Yoga Retreat: Sludge Off Your Heart

September 15 - 18, 2016

This is our 14th annual retreat on Star Island, bringing together some of New England’s top yoga teachers and most delightful students. Deepen your practice and release your daily cares on Star Island, a granite oasis where the air is clean and salty, the sea is all around, and the sounds at night are laughter and the low OM of a bell buoy.

When we come to Star Island for the Yoga Retreat, we feel like the sludge that accumulates all year around our hearts turns liquid and runs right off. We return home light and focused, ready for the challenges ahead. Whatever your yoga experience, please join us to practice, laugh, learn, sweat, and rest. The Star Island yoga retreat is a truly special long weekend. We bring a whole team of teachers with different specialities so that you can take up to six classes a day! We all teach once a day and enjoy taking each others’ classes as well. If you yearn for relaxation, meditation and time to rock on the porch, you can do it. If you want a challenge to push your inversions or work up a sweat worthy of a leap into the sea, you can do that too! Often all of this is possible, in the same day. Unlike other yoga retreats, there’s always something yoga on offer, but likewise we are delighted when you want to rest and integrate, and do nothing.

Whatever your yoga experience when you arrive at the dock, we can guarantee you’ll learn something new on the island. During the day we begin with chanting at sunrise, gentle yoga before breakfast, two more challenging sessions before lunch and two classes from a range of traditions before dinner. In the evening yoga nidra and chapel meditations have become traditions, and we may also feature a Thai partner massage session or a concert, a bonfire or black light yoga. This year we have partner yoga, gentle and challenging flow yoga, core work and Iyengar alignment and inversions, and time to chant. For our fourteenth year we are looking forward to a full weekend playing, laughing, stretching our bodies and renewing our spirits. Friends old and new, please join us!


Email Carrie Tyler at for more information.

Program Fee


Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

Yoga Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+ $412 $525 $502 $692

Ferry Schedule

Thursday, September 15
Departure: Portsmouth 1:55 p.m.
Arrival: Star Island 2:55 p.m.
Sunday, September 18
Departure: Star Island 3:05 p.m.
Arrival: Portsmouth 4:15 p.m.


Email the conference organizers, Tristan Boyer Binns at or Carrie Tyler at