Wilmington Yoga
(910) 350-0234

5329 Oleander Drive
Suite 200
Wilmington, NC 28403

Scotland Yoga Retreat

June 12-17, 2025

Claim Your Spot!

Join Wilmington Yoga Center for 5 nights/6 days in the Scottish Countryside! Reside where the rolling hills meet the mountains, reconnect with the elements, and retreat from the hustle and bustle of your daily life. All activities, meals, and accommodations are included, to make this experience one in which you can truly sit back and relax.

RETREAT SOLD OUT: We are accepting additions to the waitlist in the case of a spot opening up. Email Erin@wilmingtonyogacenter.com or give us a call (910)350-0234.


Included in Price:

  • 5 nights of Accommodation at Rachel’s Farm (Thursday June 12 – Tuesday June 17)
  • ALL Meals Prepared by a private chef– This includes Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, and Snacks throughout the day.
  • Yoga 2x daily led by Heather Metzler + Jess Bichler
  • Day trip to the town of Stirling– Includes access to Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle
  • Day trip to Loch Ard– Hiking, swimming in lochs (lakes)
  • Whisky Tasting from Scottish Distilleries with a Sommelier
  • 1 Hour Massage for each guest
  • Mindfulness Session with Animals at Harmony Fields Animal Sanctuary
  • Tree Planting Ceremony for Reforestation Efforts
  • Transfer to/from from Edinburgh on arrival and departure day 



All guests should arrive to a designated meeting point in Edinburgh, Scotland on Thursday June 12, 2025. We encourage students to arrive to Edinburgh the day before (or earlier) to be prepared for a morning transport to the accommodations on Thursday June 12. The transport from Edinburgh to our accommodations is 1 hour. 

All guests will be transported back to Edinburgh on Tuesday June 17, 2025. We encourage guest to book departing flights no earlier than Tuesday evening.

The “Gateway to the Highlands”:


Stretching across central Scotland from east to west, the landscapes of Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Stirling & Forth Valley are wonderfully diverse. With stunning countryside, mountains, lochs, glens and attractions, there’s no shortage of beautiful scenery and places to explore. Guests will reside in the quaint town of Buchlyvie, amid the rolling countryside.  Throughout the week, guided hikes and group outings will be offered to explore the surrounding areas.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park: Scotland’s first National Park is packed with interesting corners for you to explore. Walk from the wide-open lush landscapes of the southern section to the sprawling glens and rocky peaks in the north and you’ll see why geologists love this place so much.  The fault line that divides the Highlands from the Lowlands runs right across Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, making this an endlessly varied part of the world – rugged hills, wooded nooks and enticing waters. A day trip to Loch Ard in the National Park is included in the price.

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park: This 50,000 acre forest park stretches from the east shore of Loch Lomond to the rugged terrain of Strathyre and encompasses mountain and moorland, forest and woodland, rivers and lochs. For many visitors the attraction of the park lies in the peace and quiet, the magnificent views and the wide range of activities and facilities.

Stirling: A small city with a big history, Stirling is known for historic attractions and spectacular scenery, both showcased in the Stirling Castle. One of Scotland’s most historically important sites, the Stirling Castle was once a favored residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle. Today guests can walk the grounds and the gardens perched high above the city. A day trip into Stirling is included in the price.


All guest meals will be prepared by a private chef and are included in the price. Chefs will make accommodations for any food allergies/dietary restrictions.

Guests can Expect:

  • Morning Tea/Coffee/Power Juice
  • Breakfast w/ Fruit Juice
  • Mid-Morning Snack
  • Lunch
  • Mid-Afternoon Snack
  • Dinner

All Day “Help Yourself” style grazing is also provided that includes: Fresh Water (regular and flavored), Teas, Coffee, Fresh Fruit, and Nuts


We take pride in the versatility and quality of offerings we provide during yoga retreats. Guests can expect two yoga classes daily, one in the morning and one in the later afternoon/evening. Morning classes are higher energy – basic flows, power flows, etc. Evening classes allow students to wind down from their day- restorative, yin, gentle, slow flows. Classes are always optional. Guests do not have to participate in any classes they would not like to. All levels are welcome to each class, with modifications offered to tailor each practice towards those present. Props will be provided and their use encouraged.

Yoga will be led by Heather Metzler + Jessica Bichler (See bio’s below.)

