like to explore the island’s further reaches. The mellow pace and warm hospitality of Block Island will embrace you the moment you arrive, and you will feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. Be prepared to want to come back again and again!
The retreat will begin on Sunday, September 9th. Our first yoga class will be held at St. Andrew’s Parish Center at 3:30 pm, after which will reconvene for a group welcome dinner at a yummy local spot. Non-practicing friends or partners are most welcome to join us for dinner! On Monday, we will practice at 7:30 am and then gather for a delicious and hearty brunch buffet included in your stay with Block Island Resorts. The day is yours to fill with whatever your heart desires. We will reconvene for 4:30 pm practice and you can choose from many appealing downtown options for dinner on your own or with a group. We will awake to our last 7:30 am practice and brunch on Tuesday before making our way home.
We are partnering with Block Island Resorts for accommodations; all of their lovely cottages are within walking distance of the downtown, our yoga space, and the 1661 Inn where everyone will check in and gather for brunch on Monday and Tuesday. You are responsible for booking your own accommodations, and rooms are first come first served. Rates range from $125 to $175/night plus tax. The Guest House has rooms with shared bathrooms for $125/night. Dewey Cottage, Dodge House and Anchor House all have rooms with private bathrooms for either $150/night or $175/night. Dewey Cottage is a slightly longer walk (about 1/2 mile) from our yoga and brunch space than the other cottages. (You could always splurge on a room at the 1661 Inn itself, or one of the brand new Mitchell or Nicholas Ball Cottages, but these will not be in the quoted price range). There are only a few rooms with two beds so we suggest reserving right away if that is a priority! You can also bring a sleeping bag or air mattress but be sure to reserve a room that is big enough to accommodate it. Check-in is at 2:00 pm but the 1661 Inn will hold your bags for you should you arrive earlier. It is best to check out all of the properties here, and then call 800-626-4773 to make your reservation. They are super friendly and will answer any questions you have!
September is still a popular time to travel to Block Island, so it’s best to book your spot ahead of time. We suggest the traditional or high-speed ferry from Point Judith. You can find all general info, including additional fees to bring a bicycle or a car (which is NOT required) here: http://www.blockislandferry.com/. Additionally, here is the direct link to book a different day round trip passenger ticket: https://ticketing.blockislandferry.com/WebStore/shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=1&C=4.
Notes: 1) Cars are allowed only on the traditional, not high-speed, ferry. 2) Be sure to arrive on the island in time to check in at the 1661 Inn, settle into your cottage, maybe grab a bite to eat, and walk to our 3:30 class. Most folks have taken the 9:00 or 11:00 am ferry in past years.
There are several overnight parking lots near the ferry in Point Judith; cost will be around $10/day to leave your car there.
YOU WANT TO COME! NOW WHAT?:
1) Make your two-night lodging reservation with Block Island Resorts.
2) Make your ferry reservation arriving Sunday 9/9 and departing Tuesday 9/11.
3) *Click here to pay retreat fee ($240 by June 30; $285 after), which includes Sunday night welcome dinner.
4) *If applicable, click here to pay $40 welcome dinner fee for friend or partner traveling with you to Block Island.
*Personal checks accepted as well; please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.