Activities Itinerary (ALL Included in Price):

  • Welcome Fireside Ceremony: Connect with the element of fire and fellow retreat guests as we kick off the trip with a night by the bonfire. Set your intentions for the retreat, and ground yourself to the land after your travels.
  • Day Trip to Loch Ard: Loch Ard is in the Troussachs National Park, surrounded by an ancient woodland with several walking routes (all mapped out). There are also multiple access
    points to the Loch for “Wild Swimming” in the chilly water. Transportation to/from is included, as well as packed lunch from the personal chef.
  • Harmony Fields Animal Sanctuary: Harmony Fields is located within Rachel’s Farm and is an independently run Animal Sanctuary that looks after a range of rescued animals from Shetland Ponies, Goats, Pigs, Sheep, Tortoises and Horses. Guests will experience a guided session of mindfulness and mediation with the animals.
  • Day Trip to Stirling: Includes access to The Wallace Monument + Stirling Castle. The National Wallace Monument is one of Scotland’s most distinctive landmarks. The Stirling Castle, built in the century, offers tourists a glimpse into Scotland’s rich history with its strategic location and royal connections. The Rest of the day will be spent browsing the many shops and restaurants in the
  • Massage: All guests will receive a one hour massage.
  • Whiskey Tasting at the Farm: Selection of 6 malt whiskies from Scottish Distilleries will be provided with a Sommelier who will take you through the journey, taste and
    background of each. This is optional, guests are empowered to chose to not participate if it does not align with their intentions of this retreat.
  • End of Retreat Tree Planting Ceremony:  To date Rachel’s Farm has planted over 4000 trees in part of their  reforestation and rewilding initiative. Our group will be provided a tree to add to the orchard at the farm. This ceremony connects our group to the land, the retreat and each other.. and whenever you come back, the tree will always be there.

Accommodation Information + Pricing:

About Rachel’s Farm:

Guests will spend 5 nights at Rachels Farm. Situated near the idyllic village of Buchlyvie, the farm is on the doorstep of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and surrounded by the stunning views of the Trossachs. Nature and outdoor activities abound so during the stay guests can enjoy time soaking in the views (and the hot tubs) and take in the walks, mountains and bike runs only 15 minutes from your door.

The property is made up of a large country farmhouse, expansive and newly renovated “yoga barn”, and a stylishly converted coach house. Guests have access to 2 hot tubs, multiple communal living rooms, and multiple kitchens on the property (not that you will need it- as we will have a private chef.) We hope this property allows you to detach from your busy lives and enjoy time in the countryside, while residing in a beautiful home with all the creature comforts.

“The Barn” is a purpose built yoga studio with high vaulted ceilings that can accommodate up to 20 yoga practitioners at once. Rachels Farm provides yoga props- Blocks, blankets, straps, etc.

The Farmhouse

BOOKED Room 1- Super King bed with ensuite bathroom

BOOKED Room 2- Super King bed with private bathroom

BOOKED: Room 3 – Super King bed with shared bathroom (Shares bathroom with Room 4) 

BOOKED Room 4- 2 Twin Beds (Shares bathroom with Room 3)

The Coach House

BOOKED Room 5- Super King bed with ensuite bathroom

BOOKED Room 6- Super King bed with private bathroom

Room 7-  BOOKED Quad Room: 4 Twin Beds with private bathroom. Quad room is FEMALE ONLY.

Pricing Tiers Breakdown:
Tier 1: $4,500/person
  • Private Bedroom for 1 Person- King Bed
  • Private Bathroom for 1 Person
Tier 2:  $4,000/person
  • Private Bedroom for 2 People- King Bed or 2 Twins
  • Private Bathroom for 2 People
Tier 3: $3,750/ person
  • Private Bedroom for 1 Person – King Bed
  • Shared Bathroom with another room
Tier 4: $2,500/person
  • Private Bedroom for 2 People – King Bed or 2 Twins
  • Shared Bathroom with another room
Tier 5: $2,000/person
  • Quad room with 4 twin beds- Can book individually.
  • Bathroom shared amongst 4 twin beds
  • Female Only

Interested? Questions? We are here to help. 
Email our studio manager: Erin@WilmingtonYogaCenter.com
or give us a Call: (910) 350- 0234

Payment, Payment Plans, Registration, and Cancellation Policy

Space is limited, so don’t hesitate to secure your spot. Students have four options:

  1. Pay in Full
  2. Pay 50% deposit, Remaining 50% due on February 1, 2025.
  3. 5 Month Payment Plan
  4. 3 Month Payment Plan

If you would like to pay in full, you are able to register online. 

50% Deposit:

If you would like to register with a 50% Deposit, please give us a call. 910-350-0234 or email retreat coordinator Erin@Wilmingtonyogacenter.com

The remaining balance must be PAID IN FULL by February 1, 2025

Payment Plans:

3 Month Payment Plan and 5 Month Payment Plan options available. ALL payment plans must be paid in full by February 1, 2025: This means no 3 month plan can be started past November 2024 and no 5 Month plan can be started past September 2024. Please email retreat coordinator Erin about setting up a payment plan. Erin@Wilmingtonyogacenter.com

Cancellation Policy:

In the event of cancellation, the following policies apply:

  • Retreat must be paid in FULL by February 1, 2024
  • Prior to February 1, tuition is refundable, less a 25% non refundable deposit of the full program fee
  • Cancellations after February 1, 2025 are nonrefundable

The above policies apply regardless of the reason for cancellation (such as sickness, death in family or emergency, etc). Unfortunately, group contracts and packages have been pre-arranged and pre-paid with hosts at the time of registration and we do not have control of refunds or credit beyond the above exceptions. 

Retreat Leaders

Heather Metzler, ERYT500 + YACEP

Studio Owner Heather Metzler is a certified ERYT-500-hour yoga teacher. Heather created The Empowered Vinyasa 200 hour teacher training that is currently offered at WYC. She took her first yoga class in 1994 as a PE credit and found the Wilmington Yoga Center in 2003. Heather began teaching at WYC in 2005 and is a graduate of the 220 and 500 hour Kunga Yoga School. She has completed certifications in Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Trauma, Thai Yoga Massage, Kunga Power Vinyasa and YogaTherapeutics. Heather has traveled with Kunga Journeys for service work at the Home of Hope Orphanage in Kerala, India twice. Heather has led many retreats through WYC including Costa Rica, BHI and Prama Institute. She has developed and led local mini and weekend retreats in and around Wilmington. Heather teaches on the public class schedule regularly, and leads/co-leads the Empowered Vinyasa and Kunga Vinyasa 200 hour teacher training, as well as the 300 hour Empowered/Kunga training. She feels blessed to have her husband and two daughters that support her growth and passions. Heather is grateful for her students and the amazing teachers who enrich her life daily.


Jessica Bichler, ERYT500 + YACEP

Studio Owner

Studio owner, Jess Bichler has a rich yogic history, steeped in a variety of trainings and lineages, bringing a wealth of knowledge to her classes, workshops and teacher trainings. Through more than 20 years of teaching Jess has honed her ability to connect with students in a supportive and motivational way to help them uncover the joy and benefits of yoga and establish a commitment to their practice.

Jess came to yoga in her teens, recognizing it as a path towards staying active and healthy throughout every stage of life and began teaching in 2001. She has had the opportunity to study myriad yoga styles, particularly the prominent lines of Iyengar, Ashtanga and Anusara – each complimenting her attention to alignment and core engagement gained as a gymnast – as well as therapeutic and kids yoga. Her formal education and certifications were earned at the Morningside School of Yoga in upstate New York, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts, and most recently 200 and 500 hour certifications from the Wilmington Yoga Center. Jess holds a MA in Visual and Cultural Anthropology and views yoga through this lens as an opportunity to understand one another with more depth and compassion. Her influential teachers include Michael Smith, Larry Hobbs, Rodney Yee, Stacey Millner-Collins, Cheryl Crawford, Kristin Cooper and Donna Gardner.

Jessica has led local and international yoga retreats, 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher trainings, and specialized workshops on a variety of topics. She loves pulling from her diverse background to offer practices in response to the specific needs and abilities of her students including everything from gentle and chair yoga, to kids yoga, to advanced practices focusing on arm balances and inversions. She particularly enjoys introducing new students to the practice and supporting yoga teachers to refine and deepen their ability to make yoga fun, accessible, and profound. Her goal is to lovingly support students down the path of living a yogic lifestyle in all aspects. of living a yogic lifestyle in all aspects.

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